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“Very disappointing!! Save your money!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Birmingham Zoo

Birmingham Zoo
Ranked #9 of 88 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Watch sea lions being trained and fed, zip around on the Zoo Train, hop on the carousel, check out the alligator swamp and tropical rain forest: all this and more are offered at this educational and entertaining zoo housing 170 animals from around the world, including endangered species.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very disappointing!! Save your money!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2011

Very disappointing!!! Where are the large animals?! We only saw two small elephants, n a few small animals. We spent $92.70 for what?!! We are from out of state (TN), visiting with our family. (6 adults n 2 babies).None of the employees were friendly. One RUDE male employee said we better leave before the gates were locked. It was 4:45, not 5:00. We will never be going back! Sad to see a zoo not appreciate their visitors!

Visited July 2011
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“Excellent! Bring a swimsuit for the kiddies”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2011

Excellent zoo- we had a lovely time- we fed the lorikeets, watched the seals, rode the train and looked at animals till we were tired. This is a really nice zoo with animals that you don't get to see at some of the ones closer to our house. Our only complaint was that we got tired of buying "tokens." There were kids playing in the water and there was a bubble pool- we started to put the kids in the bubble pool but were told we'd have to buy another token- at that point we were hot and tired and just packed up and left- but on the whole it was a great zoo and we all had a good time.

Visited June 2011
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Birmingham, Alabama
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“the hype is a joke”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2011

we have been to the zoo many times over the years zoolight safari, boo at the zoo etc.
but all the hype about the afican safari is a joke, all they did is move the elephants 2 i saw who cant be around each other one in a smalller cage than before one in a field.
a very nice cafe so you can spend 3 dollars for a soda after paying 14 to get in. it was after a very big joke, nothing has really changed at the zoo, its great for kids but dont go if you think you are in for a suprise the giraffes rhinos tigers everything is the same as it was 5 years ago, except there are a lot less animals are there than there use to be, i was very disappointed and it didnt make a very fruitfull fathersday

Visited June 2011
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Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent zoo, but show some mercy on the soda prices”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2011

We apparently arrived after completion of the renovations mentioned in other reviews. The zoo was clean and the facilities in good condition. Despite the heat, the vast majority of the animals were visible and active. The primate and African mammal exhibits were very good. Given the climate, the zoo should install more soda machines and show some mercy on the prices -- $2.50 to $2.75 a pop adds up a little at a time on a hot day.

Visited May 2011
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Vance, Alabama
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Go during summer hours - we went in Nov - half of the zoo was being renovated or closed.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2010

Visited the zoo last weekend (Nov 2010). Disappointed - seemed like half the zoo was closed or being renovated. The grounds are pretty - kid's zoo was ok. I think 12.00 for an adult off season is a little high. They should lower the admission price if you are not going to get the full visit.

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