See what’s happening at the Zoo today, February 17, 2018

Several paths are closed due to winter construction, please call or stop by Members Services for information on these paths.

Buy your tickets online to save time and money!

Join us for Half-Price Days, now through March 9, 2018! 



*Early Entry returns mid-March 2018!

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  • BB&T Express Train is CLOSED for its annual winter maintenance and will re-open for the Spring season on Saturday, March 10, 2018.
  • Conservation Carousel is CLOSED for its annual winter maintenance and will re-open for the Spring season on Saturday, March 10, 2018.
  • 4-D Special F-X Theater is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm* (weather dependent)

Inclement weather, including excessive heat, cold, and/or rain and storms may cause the early closure some habitats, attractions, food/retail locations, etc. 


Food location hours & animal appearances vary by season. Ask us when you arrive for details on how to make the most of your visit!


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The Cincinnati Zoo is located at 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45220. The main parking lot & entrance is on Vine Street. Click here for a parking map.

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Animal News

Please note: While our goal is to provide opportunities for our visitors to see all the animals in our care, there are times where an animal may be off view or given access to their indoor space in order for our team to provide the best care possible. During the winter season, a large number of outdoor animals may be off view due to cold temperatures. For this reason, we offer half-price admission from January 2, 2018 – March 9, 2018. Purchase tickets here.

  • There will be NO Penguin Parades for Winter 2018 because of the renovation of Wings of the World. This building will also be closed.
    • When it reopens in spring 2018, visitors will enjoy a new and improved experience and an enhanced opportunity to connect to nature through birds.
  • Check the weather: Temperatures must be 50 degrees or above with sunny skies for hippos to be outside. (This is at the discretion of our animal care staff & could change without notice)
  • Click here for weekend animal encounters!
  • Gorilla World is closed until further notice for family introductions.
  • Blakely’s Barnyard in Children’s Zoo will be closed for construction until futher notice.
  • Tigers will be off view for the remainder of the winter.
  • White lions will be off view today due to weather.
  • Cougars and Snow Leopards will have access to indoor and outdoor areas today.
  • Cheetahs will have access to indoor and outdoor areas today.
  • African lions and Painted dogs will have access to indoor and outdoor areas while it’s raining/snowing.

Gift Shops & Food Locations Open Today

Opening Time Closing Time
Base Camp Café 10am 5pm
Savannah Soft Serve Closed Closed
Tuskers Closed Closed
Funnel Cake Factory Closed Closed
Watering Hole Closed Closed
Snack Shack Closed Closed
Dip ‘N Dots Vine Village Closed Closed
LaRosa’s Closed Closed
Graeter’s Closed Closed
Safari Grill Closed Closed
Safari Soft Serve Ice Cream Closed Closed
Smokehouse BBQ Closed Closed
Outpost Closed Closed
Dip ‘N Dots Safari Camp Closed Closed

Gift Shop Locations Open Today*:

Historic Vine Village Gift Shop* 10am 5pm
4-D Theater Gift Shop Closed Closed

Facepaint and Handimals will return in the Spring!

*Weather and attendance dependent 

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