Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

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  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyMarch 24, 2013
    This is the best zoo in the country. It has the largest indoor desert, swamp, and rainforest in the world. Other highlights include an amazing aquarium, gorilla valley, and view on the chairlifts!
  • Miles R.
    Miles RauschJuly 13, 2013
    I agree with everyone, the aquarium *is* amazing. However, it's also very popular. Parents with strollers and young kids take note - it's cramped and slow-moving on busy days, and there are few exits.
  • Donovan
    DonovanJuly 2, 2016
    Absolutely incredible. Great value and beautiful exhibits. If you are claustrophobic I would avoid the aquarium on the weekends. It can get very tight in the walkway. But for good reason. Beautiful.
  • Jordan P.
    Jordan PisarcikJuly 9, 2012
    Definitely expected it to be "just another zoo", but I was wrong. It was easily the best zoo I've ever been to. It's huge and modern, and they have some very rare animals.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HawksDecember 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you usually visit in the morning, try coming by in the afternoon (or visa versa). You get to see a lot of different animal behaviors at different times of day!
  • Vanessa D.
    Vanessa DreessenJune 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Kingdoms of the Night is very cool...but please do not use flash photography! Many of the animals are very sensitive to light and they will hide from view when they see a bright flash.
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BondAugust 31, 2013
    Take the sky tram (to your right when you walk in) to the back and work your way forward--less crowds and great views of animals on the tram!
  • Dan R.
    Dan RowJuly 21, 2013
    My dad and I have come here every summer since I was in the 2nd grade. In 21 now and we still make a point to come every year. On of my favorite places on earth.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HeuertzMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Largest cat complex in North America; world's largest nocturnal exhibit & indoor swamp; one of the largest indoor rainforest, & the world's largest indoor desert, & glazed geodesic dome in the world
  • Allyce M.
    Allyce MohsJanuary 15, 2013
    November 1-February 28: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily. Buildings stay open until 5 p.m. March 1-October 31: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Buildings stay open until 6 p.m. Open year-round except for Christmas Day.
  • Kim B.
    Kim Bousquet ReinerMay 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite time to visit is January. The zoo is near empty and the animals are more active. The indoor exhibits are all near the main entrance.
  • Ronda H.
    Absolutely the best zoo I have visited! The animals have acres and acres of living space. Omaha has done a wonderful job! 2 THUMBS UP!!!
  • Rich J.
    Rich JohnsonOctober 28, 2014
    Amazing zoo. We bought a pass because with my family it was paid for in two trips. But we go again and again. Totally worth it. It took several trips for us to see everything.
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RobinsonOctober 31, 2014
    A definite must if you are ever in Omaha. Been going here since I was barely old enough to know the difference between a rhino and an elephant!
  • Kelly D.
    Kelly DugganFebruary 16, 2013
    Best zoo I've ever been too, the big car exhibits and the gorillas are amazing and the aquarium has a walk through shark tank!
  • Justeen K.
    Justeen KellerAugust 31, 2014
    This zoo is absolutely awesome! Been here twice and I still haven't seen it all! Loved the desert dome and feeding the monkeys.
  • Bri H.
    Bri HicksJune 26, 2013
    I've been coming here since I was a small child and I still love it every time! Definitely my favorite zoo by far!
  • Darla C.
    Darla CookAugust 6, 2013
    A terrific zoo! So much to see and do, it's hard to get it all in in one day. I still would highly recommend going there.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BaldwinJuly 7, 2012
    Find the zoo brochure before your arrival (usually in hotel lobbies) and use the $1 off admission coupon for each member of your party (up to 6 people).
  • R W.
    R WilliamsMay 4, 2014
    This zoo has grown over the years as Omaha's wealth has exploded with three billionaires living in the city. Easily one of the world's best zoos.
  • Jeffery G.
    Jeffery GeerJuly 15, 2016
    It takes a whole day to really take in everything this zoo has to offer. The Creatures of the Night exhibit under the dome is my favorite.
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaNovember 10, 2014
    Great zoo! The range of animals displayed here is breathtaking. It's a large park so bring comfortable shoes.
  • Kevin P.
    You can go here any time of year, even winter, due to all the indoor stuff that will keep you busy for hours.
  • Rob
    RobApril 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    When the main entrance is crowded, the north entrance is usually open and empty. Parking is usually available north too.
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SheldonMay 26, 2013
    I absolutely love the Henry Doorly Zoo. The aquarium is amazing!
  • Luke S.
    Luke ShepherdJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to go early! You will get to see more active animals than later in the afternoon.
  • Laura G.
    Laura GaulkeAugust 22, 2011
    Incredible zoo! Took all day to get through it. Amazing. Every little kid and big kid should go there at least once! Read more
  • Tiana V.
    Tiana VictoriaNovember 2, 2014
    Surprisingly large zoo. Loved the variety of environments they provide especially the swamp area.
  • Aaron P.
    Aaron Pelster2 weeks ago
    Number one zoo in the world. A waste of time to go anywhere else. Great changes always happening.
  • Derek E.
    Derek EskensJune 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Find the mulberry trees by the North entrance and the petting zoo. Pick the darkest ones. Delicious.
  • A M.
    A MJuly 7, 2015
    The coolest zoo! I love the rainforest and the creatures of the night! But my favorite is the aquarium
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NilgesSeptember 21, 2015
    Come in September- the weather is beautiful and its a great place to be out and active.
  • Kevin ..
    Kevin .September 3, 2014
    Something for kids of all ages. Come early, pack a lunch and spend the whole day there.
  • Parents Magazine
    Parents MagazineJuly 19, 2011
    This zoo has some of the world’s largest indoor exhibits, for year-round fun. “My boys sit in front of the gorillas, and they all make faces at each other.” – Sarah Darling, American Baby reader
  • Dawn F.
    Dawn FerringSeptember 30, 2012
    A place where adults can be a kid again! It is a very large zoo, and it has a I Max theater. My son goes with his four year old nephew when he has a day off!
  • Lauryn W.
    Lauryn WoodsJanuary 22, 2013
    Excellent place to exercise. Strap on a couple of wrist and ankle weights and do a full tour. You won't even notice the burn!
  • Vanessa D.
    Vanessa DreessenJune 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Prairie Dog Hill...so cute, they walk right up to you! Just don't touch or feed them.
  • Allison B.
    Allison Brown-CorsonDecember 31, 2013
    Love the zoo. So many great things GS to see and do. I could sit and watch the sharks all day.
  • Jake K.
    Jake KnownJuly 26, 2013
    This plaze is wonderful. Have gotten a year membership before and really enjoyed it with the family.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MOctober 7, 2015
    Love the aviary; kids like the aquarium. IMAX is terrific too.
  • Sara K.
    Sara KimballNovember 17, 2013
    I loved this zoo but I wish the big cat exhibits were a little nicer.
  • Ben W.
    Ben WicksMay 13, 2016
    It can be fun to talk to the animal caretaker staff to learn more about the animals.
  • Logan
    LoganJuly 4, 2015
    The sea animals are what you need to see. Stop and see an iMax.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WitmerJuly 26, 2014
    Buy your tickets on line and bypass the lines. Don't miss the sky ride.
  • Lori C.
    Lori CollinsJune 12, 2012
    Check put all the new babies. Take the skyfari to the baby sealion. You can see the baby giraffe along the way!
  • Miranda R.
    Miranda RowenhorstMay 28, 2011
    The aquarium is awesome. Loved all the fish... And especially the jellyfish. Don't miss out!
  • Keyleigh W.
    Keyleigh WatsonSeptember 4, 2011
    Great zoo! Unfortunately is always filled with inconsiderate rude people and parents who purposely run into you with their strollers let their kids run around unsupervised.
  • Jared R.
    Jared RAugust 27, 2011
    Watch out when you put your back to the window in the gorilla section--there's a silverback that likes to pound on the windows when you do...
  • Lindsy B.
    Lindsy BrownSeptember 23, 2016
    Even when it's busy, this is a great place to take the whole family!
  • Queena K.
    Queena KouJune 25, 2015
    The design of the indoor exhibits here are ON POINT!
  • Ellie
    EllieFebruary 2, 2014
    Wow!!!! What an AWESOME zoo! This is a must go!
  • Laura S.
    Laura SnyderAugust 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Dairy Barn by the petting zoo is the COOLEST place on a HOT day! Stand under the vents near the windows!
  • Tanya O.
    Tanya OchsnerJune 29, 2014
    Aquarium is great, will be great when they get the African exhibit finished and get Elephants back😁👍🐪
  • Kayla
    KaylaAugust 10, 2013
    For the love of God, don't go on Saturdays if you value time and gas money. Parking is an absolute nightmare.
  • BunFu C.
    BunFu ChopSeptember 3, 2013
    You might have take two visits to see everything. This zoo is massive.
  • Tina V.
    Tina VossMay 13, 2013
    Awesome zoo! Tons of things to see/do and the automated dinosaur park was a blast!
  • Joshua T.
    Joshua ThompsonMarch 23, 2013
    Not everything is available to be seen until Memorial Day. I was hoping to catch an educational talk. At least I saw them feed the sea lions and the penguins.
  • Zach B.
    Zach BarnesOctober 29, 2014
    One of the best zoos i have ever been too. Great time with family.
  • Adrienne K.
    Adrienne KensingerMay 16, 2013
    Still my favorite zoo! I love this place :)
  • Sierra L.
    Sierra LewisFebruary 16, 2012
    Stop in and meet some animals, I personally fav the elephants!
  • John K.
    John KosterJuly 7, 2016
    If you're going to see the new Africa section, I'd wait a bit. Not all animals are in. Just a lot of walking.
  • Maria Rani
    Maria RaniDecember 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Imax is a neat experience.
  • Krysta L.
    Krysta LarsonOctober 29, 2014
    Don't leave without visiting the swamp and the nocturnal animals. It's the coolest place there!
  • CJHacker
    CJHackerJune 14, 2010
    On hot days, cool yourself off at the IMax theater. Usually pretty good shows, especially the 3d shows.
  • Amethyst M.
    Amethyst MahoneyJuly 28, 2013
    Love the zoo! Went there with my friends Barbara Moore and Lisa Novak. Read more
  • Lahaina G.
    Lahaina GualeNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Zoo goers get pretty close to the animals which is pretty awesome.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CarmichaelAugust 19, 2010
    Check out the new tiger cub, Anya, in the cat complex. It's her first full day outside, and she spent her time playing under the watchful eye of mama! Read more
  • Sarah K.
    Sarah KohtzJuly 20, 2016
    Everything this place is awesome!
  • Kris P.
    Kris PageAugust 25, 2013
    We enjoyed so much there yesterday!
  • Lynda M.
    Lynda MathreJanuary 17, 2015
    We always have a good time. This is a great zoo!
  • Hillary A.
    Hillary AddisonMarch 9, 2010
    Definetely the best zoo I've ever been to. Alot to see though, so make it a day trip to see all it has to offer.
  • JEFF M.
    JEFF MCNEESEJuly 13, 2016
    Be prepare to spend the day. go to the jungle first see the movie when you need some rest.
  • mike b.
    mike baumannMay 22, 2011
    If you get the household membership you get free IMAX!!!
  • jeff l.
    jeff laughlinFebruary 14, 2015
    Great time to go if you're not a crowd person.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas CampeauJune 19, 2015
    Go see the giraffes. They were awesome.
  • Hannah B.
    Hannah ButlerJanuary 29, 2012
    I love this place I wish they wud have the elephants again!!!
  • Marni
    MarniOctober 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The aquarium is great and the jungle.
  • J C.
    J ChanSeptember 23, 2016
    Go on a weekday, less people & kiddos!
  • Lex C.
    Lex ColhourSeptember 26, 2015
    Amazing! Shark tank is by far the best. :)
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KalinaSeptember 10, 2014
    Fun for the whole family! Get a zoo pass and stop by again!
  • Phil B.
    Phil BurchJuly 9, 2013
    great zoo lot of walking spead out to much
  • Pam C.
    Pam CookeJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome zoo well worth the visit
  • Burke B.
    Burke BrownJuly 18, 2015
    A great way to spend a Saturday!
  • Ryan
    RyanMarch 15, 2011
    Keep Bay away from the Monkey House . . . they may try to keep him! Ha ha! Have fun!
  • Shannon B.
    Shannon BinghamJune 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing zoo. Great exercise.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CJanuary 14, 2016
    One of my Top Pick Zoo's in the USA
  • Ellyn M.
    Ellyn MMarch 23, 2014
    It's a must see. Go and have fun
  • Izzy R.
    Izzy RayneAugust 30, 2014
    great place to spend time with the whole family...
  • Kris P.
    Kris PageAugust 24, 2013
    Amazing trip to the zoo!
  • Emerald W.
    Emerald WolfessApril 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Used to go to high school here always have a blast coming
  • Jason D.
    Jason DiazJanuary 2, 2013
    Bring the whole family you'll never forget it!!! #OmahaHenryDoorlyZoo
  • Reece C.
    Reece C.September 28, 2011
    Ride the trolley if you plan on spending the whole day
  • Stacie C.
    Stacie CaryJuly 17, 2014
    Good food and company
  • Randy T.
    Randy TeerJuly 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    @ Jane Kelly, why would I go to the St. Louis zoo if I live in Omaha, moron
  • Dan F.
    Dan FoyJune 14, 2015
    It's just one of the top zoos in the world
  • Steve T.
    Steve TalbottJune 21, 2011
    Has to be a top 5 Zoo. Place is fantastic.
  • Shawn F.
    Shawn FinleyMarch 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A fun place to spend the day!
  • Jennie N.
    Jennie NoelineApril 11, 2012
    The new Aquarium is AWESOME!
  • Thomas S.
    Thomas SteffenAugust 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Members only Member appreciation day. Behind the scenes tour
  • Jane K.
    Jane KellySeptember 5, 2011
    Go to the saint Louis zoo.. its free and you get all the same stuff
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