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Louisville Zoo, Louisville

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#2 of 14 in Parks in Louisville
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In 54 hectares (134 acres) of natural setting, Louisville Zoo houses 1,700 different mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and invertebrates. This zoo was one of the first ones in the world to introduce rotating exhibits--where animals are moved throughout different habitats in order to have a better quality of life. Stroll through themed exhibits, such as a gorilla forest and a glacier town. See rare animals, such as an albino alligator. Take a train ride, or climb and balance on ropes above the zoo at an attraction for children and families. You can also interact with the zookeepers and learn about the animals. To visit Louisville Zoo and get the most from your holiday in Louisville, create itinerary details personal to you using our Louisville trip itinerary maker app.
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  • A beautiful place to spend an hour or a day, pretty well takes you around the globe as you can be on safari in Africa one moment and in the Australian outback the next. 
    A beautiful place to spend an hour or a day, pretty well takes you around the globe as you can be on safari in Africa one moment and in the Australian outback the next.  more »
  • Wow! What a great zoo! My husband and I spent about 4 hours enjoying this wonderful place. It was super hot...99 degrees...but there was plenty of shade. All of the animals were out in full view.....  more
    Wow! What a great zoo! My husband and I spent about 4 hours enjoying this wonderful place. It was super hot...99 degrees...but there was plenty of shade. All of the animals were out in full view.....  more »
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  • We went for the Wild Lights night walk and it was amazing! It lasted about 2 hours, and we were able to get in a little ahead of our scheduled time and there was no feeling of being rushed or pushed along. A very go with the glow kind of walk. Every turn you take is a new light up display you weren't expecting! There are so many animals, plants, and fun facts about each section! It's also got several interactive installments that make the experience even more fun. And there is relaxing music playing throughout the Zoo as well. A great experience for kids, adults, and the whole family! It is a bit of a trek, but Louisville Zoo has restrooms, benches, and concessions throughout the campus to allow for any needed breaks. I've posted just a few pictures because I don't want to spoil the experience, but these are a couple of my favorites from the night. We are going back to the zoo in the day because this is our first visit to this one! Edit: added a few pictures from our trip the next day, and it was still so fun, even got to see baby Fitz! Would recommend sunscreen and water bottles for sure!
  • There were very few people there, so a lot of things were closed. But we had a great time, everything was well maintained, and the staff we saw were very friendly and informative. We were able to walk through an exhibit with loose wallabies, three of which had babies. The giraffes were so beautiful. We saw a baby zebra, a baby elephant, among others. The zoo is working to save endangered species. The lorakeet exhibit was amazing. I had two land on me to drink nectar from my cup. Most animals that were inside to get out of the drizzling rain, we could still see or get glimpses of through the clever viewing angles and variety of viewing spots. I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt with the five stars, because I feel that if everything was open the experience would have been even better! We sit at the African Outpost. The food wasn’t amazing, but was much better than I’d expect from a tourist site. They actually had gluten-free buns. We had a burger and fries, and it was certainly better than fast food.

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