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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 closed all day on Thanksgiving Day (11/28), Christmas Eve (12/24), and Christmas Day (12/25).

The Zoo will close early at 2pm on September 20 for Zoofari

NOTE: Animal visibility is not guaranteed. Many have access to their behind-the-scenes areas and may not be viewable, so you might have to circle back if you don’t see your favorite animal the first time you visit their habitat.

Animal News for Today

  • Moe the sloth will be off habitat and Juno the baby sloth is in Discovery Forest.
  • Jungle Trails Tropical Asian Animals Building will be closed.
  • Bongos will be off habitat due to habitat maintenance.
  • The little Blue Penguin habitat will be closed due to heat.
  • Goat Yard, Animal Exercise Area, Butterfly Aviary, and the African Animal Experience will all be closed due to heat.

Construction Updates

  • Our Euclid lot (3301 Euclid Ave) will have ongoing construction but may be available for Visitor Parking.

Dora Scavenger Hunt

Grown Ups!

You can click the link below to download a digital scavenger hunt activity sheet to complete with your kids. Follow the clues on the activity sheet with your kids to find the hidden animal facts located throughout the Zoo. ¡Vámonos!

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Encounters & Chats

Monday, June 17, 2024
09:00 AM
Roo Valley 9:00AM - 5:00PM
9:00 9:00 - 5:00 Recurring event
Monday, June 17, 9:00AM - 5:00PM | Roo Valley
Come visit our Roos! Please note that this is Kangaroo and weather dependent and is subject to change!
09:30 AM
Elephant Chat 9:30AM
9:30 9:30 Recurring event
Monday, June 17, 9:30AM
Stop by the Elephant Reserve to learn more about these awesome creatures!
09:30 AM
Giraffe Feeding 9:30AM - 11:30AM
9:30 9:30 - 11:30 Recurring event
Giraffe feedings are $4 for 2 pieces of lettuce. Please note that this experience is Giraffe and weather dependent and is subject to change.
10:30 AM
Galapagos Tortoise Chat 10:30AM
10:30 10:30 Recurring event
Monday, June 17, 10:30AM
Stop by the Galapagos Tortoise habitat to learn more about these awesome creatures!
10:30 AM
Cheetah Encounter 10:30AM
10:30 10:30 Recurring event
Discover the wonders of African wildlife with our fascinating animal ambassadors! During the Kroger Cheetah Encounter, guests may witness the incredible agility of a serval as it leaps, marvel at t...
11:00 AM
Barnyard Bonanza 11:00AM - 11:30AM
11:00 11:00 - 11:30 Recurring event
The Barnyard Bonanza is a fast-paced, fun, family-friendly demonstration of barnyard animal behaviors in our Children's Zoo! 
11:30 AM
African Penguin Chat 11:30AM
11:30 11:30 Recurring event
Monday, June 17, 11:30AM
Stop by the African Penguin habitat to learn more about these awesome creatures!
11:30 AM
Gorilla Chat 11:30AM
11:30 11:30 Recurring event
Monday, June 17, 11:30AM
Stop by Gorilla World to learn more about these awesome creatures!
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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. 

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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.

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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


9am - 5pm


11am - 5pm

Refill & Refresh (Train Station)


Vine Dippin Dots


Train Dippin Dots


LaRosa's Dippin Dots


Cup and Cone @ Mai Thai’s Market

10:00am - 5pm

Outpost Cafe @ Mai Thai’s Market

11am - 3pm


11am - 3pm

Canopy Canteen

12pm - 4pm

The Coop

11am - 3pm

Wild Burger

11am - 3pm

Savannah Soft Serve

12pm - 4pm

Taco Caja


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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