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Early Entry: 6:30pm

General Admission: 7:00pm

Ends at 9:30pm

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Bourbon Flights

Calling all beasts of bourbon! Join us for our annual bourbon-tasting event on Thursday, May 11. Bourbon Flights will feature a variety of bourbons – served neat, on the rocks, and with mixers at 15 different stations throughout the Zoo. Stroll the Zoo sampling bourbon in your complimentary souvenir glass while listening to great music and visiting the different animal habitats! Food will be available for purchase at our casual dining locations. For our non-bourbon drinkers, there will be a beer and wine station available as well!

This event is part of Toast to the Wild, sponsored by Paycor, which benefits the Lindner Center for Conservation and Research for Endangered Wildlife (CREW). Events increase exposure for CREW locally and all funds raised go directly to support ongoing research. These unique tasting events give guests the opportunity to enjoy an adult-only evening at the Zoo, try beverage samples, experience up-close animal encounters, and more!

Bourbon Flights begins at 7:00 pm and is rain or shine. This event is for guests 21 and up, no exceptions.

We’ve gone digital with our Bourbon Flights map this year! Be sure to have the Interactive Zoo Map link ready with location services turned on prior to arrival!

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Early EntryGeneral Admission

  • General admission inclusions plus:
  • Early Entry
  • Additional drink tickets
  • Opportunity to sample all stations throughout the Zoo first

  • Drink tickets
  • Access to the entire Zoo for an adult evening!
  • Commemorative Glass
  • Animal Encounters


  • Bardstown Bourbon Company
  • Bird Dog Whiskey
  • Boone County Distilling
  • Brain Brew
  • Canvus
  • Coopers Craft 82.2
  • Cooper’s Craft 100 Proof
  • Hard Truth Distilling
  • Jack Daniel’s
  • New Riff
  • Northside Distillery
  • Woodford


General Info

  • Credit cards are accepted at food stations.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the Zoo
  • Event held rain or shine
  • You will receive your lanyard with drink-sampling tickets upon presenting the event ticket at entry.
  • This is an adult event; all guests must be at least 21 years old and present a valid photo ID. No babies or children permitted.  Bags will be subject to search.
  • Guests without valid photo ID will not be permitted to enter the event.
  • Programs will be emailed to ticket purchasers prior to the event and uploaded to this web page the day of the event.

Thank you for supporting “A Toast To The Wild – Tasting Series”!

Proceeds from this event series support the Zoo’s own Lindner Center for the Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). CREW is internationally recognized for its Signature Projects including rhinos, imperiled cats, exceptional plants and polar bears. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was the first zoo in the nation to build a facility dedicated to endangered animal and plant conservation research.

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