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“Top 3 zoo in USA for sure”
Review of Henry Doorly Zoo

Henry Doorly Zoo
Ranked #1 of 120 things to do in Omaha
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This world-class zoo is famous for its involvement with breeding endangered species from around the world.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Top 3 zoo in USA for sure”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

Get your comfy walking shoes on and plan to spend at least one full day. Two days are really needed to properly enjoy the whole experience. If it's hot and you're tired, take a break at the IMAX theater.

Some zoo exhibits make you want to cry in sympathy for the animals. You don't get that here. Lots of space and well kept.

Sometimes a zoo may be part of a more national scale membership group, so if you are a member of your local zoo, there may be a reciprocol agreement that gets you reduced entry fees in Omaha.

Foods are not the best, and overpriced of course, so pack a picnic lunch and some drinks.

Make sure you do the train or the tram to take a walking break and see the exhibits from different angles. The acquarium is a favorite as is the dessert dome. Love the tigers and bears and monkeys. Other places have better bird areas, but this zoo is always changing and growing, so who knows what the next expansion project will bring!

Visited June 2012
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“hidden gem in midwest”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

I have been to several zoos all over the united states, and the Henry Doorly zoo is by far the best. This zoo is a hidden Gem in the midwest. This zoo keeps growing every year. they just bought the property of the college world series and are actively expanding the zoo to the new grounds. But you have to check out the primate exhibit , it is huge. They have the U.S. largest enclosures for male gorillas. Plus the adorable enclosure for baby gorillas and their mothers. The aquarium is awesome , they have the longest tunnel to walk through with sharks and stingrays and other fish swimming over your heads.Plus a jelly fish dome with jellyfish swimming in all direction with their long trailing tentacles slowly trailing behind them. It looks like a giant snow globe. Then there are the giant domes enclosures , rain forest and the desert dome. Very, very ccool, Its like your suddenly walked into a rain forest, you can walk under a water fall or if your brave walk the bamboo bridge. There are 2 levels in the rain forest upper deck and ground level. The desert dome also has 2 levels a upper sun lit hot level and then a cavernous below level which has bats and other creatures of the night. These are just a few of the wonderful exhibits,they also have a huge big cat exhibits, the big tigers are very cool and they are really big ,and (scary) up close. But is really is a gem of a zoo. So if ever near or in Omaha,Ne. it is worth the visit.

Visited August 2012
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Rockford, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Don't Monkey Around and Miss This Zoo!”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

There are so many great exhibits at this zoo, both inside and out, so the zoo is accessible a great part of the year. Definitely check out the gorilla and orangutan areas, visit the butterfly house/ exhibit, and the aquarium walkway. It's all fantastic!!

Visited August 2012
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Columbus Nebraska
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Omaha Outdoes Itself”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

Fabulous display, especially the gorilla exhibit. Hard to imagine the best zoo in the USA in Omaha, Nebraska.

Visited June 2012
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Omaha, NE
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Amazing Zoo Tucked Away in Omaha, NE”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

This zoo is impressive! It will probably take you more than one day to see it all unless you are fast and not taking much time at each exhibit. It is definitely worth it and is the best source of entertainment in Omaha!

Visited April 2012
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