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“A Day With The Animals... RAWR!”

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Ranked #2 of 183 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.
Louisville, Kentucky
Level 6 Contributor
346 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
“A Day With The Animals... RAWR!”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

Who’s up for some adventure? The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is rated one of the top zoos in the nation, and I can definitely see why. It boasts over 500 animals and 3,000 plant species.

From feeding the giraffes at Giraffe Ridge to petting the animals at the Spalding Children’s Zoo, this is one interactive place! With the opening of "Africa" in June 2013, the zoo is even bigger and better than ever!

I definitely think my favorite animals here are the manatees. There is a peace whilst watching them that can not be described. And if you crave for even more interaction with these beautiful mammals, there are events and animal encounters just for these fantastic creatures!

And then there’s the vampire bat. I mean, how frequently do you get to see a vampire bat? Hopefully, your answer is “not often”.

Other animals to be noted were actually gifts from Siegfried and Roy in 1998. Four rare white lions, two male lions and two female lions, were presented to the Cincinnati Zoo . The males, Sunshine and Future, and the females, Prosperity and Gracious, are gorgeous, regal animals, and you may view them as they take turns in their outdoor enclosure, on display on alternate days.

The Cincinnati Zoo also offers playgrounds, a train, a carousel, and a 4-D theater. This is definitely a place where you could spend the entire day, and still not see everything. This zoo not only demands a look, but repeat visits.

Special packages are offered for admission and attractions, so visit today and plan a wonderful day at the Cincinnati Zoo!

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
3400 Vine St.
(800) 944-4776

Visited October 2013
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Burlington, Kentucky, United States
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“We love the Zoo!”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

My family has passes so we go to the zoo all the time! The Festival of Lights is a great attraction and they always have seasonal events. The have a large variety of animals. We love to ride the train and the Merry Go Round.

Visited October 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great Zoo”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

Very nice place to spend the day. They have changed some things & all for the better. The Festival of Lights during December is beautiful

Visited December 2012
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Cincinnati Zoo”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

The Cincinnati Zoo is one of the best in our nation, The festival of lights is a wonderful display of christmas lights and a great to place to take christmas visitors. Many different endangered animals and a polar bear area that is so close up you can stand in front of the glass while they are swimming right behind you.

Visited April 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Make sure you come for Christmas”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

Cincinnati has one of the better urban zoos in America year-round, but the Christmas light show is remarkable. The lights on the extensive botanical exhibits provide a magical atmosphere: European-style cones of sugary roasted nuts just puts it into the can't-miss category.

Visited November 2013
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