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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland

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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo cares for 3,000 animals of over 600 species in 74 hectares (183 acres) of space. The park also houses one of the largest collections of primates in North America. It's divided into numerous bio-thematic areas like African plains, bear and tiger exhibit, shark exhibit, and gum leaf hideout with koala bears and eucalyptus trees. The rainforest exhibit is one of the main attractions of the zoo, where you'll see animals such as crocodiles, komodo dragons, birds, and orangutans. The exhibit is home to more than 10,000 plants, a 7.6 m (25 ft) waterfall, and a simulated tropical rainstorm. Put Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Cleveland itinerary builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Our biggest gripe about the zoo is that the signage is AWFUL. The map is barely helpful. The zoo seems to expect that you know your way around. We are from Columbus, home of a world-class zoo so we ma...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Very Nice zoo, there was all types of things for everyone: Train ride or tram car ride around the zoo, petting zoo, camel rides, animal shows, large and small animals. Definitely see the RainForst att...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    The kids loved their day at the zoo. We started with the wet garden and his discoveries. Then we continued to the zoo. The zoo is large and allows children to spend. It includes attractions: carousel, train, ride by camel, 4 d to do animation...
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  • June 20, 2017
    Love the zoo and all it has to offer. We love the petting zoo and the fact you can get your face painted there. In the hot summer months you can check out a few building that have ac to cool down. Wish they had more monkeys on monkey island like they did when I was a kid. Love the rainforest too, but have to admit the prices have become too much. While we have a family pass for the zoo, we pay more for a family of 3 to eat 3 times a year than we do for the actual passes! Wish they would offer specials to members or lower the prices. The good thing is you can bring in your own food and there are plenty of great places nearby to dine as well!
  • June 18, 2017
    Love this zoo. So much to do, we didn't make it through everything in a day. Excited to come back. My three yr old says feeding the giraffes was her favorite part. We also rode a camel, saw bush babies jumping, watched the elephants reach their trunks up high to eat, rode the train, rode the merry-go-round three times, saw the snow leopard jump, watched a cheetah do laps in his enclosure, saw tortoises take a swim, and so much more. Will definitely come again.
  • June 10, 2017
    Wonderful zoo! It is absolutely huge! We were there for almost 6 hours and still didn't see it all. They let you bring in your own food, and there are plenty of places to sit and eat. There are even several playgrounds for the kids to unwind and relax. There are giraffe and bird feedings, a train, and a tram. I will definitely be going back again and again.
  • May 30, 2017
    Love love love this zoo. Go there every year for my birthday. Can't wait to try the new giraffe exhibit where you can feed the giraffe. Great for kids lots of shaded and walking areas. Kids can feed tropical birds, ride a train, just enjoyable. Love it
  • July 6, 2017
    I wish the zoo would open earlier and/or stay open later. Animals would probably be more active earlier in the day. We also didn't have enough time to really look at everything because of all the walking. I like to spend a little bit of time looking at each animal I'm interested in. I believe we only saw about half of the main zoo in about 3.5 hours, then spent about an hour in the rainforest area. The zoo feels clean enough and there is a lot to do. There were areas closed off that were disappointing, but overall it was a lot of fun.

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