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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. By using our Cincinnati online travel route planner, you can arrange your visit to Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and other attractions in Cincinnati.
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The zoo was amazing and quite large. Animals looked very healthy. The zoo is well maintained, plenty of shade on a summer day and the food we ordered for lunch was quite good. The staff we interacted.... more
The zoo was amazing and quite large. Animals looked very healthy. The zoo is well maintained, plenty of shade on a summer day and the food we ordered for lunch was quite good. The staff we interacted.... more »
We visited the Zoo during Labor Day weekend with hopes of seeing Fiona the hippo and her new brother, Fritz. The weather forecast ended up calling for thunderstorms and rain, and I believe that the...
We visited the Zoo during Labor Day weekend with hopes of seeing Fiona the hippo and her new brother, Fritz. The weather forecast ended up calling for thunderstorms and rain, and I believe that the... more »
The Cincinnati Zoo was a great experience. We have visited many zoos around the country and this was right there with the Omaha Zoo as our favorite. The zoo has a few really unique experiences. The pathways are all beautiful with some areas having giant bamboo on both sides. The red pandas have the nicest enclosure I've seen in a zoo for red pandas. The lions and elephants were also in very nicely designed and size appropriate areas. Bring a map as some of the areas just end and you have to backtrack. We ate at one of the zoo cafes and the food was good. The zoo is pricey overall (tickets, food, and gift shop) but it is all for a good cause. They have things going on almost every hour and we lucked out by going on a slightly rainy day which slashed admissions. They offer discounts for admission on a few professions.
Absolutely worth every penny. We went on a rainy day (not a drop while we were there) so it was less crowded. That was a bonus because this place gets crowded quickly...for great reasons! The park is gorgeous. The plants are breathtaking. There are lots of exhibits to see and the animals appear so healthy and happy! Seeing the gorillas without glass between them and you...well that was humbling. Seeing the bjrd show was fun for everyone. Plan on spending the whole day to see it all. Seriously.....plan on 5+ hours at a minimum.
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