Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Zoo and Garden
Avondale, Cincinnati
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  • Rob C.
    "We do festival of lights each year between Christmas and New Years."(5 Tips)
    Michael S.
    "Feed the giraffes, 11-11:30am & 1-1:30pm"(5 Tips)
    ʞɔıu d.
    "I love the scale in the insect house, but bugs creep me out."(3 Tips)
    Kami K.
    "Try the reptile house the 2nd oldest building in USA!"(3 Tips)
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  • Dana P.
    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.
    Dana Parker · September 7, 2014
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  • Kayla C.
    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.
    Kayla Cantrall · 1 week ago
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  • Melinda K.
    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!
    Melinda Kiser · July 25, 2014
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  • HISTORY
    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.
    HISTORY · September 20, 2010
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  • Discover Ohio
    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 · February 15, 2013
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  • 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
    Cincinnati History Photos · August 4, 2011
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  • ecomagination
    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
    ecomagination · April 5, 2011
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  • Discover Ohio
    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.
    Discover Ohio · February 8, 2013
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  • NYIP
    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
    NYIP · July 15, 2011
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  • Discover Ohio
    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.
    Discover Ohio · May 7, 2013
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  • Chris T.
    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 Thompson · June 30, 2010
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  • Bubnugget
    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
    Bubnugget · October 17, 2015
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  • 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
    Cincinnati History Photos · August 4, 2011
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  • Shawn S.
    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
    Shawn S · January 24, 2010
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  • Josh W.
    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.
    Josh W · February 20, 2012
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  • Luz Z.
    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!
    Luz ZS · December 16, 2014
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  • Amy C.
    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
    Amy Cribbs · April 21, 2010
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  • Rob C.
    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.
    Rob Cheek · January 28
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  • K12 Inc
    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
    K12 Inc · July 29, 2011
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  • Chris T.
    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
    Chris Thompson · November 2, 2011
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  • Chris T.
    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.
    Chris Thompson · May 2, 2011
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  • ʞɔıu d.
    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.
    ʞɔıu dןoʌ · July 27, 2011
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  • Mandy P.
    Coolest job I've ever had! Be sure to check out the World of the Insect building. The leaf-cutter ants are amazing!
    Mandy Pritchard · August 1, 2010
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  • Tonya B.
    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.
    Tonya Butcher · January 4, 2013
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  • Harrison P.
    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!
    Harrison Painter · June 23, 2011
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  • Chris T.
    Check out the zoo's free iPhone app. It includes a GPS enabled map, feeding schedules and more information on the animals. Read more
    Chris Thompson · April 29, 2010
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  • Michael R.
    Arrive early....you'll be able to see more of the animals and won't have to wait in crowded lines
    Michael Rotgers · November 14, 2011
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  • Grace L.
    Make sure to feed the giraffes. Only a dollar and you get up close to their blue tongues!
    Grace Lerner · October 5, 2011
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  • Robin B.
    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
    Robin Behlow · May 17, 2010
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  • Parents Magazine
    Take your child to the nursery where he can feed the infant animals—like cheetahs and penguins—that are in diapers.
    Parents Magazine · July 15, 2011
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  • Erica A.
    Go see the Red Pandas. Not common at most zoos, but very cool and worth seeing.
    Erica Alhorn · August 27, 2011
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  • WYSO
    You can use your WYSO Membership card here for a 2-for-1 deal on admission!
    WYSO · December 1, 2010
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  • Heather
    Make sure to visit the white Lions, they are beautiful and fun to listen to!
    Heather · January 13, 2010
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  • Daniel D.
    Great place for the kids not too expensive. The weekend we went was really crowded
    Daniel Darst · April 5
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  • Rita D.
    Beautiful horticulture! White tigers, meerkats, cheetah, red pandas, polar bears, African habitat. Peacocks!
    Rita Doyle · April 1
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  • Kevin
    The hand-dipped beer-battered chicken fingers at the watering hole are quite good!
    Kevin · May 29, 2011
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  • Peter S.
    Not nearly enough parking. After an hour of waiting in traffic we had to tell our 3 year old that we would not be going to the zoo :( He was very disappointed!
    Peter Schwab · December 18, 2011
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  • Michael T.
    Get a membership and enjoy early arrival, and special events.
    Michael Tchou · July 19, 2015
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  • Rich L.
    Visit the amazing Manatee exhibit, to see the new young Manatees swimming behind a giant glass wall!
    Rich Lewis · August 10, 2010
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  • Clifford A.
    Base camp cafe doesn't have to go boxes for food, so bring your own!
    Clifford Adams · December 13, 2015
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  • Brandy W.
    Didn't like it at all, too crowded, and hardly anywhere to sit.
    Brandy Whyde-Thomas · March 30, 2013
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  • CincinnatiZoo B.
    The Zoo is now offering a special for Foursquare user check ins,
    CincinnatiZoo Botanical-Garden · September 1, 2010
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  • CincinnatiZoo B.
    You've got to see the Chinese Alligator feeding. Happens Fridays at 11:30 in reptile house.
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  • Phillip R.
    The best zoo I've ever been to hands down! They let us feed a mother giraffe!
    Phillip Risby · July 10, 2013
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  • Leon H.
    This is an excellent zoo. Always innovating.
    Leon Herbert · August 24, 2014
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  • Bryan M.
    It's just sad how often I see the zookeepers breaking their own "Don't feed the animals" rule
    Bryan M. · September 2, 2012
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  • R B.
    Love the zoo babies! Good for families and casual date.
    R B · 1 week ago
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  • Pocket L.
    My kids love the insect house... We go to the zoo every weekend
    Pocket Lyndzi · 3 weeks ago
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  • Kami K.
    Try the reptile house the 2nd oldest building in USA!
    Kami Kirkland · October 20, 2011
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  • Meg B.
    Need to cool off? Look for the fan misting stations located throughout the park.
    Meg Biallas · June 23, 2012
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  • R B.
    Huge. Festival of lights are night. I really like the giraffes!
    R B · February 7, 2015
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  • Jessica B.
    We loved the Bird show! And the Brid Landing where the birds walk on you.
    Jessica Breech · August 28, 2011
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  • Michelle C.
    U get a free drink with every check-in at the zoo
    Michelle Curley · May 24, 2011
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  • Nancy Ann W.
    Arrive early for parking
    Nancy Ann Wartman · May 20, 2014
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  • JC M.
    Where is Waldo? At the Manatee exhibit; stage left of the main tank.
    JC Martinez-Sifre · December 23, 2013
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  • CincinnatiZoo B.
    You've got to see the Chinese Alligator feeding. Happens Fridays at 11:30.
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  • Christy H.
    You can pack a cooler. Legit.
    Christy Hendricks · November 22, 2014
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  • Thomas
    Visit for the festival of lights on Thanksgiving Weekend. Largest tri-state holiday event
    Thomas · November 26, 2011
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  • Scott G.
    Use the zoo app for a great map and schedule list
    Scott Gehlhoff · September 21, 2010
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  • Cedar Village
    We love visiting the Cincinnati Zoo in the Spring!!
    Cedar Village · March 25, 2012
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  • Jeffrey K.
    The parking situation is a disaster and a reason to stay away.
    Jeffrey King · August 9, 2015
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  • Nick B.
    During the fall the hours are 9-5 not 9-6
    Nick Burns · September 27, 2013
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  • anne s.
    Be sure to stop in at the PG Forest Discovery building
    anne s · May 9, 2012
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  • Matthew S.
    There's more fun for everyone at the Cincinnati Zoo! Read more
    Matthew Stephenson · July 9, 2010
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  • J R.
    Lions, zebras, elephants. Etc 😝
    J Rodriguez · October 2, 2015
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  • Gene S.
    Be prepared to do alot of walking.
    Gene Stith · October 13, 2012
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  • Gaye Lynn H.
    Love love the zoo Festival of lights amazing
    Gaye Lynn Hall · January 19, 2013
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  • Michele W.
    Don't forget bug spray
    Michele Wiener · August 2, 2013
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  • grabity
    Check out the awesome monkies in the insect house
    grabity · April 15, 2010
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  • grabity
    Give the Red River Hog Ale a try
    grabity · April 29, 2010
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  • Aaron R.
    Don't jump fences here, seriously.
    Aaron Roco · December 8, 2010
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  • Kimber L.
    The bird show is amazing!
    Kimber Lange · May 28, 2012
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  • Bb M.
    John was very active today at the zoo.
    Bb Meyer · August 18, 2013
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  • Theo B.
    Do not feed your children... ... to the wolves
    Theo Brinkman · July 24, 2011
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  • Calogero
    No tip, sorry.
    Calogero · January 25, 2011
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  • Fatynn Y.
    Just cheked in to get the special offers
    Fatynn Yusha · January 11, 2014
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  • Jeff
    Feed the giraffe. Awesome.
    Jeff · May 6, 2012
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  • Michael S.
    Feed the giraffes, 11-11:30am & 1-1:30pm
    Michael Stuart · April 18, 2010
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  • Ben S.
    Nice lights
    Ben S · November 27, 2015
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  • Geoffrey B.
    Stay away from Holidays......too many Peeps!
    Geoffrey Bobst · September 5, 2011
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  • Kamie W.
    Trafic is crazy there
    Kamie Wright · December 18, 2011
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  • Amanda G.
    Visit Baby Animals!
    Amanda Gibbs · March 25, 2010
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  • Kaylyn C.
    Beautiful place
    Kaylyn Campbell · June 5, 2015
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  • Star M.
    After hours hunt for lions
    Star Morales · August 15, 2014
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  • Star M.
    After Hours Hunt for Lions
    Star Morales · August 15, 2014
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  • Fatynn Y.
    Can't be tamed
    Fatynn Yusha · January 11, 2014
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  • Rachael S.
    great place to visit
    Rachael Starr · June 17, 2012
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  • TwoFace A.
    Zootini!!!
    TwoFace Ace · April 4, 2013
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  • Branden D.
    Parking sucks
    Branden Dunn · March 10, 2013
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