Louisville Zoo

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Louisville Zoo showing bird life and zoo animals

A zoo visit promotes respect for animals and their well-being. Share a day with family at this city zoo with its abundance of species and activity areas.

Louisville Zoo is clean and respectful of its animals, providing a wonderful opportunity to see species that might otherwise be geographically impossible to view. Visit these majestic creatures and understand more about the importance of conservation.

In the Africa section, stately African and Asian elephants plod slowly through their days and pygmy hippos loll about between baths. Observe lions sedately perusing their landscape and meerkats continually watching as they balance on their hind feet. This section’s Gorilla Forest is extremely popular for the expressive behavior of its 10 western lowland gorillas.

Experience the African savannah by taking a camel ride. Watch a tall giraffe stretch its neck from the ground to the tops of trees. Stop at the supervised African petting zoo and enjoy the garden featuring a number of sculptured animals.

Visit Glacier Run for cold weather animals such as polar and grizzly bears, as well as playful seals in their enclosure resembling a small Canadian town. Sit in a truck’s cab while bears look for food in the back on the other side of a protective glass wall. Gaze upward to see eagles and snowy owls. Bring swimsuits for children to play in the splash park and playground areas.

The penguins will seek your attention in the Islands section. Find orangutans and Sumatran tigers in the Indonesian Village. Travel to South America to view jaguars and snow leopards. Australia’s unique species include wallabies and wallaroos. Feed the friendly lorikeet birds with nectar purchased at the zoo.

Visit the HerpAquarium for less visible animals, such as Gila monsters, boa constrictors, the endangered Cuban crocodile and the threatened hellbender salamander. In additional conservation efforts, the zoo is helping to resurrect the black-footed ferret that faced extinction in North America.

The attraction has a hilly terrain. Walk, take the zoo train or shuttle around the 134 acres (54 hectares). Drive to Louisville Zoo in 15 minutes from the downtown area. The zoo is open daily except select holidays. Purchase admission and parking passes online. Note that weather plays an important role in being able to see certain animals.

Top Hotels Close to Louisville Zoo

Red Roof Inn Louisville Fair and Expo
Red Roof Inn Louisville Fair and Expo
2 out of 5
3322 Red Roof Inn Pl, Louisville, KY
The price is $58 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Situated in Louisville, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Louisville Zoo and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Louisville Mega Cavern. UofL Health - Peace Hospital is 2.5 ...
3.8/5 Good! (984 reviews)
"Good clean place"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

Red Roof Inn Louisville Fair and Expo
Candlewood Suites Louisville Airport, an IHG Hotel
Candlewood Suites Louisville Airport, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1367 Gardiner Ln, Louisville, KY
The price is $85 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Louisville Mega Cavern and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Louisville Zoo. UofL Health - Peace Hospital is ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (147 reviews)
"All ways good except no breakfast"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

Candlewood Suites Louisville Airport, an IHG Hotel
Wingate by Wyndham Louisville Fair and Expo
Wingate by Wyndham Louisville Fair and Expo
2.5 out of 5
3200 Kemmons Drive, Louisville, KY
The price is $72 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
Located in Hayfield Dundee, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Louisville Zoo and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Louisville Mega Cavern. UofL Health - Peace Hospital is ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (970 reviews)
"Nice place"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

Wingate by Wyndham Louisville Fair and Expo
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Best Lodging Options Near Louisville Zoo

Red Roof Inn Louisville Fair and Expo
Red Roof Inn Louisville Fair and Expo
2 out of 5
3322 Red Roof Inn Pl, Louisville, KY
The price is $58 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Red Roof Inn Louisville Fair and Expo
Candlewood Suites Louisville Airport, an IHG Hotel
Candlewood Suites Louisville Airport, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1367 Gardiner Ln, Louisville, KY
The price is $85 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
Candlewood Suites Louisville Airport, an IHG Hotel
Wingate by Wyndham Louisville Fair and Expo
Wingate by Wyndham Louisville Fair and Expo
2.5 out of 5
3200 Kemmons Drive, Louisville, KY
The price is $72 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
Wingate by Wyndham Louisville Fair and Expo
Holiday Inn Express Louisville Airport Expo Center, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Louisville Airport Expo Center, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1921 Bishop Ln, Louisville, KY
The price is $94 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Holiday Inn Express Louisville Airport Expo Center, an IHG Hotel
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Beautifully renovated home with charm! Sleeps 7. Located close to EVERYTHING!
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SureStay Plus by Best Western Louisville Airport Expo
SureStay Plus by Best Western Louisville Airport Expo
2.5 out of 5
4125 Preston Hwy, Louisville, KY
The price is $69 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
SureStay Plus by Best Western Louisville Airport Expo
Close to Everything in Louisville!!!
Close to Everything in Louisville!!!
Louisville, KY
The price is $105 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 24
Close to Everything in Louisville!!!
Charming Highlands Rental
Charming Highlands Rental
Louisville, KY
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Highlands Bungalow - Close to All
Highlands Bungalow - Close to All
Louisville, KY
Highlands Bungalow - Close to All
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