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“Great way to spend a day”

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
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$16.00*
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General Admission to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
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$25.00*
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Cincinnati Zoo Adventure Ticket
Ranked #2 of 189 things to do in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed September 22, 2012

We really enjoyed our visit. The weather was perfect and the zoo wasn't crowded. It was great to sit and watch the manatees, and a diver was in with them part of the time. Be sure to make a wild cat sign in Night Hunters exhibit.

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Loved this zoo, there was so much to see. There is alot of walking with lots of hills though, my legs were so sore by the time we got back to our car. Plan to spend the whole day, there is so much to see. The feeding of the giraffe`s was pretty cool. Never been that close to one before. The animals were great, most were active and easy to see. The cat exhibit is one of the biggest and has the most variety I have seen at any zoo. Was dissappointed that we didn`t see the polar bears and there was no sign to say they were off exhibit.

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Always working to improve. Nice facilities and friendly service. Always a good time with the children.

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Their cheetah breeding program makes it my favorite, but they're really expanding their cat presence. Feeding the giraffes is fun, as are all of the animal encounters.

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

I love going to the Zoo, wear good walking shoes as you do go up and down hills. Cincinnati is known for it's 7 Hill areas.. Convient off of I 75 , Mitchell exit. so it's easy to get to , a large parking lot - 8$, with awning covered spaces in the area where we parked. Walkway with elevator / esclator access to Zoo as you go over a main street to get inside. THIS is a fun time even if your not a KID or have kids.. You can bring your own water / lunch if you don't want to buy , use AAA membership dicounts to save money , lot's of ways to cut the cost of a trip to the zoo.
Really it's like a new Zoo , working going on all the time to make it a wonderful place for the animals. A new African Safari area is being built but you can still see the Tigers , Lions , in outside settings.. Love , Love the Elephants with 3 viewing areas, in just one of the exibits. We did not even see half the animals and ran out of time to ride the train.. That is fun also .. Benches to sit down on all the walk ways.. If you can't walk the zoo there are signs that let you know they have other ways / help thatyou can use to get around besides walking. The walkways on some paths are shaded with bamboo and this is great as it is so much cooler then in the sun. We had lunch at the cafe, food was really good much better then years ago. We stayed for 4 1/2 hours a great "our day out " , with my "grown " granddaughter. We are planning on going back early winter or at Christmas to see the Lights ! Oh , don't forget your camera , terrific photo's of flowers , gardens , a special quiet garden is one choice you can visit.. Don't just take one or two of each animal and remember the closer the shot the better.. Start out with the body of the animal and finish up with a head shot.. Try taking just the face "side views " , or a giraffe's rump , tusks of elephant , tiger lapping up water , feeding the snow lepard and same too with your children.. Don't let them pose get them looking at the animals / side views / expressions on their faces .. HAVE FUN !

Thank 60Talton
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