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!  If you would like to build your own schedule, download our mobile app and plan your day!

Seasonal Suggestions

Winter

January 2 – March 11

Itinerary Option A

10:00am – Elephants
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!

 

11:00am– Wings of the World Bird House 

It’s time for Penguin Days! March to the Cincinnati Zoo Wings of the World exhibit to catch the 11am walk! Watch the “Best Parade in America” as king penguins waddle by – plus you can take part in the parade! Follow these flightless birds over to the Children’s Zoo where they’ll enjoy the crisp air until the 2:30 parade back to the Wings of the World exhibit. (Parades are weather dependent)

11:30am – Children’s Zoo 

While you’re over here, check out the Children’s Zoo. The Children’s Zoo is the perfect place for families to relax, interact with animals and have lots of fun! The exhibit features a petting yard, animal nursery, playground, and a variety of animals including llamas and alpacas!

 

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12:00pm – Base Camp Cafe 

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!

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12:45pm – Manatee Springs
Take a seat in front of the Zoo’s female manatees Betsy and BamBam at Manatee Springs.  While warming up inside this exhibit, learn all about the manatee release program that the Zoo takes part in while watching these two manatees swim around, eat, and play!

polarbear1:15pm – Bears
A polar bear playing with toys? See the Zoo’s polar bears Berit and Little One do just that and more!  These marine mammals will be up close while they swim around and interact with each other while you learn all sorts of new polar bear facts.  On the way, stop by and see Chester the Andean bear and Mato & Yona the American black bears.

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


2:30pm – 
Children’s Zoo

It’s time for Penguin Days! March to the Children’s Zoo exhibit to catch the 2:30pm parade! Watch the “Best Parade in America” as king penguins waddle by – plus you can take part in the parade! Follow these flightless birds back to their home at Wings of the World. (Parades are weather dependent)

3:00pm – Red Panda

Cold climate animals like red pandas are active in these chilly temps! See red panda cubs Dr. Erin Curry & Kelly as they grow up right in front of your eyes. Made for a life in the trees, the red panda travels through the canopy with ease. Not only is the panda a great climber, it is also an amazing jumper, clearing distances up to five feet. Hair on the bottom of its feet keeps the panda from slipping on branches.

3:30pm – Cat Canyon

Head to Cat Canyon meow that you’re day is off and running! See the Zoo’s big cats closer than ever before from a viewing area that puts visitors eye-to-eye with snow leopards, with just an inch of glass in between!

4:00pm – Monkey Island

Monkey Island is your place to be to see snow monkeys out and about in the cold! Japanese macaques live farther north than any other non-human primate. Also known as snow monkeys, they have adapted to live through harsh, snowy winters.

 

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4:30pm – Wildlife Canyon

Head to Wildlife Canyon to see some of your favorite cold climate animals! You’re sure to be intrigued by Dale the takin calf who can be seen out with his mom Sally. He was born on 6/26/2015. Plus, see bactrian camels, warty pigs and Przewalski’s horses while you’re there.

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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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.