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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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Nice big city zoo

This zoo has a lovely assortment of animals and habitats. The landscaping along the wide walkways... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Monroe, Ohio
Last minute day trip

Took my son and his friend here to kill time before a Reds game. I had not been to this zoo in... read more

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Milton, WV
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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.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • 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 yesterday

This zoo has a lovely assortment of animals and habitats. The landscaping along the wide walkways is pleasant (and decently shadey on hot days). The zoo is set up so taffic can flow in a multitude of directions. There are inside exhibits, such as with...More

Thank Trillium1724
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Took my son and his friend here to kill time before a Reds game. I had not been to this zoo in probably 25 years. I was really impressed with the size of the zoo, the staff and the number of animals the zoo houses....More

Thank PettsWVU01
Reviewed yesterday

Always fun to enjoy a GREAT Zoo. Great for kids and families. Highly recommended for all. The family always enjoys going there. Probably one of the best Zoos in the nation.

Thank Roy550
Reviewed yesterday

This zoo is very much like Animal Kingdom at Disney. It is clean with wonderful exhibits and a great staff. The habitats are spacious and none of the animals seem miserable. We love visiting this zoo!

Thank AK46037
Reviewed yesterday

I attempt to visit zoos whenever possible in my travels. I LOVE zoos. I have been to Cincinnati dozens of times over the years, and finally had the opportunity to recently make my first visit to the Cincinnati Zoo. WOW - I was impressed. This...More

Thank roadtripblondie
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Having worked in many zoos, including this one, I love going. It's an older zoo and renovations take time and money but every new enclosure is wonderful. I'm so happy to see all the improvements since I last worked there. Great staff of course! Happy...More

Thank zoochic
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

First time visitor and I will be back! Very nice grounds and easy to get around. Good selection of eating options. Great natural enclosures.

Thank Cmdpst
Reviewed 2 days ago

Despite the national attention its was a great zoo a lot of things to do there the animals are up close and personal but you're safe great atmosphere

Thank sabrinabP368ZN
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to take grandkids. Zoo is well laid out with good shade and sitting areas. Attractions are clean and well kept. Animals where well taken care of.

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was our third time visiting this zoo. We went for my daughter's birthday. It is wonderful seeing all the animals and the beautiful gardens. I would recommend visiting to anyone passing through Cincinnati.

Thank Linda C
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Dee S
6 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
5 June 2017|
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Response from John T | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can bring coolers and backpacks into the zoo