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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati

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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. Add Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to your Cincinnati travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Cincinnati vacation builder.
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  • My family and I visited this zoo while visiting Great Wolf Lodge in Mason. It's about 30 minutes away. There are zoo employees everywhere and they are very helpful! Our five-year-old and nine-year-old...  more »
  • One of the nicest zoos I've ever been too. Quite amazed by the care they provide to each animal. Each habitat was well maintained & as close to their natural habitat as they could be. A lot of them ev...  more »
  • The wife and I to our granddaughter to the zoo today. I was very impressed with all the exhibits and how informative all the staff was. They really packed a lot of fun in the middle of the city.  more »
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  • We love that you can bring your own food and drinks. This saves us a lot of money and is a lot healthier. We also love the pass because it is so worth the price for a family. We love our zoo!! And we have so many cute zoo babies!! Not just Fiona ;) but we can't wait to see Fiona in person!! Our zoo has the best staff too! They take such good care of the animals and are so knowledgeable! Thane Maynard is wonderful and we are lucky he has been in Cincinnati so long.
  • Awesome zoo!!! We got the adventure tickets and it was well worth it. We were there from 9AM to 6PM and still did not see everything. The kids absolutely loved the 4D video experience, the train ride, and the carousel (even though the carousel was only like a 1 minute ride). The down side was that the specific animals that a couple of us wanted to see were off exhibit due to habitat construction....they could have noted that or told us when we got our maps and asked questions when we first got their. I don't fault them for upgrading habitats, but just tell people that there are no orangutans or sloths out today so we didn't walk all the way back to see them, just to be disappointed! We are from the Indianapolis area and I thought our zoo was nice, but this one definitely outshines ours, it was a fantastic day! (Oh, and they charge parking fees when you leave, not when you get there!)
  • Nice zoo! As a zoology major I love visiting zoos and seeing the conservation work being done! I had just gone to the San Diego zoo ( which is amazing) and I thought this might be a let down, but it was not! Most of the exhibits were spacious, and well put together. They are redoing the gorilla exhibit, so it will be safer for visitor and better for the gorillas! This place is very kid friendly. My only complaint was that some of the exhibits were quite small and empty (the bears in particular)and although I'm not sure how large there behind the scenes area was this might make you a bit sad as a viewer. Overall I would say definitely visit and support the work at this zoo!
  • We went on mother's day. Never again. The zoo itself is nice but it took 2 hours to get to park and get in and we didn't get to see it all. I would love to go back but on a different day. Love the fact that you can take your coolers in. Everyone that worked there was friendly. Checked on ticket prices very reasonable. Will be going back.
  • Cincinnati zoo is one of the best wildlife and botanical area that I've visited. It has a huge variety of flora and fauna. It's not very expensive yet you get to see all kinds of animals, reptiles, birds, fishes, insects, etc just in the one place. They also have animal chats where you get to see, touch or interact with the animals. It's a must visit in you're anywhere around Cincinnati. Do take the train ride for a speedy over view of some of the attractions. The zoo has many stops where you can sit and have a snack. All in all, an excellent experience.

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Where to stay in Cincinnati

To take advantage of the best cultural attractions available in Cincinnati, stay at a hotel downtown. Though pricey, centrally located hotels offer spacious rooms packed with high-tech features, as well as quick and easy access to the city's best shopping, dining, and entertainment. If you're traveling on a budget and prefer to sleep in a quieter area, explore more affordable hotels in Covington, Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati's downtown.
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