What to Do at the Zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio

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If you’ve found yourself in Cincinnati, why not do something new and check out the famed Cincinnati Zoo? The zoo is open every day from 10am t0 5pm, and masks are required for everyone 6 years and older. You must make reservations in order to get your tickets as the zoo has limited capacity due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The price of admission for an adult aged 13-61 ranges from $7.50 to $10. Children ages 2-12 are $7, and Seniors aged 62 years and over are also $7. All children under the age of 2 are free! All kinds of zoo memberships abound! They start at $54 for the student rate (student ID required), all the way up to $309 for the Platinum Family plan, and all price ranges in between. See their website for a full list of membership options, which help keep the zoo up and running.

January through March of 2021 are Penguin Days! Fridays through Sundays and Holiday Mondays at 11am, you’ll see King Penguin Parades! Line up and watch them waddle on by, but be sure not to follow along behind them, and practice safe social distancing. Every Monday encounters with Rockhopper and Magellanic penguins will be held. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 11am, you can see the Penguin Encounters outside at the Free-Flight Aviary!

Please note, the temperatures must be 50 degrees or below in order to see the King Penguins. If the temperatures are above 50 degrees, another species of penguins will go on parade.

Want an up-close-and-personal encounter with the zoo’s red pandas? You can purchase your experience called Roam’n with Red Pandas and you’ll find out all about these precocious little animals from how much they sleep to what is their favorite food. Pricing for this event begins at $300 for 2 people or $400 for 3 people. The tour is 30 minutes long and begins at 1:15pm every Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. There is an age limit of 10 years and up, and all guests must wear long pants and masks, no exceptions. This event requires all guests to stand, therefore, it is not ADA accessible.

If you’re looking forward to shopping at the Cincinnati Zoo, you can now shop online! The zoo’s online shop has all the latest merchandise, including hot new facemasks! Find the link to their shop on their website linked below! As always, you can shop at the zoo at the Zoo Shop located in the Vine Street Village for all kinds of souvenirs to commemorate your visit to the zoo!

You can also purchase beer at the zoo at Hops, the new craft beer garden which features local breweries. The Grove at the Zoo is a large outdoor food court which features tacos at Taco Caja, chicken tenders and tater tots at The Coop, Wild Burger, which serves, you guessed it, wild burgers, and Sweet Retreat, which serves soft-serve ice cream.

If you find yourself in Cincinnati with nothing to do, come on down and enjoy yourself on a new adventure in the open air!

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