Visitors can explore over 3 million LED lights, meet the Royal Sisters of Frozen and see animals in 12 indoor heated buildings.
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- General Admission for One Adult, Monday-Thursday
- General Admission for One Adult, Friday-Sunday
- General Admission for One Child, Monday-Thursday
- General Admission for One Child, Friday-Sunday
PNC Festival of Lights
The Cincinnati Zoo will once again be transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 36th annual PNC Festival of Lights!
In addition to admiring the beauty of 3 million LED lights, visitors can watch a Madcap black-light puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fairyland, marvel at the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands.
- November 17 - January 1
- Fridays-Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
- Sundays-Thursdays: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
PNC Festival of Lights is closed Christmas Eve. The Zoo is closed all day on Christmas.
Need To Know
About Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is a home to the famous hippo Fiona. It features more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species and is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the region. In addition to hippos, visitors (1.9 million annually) can see elephants, giraffes, lions, rhinos, and gorillas and can touch smaller animals like tortoises, goats, pigs, and screaming hairy armadillos. The Cincinnati Zoo has earned the title of Greenest Zoo in America for its sustainability practices and is dedicated to conservation, education, and preservation of wild animals and wild spaces.
Must-see attractions include:
- The Reptile House: Built in 1875, this structure is the oldest existing zoo building in the country and is home to slithery creatures such as the king cobra and the diamondback rattlesnake.
- Africa Exhibit: The zoo dedicates a large hunk of its map to African wildlife, allowing visitors to watch cheetahs sprinting, zebras grazing, and hippos swimming in a tank with underwater views.
- Elephant Reserve: Formally known as the Elephant House, the Elephant Reserve is a designated national historic landmark that was constructed in 1906 and currently showcases elephants at six different viewpoints.
- Gorilla World: The new indoor habitat opened on December 5, 2017. Additionally, Gorilla World currently offers the opportunity to visitors to view various gorilla species throughout the entire year.