Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Zoo and Garden
3400 Vine St (at Erkenbrecher Ave.), Cincinnati, OH 45220, United States
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Closed until 9:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
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Yes (incl. American Express)
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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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  • CincinnatiZoo B.

    The Zoo is now offering a special for Foursquare user check ins,

    CincinnatiZoo Botanical-Garden · September 1, 2010
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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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  • 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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  • Parenting

    The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is considered one of the top zoos in the nation and one of the very best for kids. More than 1.2 million people visit the zoo's award-winning exhibits, 500 animal Read more

    Parenting · August 4, 2011
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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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  • 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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  • Heather

    Make sure to visit the white Lions, they are beautiful and fun to listen to!

    Heather · January 13, 2010
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Michael S.

    Feed the giraffes, 11-11:30am & 1-1:30pm

    Michael Stuart · April 18, 2010
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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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  • CincinnatiZoo B.

    You've got to see the Chinese Alligator feeding. Happens Fridays at 11:30.

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  • grabity

    Give the Red River Hog Ale a try

    grabity · April 29, 2010
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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.

    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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  • Matthew S.

    There's more fun for everyone at the Cincinnati Zoo! Read more

    Matthew Stephenson · July 9, 2010
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Scott G.

    Use the zoo app for a great map and schedule list

    Scott Gehlhoff · September 21, 2010
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  • Amanda G.

    Visit Baby Animals!

    Amanda Gibbs · March 25, 2010
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  • Branden D.

    Parking sucks

    Branden Dunn · March 10, 2013
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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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  • Cedar Village

    We love visiting the Cincinnati Zoo in the Spring!!

    Cedar Village · March 25, 2012
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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 Wehmann · February 20, 2012
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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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  • 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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  • Aaron R.

    Don't jump fences here, seriously.

    Aaron Roco · December 8, 2010
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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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  • Señorita E.

    Just cheked in to get the special offers

    Señorita Ericka · January 11, 2014
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  • Jeff

    Feed the giraffe. Awesome.

    Jeff · May 6, 2012
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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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  • 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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  • Michelle C.

    U get a free drink with every check-in at the zoo

    Michelle Curley · May 24, 2011
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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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  • grabity

    Check out the awesome monkies in the insect house

    grabity · April 15, 2010
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  • Rayshaunda B.

    Huge. Festival of lights are night. I really like the giraffes!

    Rayshaunda Byrd · 3 weeks ago
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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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  • Christy H.

    You can pack a cooler. Legit.

    Christy Hendricks · November 22, 2014
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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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  • Leon H.

    This is an excellent zoo. Always innovating.

    Leon Herbert · August 24, 2014
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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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  • 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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  • Nancy Ann W.

    Arrive early for parking

    Nancy Ann Wartman · May 20, 2014
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  • Señorita E.

    Can't be tamed

    Señorita Ericka · January 11, 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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