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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati
(3.7/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Start with parking $10, pricy! Park follows a circle direction and map was easy to follow. There are a few places you walk to see animals and then have to double back to continue on, could have better...  more »
  • This zoo was a pretty good zoo for us. It was pretty well laid out, although you do have to pay attention to your map. The exhibits are very well thought out. It is not too big to where you can't enjo...  more »
  • What a fun afternoon with my grandson. Lots of kid friendly activities. We loved looking at all of the animals 
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  • Always great. World class and always working hard to educate and preserve. Plus there're hippos now! Also a very flamingo friendly zoo. Food can be pricey (but that's anywhere you go, right?) but with a membership it's reasonable. Great mix of exhibits and animal encounters. I'd go 6 stars if I could. We love our zoo!
  • This zoo was a lot of fun. It's not the biggest zoo, but it has a lot to offer. Plenty of good animals to see, and we got lucky because many of them were easy to see. I especially loved the cat house, the insect displays, and the red pandas, but all the other animals were great too. There was even a giraffe with its head just a couple of feet from the railing. The hippos were a lot of fun to watch too, because they were swimming and you get a good underwater view of them here. Admission was a little expensive, but we still had a good time.
  • Fun experience. Sadly, the aviary was closed when I came last :( It's an especially fun part of the trip. There are a lot of animals, and most seem active and happy. There are admittedly a few exhibits where the animals typically seem sad, such as the bear exhibits, however. I think that these exhibits should be reworked to be more fun, not only for the visitors, but for the animals.
  • All the single star votes are pissing me off, you guys need to grow up. Yes what happened to the gorilla was awful, but that's no reason to leave these dumb remarks and one star reviews on a zoo with so much to do and see. I encourage those of you who really want to read the reviews as they are meant to be, to know that this zoo is a great zoo. It might be nestled down town but with all the lush foliage, it's easy to be swept into the excitement of see the animal without thinking about the concrete jungle encompassing you. It really is a sight to see.
  • Went during the winter time. The tickets were much cheaper, so that's good. A surprising amount of exhibits were still open and we got to see almost all the animals we wanted to. Overall i would say this zoo is fairly well laid out and clean. I think parking should be included in the ticket price, but oh well.