Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Zoo and Botanical Garden
Avondale, Cincinnati
  • Rob C.
    "We do festival of lights each year between Christmas and New Years."(5 Tips)
    R B.
    "I really like the giraffes!"(5 Tips)
    "Check out the awesome monkies in the insect house"(3 Tips)
    Kami K.
    "Try the reptile house the 2nd oldest building in USA!"(3 Tips)
94 Tips and reviews
  • festival of lights
  • giraffes
  • insect house
  • zoos
  • picnics
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  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerSeptember 7, 2014
    Loved this zoo! It's huge, they have everything from condors to elephants, and the zoo is very walkable. The animals are up close, and there were a number you could pet. Great zoo, great day.
  • Kayla C.
    Kayla CantrallMay 16, 2016
    Large zoo. Layout is a bit confusing even with a map. Be sure to plan before you walk so that you have a chance to see everything. Enclosures are nice and allow you to get up close to the animals.
  • Melinda K.
    Melinda KiserJuly 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you stay past 4 pm the crowds really thin out. Wear good shoes! Keep souvenir cups for cheap refills next visit. Bring quarters and pennies for souvenir penny machines. Zoo shop has neat stuff!
  • Discover Ohio
    Discover OhioFebruary 15, 2013
    Dine among the vistas of lions and cheetahs in Phase III of the Africa exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo when it opens this summer. The exhibit also features indoor-outdoor facilities and restaurant.
  • Discover Ohio
    Discover OhioFebruary 8, 2013
    The plant collections are a unique blend of gardens and exhibits that demonstrate the diversity of plants and their relationship to humans and animals. There are over 3,000 kinds of plants to see.
    HISTORYSeptember 20, 2010
    This zoo opened in 1875 making it the second largest zoo in the USA. One unique thing about this zoo is that the Reptile House is the oldest existing Zoo building in the country, dating from 1875.
  • ecomagination
    ecomaginationApril 5, 2011
    The "Greenest Zoo in America" is building a solar canopy to provide 20% of energy needs, incorporates a green roof & water retention tanks to reduce rainwater runoff & has a bio-diesel powered train
  • NYIP
    NYIPJuly 15, 2011
    Things to photograph: African Savannah, Wolf Woods, Spaulding Lorikeet Landing, Penguin Walkabout, Butterfly Garden, Tulips in the Spring. Check their schedule of animal encounters for photo ops. Read more
  • Discover Ohio
    Discover OhioMay 7, 2013
    Recognized by Parents Magazine as #7 on the “Top 10 Best Zoos for Kids.” Over one million people visit the Zoo’s award-winning exhibits, and more than 500 animal and 3000 plant species annually.
  • Cincinnati History Photos
    Hatnee, a female Asian elephant, once took children on rides around the zoo, led by trainer Ed Coyne who worked for the zoo for 65 years. Collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Co
  • Josh W.
    Josh WFebruary 20, 2012
    Make sure you plan your day around your visit. Also make sure you get a map and plan out your path through the zoo so you can see everything.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJuly 29, 2011
    Did you know? The second oldest zoo in the country, the zoo has also long been successful with captive breeding, starting with endangered trumpeter swans and sea lions in the 1880s. Read more
  • Cincinnati History Photos
    When completed in 1907, the Herbivora Building (now the Elephant House) was the "largest and most complete concrete animal building in the world." Coll. of Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton Co
  • Bubnugget
    BubnuggetOctober 17, 2015
    It's always a great time to take your kids to the zoo. Watching all the animals and how they behave is a great learning experience. Next time, I'm gonna take some binoculars Read more
  • Luz Z.
    Luz ZSDecember 16, 2014
    Amazing!! The PNC lights festival is so nice, even in winter with not a lot of animals the zoo is one of the best I've ever been!
  • Rob C.
    Rob CheekJanuary 28, 2016
    We do festival of lights each year between Christmas and New Years. You can park on the street for free if you don't mind a little walk.
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonJune 30, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Check out the new wind turbine in their Go Green Garden (near the new entrance). Along with the solar panels, it provides 1/3 of the energy for the ticketing/information building. Read more
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The PNC Festival of Lights features hundreds of thousands of LED lights all over the zoo. You'll also find a huge Christmas tree, Santa and his reindeer and a walk-through tunnel of lights. Read more
  • Erica B.
    Erica Brummett1 week ago
    Very clean very friendly staff so big didn't get through it in one day . They went about and beyond with my disabled military husband
  • Tonya B.
    Tonya ButcherJanuary 4, 2013
    I would love to take my kids here in the spring this year 2013.We haven't been in so long love to some discount's on admission my girls are 12 and 14 now.
  • Harrison P.
    Harrison PainterJune 23, 2011
    Get there early and grab your tickets for a 4D show. We saw the Wizard of Oz and it was awesome. Everyone loved it from my 9 year old daughter to Grandma!
  • Shawn S.
    Shawn SJanuary 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Do not miss whatever cute animal babies are in the nursery, the nearby Little Penguins, and the also-nearby Red Pandas (look up, they're often snoozing in the treetops)! Read more
  • Grace L.
    Grace LernerOctober 5, 2011
    Make sure to feed the giraffes. Only a dollar and you get up close to their blue tongues!
  • Michael R.
    Michael RotgersNovember 14, 2011
    Arrive'll be able to see more of the animals and won't have to wait in crowded lines
  • Mandy P.
    Mandy PritchardAugust 1, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Coolest job I've ever had! Be sure to check out the World of the Insect building. The leaf-cutter ants are amazing!
  • Rita D.
    Rita DoyleApril 1, 2016
    Beautiful horticulture! White tigers, meerkats, cheetah, red pandas, polar bears, African habitat. Peacocks!
  • Parents Magazine
    Parents MagazineJuly 15, 2011
    Take your child to the nursery where he can feed the infant animals—like cheetahs and penguins—that are in diapers.
  • Erica A.
    Erica AlhornAugust 27, 2011
    Go see the Red Pandas. Not common at most zoos, but very cool and worth seeing.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CribbsApril 21, 2010
    There is a lovely stain glass hidden near the bonobos...just found it the other day and I've been there a hundred times. What is the stainglass of? Read more
  • Phillip R.
    Phillip RisbyJuly 10, 2013
    The best zoo I've ever been to hands down! They let us feed a mother giraffe!
  • ʞɔıu d.
    ʞɔıu dןoʌJuly 27, 2011
    I weigh 455,784,006 insects. Maybe? I love the scale in the insect house, but bugs creep me out. Ever get that feeling that there are ants all over you? Boy, does that really burn my toast.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TchouJuly 19, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a membership and enjoy early arrival, and special events.
  • Daniel D.
    Daniel DarstApril 5, 2016
    Great place for the kids not too expensive. The weekend we went was really crowded
  • Pocket L.
    Pocket LyndziMay 1, 2016
    My kids love the insect house... We go to the zoo every weekend
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonMay 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    This is THE place to go if you want overpriced Skyline Chili. They've now replaced their only decent dining option with yet another Skyline.
  • Kevin
    KevinMay 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The hand-dipped beer-battered chicken fingers at the watering hole are quite good!
  • R B.
    R BMay 21, 2016
    Love the zoo babies! Good for families and casual date.
  • Leon H.
    Leon HerbertAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This is an excellent zoo. Always innovating.
  • R B.
    R BFebruary 7, 2015
    Huge. Festival of lights are night. I really like the giraffes!
  • Robin B.
    Robin BehlowMay 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out Wild About Wine and Zoo Brew, benefiting CREW. A great time after-hours at the Zoo with animals, drinks, food and entertainment! Read more
  • Clifford A.
    Clifford AdamsDecember 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Base camp cafe doesn't have to go boxes for food, so bring your own!
  • WYSO
    WYSODecember 1, 2010
    You can use your WYSO Membership card here for a 2-for-1 deal on admission!
  • Kami K.
    Kami KirklandOctober 20, 2011
    Try the reptile house the 2nd oldest building in USA!
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BreechAugust 28, 2011
    We loved the Bird show! And the Brid Landing where the birds walk on you.
  • Lauren N.
    Lauren NickellDecember 7, 2016
    Fesitval of lights is always fun. Not really into the "Frozen" theme. The smores come in a pack, the marshmallows were stale :(
  • Thomas
    ThomasNovember 26, 2011
    Visit for the festival of lights on Thanksgiving Weekend. Largest tri-state holiday event
  • Nancy Ann W.
    Nancy Ann WartmanMay 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Arrive early for parking
  • Bryan M.
    Bryan M.September 2, 2012
    It's just sad how often I see the zookeepers breaking their own "Don't feed the animals" rule
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BuiceSeptember 23, 2016
    Nice zoo, but the best time to go is in early fall.
  • Christy H.
    Christy HendricksNovember 22, 2014
    You can pack a cooler. Legit.
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