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Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

See newborn baby gorillas and tigers at this park dubbed “the Sexiest Zoo in America” thanks to its successful breeding program.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has more than 500 animal species and over 3,000 plant varieties, a 4-D theater and parades. See newborn gorillas or tiger cubs, come face-to-face with rainbow lorikeets, and observe penguins in their natural habitat. The gardens are a popular picnic spot. Children will have fun in the playground, home to domestic animals and a petting area.

Cincinnati Zoo opened in 1875 and some structures from the early days have been preserved. See the Aviary, Monkey House (which is now home to reptiles), and the Elephant House. A captive breeding program for animal conservation started in the 1880s and is still a major focus today. This successful program inspired the nickname “the Sexiest Zoo in America.”

Admire the Malayan tigers and leopards in Cat Canyon. Visit the Africa habitat to watch giraffes, lemurs and flamingos. See nocturnal cats, owls and vampire bats in the indoor Night Hunters exhibit.

Have your camera at the ready at Lorikeet Landing. Rainbow lorikeets sit on your arm as you feed them. Wander through the rainforest enclosure to see colorful toucans, boa constrictors and lazy sloths.

Children have their own zoo where they can climb on a spider’s web, feed the goats and pet llamas. Join the crowds at the Penguin Parade, a daily show. Catch the elephant and polar bear feeding sessions on weekends.

Avid gardeners and those looking for a place to relax will appreciate the zoo’s botanical garden. In spring, tens of thousands of tulips burst into bloom. Summer and autumn are equally colorful. See butterflies and smell the fragrances of chocolate and coffee plants.

The Cincinnati Zoo in Avondale is very affordable, and there’s an extra fee for behind-the-scenes experiences. The zoo is open every day except Christmas Day. It’s a 15-minute drive from downtown and there’s a charge for parking. The No. 1 bus from downtown stops at the zoo.

Popular Activities at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Ensure you have heaps of time at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Here are some of the best activities:

Trying out an Any Day General Admission Ticket to the Cincinnati Zoo will make your visit to this celebrated attraction all the more special!

For many more activities, take a look at our Cincinnati things to do page.


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Kingsgate Hotel and Conference Center $111
Kingsgate Hotel and Conference Center

Kingsgate Hotel and Conference Center

151 Goodman St, Cincinnati, OH
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Corryville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Burnet Campus, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, and University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati Art Museum and Jack Cincinnati Casino are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Millennium Cincinnati $90
    Millennium Cincinnati

    Millennium Cincinnati

    150 West 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Duke Energy Convention Center, Fountain Square, and Carew Tower. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Taft Theatre are also within 10 minutes.

      Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati/Uptown-University Area $122
      Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati/Uptown-University Area

      Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati/Uptown-University Area

      3024 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Corryville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fifth Third Arena and University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and Cincinnati Art Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Historic Charm in the Gaslight District of Clifton
        Historic Charm in the Gaslight District of Clifton

        Historic Charm in the Gaslight District of Clifton

        Cincinnati, Ohio
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Clifton, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, and Xavier University. Nippert Stadium and Fifth Third Arena are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Gaslight Bed and Breakfast $150
          Gaslight Bed and Breakfast

          Gaslight Bed and Breakfast

          3652 Middleton Ave, Cincinnati, OH
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Clifton, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Burnet Campus and Nippert Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Newly Renovated Home_near University of Cincinnati, Hospitals, and Downtown
            Newly Renovated Home_near University of Cincinnati, Hospitals, and Downtown

            Newly Renovated Home_near University of Cincinnati, Hospitals, and Downtown

            Cincinnati, OH
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Corryville, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Cincinnati Art Museum and Jack Cincinnati Casino are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Quality Inn & Suites $85
              Quality Inn & Suites

              Quality Inn & Suites

              130 W. Mitchell Avenue, Cincinnati, OH
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Clifton, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University. Spring Grove Cemetery and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Burnet Campus are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Fairfield Inn & Suites Cincinnati Uptown/University Area $139
                Fairfield Inn & Suites Cincinnati Uptown/University Area

                Fairfield Inn & Suites Cincinnati Uptown/University Area

                2500 South Market Street, Cincinnati, OH
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Clifton Heights, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fifth Third Arena and University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and Cincinnati Art Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).