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.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden reviews
It is a small zoo and in the winter time most animals are indoors. The ticket is pretty steep to purchase and you have to pay extra for parking. It is not cheap to come with a family to this zoo...
It is a small zoo and in the winter time most animals are indoors. The ticket is pretty steep to purchase and you have to pay extra for parking. It is not cheap to come with a family to this zoo... more »
Loved this zoo! The hippos are a have to see . They also have so many exhibits that I haven’t seen at other zoos . The nighttime cats , the ant exhibit , and so many more
Loved this zoo! The hippos are a have to see . They also have so many exhibits that I haven’t seen at other zoos . The nighttime cats , the ant exhibit , and so many more more »
Great zoo! We were surprised to find that it was so easy to spend the entire day here, from open to close. It was disappointing that so many animals were off display due to construction, the weather, or bird flu concerns. But even despite that, there was so much to see & experience here. The hippo display is unsurprisingly very busy, but we still got to stay a while & see the new baby. Absolutely worth it. The overall atmosphere was really nice too. I love how much bamboo they have growing all over - and they've starting hanging string lights from everything. So many pathways felt like their own little road, distanced from the rest of the park - when in fact they're barely separated. I appreciate how easy it is to buy tickets & parking from your phone. When we arrived there was a long line to purchase tickets, but I was able to buy them on my phone in less than a few minutes & get right in!
I've been to a lot of zoos around the world and I can safely say that this is one of the best I've been to. The diversity of animals and the overall layout of the zoo is excellent. You could easily spend an entire day here, especially if you check out some of their shows. They also have animals here that I've never seen at other zoos before, such as the African wild dogs which were fun to watch. I would recommend getting here as soon as they open, as the parking lot gets busy and fills up quickly.
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