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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.


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Lodging Near Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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Hampton Inn and Suites Cincinnati/Uptown-University Area

Hampton Inn and Suites Cincinnati/Uptown-University Area

3024 Vine Street, Cincinnati
4.3
of 5, from 174 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Cincinnati, 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).

$143
Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center at the U of Cincinnati

Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center at the U of Cincinnati

151 Goodman Drive, Cincinnati
4.4
of 5, from 98 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Cincinnati, this hotel 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 Krohn Conservatory are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$129
Fairfield Inn & Suites Cincinnati Uptown/University Area

Fairfield Inn & Suites Cincinnati Uptown/University Area

2500 South Market Street, Cincinnati
4.4
of 5, from 22 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Cincinnati, 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).

$84
Quality Inn & Suites

Quality Inn & Suites

130 W. Mitchell Avenue, Cincinnati
3.5
of 5, from 88 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in St. Bernard, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from University of Cincinnati. Spring Grove Cemetery and Xavier University are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$88
Millennium Cincinnati

Millennium Cincinnati

150 West 5th Street, Cincinnati
3.2
of 5, from 1,888 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Surrounded by downtown Cincinnati attractions, this 2-tower hotel connects to Duke Energy Center by an enclosed skyway. Fountain Square is 200 meters away, while the Paul Brown Stadium, the Great American Ball Park, and the U.S. Bank Arena are all within 1 km.

$68
Budget Host Town Center Motel

Budget Host Town Center Motel

3356 Central Parkway, Cincinnati
2.0
of 5, from 23 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Cincinnati, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from American Sign Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.

Big House By Walnut Hill High School

Big House By Walnut Hill High School

3439 Pleasant View Av, cincinnati
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Cincinnati, this vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Xavier University and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Krohn Conservatory and Cincinnati Art Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$132
Cincinnatian Hotel

Cincinnatian Hotel

601 Vine Street, Cincinnati
4.2
of 5, from 466 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this hotel is steps from Contemporary Arts Center and Fountain Square. Carew Tower and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are also within 10 minutes.