A step back in the past, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is a step back in the past.

Complete with a wide array of animal species and plants, this zoo feels one of a kind. It’s different from other zoos. You’ll find quaint sitting areas, and then good old-fashioned deadends.

It doesn’t matter where you are in the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden as you’ll be entertained the entire way through.

Cheetah Encounter

One of the highlights of my visit was the cheetah encounter.

You sit on bleachers overlooking a grassy park area with high-fencing, and the animals jump out to save the day and delight the audience! A zip-line type contraption is also setup in the park, and a piece of meat is zipped through the grass, allowing the cheetahs to chase at top speeds.

Be sure to check out the cheetah encounter because it’s good fun for all ages!

Giraffe Encounter at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Another highlight of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is a visit to the giraffes. Now, feeding giraffes at the San Diego Zoo to the Cincinnati Zoo are two entirely different experiences.

At the Cincinnati Zoo – you’re getting up close and personal!

Spend $3 and receive two pieces of lettuce. After getting to the front of the line, you’ll be brought up to the giraffes at their eye level. Pass along the lettuce to watch them slurp the treats down.

Giraffes are “head shy” animals due to not having any natural predators or animals at their usual eye level. It’s certainly not appropriate to touch these giants.

Other Exhibits

The nighttime creatures exhibit was quite fantastic. Extremely dark and not an exhibit that would probably fly with California’s strict safety policies. You’re transported to a different world.

Bats fly, cats are sly, and there’s a different creature around every corner.

Polar bears and penguins are also not to be missed, as well as the exhibit of bugs. I think the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden may have the greatest bug exhibit I’ve ever seen!

As mentioned before, this place brings you back to a different place in time. It’s a relic. A beautiful relic.

Lions sunbathing at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Lions sunbathing at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden