There are tons of fun and educational experiences at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.  Between the animal shows, animal keeper chats, and animal interactions, there’s plenty to do, see, and learn about during your fun-filled day at the Zoo!

Seasonal Suggestions

Fall

Labor Day – October 31

Itinerary Option A

9:15 – Elephant Bath
Start your day visiting Asian elephants Jati, Schottzie, Mai Thai and Sabu at the Elephant Reserve. Get up close to these very active and intelligent animals and watch the keepers give them a bath!

9:45am – Giraffe Feeding 

While you’re over here, why not feed lettuce to one of our giraffes, Jambo, Cece, Tessa and Kimba. While the new giraffe babies, Zoey and Cora, aren’t tall enough to feed yet, you can still observe the two who will be out with the whole family!  (weather permitting)

10:00am – African Lion Chat

Enter the savannah to learn more about our lions John and Imani and their three cubs Uma, Kya and Willa.


10:30am – Meerkats & Painted Dogs and Hippos

Check out the painted dogs and playful meerkats!

11:00am – New this year: Hippos!

This newest exhibit in Africa was designed to bring visitors #CloseEnoughToCare by inspiring them with wildlife! There is an underwater viewing area and an interactive play area for children young and old to learn and explore more about these giant, and amazing animals.

Little One11:30am – Polar Bears

Learn more about polar bears and watch them swim and play in the water!

 

12:00pm – Lunch

All that fun and walking around has probably put you in the mood for some lunch!  Check out America’s Greenest Restaurant Base Camp Café for a selection of different meals from burgers and salads to weekday daily specials.  With great food and an outstanding view of the Zoo’s Africa exhibit, you can’t go wrong with this combination at the Base Camp Café!

spring break camp goat show21:00pm – Goat Feeding 

Now that you’ve eaten lunch, it’s time to feed the goats in the Children’s Zoo!

 

red_panda1:30pm – Red Pandas

Visit our red pandas and see them climb with ease through the trees! Plus, keep your eye out for two new red panda cubs sticking close to mom!

Watch real cheetahs do what they do best… run! Don’t miss a special 9:30am Cheetah Run after the race at the Cathryn Hilker Running Yard.

2:00pm – Cheetah Run 

Watch real cheetahs do what they do best… run! At the Cathryn Hilker Running Yard.

 

 

Your day at the Zoo isn’t over yet! With many, many more exhibits to see and many, many more animals to interact with, there’s no shortage of fun and adventure at the Cincinnati Zoo!

Itinerary Option B


12:00pm – Lunch

All that fun and walking around has probably put you in the mood for some lunch!  Check out America’s Greenest Restaurant Base Camp Café for a selection of different meals from burgers and salads to weekday daily specials.  With great food and an outstanding view of the Zoo’s Africa exhibit, you can’t go wrong with this combination at the Base Camp Café!


1:00pm – Blakely’s Barnyard Bonanza 

You can be a part of the show in the newly renovated Barnyard Bonanza Show area in the Children’s Zoo.

 

1:30pm – Cougar Chat

Learn more about your favorite cougar brothers Tecumseh and Joseph from their keepers.

2:00pm – Sea Lion Chat

Duke the sea lion is waiting! Head over to learn more about him during this informative and fun chat.

 

river otter2:30pm – Otters

Stop by to visit Nero and Sugar in Wolf Woods!

 

arctic fox3:00 – Arctic Fox 

Get your steps in and head over to learn more about the Arctic fox.

Little One3:30pm – Polar Bears

Learn more about polar bears and watch them swim and play in the water!

 

10 Penguin 0050 A4:00pm – Penguin Chat

See king penguins and ask questions to their keepers in this fun chat!

 

 

Your day at the Zoo isn’t over yet! With many, many more exhibits to see and many, many more animals to interact with, there’s no shortage of fun and adventure at the Cincinnati Zoo!


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Cheetah Encounter

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See the fastest runners in the world at their best.  Catch our Cheetah Encounter Show at the Cathryn Hilker Running Yard.

Wolf Woods

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Perhaps the best kept secret at the zoo, our Mexican wolves are great animals with a great conservation story to tell.

Blakely's Barnyard bonanza

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This Children’s Zoo show is hilariously fun and active, particularly for young families.

Wings of Wonder Bird Show

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The best bird show I have ever seen anywhere just completed its 31st season under trainer Gary Denzler.

World of the Insect

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The Cincinnati Zoo’s Insectarium is home to the largest collection of living insects on Earth.

Gorilla World

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Our western lowland gorillas are one of the best exhibits any time of day. Simply great.

Base Camp Café

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Sharing a meal on the deck overlooking our new Africa exhibit is hands down the best dining experience this side of the Serengeti.  Mix it up and try a zoo salad.

Passenger Pigeon Memorial

Passenger Pigeon Memorial

This 140 year old building houses a tribute to “Martha,” the last of her kind.