The Cincinnati Zoo’s Penguin Parade

2021 is looking bright for so many reasons — not least of all, the Cincinnati Zoo’s Penguin Parade!

The Cincinnati Zoo may have fallen off your radar after the Festival of Lights — but it shouldn’t. Going to the Zoo when it’s cold is magical — you see lots of animals that you wouldn’t normally get to see. Bears! Big cats! And penguins. Lots of penguins.

In fact, these little tuxedo-clad creatures are the stars of the show in the winter during Penguin Days at the Cincinnati Zoo.

On Saturdays and Sundays through March 12, check out the Cincinnati Zoo’s Penguin Parade, which happens at 11 am as long as temps fall below 50 degrees. You’ll delight as the Zoo’s colony of King Penguins waddles in perfect formation between the Wings of Wonder and Children’s Zoo. It’s truly a sight to behold. Note there are special walks on MLK Day (Jan. 18) and Presidents’ Day (Feb. 15).

To see this parade in person is pure magic. You’ll admire these adorable animals up close and their signature waddle will surely make you smile. The Penguin Parade is the most delightful thing  you’ll see this winter and a definite reason to bundle up and pay a visit to the Zoo!

In addition, penguin encounters with Rockhopper and Magellanic penguins will take place on each non-holiday Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11 am.

As an added incentive to visit the Zoo this winter, every day from Jan. 18-March 12, enjoy discounted admission in honor of these cold-weather creatures. Discounts vary by day. Find more information on Penguin Days tickets, as well as the Zoo’s COVID-19 safety procedures and guidelines, here.

Penguin Parade collage

And of course, be sure to check the calendar for winter-weather animal encounters before you go. Penguin Days features a variety of seasonal activities you won’t get any other time of the year.

Penguin Days are happening now through March 12 at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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