Animal News

Today’s Updates

  • Brown Mountain Tortoises will be off habitat for the rest of the season.
  • Pelicans will be off habitat for the rest of the season.
  • The Butterfly Aviary is Closed.
  • Andean Bear, Cheetahs, African Lions, and Painted Dogs will have access to their indoor habitat.
  • Hippos will not be out until temperatures warm up.
  • Warty Pigs and Black Rhinos will have access.
  • Okapi will not be out.
  • Bird House and Elephant House will be closed.
  • The Discovery Forest building is now open daily!
  • The Zoo will be closed all day on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
While our goal is to provide opportunities for our visitors to see all the animals in our care, there are times when an animal may be off view or given access to their indoor space in order for our team to provide the best care possible.

Animal Encounters and Experiences Schedule

Getting Around the Zoo

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

Zoo Map

festival map
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The Cincinnati Zoo is located at 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45220.

The main Zoo lot is open! Please pay attention to signage in the event this parking lot fills, we will begin directing to the overflow lot on Louis Avenue.

Visitors may enter the Zoo using the Pavilion Entry Building from the Main Parking Lot, equipped with stairs & elevators to get to bridge level.

NEW!! When you’re at the Zoo, find your destination with our interactive mobile app!  Learn more here.

Zoo Rides & Attractions

Train & Carousel

Train: weekdays and weekends 2:30pm-9pm*

Conservation Carousel: weekdays and weekends 4:00pm-9pm*

*weather permitting 

More Info

 Official North Polar Express Train Sponsor:

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

  • Train- $4
  • Carousel- $3
  • Unlimited Rides Package – $8
  • Zoo Adventure Upgrade (Unlimited Rides and a Zoo Key)- $10

*Hours may vary due to inclement weather, maintenance, and low attendance.

Gift Shops & Food Locations Open Today

Gift Shops

Historic Vine Village Main Gift Shop*: 9am-9pm

Mai Tai’s Marketplace Gift Shop: 9am-5pm

*For a wider variety of retail items, please shop our online store.

Face Painting

Vine Street Village Closed Closed
Safari  Closed Closed


Check out of PNC Festival of Lights Food Menus!

New mobile food ordering allows touchless transactions with food pickup at Base Camp Cafe & Outpost Cafe at Mai Thai’s Market. From Food Trucks featuring chicken strips, tacos, and burgers to snack stations and Hops, overlooking Roo Valley, the Zoo has something for everyone!

See what is open today!

Historic Vine Street Village
Hops: 10am 9pm
S’mores and More 4pm 9pm
Africa & Train Station
Base Camp Cafe: 10am 9pm
Candy Cane Cottage: 4pm 9pm
Tuskers: 4pm 9pm
Twisted Tracks: 4pm 9pm
Train Dots: Closed Closed
Jungle Trails & African Veldt
LaRosa’s: 4pm 8pm
LaRosa’s Dots: Closed Closed
Canopy Canteen: Closed Closed
The Grove
Cup & Cone @ Mai Thai’s Market: 10am 9pm
Outpost Cafe @ Mai Thai’s Market: 4pm 8pm
The Coop: 4pm 9pm
Wild Burger: 4pm 9pm
Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen 4pm 9pm
Sweet Retreat: 4pm 9pm