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“Expect to spend a whole day”

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Ranked #2 of 175 things to do in Cincinnati
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Flint, Michigan
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41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Expect to spend a whole day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012

I am a lover of zoos, and so are my kids. We planned to visit the zoo on the day we left for home, expecting to spend 2-3 hours. Unfortunately we had to get on the road before we got to see everything but it was great! A nice man gave us wristbands to ride the train, that was fun. The animal enclosures were very good, and they were well taken care of. The flowers were beautiful as well! If you like zoos, this one is a must.

Visited April 2012
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Wild Cat Country, KY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Smaller than Columbus, but a nice little zoo.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

The zoo was lovely to walk through... plants and greenery everywhere. It was not crowded around midday. I have been to the Columbus Zoo several times, and although I enjoyed the Cincinnati Zoo, I prefer the Columbus Zoo. The Cincinnati Zoo provides more shade and a more leisurely walking environment on a hot day. However, it is smaller with less animals, and it is on a mountainous terrain. The Columbus zoo has less shade, but it is larger with more animals and also an aquarium. I would recommend this zoo if you are in the area. It is kind of neat that the zoo itself dates back to the 1800's.

Visited June 2012
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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86 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great zoo. New exhibits but lots of hills!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

Great new exhibits allow you to see animals up close. Alot to see and do. Almost impossible to see everything in one day. Only downfall I can think of is that the food and drinks there are very expensive but you are allowed to bring your own food and drinks in if you want. There are alot of hills and can make for a tough day if its hot outside.

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“One of the Best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

If you're in town, it's a great visit for anyone. They go out of their way to ensure you have a good experience. Children's petting zoo, inside theatre, lots of local foods to taste and wonderful photo opportunities.

Visited June 2012
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Tennessee
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39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A very good zoo with a number of outstanding exhibits”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

We would certainly rank the Cincinnati Zoo among the best that we have seen. It is very well maintained, and exhibits are easy to view and well kept. It easily takes half a day to see the zoo in its entirety. The 4D theatre is nothing special except for a nice respite from the heat. The opportunities to see interaction between the staff and the animals were abundant. HIghly recommended.

Visited June 2012
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