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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

#2 of 182 things to do in Cincinnati Features Animals
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220-1333
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Playful exercise!

It was extremely hot the day we went, but there were enough trees and exhibits to look at that it... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2016
Bedford, Indiana
via mobile
Great place to take the kids

We usually go to the zoo at christmas to see the light display, but also love to visit throughout... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2016
Jerry Y
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This second oldest zoo in the U.S., considered one of the best in the country, is most renowned for its endangered species and birthing programs, particularly for gorillas and white tigers, and has a wonderful collection of felines and a delightful manatees exhibit.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220-1333
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Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

It was extremely hot the day we went, but there were enough trees and exhibits to look at that it wasn't too bad! We definitely got our steps in! We were able to rest at the Peace Garden and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Thank owilcox21
Reviewed 15 June 2016

We usually go to the zoo at christmas to see the light display, but also love to visit throughout the year with our 8 yr-old to see the various animals. If you visit 2-3 times/yr, it is worth getting a yearly membership.

Thank Jerry Y
Reviewed 15 June 2016

We loved the Cincinnati Zoo and would definitely go back again. Our only complaint was that it was 95 degrees so most of the animals were sleeping most of the afternoon and just trying to stay out of the sun. The 4D movie was cute...More

Thank 4,471
Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Cincinnati has a beautiful zoo. We went on a Thursday. We were able to park very close to the front entrance. We bought our tickets through AAA which did save us a few bucks. The landscape of the zoo was nicely done. This family of...More

Thank ellsee74
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Great variety of animals with a decent layout. A lot of hills though. They have a lot of places to eat and drink with decent prices even for their all season drink cups. Great place to spend the day with family.

Thank Larry W
Reviewed 10 June 2016

My 2 year old son and I got passes this year. We go a couple times a month and still seem to find something we haven't seen. We love the train ride and carousel. I enjoy the walking. It is nice to get a discount...More

Thank bbear101
Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

Definitely visit when you're in town. You will not regret it. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and the animals and facilities are enjoyable and safe.

Thank alphagirl86
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Cincinnati Zoo is the 2nd oldest in the USA (slightly younger than Philly). The Zoo is extremely well supported by the community and therefore is constantly being upgraded to maintain a World Class status. An all new Hippo Cove Exhibit opens this summer, which is...More

Thank Derrin01
Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

Took a friend who is a Berkeley Political Scientist specializing in urban issues and relatives from Europe. They asked to leave after 30 minutes as it is so depressing. Management does a good job aesthetically with what they have - a very cramped inner city...More

3  Thank Odysseusaz
Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

Cincinnati Zoo is very accessible. I have never felt overwhelmed or lost. Layout is logical--but a map is necessary. And there is enough to do to keep young kids--and us older ones--engaged.

3  Thank mtharward
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Shaun M
Can you bring cooler, drinks, and backpack into the zoo?
4 June 2017|
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Response from John T | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can bring coolers and backpacks into the zoo
Joan B
Are there any discounts?
6 May 2017|
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Response from Steve B | Reviewed this property |
seniors, and military are great discounts. don't know of others..
Does anyone know where is a good place to stay near the zoo? We will be traveling from Michigan and would like to make Cincinnati a mini two night vacation. Also any other attractions a mom of two teen girls might enjoy? Planning for summer/July thank you!
21 April 2017|
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Response from Diane B | Reviewed this property |
I agree that the area around Fountain Square is a great place to stay, but if you have a car you could stay outside of town and save some money. It is not hard to find parking in Cincy. In addition to the suggestions from... More