Everything you need to know about the Cincinnati Zoo’s phased reopening plan

The summer just got a little brighter — just this week, the Cincinnati Zoo announced plans to reopen!

Here’s everything you need to know about the Cincinnati Zoo’s phased reopening plan:


The Zoo will reopen June 10 to members and June 16 to the general public.

Reservations will be required for all visitors.

Reservations will be required in order to limit visitor capacity and keep everyone safe. Click here to make a reservation. A confirmation email will be sent indicating the reservation date/time which should be ready to display upon entry (located on Erkenbrecher Ave.).

Reservations must be made online.

Members will bring Digital Membership or physical cards should be ready for self-scanning at the turnstile entrance inside the Zoo. Nonmembers will bring eTickets, printed tickets or physical tickets for self-scanning at the turnstile entrance inside the Zoo.

Once you RSVP, you’ll be given a 30-minute check-in window.

Reservations will be limited and spaced 30-minutes apart to allow visitors to maintain social distance. The first group will be scheduled at 9 am and the last at 4 pm, seven days a week. The Zoo will close at 5 pm. Final entry of the day will be at 4 pm to allow for ample visit time. Please note, there will be no reentry.

Sorry – no coupons!

To minimize exchange of items between guest and staff, vouchers, coupons and discounts will not be honored during this time.

No stroller/wheelchair rentals available

To minimize contact/germs, stroller and wheelchair rentals will not be available at this time. The Zoo asks that patrons plan accordingly by bringing your own if needed.

Go green and download a map

In an effort to reduce contact points and continue modeling behavior as the Greenest Zoo in America, the Zoo has eliminated all paper maps. A digital version can be accessed here.

A few restaurants will be open

For health/safety reasons, all indoor restaurants and gift shops are closed. There will be a few grab and go food locations throughout the Zoo, as well as open air retail offerings located in Vine Street Village. New mobile food ordering option will allow touchless transactions with food pickup at Hops.

All indoor habitats will be closed

Outdoor animal habitats are open for guests to enjoy. Watch for one-way directional signage in some higher-traffic areas of the Zoo. Indoor animal habitats will not be open at this time.

Other closures

Safari Train, Conservation Carousel, face painting, and playgrounds are closed at this time for the health and well-being of all visitors and staff.

For more information, visit

Similar Articles



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


From our Sponsors