Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati

4.5
#1 of 420 in Parks in Ohio
Home of the oldest zoo building in the United States, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is known for its extensive breeding and conservation program. In 1987, the oldest portions of the park were designated as National Historic Landmarks: the "Elephant House," the "Reptile House," and the "Passenger Pigeon Memorial." The reptile house claims the title of the oldest--it was built in 1875. By using our Cincinnati online travel route planner , you can arrange your visit to Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and other attractions in Cincinnati.
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  • The day we went to the zoo was rainy and about 40 degrees. Although it was cold and wet we had a great time. The zoo is clean and the flowers are beautiful  more »
  • The day we went to the zoo it was raining and the temperature was 40 degrees. Although most of the animals were off outdoor exhibit we were able to see plenty animals indoors. The zoo is clean, and th...  more »
  • We drove from Maryland in spring break do see Fiona and she did not disappoint. We got a family membership before we got there and took advantage of the early admission. We made a bee line for Fiona a...  more »
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  • For one of the oldest zoos in the country it was fabulous. Many of the exhibits are updated and all are educational. From giraffe feedings to animal encounters everything was designed to show the animals in natural habits and close enough to be seen. The cheetah encounter was very cool, must see. Even the insect house was awesome, with leaf cutter ants carrying their work through tubes and multicolored beetles in a grand display. The African safari was the best I've seen. Definitely a must view if in the Cincinnati ares
  • Love this place! Wish we could get a season pass :( Fun for all ages and worth the price as long as you pack your own food and but tickets ahead of time. Parking is expensive,$10 for one day, but it's in Cincinnati so I can.understand deterring people who aren't actually visiting the zoo from parking there. All animals were out and about that could be. Love it!
  • A really fun experience. The zoo is laid out well and they have some attractions I haven't seen at the few other zoos I've been to (for example: their world of insects was creepy and awesome). Definitely worth making a day of if you're in the area visiting. Can be very crowded depending on the day, as most zoos and similar attractions are.
  • Great zoo with lots of interesting animals. I enjoyed the nocturnal animal exhibit. Areas marked for animal talks could be more accurately marked. For example it would be more helpful to list "near entrance of" instead of list the building itself. We entered the building where the location was marked not realizing the talk was outside.
  • Nice zoo in downtown Cincinnati. Very hilly terrain, so beware if you have issues walking. A lot of construction going on which is going to be great for the animals but does take away from the overall experience. A great variety of animals, and everything seemed clean and well taken care of. We did the whole zoo in about 3 hrs.
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