Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Zoo and Botanical Garden
Avondale, Cincinnati
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  • 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)
    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.
    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.
  • HISTORY
    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.
  • 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.
  • Melinda K.
    Melinda KiserJuly 25, 2014
    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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonJune 30, 2010
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Shawn S.
    Shawn SJanuary 24, 2010
    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
  • Rob C.
    Rob CheekJanuary 28
    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.
  • 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
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonNovember 2, 2011
    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
  • Mandy P.
    Mandy PritchardAugust 1, 2010
    Coolest job I've ever had! Be sure to check out the World of the Insect building. The leaf-cutter ants are amazing!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Grace L.
    Grace LernerOctober 5, 2011
    Make sure to feed the giraffes. Only a dollar and you get up close to their blue tongues!
  • Rita D.
    Rita DoyleApril 1
    Beautiful horticulture! White tigers, meerkats, cheetah, red pandas, polar bears, African habitat. Peacocks!
  • Robin B.
    Robin BehlowMay 17, 2010
    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
  • Michael R.
    Michael RotgersNovember 14, 2011
    Arrive early....you'll be able to see more of the animals and won't have to wait in crowded lines
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Erica A.
    Erica AlhornAugust 27, 2011
    Go see the Red Pandas. Not common at most zoos, but very cool and worth seeing.
  • Heather
    HeatherJanuary 13, 2010
    Make sure to visit the white Lions, they are beautiful and fun to listen to!
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonMay 2, 2011
    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.
  • WYSO
    WYSODecember 1, 2010
    You can use your WYSO Membership card here for a 2-for-1 deal on admission!
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonApril 29, 2010
    Check out the zoo's free iPhone app. It includes a GPS enabled map, feeding schedules and more information on the animals. Read more
    Downvoted Jul 4
  • Phillip R.
    Phillip RisbyJuly 10, 2013
    The best zoo I've ever been to hands down! They let us feed a mother giraffe!
  • Daniel D.
    Great place for the kids not too expensive. The weekend we went was really crowded
  • Michael T.
    Michael TchouJuly 19, 2015
    Get a membership and enjoy early arrival, and special events.
  • Pocket L.
    My kids love the insect house... We go to the zoo every weekend
  • Kevin
    KevinMay 29, 2011
    The hand-dipped beer-battered chicken fingers at the watering hole are quite good!
  • R B.
    R BMay 21
    Love the zoo babies! Good for families and casual date.
  • Rich L.
    Rich LewisAugust 10, 2010
    Visit the amazing Manatee exhibit, to see the new young Manatees swimming behind a giant glass wall!
  • CincinnatiZoo B.
    You've got to see the Chinese Alligator feeding. Happens Fridays at 11:30 in reptile house.
  • Clifford A.
    Clifford AdamsDecember 13, 2015
    Base camp cafe doesn't have to go boxes for food, so bring your own!
  • Leon H.
    Leon HerbertAugust 24, 2014
    This is an excellent zoo. Always innovating.
  • 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.
  • CincinnatiZoo B.
    The Zoo is now offering a special for Foursquare user check ins,
  • R B.
    R BFebruary 7, 2015
    Huge. Festival of lights are night. I really like the giraffes!
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle Buice6 days ago
    Nice zoo, but the best time to go is in early fall.
  • Nancy Ann W.
    Nancy Ann WartmanMay 20, 2014
    Arrive early for parking
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