Cincinnati Zoo is the Best Zoo in the Nation!

Posted June 4, 2021

Botanical Garden also a winner in USA TODAY’s 2021 Travel Award Contest

CINCINNATI (June 4, 2021) –  USA TODAY’s 10Best editors announced this morning that Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden took the top spot in the Best Zoo category in its 2021 Summer Readers’ Choice poll! It also earned the number two spot in the 10Best Botanical Garden category.

“It’s wonderful to be recognized for being a great Zoo AND a great Botanical Garden,” said Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden director Thane Maynard. “Some people who come here to see Fiona or Rico are surprised to discover that they are surrounded by a world-class botanical garden!  We thank everyone who voted for us in both categories.”

See for yourself why we’re the best!  Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden opens daily at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.  Members enjoy early entry at 9 a.m.  For more information visit