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

Winter

Click here to see special animal encounters during Penguin Days, through March 10.

Itinerary Option A

10:00 – Elephants
Start your day visiting Asian elephants Jati, Schottzie, Mai Thai and Sabu at the Elephant Reserve.

 

10:30am – Reptile House 

The oldest American zoo building, the Reptile House was built in 1875 in Turkish style and is a National Historic Landmark. Originally housing monkeys, the building is now home to more than 35 reptile species, including snakes, lizards, turtles and alligators, from around the world.

11:00am – Penguin Parade

March to the Cincinnati Zoo and save a waddle of cash! Experience cooler prices and even cooler animals during Penguin Days, with half-price Zoo admission every day and special animal encounters every Saturday & Sunday through March 10. Don’t miss the best parade in America, Friday-Monday at 11 & 2:30 (weather permitting).  Parades will go through February 27th.

11:30am – Lunch

March to the Cincinnati Zoo and save a waddle of cash! Experience cooler prices and even cooler animals during Penguin Days, with half-price Zoo admission every day and special animal encounters every Saturday & Sunday, January 2 through March 10.

 

Little One12:30pm – Polar Bears

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

 

arctic fox3:00 – Arctic Fox 

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

red_panda1:30pm – Dragons!

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!

spring break camp goat show21:00pm – World of the Insect

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

 

 

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 – Sea Lion 

Duke the California sea lion is waiting! Head over to learn more about him and see him glide through the water gracefully!

 

1:30pm – Otters

Stop by to visit North American river otter, Sugar, in Wolf Woods!

 

red_panda2:00 – Red Panda

Red pandas don’t mind the cold! Get your steps in and head over to learn more about the red pandas.


10 Penguin 0050 A2:30pm – Penguin Parade (Children’s Zoo)

March to the Cincinnati Zoo and save a waddle of cash! Experience cooler prices and even cooler animals during Penguin Days, with half-price Zoo admission every day and special animal encounters every Saturday & Sunday through March 10. Don’t miss the best parade in America, Friday-Monday at 11 & 2:30 (weather permitting).  Parades will go through February 27th.


3:00pm – Wildlife Canyon

Wildlife Canyon displays several rare and unusual hoofed mammals in natural habitats with lush vegetation like takins, Bactrian camels and Przewalski’s horse.

10:00 – Elephants
Visit Asian elephants Jati, Schottzie, Mai Thai and Sabu at the Elephant Reserve.

 

 

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.