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!

Operating Hours

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 16: 10am-5pm
November 17 – January 1: PNC Festival of Lights – 10am-9pm (Sundays-Thursdays)/ 10am-10pm (Fridays-Saturdays)

*Festival of Lights closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Zoo is closed Christmas Day.


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EARLY ENTRY: Members and Zoo Adventure Ticket (ZAT) ticket holders can enter the Zoo at 9am from March 11 – October 31.


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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.


Questions about your visit?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page for more information or contact us!


Getting Around the Zoo

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Zoo Parking

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.

 

 

Early Entry

Members and Zoo Adventure Ticket (ZAT) ticket holders can enter the Zoo at 9am from March 11 – October 31 (one full hour before the Zoo opens to the public!).  Stop by the Welcome Center in Vine Street Village to see daily updates about feeding times, special encounters and other tips to help you make the most of your visit. Click here to see a pdf of the animal encounters schedule.

 


Getting Here

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.

*Please note, maintenance on the Brent Spence Bridge will require ongoing construction with lane closures. See the map below for alternate routes or click here for more information.