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Today’s Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm

Hours of Operation for 2024
January 8th – November 20th: 10am-5pm

  • March 9th: Begin Member early entry at 9am

November 21st-January 5th*:

  • Sunday-Thursday: 10am-9pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 10am-10pm

*December 20th-January 1st: 10am-10pm

The Zoo is also closed all day on Thanksgiving Day (11/28), Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
The Zoo will close early at 2pm on September 20th for Zoofari

Welcome to Penguin Days! When planning your visit, please note that many of our animals may choose to stay in their indoor habitats due to winter weather, whether it be temperature or precipitation. We will keep this page as up to date as possible, but for the happiness of our animals, they will get to choose and any animal being out cannot be guaranteed.

Penguin parades are done for the season.

Animal News for Today

  • The full bloat – Tucker, Bibi, Fiona, and Fritz, will have access to their outdoor habitat if the temperature is above 40 degrees and is up to keeper and animal discretion.
  • Moe the Sloth will be on habitat in Education and Juno is in the Animal Ambassador Center.
  • Black Rhinos, Warty Pigs, and Painted Dogs will have access to their indoor habitat today.
  • Lions will have access to their indoor habitat in the morning and will be inside in the afternoon.
  • Galapagos Tortoises will be off habitat.

Construction Updates

  • Our Euclid lot (3301 Euclid Ave) will have ongoing construction.
  • The Grove, Mai Thai’s Marketplace, World of the Insect, Dragons, and The Picnic Shelters will be closed due to construction.
  • The main loop will be closed for the majority of 2/28 at Treetops, but there will still be full access to animal viewings. 

Unavailable for the Season

  • Lemurs, Brown Mountain Tortoises, Vultures, Okapi, South American Aviary, Little Blue Penguin, and Pelicans will be off habitat for the rest of the season.

Encounters & Chats

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
10:30 AM
Snow Leopard Chat 10:30AM - 10:40AM
10:30 - 10:40 Recurring event
Wednesday, February 28, 10:30AM - 10:40AM | Cat Canyon
Stop by the Snow Leopard habitat to hear more about these awesome creatures!
11:00 AM
Komodo Chat 11:00AM - 11:30AM
11:00 - 11:30 Recurring event
Wednesday, February 28, 11:00AM - 11:30AM | Reptile House
Stop by the Komodo Dragon habitat in the Reptile building to learn more about these awesome creatures!
11:30 AM
Vampire Bat Chat 11:30AM - 11:40AM
11:30 - 11:40 Recurring event
Wednesday, February 28, 11:30AM - 11:40AM | Nighthunters
Stop by the Vampire Bat habitat in the Night Hunters building to learn more about these awesome creatures!
12:30 PM
Bald Eagle Chat 12:30PM - 12:40PM
12:30 - 12:40 Recurring event
Wednesday, February 28, 12:30PM - 12:40PM | Bald Eagle Habitat
Stop by the Bald Eagle habitat to learn more about these awesome creatures!
01:30 PM
Gorilla Chat 1:30PM - 1:40PM
1:30 - 1:40 Recurring event
Wednesday, February 28, 1:30PM - 1:40PM | Gorilla World
Stop by the Gorilla habitat in Gorilla World to learn more about these awesome creatures!
02:30 PM
Kea Chat 2:30PM - 2:40PM
2:30 - 2:40 Recurring event
Wednesday, February 28, 2:30PM - 2:40PM | Wings of the World Aviary
Stop by the outdoor Aviary near Wings of the World to learn more about these awesome creatures!
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Best Botanical Garden AND Best Zoo! – VOTE

We recently reached first place in USA Today’s Best Botanical Garden category AND the Best Zoo category.  Help us stay on top and vote for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden!

We have until Sunday March 3 to vote.  You can vote once per day.

Vote for Best Botanical Garden

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When you’re at the Zoo, find your destination with our interactive mobile app!

Souvenir Zoo Maps are also available at the Zoo for $1.

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The main Zoo lot is located at 3427 Vine Street. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is located at 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45220. You can also take Metro routes 1, 46, 38x, 78 or hop on a Red Bike.

Red Bike operations are currently paused, with plans to re-open early Spring. Currently all Red Bike stations are closed, and bikes are not available for rent.

Group transportation to the zoo is available through a variety of charter bus providers, including GOGO Charters, National Charter Bus, and Shofur.


Parking lots are located across the street from the Zoo on Vine St., Erkenbrecher Ave, and Dury Ave.

Visitors may enter the Zoo using the pedestrian bridges over Vine and Erkenbrecher. Both are ADA accessible.

Members will exit the lot by scanning their digital membership or a physical membership card on the top scanner. Any other visitors can purchase a parking ticket by scanning the QR codes posted around the park or by using the parking kiosk at the zoo’s front entry. Watch this video for more info. 

icon of carnivalZoo Rides & Attractions

Rides will attempt operation on weekend days above 50 degrees.

Rides are an included benefit of Platinum and Gold Members. Standard members and non-members may purchase tickets at each respective attraction. Rides and attractions are weather dependant.

Unlimited Rides Package – $8 | Zoo Adventure Upgrade (Unlimited Rides and a Zoo Key)- $10

See More about Rides & Attractions
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Interested in booking a Behind-the-Scenes Experience?

Proceeds from Behind-the-Scenes Experiences are used to support global conservation efforts.

Learn More

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The main Zoo Shop, located in Vine Street Village, carries a wide range of items to commemorate your trip to the Zoo and also stocks practical items, such as sunscreen, to make your visit more enjoyable!

Gift Shops

You can now shop at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Gift Shop online! Don’t miss all of the latest merch!

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From Food Trucks featuring chicken strips, tacos, and burgers to snack stations and Hops, overlooking Roo Valley, the Zoo has something for everyone!

Learn More
Food Locations Open Today

Base Camp

10am - 5pm


10am - 5pm

Savannah Soft Serve

10am - 2pm


10am - 2pm

Refill & Refresh (Train Station)

Train Dippin Dots

Vine Dippin Dots

Cup and Cone @ Mai Thai’s Market

Outpost Cafe @ Mai Thai’s Market

10am - 5pm


10am - 5pm

LaRosa's Dippin Dots

Canopy Canteen

10am - 5pm

The Coop

Wild Burger

Sweet Retreat

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Coming to Cincinnati to visit the Queen of the Zoo? The Graduate Cincinnati is less than a mile from the Zoo and has you covered!

The Fiona: Queen of the Zoo hotel package includes:

  • Their best available room rate
  • Two (2) tickets to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • $20 daily credit to Fiona’s, the lobby-level bar and restaurant

Book with code ZOOFUN

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icon of magnifying-glassFAQ: Zoo Information and Policies

In case of Lost Child or other emergencies, call the Zoo’s public safety team at 513.475.6112