Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Zoo and Aquarium
3701 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68107, United States
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Closed until 9:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is nationally renowned for its leadership in animal conservation and research. Evolving from the public Riverview Park Zoo established in 1894, today the Zoo includes several notable exhibits.

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    Kelly D.
    "big car exhibits and the gorillas"(7 Tips)
    Parents Magazine
    "world’s largest indoor exhibits"(3 Tips)
    Chris C.
    "Check out the new tiger cub, Anya, in the cat complex."(2 Tips)
    Chris H.
    "largest indoor desert"(2 Tips)
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  • Jordan P.
    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.
    Jordan Pisarcik · July 9, 2012
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  • Miles R.
    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.
    Miles Rausch · July 13, 2013
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  • Erik R.
    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!
    Erik Rowley · March 24, 2013
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  • Allyce M.
    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.
    Allyce Mohs · January 15, 2013
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  • Chris H.
    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
    Chris Heuertz · March 10, 2012
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  • Vanessa D.
    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.
    Vanessa Dreessen · June 7, 2015
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  • Guy J.
    This is a great place the best zoo I have ever seen by far if you are in Omaha this is a must see but take at least an entire day there is so much to see
    Guy Johnson · September 27, 2013
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  • Christine H.
    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!
    Christine Hawks · December 19, 2013
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  • Christopher B.
    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!
    Christopher Bond · August 31, 2013
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  • Keyleigh W.
    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.
    Keyleigh Watson · September 4, 2011
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  • Dan R.
    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.
    Dan Row · July 21, 2013
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  • Anthony R.
    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!
    Anthony Robinson · October 31, 2014
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  • Parents Magazine
    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
    Parents Magazine · July 19, 2011
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  • Kelly D.
    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!
    Kelly Duggan · February 16, 2013
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  • Darla C.
    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.
    Darla Cook · August 6, 2013
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  • Rich J.
    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.
    Rich Johnson · October 28, 2014
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  • R W.
    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.
    R Williams · May 4, 2014
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  • Kim B.
    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.
    Kim Bousquet Reiner · May 31, 2013
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  • Bri H.
    I've been coming here since I was a small child and I still love it every time! Definitely my favorite zoo by far!
    Bri Hicks · June 26, 2013
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  • Jennifer B.
    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).
    Jennifer Baldwin · July 7, 2012
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  • Justeen K.
    This zoo is absolutely awesome! Been here twice and I still haven't seen it all! Loved the desert dome and feeding the monkeys.
    Justeen Keller · August 31, 2014
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  • Rob
    When the main entrance is crowded, the north entrance is usually open and empty. Parking is usually available north too.
    Rob · April 27, 2013
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  • Jared R.
    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...
    Jared R · August 27, 2011
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  • Laura G.
    Incredible zoo! Took all day to get through it. Amazing. Every little kid and big kid should go there at least once! Read more
    Laura Gaulke · August 22, 2011
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  • Dawn F.
    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!
    Dawn Ferring · September 30, 2012
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  • Kayla
    For the love of God, don't go on Saturdays if you value time and gas money. Parking is an absolute nightmare.
    Kayla · August 10, 2013
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  • Kevin ..
    Something for kids of all ages. Come early, pack a lunch and spend the whole day there.
    Kevin . · September 3, 2014
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  • CJHacker
    On hot days, cool yourself off at the IMax theater. Usually pretty good shows, especially the 3d shows.
    CJHacker · June 14, 2010
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  • Tiana V.
    Surprisingly large zoo. Loved the variety of environments they provide especially the swamp area.
    Tiana Victoria · November 2, 2014
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  • Joshua T.
    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.
    Joshua Thompson · March 23, 2013
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  • Luke S.
    Make sure to go early! You will get to see more active animals than later in the afternoon.
    Luke Shepherd · July 26, 2013
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  • Derek E.
    Find the mulberry trees by the North entrance and the petting zoo. Pick the darkest ones. Delicious.
    Derek Eskens · June 3, 2012
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  • Hillary A.
    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.
    Hillary Addison · March 9, 2010
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  • Ben W.
    It can be fun to talk to the animal caretaker staff to learn more about the animals.
    Ben Wicks · 1 week ago
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  • Miranda R.
    The aquarium is awesome. Loved all the fish... And especially the jellyfish. Don't miss out!
    Miranda Rowenhorst · May 28, 2011
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  • A M.
    The coolest zoo! I love the rainforest and the creatures of the night! But my favorite is the aquarium
    A M · July 7, 2015
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  • Laura S.
    The Dairy Barn by the petting zoo is the COOLEST place on a HOT day! Stand under the vents near the windows!
    Laura Snyder · August 2, 2011
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  • Vanessa D.
    Prairie Dog Hill...so cute, they walk right up to you! Just don't touch or feed them.
    Vanessa Dreessen · June 7, 2015
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  • Stephanie M.
    Love the aviary; kids like the aquarium. IMAX is terrific too.
    Stephanie M · October 7, 2015
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  • Andrew N.
    Come in September- the weather is beautiful and its a great place to be out and active.
    Andrew Nilges · September 21, 2015
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  • Logan
    The sea animals are what you need to see. Stop and see an iMax.
    Logan · July 4, 2015
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  • Justin O.
    Great zoo! The range of animals displayed here is breathtaking. It's a large park so bring comfortable shoes.
    Justin Ordoveza · November 10, 2014
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  • Chris C.
    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
    Chris Carmichael · August 19, 2010
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  • Sara K.
    I loved this zoo but I wish the big cat exhibits were a little nicer.
    Sara Kimball · November 17, 2013
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  • Lauryn W.
    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!
    Lauryn Woods · January 22, 2013
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  • Lisa S.
    I absolutely love the Henry Doorly Zoo. The aquarium is amazing!
    Lisa Sheldon · May 26, 2013
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  • Lisa W.
    Buy your tickets on line and bypass the lines. Don't miss the sky ride.
    Lisa Witmer · July 26, 2014
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  • Jake K.
    This plaze is wonderful. Have gotten a year membership before and really enjoyed it with the family.
    Jake Known · July 26, 2013
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  • gabriel m.
    The feeding of The sharks was not that exiting so do not get muddle to see ig with The pack crowd
    gabriel mejia · August 22, 2010
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  • Allison B.
    Love the zoo. So many great things GS to see and do. I could sit and watch the sharks all day.
    Allison Brown-Corson · December 31, 2013
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