Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Kevin ..
    Kevin .September 3, 2014
    Something for kids of all ages. Come early, pack a lunch and spend the whole day there.
  • 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
    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.
  • Ben W.
    Ben WicksMay 13, 2016
    It can be fun to talk to the animal caretaker staff to learn more about the animals.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MOctober 7, 2015
    Love the aviary; kids like the aquarium. IMAX is terrific too.
  • 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.
  • Jake K.
    Jake KnownJuly 26, 2013
    This plaze is wonderful. Have gotten a year membership before and really enjoyed it with the family.
  • Sara K.
    Sara KimballNovember 17, 2013
    I loved this zoo but I wish the big cat exhibits were a little nicer.
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • Miranda R.
    Miranda RowenhorstMay 28, 2011
    The aquarium is awesome. Loved all the fish... And especially the jellyfish. Don't miss out!
  • Lindsy B.
    Lindsy BrownSeptember 23, 2016
    Even when it's busy, this is a great place to take the whole family!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Queena K.
    Queena KouJune 25, 2015
    The design of the indoor exhibits here are ON POINT!
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