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Toledo Zoo, Toledo

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Zoo · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
Toledo Zoo, home of 4,800 animals, was chosen by USA Today as the best zoo in America for 2014. Here you'll see the world's first underwater hippopotamus aquarium. Hop on a train and watch animals roam freely in the Africa exhibit. See more than 250 species of sea creatures at the aquarium, and observe wolves and polar bears in a habitat filled with streams and waterfalls. You can even experience the life of a polar bear life at a bear cave made for humans. Take a behind-the-scenes tour and feed a giraffe, watch animal performances, or learn about animal care at an educational show. Using our custom trip planner, Toledo attractions like Toledo Zoo can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We are big zoo fans and had been wanting to go here for years. We really enjoyed our experience. The historic old buildings were great to see and they have those machines where you can make wax...  more »
  • We visited the Toledo Zoo on our way back from Chicago. This is one of our favorite zoos and we were not disappointed. We last visited in 2007, so we noticed some of the improvements. The...  more »
  • One of the better zoos I've been to. Negatives were mostly logistics. They had a closed sign on the front gate even though it was open. Supposedly it was to make it less busy for a specific group of people they were having there, but it's a weird solution and didn't work anyway because... It was super busy. Any time an animal was doing something, there would be a big crowd of people around and it was hard to see. Bathrooms were always packed, with lines going out the doors. Positives where what really matters: the animals. There was a big variety of animals here, I got to see a few different animals that I had never seen before in person. The exhibit design was also really intuitive, with plenty of viewing angles for almost every exhibit. Beat part: Maybe I was lucky, but this zoo also had the most active animals I have ever seen. The Polar bears had an 8 month cub playing with a piece of plastic in the water. The elephants has a great indoor area that we could see, and it has a mother and baby elephant playing with a tire. Active animals are just so much more fun to a spectator.
  • We love our zoo! Best zoo I've ever been to and we have been to one in all the states we ever traveled to as a military family. Animals appear to be safe, happy, healthy, clean, and well kept, as is the entire zoo grounds. The new aquarium is absolutely spectacular! The touch tank is our fave. The exhibits are spaced apart within easy walking distance with no long gaps or difficult terrain like some zoos. Very child, stroller, wheel chair friendly. Fun interactive exhibits! We love this zoo!

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