Animal News

Today’s Updates

  • The Discovery Forest building is closed. All other buildings are now open.
  • Sloth may be on view in the AAC building, near the Children’s Zoo. Please note they might not be viewable during all operating hours.
  • Butterfly Aviary will be open daily.
  • Night Hunters building will be open after 10am.
  • Andean Bear will have access to their indoor habitat.
  • Giraffes will be out late.

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!


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.

Summer Experiences

Included with Zoo Admission

Cheetah Encounter

See cheetahs do what they do best – run! Thursday-Sunday at 10:30am & 12:00pm (weather depending)

cheetah running

Cheetah Encounter Sponsored by: 

Kroger Logo

Barnyard Bonanza

A fast-paced, fun, family-friendly interaction in our Children’s Zoo. Wednesday-Sunday at 11am and 2pm.

barnyard bonanza

Blakely’s Barnyard Bonanza Presented by: 

Bird Experience

Watch amazing birds mimic, fly and soar above you during this 20-minute experience in the Zoo’s amphitheater. Friday – Tuesday at 1pm and 3pm.

More information

Wings of Wonder Bird Experience Sponsored by: 


Zoo Rides & Attractions

Train & Carousel

Safari Train: daily 9:30am-5pm*

Conservation Carousel: daily 9:30am-5pm*

*weather permitting 

More Info

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.

Kanga’ Klimb

Kanga Klimb: Tickets sold daily from 9:30am-4:00pm. Course closes at 5pm.

*weather permitting 

Elevate your Cincinnati Zoo experience! This elevated course features a series of activities designed to safely test your balance and climbing skills plus increase self-reliance.

Purchase your tickets at the Kanga’ Klimb entrance. Cash, credit, debit and Zoo Bucks accepted.


  • Members: $16
  • Non Members: $19
More Info

Gift Shops & Food Locations Open Today

Gift Shop Locations

Historic Vine Village Main Gift Shop*: 9am-5pm

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

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

Face Painting Locations

Vine Street Village 10am 5pm
Safari  Closed Closed

Food Locations

Historic Vine Street Village
Hops: 9am 5pm
Vine Street Dippin Dots Closed Closed
Africa & Train Station
Base Camp Cafe: 9am 5pm
Savannah Soft Serve: 10am 5pm
Tuskers: 9am 5pm
Skyline: Closed Closed
Train Dots: 10am 5pm
Jungle Trails & African Veldt
LaRosa’s: 10am 5pm
LaRosa’s Dots: Closed Closed
The Grove
Cup & Cone @ Mai Tai’s Market: 9am 5pm
Outpost Cafe @ Mai Tai’s Market: 10am 5pm
The Coop: 10am 5pm
Wild Burger: 10am 5pm
Taco Caja: Closed Closed
Sweet Retreat: 9am 5pm