The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden opens daily at 10am.
Food location hours & animal appearances vary by season. Please check the Zoo Today page for a complete listing of what will be open on the day of your visit!
The Zoo is open January 1st – December 31st at 10am. The Zoo is closed on December 25 only.
January 2 – March 10: 10am-5pm
March 11 – May 26: 10am-5pm (early entry at 9am for members & ZAT ticket holders)
May 27 – September 4: 10am-6pm (early entry at 9am for members & ZAT ticket holders)
September 5 – October 31: 10am-5pm (early entry at 9am for members & ZAT ticket holders)
November 1 – November 17: 10am-5pm
November 18- January 1: PNC Festival of Lights – 10am-9pm (Sundays-Thursdays)/ 10am-10pm (Fridays-Saturdays)
*PNC Festival of Lights is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve. The Zoo is closed all day on Christmas.
EARLY ENTRY: Early Entry for Zoo Members and Zoo Adventure Ticket (ZAT) ticket holders will resume in March 2018.
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Because the Zoo remains open during inclement weather, we offer no refunds or rainchecks. Because of the varying needs of the animals, some buildings or exhibits may close early.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page for more information or contact us!
PNC Festival of Lights Map – (Click here to view/print larger version of map.)
Click here to view/print larger version of map.
Early Entry for Zoo Members and Zoo Adventure Ticket (ZAT) ticket holders will resume in March 2018.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is located at 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45220. You can also take Metro routes 1, 46, 38x, 78 or hop on a Red Bike.
New this winter! The I-71 Martin Luther King interchange is now open! Use this from exit 3 off of I-71. Coming from I-75? Try exiting at Hopple Street now that construction is complete!
On heavy attendance days, the Zoo may open overflow parking lots to accommodate visitors. Overflow parking lots are opened on an as-needed basis and may not all be open on some days.
Please follow advice of our parking attendants and directional signs to guide you to the nearest lot with parking spaces available. Visiting before 11am or after 2pm on beautiful weather days and holidays will help you to avoid most traffic.