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“Wonderful Time.”

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Ranked #11 of 187 things to do in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Don't miss this exciting metropolitan zoo best known for having the largest collection of primates in the United States and for its Rainforest exhibit, which features a thrilling simulated tropical rain storm.
Reviewed August 25, 2013

The Cleveland Zoo, and the Rainforest were both excellent. The elephant crossing exhibit was outrageous. At two different times each day, you can get pretty close to these animals, as they cross from side to side, right in front of you. This was quite awesome. Other sections that we enjoyed were the Northern Trek area, and the wallaby and kangaroo exhibit. This is a great zoo, and a wonderful way to spend the day. They have trams that will take you to the areas that are further away from other exhibits.

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Reviewed August 24, 2013

The Cleveland Metroparks zoo is truly a gem. The animals are well taken care of, and the exhibits are amazing. I've had several visits to the zoo at different times of the year, and it seems late summer and early fall are the best times to go. On very hot days, the Rainforest can be a bit overwhelming, as the temperature's about 75 degrees + the humidity factor. In the fall, it's a lot more comfortable. There are beautiful gardens, and the butterflies are a plus in the summertime. We love to watch the wolves and the bears the most, and sometimes you feel as though the wolves see through the "protective" one-way glass, and know you're standing there. Sometimes they just stand and stare at the window, which is truly amazing when you're on the other side of it. My older sister loves to be close to the giraffes, and she says they're friendlier than her zoo in Jacksonville.
The tram will take you to the upper levels during the summer, but it doesn't always run later on after summer vacation's over. This is a downside, especially if you have a person in a wheelchair. This is one of the only criticisms I have. It's a large zoo, and very spread out, which is great, but it is a lot of walking up & down hills.

1  Thank Debbie L
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We visited this zoo on our way back home from vacation. The zoo is really nice and the kids loved the animals. Several animal exhibits where closer to you than other zoos I've visited, therefor, the animals appeared to be a lot closer then the zoo from back home. The only downside is that there's a very long walk to one section of the zoo, the Northern Trek, that got the kids really worn out. By the time we got back to the central part of the zoo, the kids were ready to go home, so we didn't get the chance to check out the Primate/Aquatic section of the zoo.

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

It was a great visit my kids and husband loved it :-) I would definitely come back for a visit its great to see how the zoo has changed since Ive been a little girl. But I would not be going back on Mondays! I didnt realize it was free for residents and was so busy and jammed packed!

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We had previously planned on going to the botanical gardens and a science museum in Cleveland but decided to go here instead. Not only was it more fun and exciting, we spent all day here. We rode a camel, fed giraffes, and just had a good time. The park was very clean and there is food/water available to buy in most places. They even have a Pizza Hut and McDonalds, if that's your thing (it wasn't ours). We ate at a restaurant at the far end of the park and the food was pretty good. You can also bring your own if you prefer, they just quickly look in your bags at the entrance. There's a nice tram that brings you around, which is especially nice for the aquarium and cat area which is at the top of a large hill. The only caveat which wasn't a problem for us but might be for others is that there is a lot of walking.

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