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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland
(4.4/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Have always loved going to the Cleveland Zoo. It's not as big as the Columbus but it makes it easier to see everything in a day without walking miles to do so. All the big animals are there to see, li...  more »
  • It's a great place to visit, but a lot of walking. It can be a long visit. You might want to take a camera. 
  • We have had a zoo membership for the last two years. In the winter, a visit to the Rainforest is a nice break from the cold! The zoo has upper and lower areas, so if you walk, you will need to go up t...  more »
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  • This is my favorite zoo in the US. I've been to zoos all over (San Diego, Columbus, DC, Detroit, Atlanta, etc) but this takes the number one slot. Prepare to spend the whole day, and due to it's sprawling size you're going to put some miles on your feet so plan ahead. The exhibits are nice and big and they are set up in such a way that you can easily see the animals. The animal enrichment events are cool, so try to make it some of them. The rain forest is included as part of your admission ticket and it's a lot bigger than it looks so make sure you budget a good chunk of time to enjoy it.
  • Great place to go for a day's excursion. There's a lot of parking. The zoo is very well designed. There's a map of the zoo and a planned route to be able to see all of the exhibits without missing anything. There's also a train that runs through the zoo that patrons can ride. Very colorful signs for the kids. Most of the enclosures for the larger animals are open so the animals aren't locked in cages, which I appreciate. One of the gems in the Cleveland area
  • The Cleveland Zoo is plain and simple one of the best values in the city of Cleveland. I have been buying a family pass for there over ten years now and on sale the pass is only $85 for the entire year (plus two extra guests for free). I take the kids all the time and even the parking is free. You also get reciprocity with other city zoos like Akron , Columbus etc with your membership. The zoo is beautiful and every year for the last 6 or 8 years, there has been a new attraction, like the Elephant crossing, the new tiger exhibit and more. It almost reminds me of a mini-vacation with a festive atmosphere. If it rains, we go into the rain forest. There are still many areas that still need re-done, but the zoo is spending the money to update little by little. They also have a kids/adult sleep over program called "Night Tracks" where you show up at the zoo in the evening, walk places with the kids, use night vision to view nocturnal critters and touch live animals and even hand-feed the giraffes. Amazing time. Love the zoo!
  • We love this zoo! We have a membership, My daughter asks to go all the time. She loves feeding the giraffes and seeing all the animals. Plus it's great exercise!
  • The Zoo is nice but not very camera friendly. The animals held behind glass can not be photographed since the glass is so severely scratched up and very dirty. I guess people using cell phone cameras would not have much of an issue with that but those of us that have professional camera equipment expect to be able to take clear, sharp unobstructed photos which 90% of the animals in that Zoo are behind bad glass, tiny metal fencing etc. Even the Giraffe exhibit is built so a person using a camera can not do so on their wooden walkways where a person can get up close to. I would not visit that Zoo again, once is enough.