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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

#2 of 182 things to do in Cincinnati Features Animals
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220-1333
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Great zoo with a lot of interactive exhibition

We visited the zoo a few times before. It is on a quite big area so prepare yourself for a nice... read more

Reviewed January 11, 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Get ready to walk

Probably one of the biggest zoos I have walked around but very nice. It's probably better during... read more

Reviewed January 10, 2016
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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This second oldest zoo in the U.S., considered one of the best in the country, is most renowned for its endangered species and birthing programs, particularly for gorillas and white tigers, and has a wonderful collection of felines and a delightful manatees exhibit.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220-1333
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Reviewed January 11, 2016

We visited the zoo a few times before. It is on a quite big area so prepare yourself for a nice walk. I especially love the nocturnal animal house! The Festival of Lights around Christmas time is a must!

3  Thank MarcsiB-B
Reviewed January 10, 2016 via mobile

Probably one of the biggest zoos I have walked around but very nice. It's probably better during the summer, more than half of the animals were off exhibit since it is winter. My only complaint is parking. $9 to park when it is also $9...More

1  Thank Alis0n401
Reviewed January 10, 2016 via mobile

My brother and I went for the Penguin Days only 8 dollars on phones. Really neat zoo for young children and teens and adults.

Thank Zach H
Reviewed January 9, 2016 via mobile

Awesome place to have a great time with friends and family. The Festival of Lights is not to be missed.

1  Thank Susie V
Reviewed January 9, 2016

There's definitely '" no place like home." I've been coming here for the past forty years & it never gets old. There's always something new or added too the zoo each time we visit. Besides the zoo itself, the staff & animal handlers are amazing....More

1  Thank 919tamarae
Reviewed January 9, 2016 via mobile

We went to the zoo during the festival of Lights, what a spectacular show! Everyone at the zoo was polite and friendly. We enjoyed some hot cider and warm almonds, yummy! Some of the animals were not out, but we expected that for the time...More

1  Thank Denyse S
Reviewed January 9, 2016

We love the Cincinnati zoo. With the exception of the San Diego Zoo, nothing else comes close. There are primates, wild cats, birds, elephants, sea mammals, insects, reptiles...you name it and it's there. The zoo is noted world wide for its work to increase the...More

1  Thank lynne b
Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

I grew up going to the zoo. Remover seeing the hippo in a concrete tank and the gorillas in jail like cells. It's so great to see how things have changed. Bringing my son to the zoo he can now see the compassion and care...More

1  Thank Bacchus49
Reviewed January 7, 2016

I love this zoo because you have so many areas of the zoo to get up close and personal with the animals. They have a lot of full glass walls that are great for viewing. Watching the Giraffe eat from the platform or watching the...More

1  Thank LaLaHank
Reviewed January 6, 2016

Great zoo, stopped on our summer road trip down to Disney. After seeing this zoo always in the top rankings decided to make a stop. Was terribly hot the day we went, spent 2 hours and it seems like we only seen half of what...More

1  Thank Josh0628
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Shaun M
Can you bring cooler, drinks, and backpack into the zoo?
June 4, 2017|
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Response from John T | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can bring coolers and backpacks into the zoo
Joan B
Are there any discounts?
May 6, 2017|
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Response from Steve B | Reviewed this property |
seniors, and military are great discounts. don't know of others..
Does anyone know where is a good place to stay near the zoo? We will be traveling from Michigan and would like to make Cincinnati a mini two night vacation. Also any other attractions a mom of two teen girls might enjoy? Planning for summer/July thank you!
April 21, 2017|
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Response from Diane B | Reviewed this property |
I agree that the area around Fountain Square is a great place to stay, but if you have a car you could stay outside of town and save some money. It is not hard to find parking in Cincy. In addition to the suggestions from... More