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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. To visit Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and other attractions in Cleveland, use our Cleveland online vacation maker .
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  • I love the Cleveland Zoo. Although my visit Friday was colder than normal, the zoo provides heated shuttles to move you about. Last Friday, a friend and I decided to meet for lunch in the Rain Forest....  more »
  • OMG we had so much fun...not only did we enjoy the animals, but our friend had his birthday party there, too !~! how exciting to be in that beautiful environment and to celebrate a birthday at the sam...  more »
  • Zoo was nice but many animals not available as it was cold. Needs some serious updating. Lots of the exhibits were needing a little TLC. Not bad for a city that has had its ups and downs for over 50 y...  more »
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  • I grew up going to the Cleveland zoo and always loved it. I enjoy taking my family there now. The Zoo has a great assortment of animals and exhibits. Who doesn’t like watching monkeys, they are hilarious! The Zoo also has a really cool Rhino enclosure. The Zoo is really clean and has a convenient layout. The staff is friendly and helpful.
  • The Cleveland Zoo has made such incredible upgrades. The Tigers look so much happier in their new space as well as the grizzly bears. Loved the enclosed around the seal pond, although they could use a bigger pool. Love to see the wood chips on many cages in the Rain Forest as well as enrichment toys. The new building going up to house Snow Leapards and other animals looks like it will be amazing.
  • My kids love coming to this zoo! The staff members have always been very friendly and the exhibits are always clean and tidy. The hands on activities throughout the zoo help the kids a deeper connection to the animals. For example, having the ability to touch elephant skin, tusks, teeth, etc. makes the elephants more relatable to the kids. Also the free admission on Mondays for locals is really awesome! I've never lived by a zoo where I could go for free. Make sure to take advantage of this great zoo and the many perks it has to offer!
  • Great zoo. Great indoor and out door viewing. Gift shop staff helpful and pricing is acceptable. Offers trams that take you to farther away exhibit. Also offer interactive activities for children.
  • Always a good time, great place for families and kids. They always seem like they are improving and adding. A must see and do is the bald eagle and feeding lettuce to the giraffe. Elephants are fun too! We have a year membership and best of all, it's tax deductible. When we came in the past, we felt like we had to try and fit it all in, now we spent more time in different areas. Much easier with kids! Also, the "make your own penny" machines are reasonable at 50 cents. Please don't raise the price!

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Most of Cleveland's hotels are located in downtown, though you can also plenty of comfortable and affordable rooms in the city's outlying neighborhoods. Many downtown hotels offer discounted weekend rates and deals that include tickets to some of the city's major attractions, but if you prefer to stay away from the central part of town, consider the neighborhoods east of the Cuyahoga River. Staying in this part of Cleveland allows you easy access to the city's cultural district, renowned for its museums, galleries, and parks.
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