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

Summer

Memorial Day – Labor Day

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!

 

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 – Giraffe Feeding 

While you’re over here, why not feed lettuce to one of our giraffes, Jambo, Cece, Tessa and Kimba.

 

11:00am – Painted Dogs, Meerkats & Hippos!

Check out the painted dogs, meerkats and NEW this summer – hippos!

Base Camp Cafe Cincinnati Zoo 112:00pm – 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 – Ameritas Wings of Wonder Bird Show

Come see the Bird Show in action at the Zoo. Our shows are located at the Wings of Wonder Amphitheater and are free with admission to the Zoo. Don’t miss this educational and entertaining look at some of the zoo’s exotic animals. Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm, except on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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


11:00am – 
Cheetah Encounter Show

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

 

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 – Insect Chat

Head to World of Insect to learn more about your favorite creepy crawlers.

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.

 

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.

Sumatran Rhino

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The Cincinnati Zoo is the only place outside of Indonesia where you can see the rarest large mammal in the world.