Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Adventure. Conservation. Education. Community.
The mission and vision of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is dedicated to creating adventure, conveying knowledge, conserving nature, and serving the community. With the addition of our fourth pillar to our Mission Statement, Serving Community, we recognize the responsibility to partner with diverse and economically challenged communities in our daily work.
The Zoological Society of Cincinnati was founded in 1873 and officially opened its doors in 1875, making the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden the second oldest Zoo in the United States. The Zooâ€™s original animal collection was very small, originally consisting of just eight monkeys, two grizzly bears, three deer, six raccoons, two elk, a buffalo, a hyena, a tiger, an alligator, a circus elephant, and over four hundred birds, including a talking crow. The Zoo was founded on 65 acres in the middle of the city, and since then has acquired some of the surrounding blocks and several reserves in Cincinnatiâ€™s suburbs.
A fantastic zoo experience amidst a well maintained botanical paradise. The animals are in natural settings and seem truly content, even playful. The 3-month old baby black rhino was adorable. The paths between exhibits are an attraction all their own. Lots of pleasant scenery and shade. Plenty of good choices available for food and snacks -- I highly recommend the pub style soft pretzels available only at The Watering Hole near the main entrance! Be sure and arrive at the zoo early, especially on weekends. You'll miss some of the crowds and the animals will be more active.
Didn’t know what to expect. We were on a family vacation to see The Ark and Creation Museum and my wife and son wanted to go to the Cincinnati Zoo after seeing reviews and seeing the goods responses from it. This. Place. Was. Awesome! We spent the WHOLE day here. Arrived @ 10:30am and left around 4:30. If you have kids they’ll probably enjoy themselves greatly. My son LOVED this. Going from one animal to the other trying to find them wherever they we in there in-habitat. Since being there all day we packed lunch and drank water there. The Zoo is HUGE which I didn’t expect. The amount of animals they have here was unexpected. Bathrooms were in pretty good places to reach when needed. Staff were pleasant. For the price this Zoo is well worth the money! Very well put together!
I love this zoo! SO MUCH!! And now I love it even more because I can share it with my husband and little boy. I grew up visiting this Zoo, so of course I have a lot of memories here. I’ve also seen how much it’s changed and all the renovations they’ve made. We recently decided to buy a pass and we went all out. There are three different levels/price points. We went for the biggest and best because we wanted parking (which is $10) to be included and we wanted to be able to bring as many people as possible. With other passes, both card-holders have to be present to get in two guests. But with this one, I could go without my husband when he’s working and still get four family members or friends in with me! This Zoo really has a lot of great animals to see in some pretty cool habitats. The elephants, giraffes, wolves, big cats, bird house, reptile house, jungle trail with all the monkeys and the lemurs just to name a few. Whether you have a membership or not, check their events calendar. I can’t wait to take my kiddo to HallZooween and the Festival of Lights this year! And during the summer, they frequently offer discounted or free afternoons (and sometimes a concert!). Considering how expensive this place is, that’s a great time for those without a pass to come. If you do have a pass, definitely come early to get your parking spot before the rest of the crowd.
My 18 year old daughter, my husband, and I visited the zoo this past week. We loved it! I enjoyed the variety of animals and the fact that the employees all seemed to be happy and enjoying their jobs. The enclosures were clean, and the animals looked well cared for. I was excited to see that the Cincinnati Zoo has manatee and has a rehab program for injured manatee. After the manatee recovers, they re-introduce it to the wild. We missed seeing the manatee in Florida, so I'm really glad my daughter had an opportunity to see them in Ohio!! We were also thrilled that baby Fiona made an appearance. I understand that she is just being introduced to public viewing, so I was worried that she would not be out. No fear! She was out and showing us all how a 400 lb baby hippo does her thing!! Great time at the zoo! I would definitely go back!
My son is 4 years old and absolutely loves the zoo. We attend almost every weekend from Spring through Fall and manage to attend Festival of Lights once or twice a year as well. We have a membership and after going 5 times it's paid for itself, we get unlimited carousel rides and train rides, discounts for the 4D theater and on food and drinks and items in the gift shop. The staff is friendly and knowledgable about the animals and always willing and able to answer our questions. It's nice that you can also bring in drinks and food as well to help cut cost. Overall, our family really enjoys the zoo!