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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

#2 of 183 things to do in Cincinnati Features Animals
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220-1333
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Lots of baby animals on site!

You have to park in their parking lot (parking is $10.) and then walk across a pedestrian bridge... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2016
Groton, Connecticut
Took granddaughter to the zoo

One of the best zoos. We enjoyed the gorilla exhibit the best. There was quite a few gorillas out... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2016
Patricia T
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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%
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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 31 August 2016

You have to park in their parking lot (parking is $10.) and then walk across a pedestrian bridge over the highway to get to the zoo. You can feed the giraffes for a nominal fee which we didn’t do. We tried watching a cheetah show...More

1  Thank jlgsgirl
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

One of the best zoos. We enjoyed the gorilla exhibit the best. There was quite a few gorillas out and we even witnessed two female gorillas fighting and the big male silverback ran over and put a stop to the fight! Amazing.

1  Thank Patricia T
Reviewed 30 August 2016

We love the Toronto Zoo near us but on our way through we decided to stop by the Cincinatti Zoo. It was fantastic. There was a lot less walking between exhibits and we couldn't get over how close you could get to the animals at...More

1  Thank t4c22
Reviewed 30 August 2016

Plan to spend at least half the day here since that just goes to show how much there is to see and do here. We saw several new additions to the zoo, including a memorial to Harambe, the new hippos (Henry and Bibi), a baby...More

1  Thank Stephanie P
Reviewed 30 August 2016

If you're traveling through Cincinnati and thinking of adding this to your list plan to pay a lot for parking and admission, and get there early. On a sunny Friday afternoon the zoo was extremely crowded to the point where it became frustrating. If you...More

1  Thank Charles B
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Not happy about $10.00 to park. After all we are already paying to get in. Whatever you do eat lunch before you get there the prices are outrageous!! I think it was $3.50 for a 16 oz pepsi...little much. The zoo is nice, but the...More

Thank Diamond3650
Reviewed 29 August 2016

My wife, parents, and me went to Kentucky to see the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, and found out about this zoo the night before we were supposed to head back home. We carved out some time to see the zoo and were so glad...More

1  Thank James C
Reviewed 28 August 2016

New baby giraffe and months old cheetahs, need I say more? I love to see the animal babies. It is so much fun to just walk around, checking out the animals but also enjoying the botanical gardens. You never know what you're going to see...More

1  Thank happyandretired318
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Our tickets included unlimited rides on BB&T Express Train Ride & Carousel (both for kids) plus the 4-D Theater Special FX Experience (The seats vibrate and water mists where appropriate. Short video and the picture was not as good as we saw on a friend's...More

1  Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

I was impressed with this zoo. When we went it was way too hot. Make sure you go early!! Also, be prepared to walk!! I think the only thing that would help this zoo is if they had more cooling off places where there was...More

1  Thank Shystar1
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Dee S
5 July 2017|
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Response from tanveer08007 | Reviewed this property |
There is no wading pool. But there is shot out must towards the elephant reserves. If you are not a member, coming in and out of zoo to go to the car in the parking lot may not convenient or permitted. If you plan on... More
Kayla Marie G
3 July 2017|
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Response from Leslie M | Reviewed this property |
Parking was $6, no free parking. In the Star Wars Exhibit no drinks of any kind were allowed inside, but outside it was fine. They have lockers too.
Shaun M
4 June 2017|
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Response from John T | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can bring coolers and backpacks into the zoo