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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45220
(513) 281-4700
http://cincinnatizoo.org/
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The second-oldest zoo in the United States, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens were built just 14 months after the Philadelphia Zoo in the summer of 1874. With over 500 animals and 3,000 species ... Read more
of plants, the attraction occupies 65.4 acres in the heart of the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati. Oddly enough, it was this park that was the first to successfully breed California Sea Lions, and the park still conducts numerous programs to promote the breeding of various animals. The Cincinnati Zoo ranks as one of the top five zoos in the United States by the Zagat Survey.

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Local from Cincinnati

I think we are spoiled in Cincinnati with our zoo. While I still think there are some things we could use (hello pandas!) It is the best one I've been to yet.

First off, the layout is great! It goes in a full circle, and is easy to navigate. Going in one of the animal houses doesn't mean you get off track and skip a whole section. They've done great in that aspect. We also have tons of animals, and lots of other side activities, like the train and the childrens zoo area. And they make it a point to be able to see the babies, without a whole lot of trouble ot danger to them. I mean there's a whole nursery area to see!

And the Christmas lights! Some of the best I've been to. Although I would like to see the lake show changed up a bit. It does seem to have the same music and lights every year, but still nice to see! And if you go to the Festival of Lights, seriously check out the puppet show! It's a not miss! Really neat.

We've pretty much got almost all the major animals (seriously, pandas! comeon! please?) And even some weird crazy ones. I'm not a fan of the new cat house that came out in 2012. It just kind of turned it into another noctornal house more than just the cats. You can't see the main cats (lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats) later in the evening anymore.

There's lots of interactive things to do as well, for kids and adults. I hate bugs. I'm a girl, but the bug house is kind of cool. I love watching the ants go through over half the building in their little tubes. They've really made it a point to make things cool. And the fact that on weekends, there's a handler with some of the animals you can get up close to. It's normally snakes, but occasionally you'll have birds and even armadillos! It's a great place to spend a day.

And if you're lucky, you get to park in a shaded area! The whole zoo is ran on giant solar panels that are installed in the parking lot!! I mean it doesn't get anymore eco friendly than that!

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Fayetteville

I really liked this Zoo. It was beautiful and the weather was amazing! My only complaint was that they didn't have a lot of underwater animals. However the exhibits were great and the shows were also. BTW they sell beer!

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Local from Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Zoo is the second oldest zoo in the US, so besides being a huge part of Cincinnati's history, it's a national historical landmark. Opened in 1875, the zoo just celebrated its 140th birthday this year. In present day, the Cincinnati Zoo is one of the top rated zoo's in the country, with diverse wildlife exhibits and beautiful botanical gardens cultivated to match the natural plant life of each animal exhibit. The zoo is an awesome attraction for people of all ages who love wildlife and wish to appreciate a key historical landmark in the city.

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Columbus

I am not normally a fan of zoos, however, this is the best one I have been too in my travels. I loved how they tried to preserve a natural feel to the zoo. The flowers are amazing.

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Highland Heights

So much fun in the spring and summer. Took my sister here for the first time and she was having a nonstop blast for about 3 hours and we didn't even see it all. Great in the winter too for the Festival of Lights.

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It's a very nice zoo, especially in the winter when they have the Festival of Lights.

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San Jose

Cincinnati Zoo is teeming with endangered species. I noticed that many of the animals came in pairs, and later learned the zoo is known for its breeding program of aforementioned endangered species. Noah's ark? The exhibits are diverse, from reptiles, to African native animals, to the polar bear. Let's not forget the cute factor - the gliders, the red pandas, the colorful birds (some who can do tricks), and several species of monkeys. There was a moment I swear a relative of Caesar (Planet of the Apes) walked past me, stopped, turned around, stood, and looked into my eyes. We totally had a moment. My boyfriend caught it on camera, declaring it love at first sight.

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Williamsburg

I've attended my last time. Oversold and little to no parking available. Wasted my last online ticket purchase after two 40 min drives to get there only to be turned away because of no parking.

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Milford
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A beautiful zoo with lots to see and do for kids. It's one of the only ones left that lets you bring in your own coolers and food, so pack a lunch to avoid the overpriced and tasteless food options.

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I love going here and spending hours in manatee springs, the elephant house and the polar bear pool.

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Local from Cincinnati

Cool zoo! Make sure you visit for the festival of lights from the middle of November through middle January.

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Frederick
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One of the best zoo's in America. Fantastic conservation efforts that have a global reach. Great exhibits and animal care too.

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Abingdon

Was here when i was 5 years old. Me & my Mom would come and visit my Aunt Nan

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London

The aquarium is awesome!

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Lexington

Beautiful zoo in the center of town.

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Bellbrook

One of the best zoo's around!

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Florence

One of the best Zoos in the country.

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Local from Cincinnati

World class Zoo, approximately 4-5 miles from our home.

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Louisville

Great Zoo for all ages

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Kenova

loved it

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