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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
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Ranked #8 of 197 things to do in Cincinnati
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 5 July 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the zoo. The zoo did have quite a few hills, but there was also shade from the trees. We really liked the manatees! The building with the night animals was also one of our favorites. We went during the week (on a Wednesday) and there were quite a few people there, but not too crowded.

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Ok, the Botanical Gardens were spread out througout the zoo - I guess there isn't a separate enterance or are for the Gardens. We did see some flowers around - but I wouldn't call them Botanical Gardens in the traditional sense. But the zoo was great! Better tiger and Lion exhibits than at the San Diego zoo. This is a pretty large zoo for this size city - certainly one of the best in the country. On weekends it can get crowded, but buy a pass which can get you in at 9am - an hour before the general public. The pass includes admission, a 4-d show, and a train ride. The train ride is a waste if you don't have kids. But the zoo is an outstanding value overall. But don't go just to see the Gardens!

Thank knightline
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

On a mini vacation to Cincinnati we visited the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. It truly is a great attraction with many interesting exhibits. It reminded me of zoos in Germany . We also were impressed by the beautiful flowers throughout the park. On this very not day it also was so nice to walk around so many old big trees. We spent 5 hours there and can really recommend it to anybody visiting Cincinnati.

Thank Anneliese J
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

I took my 2 young sons, and we enjoyed the day. It is a pretty zoo with many beautiful animals. Be prepared to walk a lot up and down hills as well as in and out of nooks which may dead end. We saw the elephants, giraffes, penguins, polar bear, gorillas, and manatees up close. Due to the heat, many animals were in hiding. We still enjoyed seeing the other animals. There were lots of young teen/kids that were willing to help and answer questions. The teens also played games with my children on the playground which they thoroughly enjoyed. We rode the train once, and the round trip for 1 adult and 2 children was $9. I strongly suggest that you buy the all day pass where you can ride the train and carousel at a better rate if you plan to ride more than once. (With young children, one time around is not enough.) We did not get to ride the carousel, as my 2 year old fell asleep after a long day walking in the heat. There are shows that go on throughout the day, and we tried to watch. However, it is too hot to watch without shade; really need some canopies to cover seating areas. There are food kiosks in several places, and there are places that serve wine and beer. The map was a bit confusing, but we made it to most of what we wanted to see. This can be an expensive outing for a family by the time you pay for admittance, parking, train and carousel rides, feeding giraffes and petting zoo goats, 4d theatre, and snacks, drinks, and food; be prepared. Also, if you are out of town visiting, parking is across the street, and you take the pedestrian bridge across Vine St. You pay for parking as you exit. Also, you can save some money by bringing your own water, drinks, food, and/or snacks.

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This is a very nice zoo. I didn't know what to expect after I read this zoo was the 2nd oldest in the US, but it has been updated and had a lot of interesting exhibits. There were also several animal shows and various times. The train ride is one of the best I have been on at a zoo. Parking is a bit away and costly but the zoo makes it worth it.

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