The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens is generally open all week from 10am to 5pm. With the double admission to both the zoo and botanical gardens, you will have access to over 500 animal species and over 3,000 plant species. Some animals you can expect to see are lions, giraffes, hippos, and even face-to-face encounters with meerkats. There are many amazing exhibits available and you can also ride the express train around the inner loop of the zoo to stop by the welcoming center. At the welcoming center you will see daily updates on feeding times, events happening, and other ways to maximize your visit.
Some seasonal attractions include the; Zoo Blooms, Zoo Babies, HalloZOOween, and more.
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens is the second oldest zoo in the United States. It first opened up in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1875. The Philadelphia Zoo opened up 14 months after that. The Reptile House of the Cincinnati Zoo is the oldest zoo building in the United States as well. The Cincinnati Zoo has also been active in saving species from extinction by breeding them, starting as early as 1880.
If you find yourself in Cincinnati, Ohio, you do not want to miss out on one of the oldest zoos in the United States. It is full of so many animal and plant species, and makes for a great family day.
With your general admission ticket to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, you will have access to see hundreds of animal species and thousands of plant species.
Experience amazing exhibits, such as face-to-face encounters with meerkats with pop up bubbles that allow you to have up close views of these charismatic creatures. Ride the BB and T Express Train around an inner loop of the zoo.
You can also enjoy seasonal attractions such as Zoo Blooms, Zoo Babies, HallZOOween and more. Enjoy animal presentations throughout the day to learn about these amazing animals.
Don't forget to stop by the Welcome Center in Vine Street Village to see daily updates about feeding times and other tips to make the most of the visit.
Pickup & Return:
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
Returns to original departure point.
Departure Times: Operating hours:
10am - 5pm (September 5 - May 26)
10am - 6pm (May 27 — September 4)
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- Entrance fees
Does not include:
- The listed price does not include a $10 parking fee, payable at the time of tour check-in
- Rides and 4D FX theater are pay attractions
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- The zoo has both strollers and wheelchairs for rent at the Welcome Center, available on a first come, first served basis
- Visitors are welcome to bring food and beverages to the zoo with them
- Admission is free for infants under 2