The Cincinnati Zoo

Fun And Adventure At The Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo first opened in 1875 and is the second oldest zoo in the United States after the Philadelphia Zoo. It is considered to be one of the best zoos in the country renowned for its birthing programs (particularly for white tigers and gorillas) and endangered species. The zoo has an impressive collection of felines and a charming manatees exhibit.

Cincinnati Zoo

During your visit to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, you will be able to see more than 500 animals including hippos, lions and giraffes, and over 3,000 plant species. Seasonal attractions such as the Zoo Babies, Zoo Blooms, and HallZOOween are extremely popular and there are amazing animal presentations throughout the day that teach visitors about the wonderful array of animals in the zoo, where they come from, and their characteristics. Stop off at the Vine Street Village Welcome Center for information on feeding times and tips to help make the best of your visit.

Take a ride on the BB & T Express Train on an inner loop of the zoo and experience close-up encounters with meerkats with pop-up bubbles that allow you to have a closer look at these charismatic and quaint creatures.

The PNC Festival of Lights

Join in the fun from 18 November 2017 to 1 January 2018 when the whole zoo will be transformed into a wild wonderland lit up with 3 million LED lights. Visitors will be entertained by the Madcap black/white puppet show, rides on the Toyland Express, and a fairy hunt in Fairyland. When it starts to get dark, head out to Swan Lake where you can watch the Wild Lights Show, voted by USA Today as the number one Zoo Lights in the country.

Santa visits will take place at 4 pm for an hour before the main festivities begin and are something the kids look forward to with great excitement. The Festival of Lights will take place from 5 pm to 9 pm Sundays to Thursdays but will be closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve (the zoo will be open during the day on both these days). Christmas day the zoo will be closed all day.

Cincinnati Zoo Adventure Ticket

These all-inclusive adventure tickets are highly popular with kids and provide:

  • Admission to the zoo.
  • One admission to watch one of three short captivating films.
  • Unlimited rides on the BB & T Express Train.
  • Unlimited rides on the Conservation Carousel.

An Adventure Ticket includes all the normal zoo offerings with hundreds of animals and plants in the Botanic Garden, amazing exhibits and close-ups of meerkats. The BB & T Express train ride is a relaxing ride around Swan Lake, a zoo favorite. The Conservation Carousel is a firm favorite with children of all ages with rides on their favorite animals including a gorilla and the endangered Sumatran Rhino.

The special FX Theater offers an immersive 4D experience that feels as though you are taking part in the adventures on the screen. These short, high-definition films have amazing special effects like the sound of water, wind, snow and even smells. Popular shows include Wild Survivors 4D, Yogi Bear, and A Turtle’s Adventure.

Kids love to watch the zoo staff during feeding times when they can interact and ask questions. From the 18th November this year to the 1st January next year the PNC Festival of Lights will be having their spectacular shows for the whole family to enjoy from early morning until 9pm at night. The Santa visits are always a firm favorite with kids and when they get hungry you can fill their tummies with snacks from the S’Mores-n-More food stands. Don’t forget to visit the Welcome Center for more information and lots of tips on how to enjoy your Adventure Ticket day to the fullest.

Things to bear in mind are that entrance fees to the zoo do not include parking fees which are payable at the exit. Food and refreshments including alcoholic beverages are available to purchase.

And before you go home take some time to browse through the wide range of products on offer at the Cincinnati Zoo Gift Shop and take away a souvenir or two. You may even find the ideal gift for the festive season or for dad, mom, teacher, friends, pets, or special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, or new homes. You can even have your gifts monogrammed or personalized with the recipient’s name. With such a wide array of entertainment and educational experiences, you are sure to have a wonderful day at the Cincinnati Zoo.

For more adventure, don’t forget to include in your bucket-list the Coney Island In Cincinnati.

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