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

Spring

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Itinerary Option A

9:30 – Hippo
See hippos Henry & Bibi and learn more about Fiona’s parents during this fun chat!

10:30am – Bull Elephant 

Come learn more about Sabu, the only male elephant at the Cincinnati Zoo!

 

 

11:00am – Cheetah Encounter

Watch real cheetahs do what they do best… run! Plus, see servals jump, and learn about what your own cat can do. Supported by the Joanie Bernard Foundation. 

11:30am – Kea

Enter the Free Flight Aviary to come beak to beak with some of the smartest birds from New Zealand, the kea!

 

12:30pm – Lunch

Unwind at the Base Camp Cafe with views of the African savanna, lions and giraffe. Not to mention, it was awarded the greenest restaurant in America!

 

2:00pm – Blakely’s Barnyard Bonanza 

This interactive Bonanza features everyone’s favorite mini-pigs, goats and more! This upbeat and educational encounter is sure to get you off your feet and cheering!

 

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 – Giraffe Feeding

Transport yourself to Africa with the sweeping views of the savanna. Plus, come nose to nose on our overlook deck with our six giraffes, including babies Cora & Zoey. Share some lettuce from our Wild Encounters Team with the adult giraffe while you’re there!

 

1:30pm – African Painted Dogs

Continue through Africa and stop to learn more about one of the most endangered carnivores in Africa; the African painted dog.With 11 pups and 3 adults, there is rarely a dull moment in Painted Dog Valley!

 

2:00pm – Sea Lion

Duke the sea lion is a Zoo favorite! Visit this handsome guy and learn more from his care takers!

2:30pm – Hippo
See hippos Henry & Bibi and learn more about Fiona’s parents during this fun chat!


10 Penguin 0050 A4:00pm – Penguins 

See your favorite penguins and learn more about birds (because #BirdsAreAwesome) during 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

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