The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second oldest zoo in America, founded in 1875. It is second only to the one in Philadelphia. The zoo was created as a zoological garden, so the the developed together in the middle of the city. It was originally opened on 65 acres and has grown since then. The zoo has a lot of animals, and programs going on throughout the year, making any time of year a good time to visit. In the winter they have lights for the holidays that are very popular.
This zoo has a great history. It has the oldest reptile house in a America. It also had the last known living passenger pigeon, and the last Carolina parakeet, both of which died before 1920. At one time it had the oldest known living alligator, who lived to be 70 years old. There are animals from all over the world, and the zoo has a breeding program for some rare animals. In March usually, you may see some new born creatures. There is also a theater that shows videos on various nature related topics.
It is a big zoo, and will take some time to go through. Depending on what is blooming, the gardens would also be a nice side trip to take. There are educational programs throughout the day, and some chances for children to pet animals. There are also special exhibits, such as one on Africa. There is also a restaurant and snack bar. There are special programs on different animals and things related to the zoo. you may also download an app for your phone that will provide a precise guide to all things at the zoo.