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Birmingham Zoo

#8 of 93 things to do in Birmingham Features Animals
2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223-1154
+1 205-879-0409
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I never thought I'd enjoy the zoo

They housed a lot of animals that for a Filipino like me are new. I love how they upheld the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Pasig City, Philippines
via mobile
A great zoo!

This zoo was a lot of fun and much better than expected!! We live in an area with a good zoo and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Melissa B
Orlando, Florida
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Watch sea lions being trained and fed, zip around on the Zoo Train, hop on the carousel, check out the alligator swamp and tropical rain forest: all this and more are offered at this educational and entertaining zoo housing 170 animals from around the world, including endangered species.
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good39%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“train ride” (57 reviews)
“splash pad” (39 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223-1154
+1 205-879-0409
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

They housed a lot of animals that for a Filipino like me are new. I love how they upheld the Alabama wildlife by making a separate feature of their own animals. It was nice to see the animals up close and learn about them too.

Thank nicathetraveler
Reviewed 4 days ago

This zoo was a lot of fun and much better than expected!! We live in an area with a good zoo and several top zoos around it. But the Birmingham Zoo was better than these! It was a warm day but we got very lucky...More

Thank Melissa B
Reviewed 6 days ago

We haven't been to the zoo for at least 15 years and were very pleasantly surprised by the improvements. The animals seem to have a lot more room to roam and it looked much cleaner than I remember. They are adding a new entrance, so...More

Thank Paula M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Traveled to the zoo with a bus load of children, excited to see the lions, monkeys, and reptiles. The entire trip was fun and adventurous. I'm happy to know that my nephew had a blast.

Thank Feesa J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hot day at the zoo but manageable. Lots of construction. But we enjoyed the animals and reptiles. Giraffe feed was fun. Animals were very active despite the heat - tiger growling, lions, elephants, giraffes, ... workers were attentive and helpful. Zoo was clean. Parking easy.

Thank w945106
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had some extra time on vacation, so I visited the Birmingham Zoo. Not difficult to find, just watch intersections. Very difficult to navigate. Easy and free parking. Gate fees seemed quite reasonable, children and senior's discounts. The aviary is especially nice for the bird watchers....More

Thank 274robertam
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful place to visit as an adult or with young children. It is a great place to take your time and walk and look at the animals. My daughter and I truly enjoyed the trip and all of the animals that we...More

Thank Z5090NIkarenc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This zoo is still relatively nice. The variety of animals have gotten fewer over the years. Do not go in the middle of summer unless you can endure tropical heat. Somewhat overpriced for what they have to see. Nice place to stroll for several hours.

Thank 38thalabama
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a smaller zoo but that makes it very walkable and you don't feel rushed to see everything. They have a splash pad and a couple of playground areas plus a petting zoo area for younger kids. They are making some additions and renovations...More

Thank Rather_Nomadic
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went on my own as an adult female. There is something in this zoo for everybody, including not only the common animals, but many exotic ones like a caiman lizard, fennec fox, fishing cat, red pandas, and dwarf mongoose. Also, there is a carousel...More

Thank JillT13
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Does anyone remember if they still have picnic areas?
20 June 2017|
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Response from Juanita B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is lots of tables to enjoy eating outside.
Does the train make stops in different areas in case the kids get tired of walking.
13 June 2017|
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Response from Sheri C | Reviewed this property |
No. It's not a long ride. It's just enough and it's very fun for the kids and adults too!
Is it very crowded on Memorial Day? Too crowded to enjoy with a 2 year old and 8 year old?
25 May 2017|
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Response from Sabrina B | Reviewed this property |
I would think they would be busy. We visited on a day when all the schools were there. I'm talking 10 or 12 school buses and it was terrible. Not enough room, couldn't see the exhibits for all the people in front of them.