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Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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3.7/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web
With over 230 species on site, Birmingham Zoo provides expertise in conservation and helps tell the story of the plight of endangered species spanning six continents. The not-for-profit organization educates and entertains, with over 99 hectares (122 acres) that are home to over 950 animals. Visit bird exhibits and take part in a pelican feeding. See the world's largest lizard at the Komodo Dragon exhibit. While here, you can learn about the zoo's efforts and proficiency in elephant conservation and African wildlife. You'll be entertained by a seated performance conducted by the two host sea lions or jump on the zoo train for a ride around the property. The children's area features a carousel that's appropriate for all ages. To visit Birmingham Zoo on your holiday in Birmingham, and find out what else Birmingham has to offer, use our Birmingham vacation trip planner.
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  • Not bad for Alabama .. I don't want to compare with San Diego zoo or Washington DC. Should have more sitting areas, more places to buy drinking water or ice cream. Viewing areas need improvement. 
  • We have visited the Birmingham Zoo many times...Besides seeing all the animals housed there, its a fun, relaxing place to hang out and watch the people and the animals...There are temporary exhibits f...  read more »
  • We decided to go here and didn't realize til on the way that it was their special summer half price days!! What a pleasant surprise we thoroughly enjoyed our time spent here! We have 3 children ages 6...  read more »
  • I really did NOT enjoy this experience. I was so shocked at how small the zoo was and that there weren't many animals. I have been to the Montgomery Zoo many times and thought it was small and assumed that since Birmingham is the largest city in our state, then they must have a larger and more exciting zoo but I was VERY wrong. I guess the capital of a state usually has the largest zoo? My biggest issue with this zoo is that it didn't have many different types of animals. I would say it is 75% birds. I was thinking the whole time where is everything else. They did have an African Safari like area that did have nice animals (giraffe, elephant, etc) but the animals were so far away you can not get a good view of them from the place where zoo visitors stand. They do have a Splash Fountain for children and they LOVE it. It's a shame though if you bring your kids to a zoo to play in water. I highly recommend visiting the Montgomery Zoo and this one and you compare the two and see for yourself.
  • I feel that " Dino Night" was a huge way to skim peoples money without providing any service of substance in return. It ran from 6-10 pm to go along with the "night" theme, however, but 8:30 all dino exhibits were asleep as a worker explained to my kids. We arrived at 7:15 so we were fortunate enough to ride 2 rides. Unfortunately, many other patrons paid for unlimited wrist bands and rode nothing because all rides also closed. The one thing it seems the zoo was successful at was turning the front entrance into a bar scene. Alcoholic drinks from wine to beer however no one was as prominent about selling water. Excellent message to send to our kids! I am not some old out touch dinosaur, I am 31 years old but maybe u am out of touch with the people running this zoo. If they spent as much time planning and running Dino Night add they did pushing booze, it might have been a success. Unfortunately, I believe the Birmingham Zoo lost many customers tonight.
  • This zoo may be small but it is not far from home being just south of downtown Birmingham. They do have multiple rides for the kids and a Dino exhibit. From what I can tell they are renovating the main entrance and hopefully they will renovate some of the habitats some were starting to look their age.
  • This is really a great zoo. You don't need to go to big cities like Atlanta to have a great experience. The staff is great, and since we have a membership, its a great easy place to take the kids and know they will have a great time. Looking forward to the expansions over the next few years!
  • Wonderful place for families, couples, or even singles to relax and enjoy the magnificence animals inspire. The sea lion show is absolutely awesome. The staff are enthusiastic and there are plenty of opportunities to eat good food and/or cool off in the shade.
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