U.S. cities around the country have their own zoos, yet Cincinnati’s is not only the second oldest in the country but a National Historic Landmark and one of the most highly rated zoos in the nation. Its 75 acres of land are home to nearly 600 species of unique animals, as well as 3,000 types of plants. It is one of the largest collections of plants and animals you can find in the U.S. Conversation and environmental research are cornerstones of the zoo, which continues to support and grow endangered species from around the world. Its reptile house is the oldest zoo building in the United States.
Some of its incredible species include rhinoceros, tigers, cheetahs, gorillas, and Masai giraffes. There’s also an elephant habitat and a monkey island. Outside of animal encounters, the Cincinnati Zoo has an incredible exhibit dedicated to Africa, as well as a fun carousel, picnic grounds, and an immersive 4-D theater.
The Cincinnati Zoo is located in the middle of the city on Vine Street, not far from the university and the hospital. Parking in the zoo lot costs $10. It is open year-round from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission costs $16 for adults, $12 for children and seniors.