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)
95 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.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
    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.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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.
  • 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!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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.
  • 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
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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.
  • Grace L.
    Grace LernerOctober 5, 2011
    Make sure to feed the giraffes. Only a dollar and you get up close to their blue tongues!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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
  • 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!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Erica B.
    Erica BrummettJanuary 13
    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
  • 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
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Rita D.
    Rita DoyleApril 1, 2016
    Beautiful horticulture! White tigers, meerkats, cheetah, red pandas, polar bears, African habitat. Peacocks!
  • Kami K.
    Kami KirklandOctober 20, 2011
    Try the reptile house the 2nd oldest building in USA!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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.
  • Phillip R.
    Phillip RisbyJuly 10, 2013
    The best zoo I've ever been to hands down! They let us feed a mother giraffe!
  • 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
  • CincinnatiZoo B.
    You've got to see the Chinese Alligator feeding. Happens Fridays at 11:30 in reptile house.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Kevin
    KevinMay 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The hand-dipped beer-battered chicken fingers at the watering hole are quite good!
  • Pocket L.
    Pocket LyndziMay 1, 2016
    My kids love the insect house... We go to the zoo every weekend
  • Meg B.
    Meg BiallasJune 23, 2012
    Need to cool off? Look for the fan misting stations located throughout the park.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • R B.
    R BMay 21, 2016
    Love the zoo babies! Good for families and casual date.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 :(
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BreechAugust 28, 2011
    We loved the Bird show! And the Brid Landing where the birds walk on you.
  • WYSO
    WYSODecember 1, 2010
    You can use your WYSO Membership card here for a 2-for-1 deal on admission!
  • Gene S.
    Gene StithOctober 13, 2012
    Be prepared to do alot of walking.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BuiceSeptember 23, 2016
    Nice zoo, but the best time to go is in early fall.
  • Nancy Ann W.
    Nancy Ann WartmanMay 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Arrive early for parking
  • Thomas
    ThomasNovember 26, 2011
    Visit for the festival of lights on Thanksgiving Weekend. Largest tri-state holiday event
  • Christy H.
    Christy HendricksNovember 22, 2014
    You can pack a cooler. Legit.
  • 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
  • Cedar Village
    Cedar VillageMarch 25, 2012
    We love visiting the Cincinnati Zoo in the Spring!!
  • J R.
    J RodriguezOctober 2, 2015
    Lions, zebras, elephants. Etc 😝
  • CincinnatiZoo B.
    The Zoo is now offering a special for Foursquare user check ins,
  • Heather
    HeatherJanuary 13, 2010
    Make sure to visit the white Lions, they are beautiful and fun to listen to!
  • Rich L.
    Rich LewisAugust 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Visit the amazing Manatee exhibit, to see the new young Manatees swimming behind a giant glass wall!
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CurleyMay 24, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    U get a free drink with every check-in at the zoo
  • Caitlin C.
    Meet Fiona the Hippo here
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Herbie H.
    Finally got to see Fiona!!
  • Chad H.
    Chad HembreeJanuary 10
    Be sure the see the tigers.
  • Gaye Lynn H.
    Gaye Lynn HallJanuary 19, 2013
    Love love the zoo Festival of lights amazing
  • JC M.
    JC Martinez-SifreDecember 23, 2013
    Where is Waldo? At the Manatee exhibit; stage left of the main tank.
  • anne s.
    anne sMay 9, 2012
    Be sure to stop in at the PG Forest Discovery building
  • Ben S.
    Ben SNovember 27, 2015
    Nice lights
  • Nick B.
    Nick BurnsSeptember 27, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    During the fall the hours are 9-5 not 9-6
  • Kimber L.
    Kimber LangeMay 28, 2012
    The bird show is amazing!
  • CincinnatiZoo B.
    You've got to see the Chinese Alligator feeding. Happens Fridays at 11:30.
  • Jeff
    JeffMay 6, 2012
    Feed the giraffe. Awesome.
  • Fatynn Y.
    Fatynn YushaJanuary 11, 2014
    Just cheked in to get the special offers
  • Michele W.
    Michele WienerAugust 2, 2013
    Don't forget bug spray
  • Theo B.
    Theo BrinkmanJuly 24, 2011
    Do not feed your children... ... to the wolves
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Bb M.
    Bb MeyerAugust 18, 2013
    John was very active today at the zoo.
  • Kaylyn C.
    Kaylyn CampbellJune 5, 2015
    Beautiful place
  • Aaron R.
    Aaron RocoDecember 8, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't jump fences here, seriously.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Rachael S.
    Rachael StarrJune 17, 2012
    great place to visit
  • Michael S.
    Michael StuartApril 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Feed the giraffes, 11-11:30am & 1-1:30pm
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Scott G.
    Scott GehlhoffSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Use the zoo app for a great map and schedule list
  • Star M.
    Star MoralesAugust 15, 2014
    After hours hunt for lions
  • Star M.
    Star MoralesAugust 15, 2014
    After Hours Hunt for Lions
  • Fatynn Y.
    Fatynn YushaJanuary 11, 2014
    Can't be tamed
  • Clindy G.
    Clindy GohsJuly 16, 2016
    The animals!
  • Brandy W.
    Brandy Whyde-ThomasMarch 30, 2013
    Didn't like it at all, too crowded, and hardly anywhere to sit.
  • grabity
    grabityApril 15, 2010
    Check out the awesome monkies in the insect house
  • Kamie W.
    Kamie WrightDecember 18, 2011
    Trafic is crazy there
  • TwoFace A.
    TwoFace AceApril 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
  • grabity
    grabityApril 29, 2010
    Give the Red River Hog Ale a try
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew StephensonJuly 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    There's more fun for everyone at the Cincinnati Zoo! Read more
  • Geoffrey B.
    Geoffrey BobstSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Stay away from Holidays......too many Peeps!
  • Peter S.
    Peter SchwabDecember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Branden D.
    Branden DunnMarch 10, 2013
    Parking sucks
  • Amanda G.
    Amanda GibbsMarch 25, 2010
    Visit Baby Animals!
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonApril 29, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Check out the zoo's free iPhone app. It includes a GPS enabled map, feeding schedules and more information on the animals. Read more
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Jeffrey K.
    Jeffrey KingAugust 9, 2015
    The parking situation is a disaster and a reason to stay away.
    Downvoted Jun 25
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