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3400 Vine Street, Avondale, OH, 45220, US

Phone: (513) 281-4700


The mission and vision of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is dedicated to creating adventure, conveying knowledge, conserving nature, and serving the community.


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Zoofari 2022

As Greater Cincinnati’s see-and-be-seen event of the season, Zoofari—an Evening in the Everglades, will celebrate Zoo Director Thane Maynard’s 45th anniversary.

Hosted by the Friends of Thane Committee, Zoofari is the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s premiere party with a purpose and will attract over 2,000 guests. This event raises integral support for
the care and sustainability of almost 400 animal and 3,000 plant species, groundbreaking conservation efforts, and educational outreach programs. A fabulously-sensational evening, it’s a beloved favorite of the region and the most fun you’ve ever had at a fundraiser!

Expect your usual favorite dinner-by-the-bite samples from local restaurants, creative cocktails, and entertainment while wandering through themed sections of the Zoo under the stars! Comfortable shoes will be important for more than just dancing. Join us for the party of the year in the most unique space in the city!

Purchase tickets here:

When: September 23, 2022 7:30PM - 12:30AM
Where: Cincinnati Zoo
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So Much Fun, It’s Scary

HallZOOween is FREE with Zoo Admission! Guests will be treated to a day of fun at the Cincinnati Zoo! Help the Zoo go green, please bring your own treat bag!

Trick or Treat Stations
Special Animal Enrichment
Phil Dalton’s Theater of Illusion Shows at 1pm & 3pm
Hogwarts Express Train Ride (Additional charge applies)
Scare-ousel (additional charge applies)

See the schedule and purchase tickets here:

When: October 15, 2022 12:00PM - October 30, 2022 5:00PM
Where: Cincinnati Zoo
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PNC Festival of Lights

The Cincinnati Zoo will still be shining bright as we’re once again transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 40th annual PNC Festival of Lights! Come early for more animals and stay for the lights!

In addition to admiring the beauty of 4 million LED lights, visitors can find the 5 Fiona fairies in Fairyland, take in a blacklight puppet show, marvel at the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands.

Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday – 10am – 10pm
PNC Festival of Lights Activities begin at 4pm

PNC Festival of Lights is included in Zoo admission. Visit the Zoo early and stay for the lights!

*North Polar Express train ride begins at 2:30pm
*Dec. 23rd is the last night to visit with Santa
*Full costumed characters (such as Santa suits, Grinch Costumes, etc) may not be allowed in the Zoo.

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When: November 18, 2022 10:00AM - January 8, 2023 10:00PM
Where: Cincinnati Zoo
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