We went to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden with my brother-in-law and his girlfriend today. It was hot but definitely worth it.

The Cincinnati Zoo is one of the largest in the country, and according to USA Travel Guide, it’s ranked #7 in the nation. It also holds the honor of being the second official zoo in the United States (it opened in 1875, shortly after the Philadelphia Zoo).

Even though a large portion of the zoo is under construction (they’re working on phase three of Africa), there are still plenty of animals to see. Some of my favorites include the manatees, the giraffes, the sea lions and the African cats. I even got to feed a giraffe!

You can see all of the animals in their natural habitats, but there are also shows that feature some of the zoos most famous animals. I suggest catching the Wings of Wonder Bird Show, which is really neat. The zoo seems to have one of each well-known bird, including a bald eagle named Sam.

TIP: Some animals aren’t out on a regular basis, so you might want to call and see if your favorite furry friend will be in its habitat the day you’re planning to visit. That way, you won’t miss anything. We weren’t able to see any bears except for the polar bear. But that’s my favorite type of bear, so I wasn’t disappointed.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Christmas Day; May 26-Sept. 3, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


  • Total Experience Package (zoo admission, 4-D theater, all day train and carousel): $25 for adults, $21 for children and seniors
  • Value Package (zoo admission, 4-D theater): $20 for adults, $15 for children and seniors
  • General Admission: $15 for adults, $10 for children and seniors



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