Animal exhibits plus a giant desert dome Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium - Zoo in Omaha, United States

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3701 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68107, United States



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  • 5Ashwin P. 2 years ago
    It is one of the largest and we'll maintained zoos in the US . ofcourse that makes it the largest attraction in Omaha. A great place to spend time with family especially if you have kids. The aquarium is the best places for kids to enjoy the animal exhibits. Ensure you eat food and get a popcorn before you start navigating. This will ensure you can munch whole moving from a section to the other. Take the later slot of the theatre movies as the theatre is right by the main entrance and you can finish the movie and simply leave.

  • 5C. 2 years ago
    Wonderful experience! They have a great collection of animals, birds, insects, butterflies. Aquarium is amazing. Watching giraffes, lion, elephants, zebra, fishes, lizards, chimpanzee etc made our day. Its dome gave us a complete feel of desert. Highly recommend to visit if you are in Omaha. Take a complete tour of zoo. Worth spending your whole day. Educational and entertaining!!

  • 5Tiffany B. 2 years ago
    We always have fun when we go to the Henry Doorly Zoo. We've been multiple times over the past two years and there's always something new to see. This year they have a new sea lion exhibit. The best part is that we have a membership so we can go as many times as we want. During colder weather, there are plenty of indoor areas to explore. Lots of fun.

  • 5Earl F. 2 years ago
    Fantastic Zoo you can spend all day in walking around. Animals are kept in great shape and they were taking whatever precautions to remain open admist the CoVID-19 pandemic. I would recommend planning to bring some snacks and beverages since most food stands are closed at this time. Great Zoo had a great time, will be back in the future.

  • 5Abriel J. 2 years ago
    So fun! The kids loved it and it’s a huge plus that you can still see animals during winter time. A lot of indoor and outdoor space for the animals and the kids enjoyed the movie.

  • 5V. 2 years ago
    Best zoo ever! Animals are greatly taken care of, tanks are clean, water is never dirty and habitats are nicely cleaned. Great service. Food is great but really expensive. Memberships are totally worth it and I recommend getting one if you come a lot. Super entertaining, educational and fun.

  • 5Ahad A. 2 years ago
    Excellent place to spend a day. You will need at least 4 hours to finish it. Be prepared to walk around 5 miles if you want see everything. Aquarium and lied jungle are the best among all.

  • 5Mayank G. 2 years ago
    Awesome and what an amazing experience it was. No wonder they got the best zoo award once. Parking: Better to reach early at least half hour before opening as it tends to get crowded and you would have hard luck finding parking there. We visited on weekend both Sat and Sun and it was pretty crowded. Not sure about the weekdays. Food: We took our own food inside as a lot of people did. The zoo is huge and better to carry your own food and water. I think there are two cafeterias where they sell eateries. Kids: Infants won't have anything to do in the zoo. Toddlers would love it and so do small kids. Huge park for kids with a lot to play and also a small water park kind of section where they could just bathe and chill. Teenage onwards can enjoy what adults would. Two days is definitely the least you would need to explore the zoo. Anything less and you would miss sections.

  • 5Kelli B. 2 years ago
    We had a good time. It was really busy Sunday morning but the park was huge. There were a lot of different exhibits and excited to see the upcoming ones to come. We also got admission plus theater. It was informational and very cute show.

  • 5JaLissa W. 2 years ago
    Great exercise, your able to see animals along the entire route. My 2 toddlers loved it. It was a little crowded but what can I say? We came labor day weekend. Great day trip from kcmo to omaha Nebraska!!

  • 5Jerry B. 2 years ago
    Was in omaha for vacation and decided to visit zoo. It was absolutely amazing.

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  • 5Sarah D. 2 years ago
    Covid safe and still fun in the winter. They have added so much since the last time we were there.

  • 5Precious S. 2 years ago
    thinking about getting a membership. love love loveeeeeee going to the zoo

  • 5Eilon A. 2 years ago
    Amazing zoo and aquarium! During the winter a lot of the animals are not on display. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed my time at the Henry Doorly Zoo with my family!

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  • 5Michael W. 2 years ago
    Even in the middle of winter it was a great time at the Omaha Zoo. Still lots of stuff to see. Took 4+ hours to see it all. That is the time to see everything with little time lollygagging but spending time at each exhibit. I imagine it's a full 2 days if not more to see it all when all exhibits are open. Had a great time. It's a great Zoo and Aquarium!!

  • 5M S. 2 years ago
    I've been to many zoos, and this one is by far the best! The desert dome is amazing as are the floors underneath! I love how they have a swamp forest set up and a bat cave! The aquarium is very nice too! So cool! Be prepared to walk because you'll want to see everything!

  • 5Ioannis W. 2 years ago
    This place deserves the title of best and biggest zoo in the world! The path is super straight forward making a logical loop around the park. Wasn’t too crowded. Each of the buildings shows its own ecosystem. They also have peacocks roaming the zoo. My favorite exhibit was the desert dome. The sand dunes were the size of buildings and you could even get a general idea of the ecosystem underneath the sand.

  • 5Emily J. 2 years ago
    I loved it a lot lots of fun animals!

  • 5Jairy L. 2 years ago
    This place is huge! My family comes here almost annually. We always have a good time. The last time I was there, my younger siblings had fun in a large playground they have. Their splash pad is also loads of fun. It’s a great place for kids to have tons of fun and observe cool animals.

  • 5Julie S. 2 years ago
    Great zoo. Some things are closed due to COVID, but still an amazing experience.

  • 5z. 2 years ago
    This place is so huge and the animals seem to be given lots of space. The best part is that this place is still expanding.

  • 5OcéaneOlivier A. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Even with a snowstorm outside it was worth going to visit it because there was a lot of stuff inside. (Original) Même avec une tempête de neige dehors ça valait la peine d'aller le visiter car il y avait plein de choses en intérieur.

  • 5King C. 2 years ago
    First experience and it was awesome

  • 5J B. 2 years ago
    Great place to take the kid for a day!

  • 5Cole S. 2 years ago
    No place like HDZ in the world.

  • 5Gabrielle K. 2 years ago
    Love taking my son here! Always clean and staff is friendly, great things to do inside when its cold out!

  • 5Ethan N W. 2 years ago
    Absolutely amazing! Beautiful exhibits that are good for the animals, good food, everything overall is amazing!

  • 5Mark K. 2 years ago
    Even with the closures due to COVID, the experience was extremely enjoyable (except for the $5 french fries and $4.50 bottles of water). Even with the closures, there were WAY more available attractions than a person can see in one trip. This is a WORLD CLASS ZOO and I recommend the experience to anyone.

  • 5Maggie I. 2 years ago
    So much to see and do, even in the winter.

  • 5John M. 2 years ago
    Amazing Zoo!

  • 5Utkarsh H. 2 years ago
    Loved the whole experience, highly recommend it

  • 5Jim L. 2 years ago
    Great place great timing was pretty empty

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  • 5James F. 2 years ago
    Has to be one of the best zoos ever! The children's petting zoo area is so much fun with little ones. Too much to list in one post. If you're wondering if it's worth it, go, it is : )

  • 5Ranya F. 2 years ago
    Amazing place .. you will not regret going there even if you are an adult with no kids, Best parts of the zoo: The Lied jungle, Scott Aquarium and the Desert Dome. Butterflies and insect section was closed. Could not spot lion, giraffe, snow leopard. We spent 5 hours to see the maximum and we achieved it as 3, 4 sections were closed.

  • 5rick c. 2 years ago
    Always a great time at the zoo

  • 5Wanda Van W. 2 years ago
    I loved this place. Its been probably 24-25 years since ive been there. Ill admit it was a bit on the freezing side but I enjoyed myself. The popcorn, candy, and drinks were a little pricey tho but i got the junk food anyway. I was mesmerized by the hall under the water and fish. Pretty peaceful.

  • 5Joe C. 2 years ago
    Even with the corona precautions in place we had a great visit, maybe better than usual considering at times that it felt like we had the place to ourselves, can't wait to go back

  • 5Mike C. 2 years ago
    Absolutely amazing aquarium!!!! Loved the penguins!! But the massive jellyfish displays were by far my favorite!!!

  • 5Diego T. 2 years ago
    Well the winter is here, but this is one of these places that you need visit, even if the Outlook activities are not displaying you can enjoy the dome, elephants feeder room, the aquarium, sea lions and other couples things. Be ready because you gonna need spend more of one day to see all. I will ready to visit the zoo the next summer.

  • 5Nick Z. 2 years ago
    Best Zoo my family has ever been to. We are now season pass holders because we enjoyed it so much.

  • 5Jacob S. 2 years ago
    Snowy today but still plenty of animals to see!

  • 5Sam G. 2 years ago
    You came for the zoo

  • 5TRAVIS H. 2 years ago
    Omaha Zoo is the best!

  • 5T. 2 years ago
    I spend so much time at our amazing zoo giving my money to help many animals and grow the zoo! I hope someday we could beat the heck out of San Diego's Zoo since we got so much land and can make it look newer every time! Next to it doesn't count is Animal Kingdom in Disney but I'm sure we'll do a heck of an amazing job giving animal a place in need! I'm always excited to be back everytime I drive out from the west side of the state! Keep it up staff on making it more amazing!

  • 5Thomas S. 2 years ago
    The Omaha zoo has taken a lot of precautions to keep visitors safe during the pandemic. Hand sanitizer stations are every and signs reminding people of proper social distancing are everywhere else. COVID aside, the Omaha zoo has gone to great lengths in recent years years to really enhance the animals' and visitors' experience. The exhibits really immerse visitors in the region of the world they represent.

  • 5Emily P. 2 years ago
    Best zoo I've ever visited. There's tons of really interesting displays unlike I've seen elsewhere that transports you to the environment the animals live (e.g. an actual indoor jungle, indoor desert, etc.). Even with so much, it doesn't feel like a huge place to have to walk around. All of the best buildings are close to the entrance and there's plenty of fun modes of transportation to get to the back of the zoo like the train or sky tram. I can't wait to try one of the events where you can spend the night at the zoo. Whoever is in charge really operates it like an attraction more than a series of buildings with cages for animals. It's really fantastic and I hope other zoos take note. My kiddos are really lucky to grown up near Omaha.

  • 5Patrick G. 2 years ago
    Mind-blowing!!! The experience was out of this world amazing. I have never seen a zoo run so well and so taken care of. Being from out of town (Wisconsin) it was just something to do while in Omaha, NE and I was not at all disappointed. It is a zoo like non-other. Words cannot describe how awesome and animal friendly that zoo is without actually going and seeing the exhibits they have there. Out of all the zoos I have been to (about 5-6), this zoo is definitely at the top spot in my opinion. Puts you in shock and awe when you see it. Parking is free. Tickets are reasonable. The structure of the zoo and its layout are one of a kind and it creates a very specific and easy to follow loop that guides you through the exhibits and regions of the world. One thing I will say is, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE TIME, this zoo is very big and breathtaking (literally) and takes a while to get through in order to be able to experience it all.

  • 5Joshua B. 2 years ago
    BEST zoo that I have ever been to. I grew up here and even when I have moved away I come back almost every year to visit. The park is always so clean and each year they add something new. I love experiencing this exciting place with my friends and family. I will recommend this park to my closest friends and family.

  • 5William J L. 2 years ago
    Good place to spend time with little kids. Food is not that great but you can bring your own food inside.

  • 5Aracelly O. 2 years ago
    It was amazing, love all of the animals desert and pinguins. A very beautiful experience

  • 5Dairon S. 2 years ago
    Bello lugar..maravilloso para compartir en familia

  • 5Zac F. 2 years ago
    We have the best zoo in the world!!! Thank you Henry Doorly!!

  • 5Mike G. 2 years ago
    Stunning. I've seen alot of Zoo's; this one's one of the best.

  • 5Marlene M. 2 years ago
    Love, love, love the Omaha Zoo! Its even better in the winter time because its not over crowded. The animals are always active and their IMAX is amazing!

  • 5Kelly Ann B. 2 years ago
    Amazing zoo! Best I've ever been to in my life! So many things to do and see!

  • 5Madisen A. 2 years ago
    Animals seemed alert and playful. Large zoo and even during covid and winter only a few areas were truly closed. Enjoyed the day very much

  • 5JOHN M. 2 years ago
    It was wonderful. Beautiful day. Snow cover was nice.

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  • 5Anthony B. 2 years ago
    Me and my family took a road trip here and I loved it! I liked the animals and the gift shop workers were very nice and patient. Though I heard a story about the gorilla breaking the glass here. Very scary.

  • 5j. 2 years ago
    Best zoo in the world. I pay over $200 for a zoo pass every year, to let my husband, two friends and I enjoy a day at the zoo occasionally. It has never failed to pay for itself with all the memories I make visiting here. And with the new Sea Lion beach? I could enter the North Gate, go straight there an leave. Never feeling it a wasted trip with the beauty and playful little sea lions. Someday I'll enjoy the restaurants in that area... But Covid :(.

  • 5Megan F. 2 years ago
    We only went to the aquarium and the dome but it was the perfect amount of people in the enclosed areas.. not too many people was great and I appreciated the zoo still requiring reservations because of COVID. The only negative was the lack of information on what was open and what wasn’t.

  • 5April G. 2 years ago
    The family pass is totally worth it!

  • 5Ariel G. 2 years ago
    Had a wonderful family day 💖 tickets are a great price!

  • 5Trujillo E. 2 years ago
    Omaha has a top notch Zoo! Bring your walking shoes;)

  • 5Aneliz Mora C. 2 years ago
    Best zoo in the world gave me a lot of great childhood memories 🥰🥰😄😊😊😊😊 I might even visest this summer

  • 5Jessica T. 2 years ago
    Easy to get around, so much to see, and a great day out when you're looking for something to do with the kids.

  • 5Corissa H. 2 years ago
    Amazing zoo, anyone visiting Nebraska should make the trip to this huge and awesome zoo campus.

  • 5Anthony M. 2 years ago
    Honestly probably one of the best zoos in America.

  • 5JAXON B. 2 years ago
    I go here every year and they keep adding thing on. It gets better and better each time. It’s huge, tons of animals. There is a water park, huge tree themed Jungle-gym for the young ones, ski lift over all the animals, train, it’s amazing.

  • 5Shaun B. 2 years ago
    Top Notch!

  • 5Taylor L. 2 years ago
    Super huge zoo! Took 6 hours to see most of it definitely a whole day kind of activity. I can't wait for more exhibits to open, sea lions should be there soon! Bring water and good hiking shoes! Quarters if you want to feed the fish which was a blast. My favorite would be the jellyfish exhibit.. there were so many different kinds Camaras dont come close to how majestical they truly are

  • 5Rachael K. 2 years ago
    This zoo is awesome!

  • 5Deanna H. 2 years ago
    Beautiful place to visit. Lots to explore. Love the aquarium!

  • 5Marshal L. 2 years ago
    Depending on the weather obviously this is a great place to visit get your mind off things

  • 5Erik T. 2 years ago
    Go here in the morning and you'll see the animals are more active since they're being fed more recently

  • 5Stephanie K. 2 years ago
    Best zoo in the country!

  • 5Cody S. 2 years ago
    Beautiful Zoo

  • 5Margaret R. 2 years ago
    It was interesting for me and my kids. Great experience and also staff was very friendly.

  • 5Christina H. 2 years ago
    The zoo is always awesome

  • 5Down S. 2 years ago
    Great way to spend the day

  • 5Fxscism F. 2 years ago
    my 8th grade science teacher works here. she was nice but married this german guy now her name is no longer ms king

  • 5Yonaldo Pardo C. 2 years ago
    In spite of the seaspn (a lot of builing closed) it was awesome experience!!!

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  • 5Brittney L. 2 years ago
    Amazing as always. Love the new sea lion exhibit

  • 5Andy G. 2 years ago
    Great time with kids. A lot of animals even in February. The posting lot is terrible. The rows are quite narrow and getting the truck in and out was a bit frustrating.

  • 5BHAD F. 2 years ago
    Este lugar contiene variedad de exploración a distintos habitar de animales tales como jungla, desierto, cueva, acuario y mucho mas, hay varias actividades que se puede hacer con familia y los recomiendo mucho si quieren a salir con familias

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  • 5Chris C. 2 years ago
    Great place!

  • 5Zachary Z. 2 years ago
    Always love going to this Zoo and feel so privileged to have grown up 10 minutes away from it.

  • 5Dillon F. 2 years ago
    The best zoo in America/the world

  • 5Jeffrey L. 2 years ago
    There is a reason this is the number 1 zoo in the world.

  • 5Andrew R. 2 years ago
    World class zoo! I am a local but have been to a lot of zoos across the country. There are so many different animals here and the indoor exhibits are awesome. They continue to improve and add on all the time. The new Sea Lion exhibit is a lot of fun!

  • 5Tomislav Z. 2 years ago
    The Omaha zoo redefines the term “zoo” by dedicating resources to saving and protecting species around the world. Each guest through the gate means another conservation story continues, and all 130-acres means families run wild so animals across the globe can run free. Outside of a world-renowned conservation program, Omaha’s Zoo offers a variety of travel-worthy experiences. Walk through the world’s largest indoor desert and the largest indoor rainforest in North America. Explore exotic locations and underground caves to see thousands of animals from across the globe in their natural habitat. With more than 7 acres of indoor exhibits, Omaha’s Zoo is a year-round must-do.

  • 5Sandra K. 2 years ago
    Plenty to see even when it is wet and rainy.

  • 5Amanda M. 2 years ago
    We were there for 3.5hrs and got to see the Desert Biome and Aquarium. It is definitely worth the time to go downstairs in the Biome. We had a fantastic time and can't wait to go back to see more.

  • 5David F. 2 years ago
    This place is amazing. One of my favorite places to visit and definitely the best zoo I've ever been to. So many animals and stuff to do.

  • 5Oluwaseye O. 2 years ago
    Nice and serene environment with lots of animals to see

  • 5Nicole G. 2 years ago
    Absolutely the best!

  • 5Jasmine G. 2 years ago
    Best zoo hands down

  • 5Lecia E. 2 years ago
    It was awesome but a few things where closed but it was still fun

  • 5darvid w. 2 years ago
    high-quality big zoo! Took 6 hours to see most of it really an entire day sort of hobby. I cannot look forward to greater famous to open, sea lions need to be there soon! convey water and right hiking shoes! Quarters if you want to feed the fish which turned into a blast. My favourite will be the jellyfish showcase.. there were so many one-of-a-kind sorts Camaras dont come close to how majestical they honestly are

  • 5Charlotte L. 2 years ago
    Had a great time wish more was open

  • 5BeKindToEachOther L. 2 years ago
    Lots of places closed but the underground tunnel aquarium rocked!

  • 5K C. 2 years ago
    So fun! Loved the sea lion exhibit! And had great info given to us by a great zookeeper!

  • 5Michael W. 2 years ago
    Always a great experience

  • 5Tisha U. 2 years ago
    Great Time

  • 5Luke m. 2 years ago
    If you have never been. you are in for a treat. Take a whole weekend to explore. Its worth it!

  • 5Natalie K. 2 years ago
    My 2nd visit. Love this zoo! Even tho many exhibits were closed and many animals not out it was a beautiful day outside in a glorious space!

  • 5Jose L. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Very pretty (Original) Muy bonito

  • 5Christopher O'Connor S. 2 years ago
    Love how they've upgraded the zoo! It's more amazing then ever before! And there's so much more to come.

  • 5Jonathan P. 2 years ago
    I love this zoo so much!

  • 5Yuriria T. 2 years ago
    Love this place. Oh yeah and my kids too love it

  • 5Salem O. 2 years ago
    A great zoo, with a membership worth the money! Always love seeing all the animals, and seeing all the updates to their exhibits!

  • 5David K. 2 years ago
    New sea lion experience is really nice.

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  • 5Laura T. 1 year ago
    So much has changed since I was last here. Today was cool enough the animals were willing to come out. Got some great photos. And loved seeing the completed areas that were under construction my last visit.

  • 5SV L. 1 year ago
    Wow! Well worth the money, we thought it was just gonna be some small little zoo. But nope! wow the zoo is full of adventures and really interesting animals. Definitely worth bringing your kids here, also cute place for a date but make sure you prepare for alot of walking

  • 5Rah T. 1 year ago
    Great place to spend quality time with families. You can buy their tickets online and they also have a QR code for the map, so that allowed us to have completely paperless service. Bring lots of water bottles as we really need them while walking the entire facility. Food options could have been better. Long lines were making it harder to get things quickly. Overall, it’s a nice place.

  • 5Liam D. 1 year ago
    Such an incredible experience. The renovations are great and they are currently updating the Gorilla House. Ample areas to walk and see a wealth of animals. The Desert Dome continues to be a hit along with the aquarium and butterfly house. This trip we did not stop, but there is a kids area that has a little splash pad and park for kids to play. Our kids were actively engaged and moving through the zoo for 6hrs.

  • 5Jimmie R. 1 year ago
    Best Zoo I have ever been. If you are in Omaha, this is a must see, do. We were there for just one night and managed to take in all the zoo has to offer. Be sure to get your tickets online and your reservation so you do not have to wait.

  • 5David M. 1 year ago
    A great zoo. Must be a better time to go. This was a holiday weekend and it was packed. The gorillas were lazing about. All the animals were. We spent half a day and didn’t see half the zoo and almost no animals. They have a kid park with a shipwreck and a creek. Creek has a waterfall you can run through. Once we found that, spent most of our time there. Be prepared to pay more for stuff than any other zoo I have been to. $8 for a plastic cup that you can refill for $1.69. $6 for a ‘large’ popcorn. It’s in a cereal box sized container. Any other zoo would have given you a trash bag full of popcorn for that much. Those little trail mix bags you normally pay $1.59 at gas station for? $5. Etcetcetc

  • 5Kelly H. 1 year ago
    My first trip & I loved the variety of animals & how close you could get to them!! However, at 160 acres they need many many more places to sit & rest, in the shade, spread around the zoo! I must admit, being able to bring in outside food & drink was a Godsend. They have so much to see & do within the zoo, other than just the animals!! A theater, rides that go through the zoo by train or in the air, feeding the giraffes, what appear to be an old decommissioned bush jeep & helicopter for the kids to play with that even make legit sounds & so much more! Price was reasonable for all that's available to you at $27 per adult. Gift shop of course & numerous concession stands I did not get to check out this first visit. Only other thing I'd like to see is more restrooms spaced out at better intervals. And since they currently allow outside food & beverage, more shaded places to eat would be nice. Overall, worth the trip & will definitely be returning!!

  • 5REBECCA C. 1 year ago
    This zoo is amazing! Rented an electric scooter and could get into all exhibits with it! So clean and beautiful! Animals seemed to enjoy comfort in their natural big exhibits. Beautiful sculptures too!

  • 5D. 1 year ago
    I have been to 15 different zoos in 7 different states. And this is by far the best zoo I have been too. The dome is amazing. It's multi level and just keeps going. And the park layout is intuitive. I would go here again in a heartbeat.

  • 5Gaby O. 1 year ago
    We love it… My daughter really was fascinated!! It’s too huge, we haven’t finished so definitely we’ll come back soon

  • 5M. 1 year ago
    What a zoo experience! Loved it! Some pointers. I would recommend parking on the north side and arriving at open 9 am. Once the park is super busy around lunchtime, it’s really packed, and lines are nuts. The train is a fun experience for the kids and catching a breather, sitting for a bit after walking miles (we asked about 5); the train doesn’t give many great views for animals, so mostly just an experience. They had lift chairs we didn’t try, but we’re told it is a better option to see animals in the zoo on the African side. My wife and kids LOVED feeding the stingrays and would do that every time we visit.

  • 5Lori S. 1 year ago
    This is one of the best zoos. We bought our tickets on line ahead of time. Parking was close too. I'd suggest going during the week as it's less crowded. Our 20 month old grandson loved the gorillas. The baby gorilla came up to the glass where my grandson had put his hand on the window. So cute! Love the fact that you can see the animals up close and they have nice large spaces to roam.

  • 5Adam _. 1 year ago
    Consistently changing and making it better. The new bird area and changes to the gorilla area are excellent. Theres still a lot being worked on, but it's always worth the wait.

  • 5Vegas s. 1 year ago
    We went to the Ghouls and Glow there. Wish we had our granddaughter but it was still fun to walk around and see all the lit up blow up decorations. The kids were dressed up so cute. It was really neat. The Aquarium was open and was very cool. The swamp is so neat. It's kind of spooky. A must if you have kids.

  • 5Daydreanne L. 1 year ago
    Amazing experience. We got there at 9 am and didn't leave until almost 4pm... the place is huge with fantastic interactive exhibits and so much ground to cover. We had a great time but especially loved the butterfly 🦋 palace and the aquarium!

  • 5Michael M. 1 year ago
    The exhibits at Henry Doorly Zoo are absolutely amazing. There are species here that you won’t see many other places, and there is enough to do to last more than one day. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly, and the behind the scenes experiences are well worth the money. I can certainly see why this is rated one of the best zoos in the county.

  • 5David H. 1 year ago
    A must see if you're in the area and well worth traveling to see. Wonderful animal viewing and miles of scenic walking trails. Plenty of indoor attractions like the desert dome, Lied Jungle, the aquarium and ape house to experience even if the weather isn't great during the winter months. I've been to San Diego's Zoo, which is considered one of the best in the world and Henry Doorly Zoo is right up there, all it needs is Pandas and southern California climate.

  • 5Justin N. 1 year ago
    Quick trip north to make a first visit.. Had always heard great things about HD and they were all verified on this visit. Fantastic zoo. Lots of very cool, expansive exhibits. Tons of varied animal species. Easy to kill an entire day roaming the grounds. Will definitely be back for another round.

  • 5Shirley P. 1 year ago
    The best zoo I've been to. Sadly a lot of food and treat vendors closed. Most likely due to pandemic regulations.

  • 5Stephanie B. 1 year ago
    This zoo is huge and the animals are very active! We went to the ghouls and glow which was neat buy more centered towards the little ones. Still had a good time!

  • 5C. 1 year ago
    This place is amazing! There are so many things to do and see. It's great for families and for people who love animals. There are a ton of cute critters here. You can feed fish, look at sharks, walk through a butterfly house, and much much more. Stop by if you can!

  • 5Kelly S. 1 year ago
    Absolutely. Amazing. We are Minnesota Zoo members and have reciprocity to the Omaha puts our zoo to shame. It took us a good 6 hours to see everything! It's huge! Both of our phones died from taking so many videos and pictures. I'd highly recommend that families with small children take two days to see the whole zoo. It's a lot of walking - we averaged about 15,000 steps within our 6 hours. My one complaint is that during the off season, there are very limited places to eat/drink. We had to eat at the aquarium cafe which was online ordering with a QR code - kind of a pain when your phone is at 15%. I suggest bringing your own beverages and lunch.

  • 5Mitchell N. 1 year ago
    Definitely the best zoo I have ever visited with their incredible species selection and highly unique and immersive exhibits. The zoo has a wide arrange of the worlds biomes represented across the day and especially the night in the expansive kingdoms of the night. I would highly recommend visiting this incredible zoo and spending some time enjoying the incredible organisms!

  • 5Dan Perdue (. 1 year ago
    Wow. What an incredible zoo! We came in November when it was too cold for some of the animals to be on display but that didn't take away too much from an incredible experience because the majority of the animals are Inside. There is a massive desert dome that keeps an arid climate all year long. There are animals from all over the deserts of the world. There's an underground too! A cave section full of bats and other underground dwellers. That's not even all the caves lead to the swamp. Full of gators and beavers and other swampy friends. Then we wandered over to the jungle. Another gigantic indoor jungle full of monkeys hippos and birds flying about. There is a river full of monster sized fish from China and the Amazon! There are fruit bats flying around too. There's a waterfall and suspension bridge and all kinds of plants. We walked around the rest of the zoo and saw lots of other animals as well elephants and giraffes had a special indoor enclosure to keep them warm in the winter. They have lots of them too. The apes where inside too and they were having a ball playing and wrestling. The tiger got the covid so it was off display. Lastly we went to the aquarium it was nice. On the smaller side but it was cool too the sharks tunnel was a great touch. We came to Omaha specifically to come to the zoo for our anniversary and it was definitely worth it. Omaha is an amazing city that is really growing and is worth a visit and there is plenty to do.

  • 5Sumit A. 1 year ago
    Your time would be worth spent here, this is not a regular zoo. I was personally skeptical on going here and though I went based on strong recommendation from a colleague. And yes, the place stands to its credibility. Lots of exhibits, immaculately planned, & maintained. You may plan to spend the day here to really enjoy the exhibits. Due to shortage of staff multiple exhibits are empty and also the zoo has short working hours. Lied Jungle, Aquarium, Desert dome were my favorite. The Desert dome has a lower level for the nocturnal animals, you definitely want to visit this. Durham TreeTops Restaurant is a great one which is by the Lied Jungle and you can enjoy watching animals while grabbing a bite. I was alone here though I did notice a lot of opportunities for kids to enjoy.

  • 5Alecia H. 1 year ago
    Lovely zoo. There's so much to see here. I had an amazing experience and I only saw less than half of what was there. We were doing a cross country drive and stopped to see it so we didn't have much time and it was also an extremely hot summer day. But I'll definitely revisit and it's a must see if you are anywhere near the vicinity. I love how much wide open space the animals have and they look well taken care of. The photos do not do it justice. Just go!

  • 5Sarah R. 1 year ago
    This is a truly beautiful zoo, with a tremendous amount to see. If you want to see everything, plan on staying all day. (Or maybe break it up into two days if you don't like walking all that much.) They have a huge variety of animals and the environments made to suit each one are attractive and interesting. They're constantly improving and adding new things to this zoo. Check it out!

  • 5Lindsey G. 1 year ago
    Absolutely love this place. Even when there's construction you know it's just getting better. This trip was wintery, 30° out, and not everything was open but we still spent 4 hours enjoying the indoor exhibits.

  • 5Amy W. 1 year ago
    I always love the zoo! Better in warmer weather, but so much to do inside that anytime works. Always kid friendly.

  • 5Maddy N. 1 year ago
    I now understand why they call this the best zoo in the world. I have never been to a cooler zoo, and I've been to a lot of zoos. Personally my favorite attraction was the kingdoms of the night. It is underneath the desert dome which is very unique. We went when it was colder in October and a lot of the food shops were closed towards the back. So I would plan on bringing a snack. If there is a zoo that is a must see, this is definitely one of them.

  • 5John W. 1 year ago
    Had an unplanned stay in Omaha. Took my family to the Zoo and Aquarium. We had a fantastic day. The exhibits were excellent. The aquarium was amazing.

  • 5Aravind Mohan r. 1 year ago
    Awesome experience!!! Lot of animals and well organized path, Got library pass from omaha library which is free for two adults & upto 6 kids, show library card with it you are free to visit free parking, lot of parking space. Need to spend the whole day there so plan accordingly, open by 10 and most of the section closes by 3-4 pm. Only during weekends the tram and other attractions will bw open I went on friday on Christmas eve so not a lot of crowd. missed asian animals section , planning to cover it during summer Exciting place for kids and adults as well.

  • 5M. 1 year ago
    This aquarium is absolutely amazing! We loved every part of it and had to go back in multiple times just because we felt we needed to make sure we saw EVERYTHING.

  • 5Aaron T. 1 year ago
    Amazing experience, can't believe we didn't know about this before our road trip started. The facilities are immaculate and the entire place is priced like a zoo should be, so that people can actually do everything. The indoor activities are enough for an entire day by themselves but we also squeezed in a walk throughout the park. We could come 10 more times and not feel like we've done everything yet; we're looking forward to coming back.

  • 5Matthew G. 1 year ago
    We were visiting from out of town and bought tickets for a day when the temp dropped to 9 degrees and it snowed. We decided to just go do the inside attractions instead of losing the whole day, and we are super happy we did! The jungle, insect house, desert dome, aquarium, and cave/swamp exhibits are all amazing, especially when there were virtually no other people there with us. I’ve heard this is one of the best zoos in the country, and from my very limited experience, I’m inclined to agree!

  • 5Tech 7. 1 year ago
    The zoo is one of our favorite places to go as a family. We always get a yearly membership since we frequent the park so much. What we do is we break our visits down into sections. Since the park is so huge it’s really difficult to cover the whole park and enjoy it at the same time if we do it all at once. This way we do a section we enjoy it we take our time and we have fun. The new sea lions exhibit is definitely our favorite. You completely feel engulfed in the experience and the escape once you enter the exhibit. My son loves to play with the sea lions through the looking glass window observation area. For me this is one of the best exhibits I’ve ever seen at any zoo. We always love to ride the train and the chairlift when they’re open. As a tip bring your own water bottle as things can be quite expensive and they can add it real fast otherwise. Overall, we enjoyed going to the zoo and watching our son engulf himself and all the exhibits.

  • 5C. 10 months ago
    The most incredible zoo meant for all ages. Free parking. $25 entrance fee for adults, kids two and under free. Beautiful and well kept. We went on a Saturday during peak hours and saw the Apes, Aquarium, the Jungle, creatures of the night. There is so much to enjoy here. Little nooks to get up close. Plenty of spots to sit down as you’re walking around.

  • 5Grace K. 1 year ago
    As one of the best zoos in America, it did not disappoint! The Zoo includes a glass desert dome, with a cave and swamp underneath. There is also an indoor jungle section, butterfly encounter, and aquarium. The outdoor areas include an Asia and Africa section, as well as indoor viewing enclosures for during the winter. Zoo had all of the animals you’d expect to see - elephants, giraffes, sea lions, rhinos, hippos, and much, much more! We saw many animals we had never heard/seen before, which was very fun. Each area of the zoo was “themed” to fit the types of animals. Zoo is VERY family friendly and designed with kids in mind. Little “caves” and viewing areas just below the height of adults (& throughout the park!) make it very fun for children to engage with the zoo environments. We went in November, and it was a great experience with minimal crowds. Much of the zoo was indoors, so we could escape the cooler temperatures. Highly recommend going during the off-season!

  • 5Christina M. 10 months ago
    One of the best zoos I’ve ever been to. It’s amazing how close you can get to these animals especially in the gorilla exhibit. It was amazing to see the animals out and about. They are much more active than other zoos. The one downside was that some parts of the zoo were closed so you couldn’t cut through many places and had to completely backtrack to move through. Also, many animals from the Sahara exhibit were not outside. I didn’t get to see any giraffes or zebras.

  • 5K. 11 months ago
    Really fun zoo! Very big! Lots of exhibits and things to see. Unfortunately a lot of construction so not everything was open! The animals are pretty cool and close to the areas you can see. A fun time for families! We went on a week day which was way better!

  • 5Susannah B. 10 months ago
    Really exceptional zoo and aquarium in Omaha. They have beautiful grounds, even if there was no animals it would be a great place to walk around with tons of flowers plants birds and big mature trees. They have an exceptional array of animals including a snow leopard, two baby elephants, tigers, cheetahs, red pandas, anteaters, way too many snakes, giraffes, gorillas. It is laid out so you can really observe the animals. I would recommend getting a map because it is a little confusing but everything is beautiful so it kind of doesn’t matter. The aquarium is ver cool lots of jellyfish and anemones. Definitely visit the desert dome, it is very interesting and amazing to be inside. My only complaint is about the kingdom of night and swamp exhibits they scared me and I am a full grown adult, as a child I would have been totally traumatized it is dark and intense and full of snakes and alligators. But still a very cool experience. I would 100% recommend this zoo if you have a few hours in Omaha, it is totally worth it.

  • 5MX X. 1 year ago
    One of the best zoos I've been too. It's huge! 2 days worth! Trust me! Well worth it! Came from Minnesota just to go to the zoo with my wife and I. Appropriate for all ages even if you don't have kids! Lots to see, do, ans so many many animals! The dome has underground levels that you walk through that has even more animals! We went in the winter. Some African animal were put away but still viewable. Even in the winter still lots to do because alot of the animals and activities were indoors. If Going in the winter, buying tickets ahead of time not necessary.

  • 5Trent R. 9 months ago
    160 acres of animals, insects, habitats and more. A beautiful zoo with interactive areas where you can expirence the animals first hand. Most of the habitats are open air with plenty of space for the animals. The free bird museum and the butterfly building allow you to walk amongst the animals. Plenty of places to get food and sweet treats. Shows are put on regularly and there is a sky box ride that can quickly get you across the park. The animals are well taken care of. The place is spotless beside the goose poop 🦆 of course. Definitely one of my favorite zoos. Bring all your family and friends.

  • 5Guerrero Media G. 8 months ago
    We shot wedding videography here on 5/28/2022 and loved it! -The new venue is amazing! Plenty of natural light! -great spot for photo booth outside or inside. -staff is super friendly and helpful. -plenty of places for portraits including the sea lions! -great load in spot behind the venue! -can accommodate very large weddings! -They have a shuttle to help move around the zoo with your party

  • 5Emilio M. 9 months ago
    Definitely one of the largest zoos in the country. There's a lot to see. So with that said, there's a lot of walking. It's been over 15 years since I've visit. The layout looks so different.

  • 5Chris W. 10 months ago
    I love this zoo! The admission price is a little high but that's to be expected with the price of everything going up. The exhibits are AMAZING! Check the zoos website before going as some times a few exhibits may be closed for renovations. This zoo is great for 1-2 hour Quick trips or 8 hour all day events for your self or the family.

  • 5M. 7 months ago
    Always love going here and one of the best things about Omaha, and a must-see if you're not from here! The desert dome is perfect to go in when it's beginning of Spring or in Fall time honestly due to it getting so hot. My boyfriend and I walked the whole zoo in about half a day, being able to enjoy everything and this was when it was still under construction, about mid March. He is from California and says he's likes this zoo way more than San Diego Zoo. We are currently planning to go back sometime, its great experience and exercise! Recently went with my nanny kids too and they always have a blast when going, mainly stayed in the area with the small 'town' , as they call it, popcorn was great and staff was friendly and quick. A must see is always the aquarium, I will never get over the amazing tunnel of ocean above my head, my nanny kids were happy to see turtles in there. Thanks for being a great zoo and I can't wait to take my kids someday here.

  • 5Kaleidoscope K. 8 months ago
    I can easily see why they are overall one of the best zoos in the United States. From the time you enter until the time you leave the customer service is about a 9. If you're having a problem at the kiosk some will walk right over and help you. Most of the exhibits are indoors so you can't really complain about the heat unless you're just a miserable person. The food is definitely over price so make sure you bring a lunch. Make sure you read the signs on the way to the butterfly area it clearly States no strollers are allowed so a lot of people hold the lineup removing kids from the strollers. Just don't go with a bunch of lazy lobsters that want to sit down the whole trip because they do block the view of the kids trying to see the animals. If I lived in Omaha I would definitely have a zoo membership. I enjoyed my trip so I hope you enjoy yours

  • 5S. 8 months ago
    We decided to visit the zoo with our son for the first time. He was in heaven! There was so much to do and he enjoyed every moment. We ended up getting their premium tickets with the free rides on the train and skyline, the entry into the sting-rays, etc. We got to feed the stingrays and rode the train. The train had a little bit of an issue with it's steamer while we were riding and they had to take a break for about 15-20 minutes in the middle of the ride, but aside from that everything went smoothly. We fed the giraffe, which was fun and new! One complaint we had was how the African grill commissary was set up. Everything was digital for ordering, which is fine, but the pick-up was insane. They had two lanes one I assume for things that were taking longer and another should have been for quick pick-ups like just a drink or some drinks and ice cream. It was unclear how you were supposed to line up so some people were lining up in the "quick" lane just waiting for their turn. I feel that it would have been more beneficial for someone to have been out there showing people how to line up or signs to make it more clear. Like, "Only line up here if you've received a text message that your order is ready for pick-up." as an example. My son's favorite was the Gorillas and Monkeys.

  • 5J. 7 months ago
    We arrived at 11. The park is open from 10AM-5PM, paid extra to do all the rides. It was worth the money than paying for each ride. The penguins/aquarium is my favorite. The animals look content. They didn’t have a sick animal (like the tiger I saw in St. Louis) in their dwelling when we visited which is nice. It’s good to know that they’re healthy. I enjoyed riding the lift. Just wish they had better food options but understandably, we’re all still Covid cautious. Also, no way to get to all parts of the zoo in 1 day. So even if we showed up right as it opened and rode all the rides to get to our destinations quicker, we still would not have been able to finish it in one day. We missed the avian sanctuary and the Asian section. I don’t know if I would pay another entrance fee the next day to cover what we missed. I give it 4.5 stars ⭐️

  • 5Shawn S. 6 months ago
    Often considered one of the best zoo's in the nation and rightly so. This zoo is absolutely top notch. The dessert dome and accompanied cave exhibit under ground are superb. Tons of animal exhibits and a pristine park. Plenty of family friendly restrooms and kid activities to keep the young ones, and parents happy. Every exhibit is a unique experience, don't expect to see it all in one day.

  • 4Mugisha H. 2 years ago
    It is funny

  • 4J R. 2 years ago
    What was open was great, but nothing really explained what was open or closed. No maps or notice boards with closure info etc. Very limited food options, suggest just bringing your own. Indoor exhibits are great for the cold days, most outside stuff was empty. All the bathrooms were very clean. Still a great value and the kids loved it. Will come again...when it's warmer.

  • 4Simon D. 2 years ago
    There's weird looking "crabs" in the aquarium. I know they're aliens. Wake up, sheeple.

  • 4Alexandra P. 2 years ago
    An amazing winter adventure

  • 4aleks k. 2 years ago
    I love it! i used to go there with my Mom to see the Animals My favorite area has the be either the Monkey area or the "Dome" Part which is that big glass building by the entrance of the Zoo, and there is a lot of animals to see! i would recommend for everyone to come and take a look at what the Omaha Zoo has to offer and also the best time to go is in Spring when there is not a lot of people, It is FULL in the summertime so probably come before June.

  • 4Nathan C. 2 years ago
    We were very excited to visit, but found many outdoor exhibits closed/limited (COVID and seasonal) or under construction. However, the Desert Dome and aquarium, among many other indoor exhibits, were both open and made to be very unique attractions worth the visit. Given the current situation and timing of our visit, we were surprised at how large the crowd was when we arrived at opening. The check-in and screening process was very efficient and we were through the gate within about 5 minutes of arriving. We want to visit again with our children once things begin to normalize.

  • 4Gary E. 2 years ago
    Wow my girlfriend really loves it

  • 4Tony G. 2 years ago
    For Feb., ut was a great day to get out.

  • 4C. 2 years ago
    It was a pretty amazing zoo that had many unique qualities. It was very busy the day I went which lends itself to how popular this place is. I give 4 stars instead of 5 because frankly 1/3 of the zoo wasn't even open because it was under construction. For the full price of a spring ticket ($21/adult) I think that should be taken into account. Parking is free which is also nice and its a big lot for plenty of room to park. Otherwise it was a nicely spent afternoon, albeit the crowds were a lot. I do recommend a stop by if you are in town, although you'll to allot some time, even with those areas closed I still spent nearly 5 hours there and I travel alone in my 20s.

  • 4Garrett J. 2 years ago
    No cheetahs

  • 4Sierra H. 2 years ago
    So much to see and do, plan for an all day experience. All facilities were clean and sanitized. While extra precautions were being taken many exhibits were closed due to the pandemic. Would love to return once things open fully.

  • 4amber m. 2 years ago
    Needs more wheelchair accessibility, like a pass for the tram.

  • 4B. MIchael M. 1 year ago
    The hotel shuttle dropped us off at the gate, so I can't rate the parking. I might have reviewed this higher had I not just 2 weeks prior been to the St. Louis Zoo. That zoo is free, so paying almost $30 was a bit of a hard pill to swallow. And after that, a number of other things at the zoo were all fee-based. That made the pill a bit harder to swallow. Hands down, the highlight of the entire day was VINCE, an employee at the Coral Reef movie exhibit. The best exhibit, by far, was the Aquarium, followed by the Butterflies, followed by the Gorillas.

  • 4Melissa N. 1 year ago
    One of our favorite zoos! Love the variety of animals and how well taken care of they all are. Lots of indoor and outdoor exhibits. The only reason for the 4 star is there was only a couple places open to buy food and drinks— I waited in line for almost 2 hours to get lunch for everyone while the rest of my family continued checking out the zoo. Overall, great time!!

  • 4L. 1 year ago
    So they have very few concessions open forcing everyone to one….maybe Covid related but still a pain. Thus the lines are long. Upwards of 40 minutes to get a water and a sprite. I did have a good time though.

  • 4M. 1 year ago
    This zoo was incredible! Really, really wish we lived closer! We went on a weekday. The crowds were manageable. The downside was that the train & skybuckets were closed. I wish this had been posted somewhere. The sign for the train said you could get a round trip ticket from the station near the sea lions. The station was closed. So I'm not sure why they didn't just have a sign posted saying the train was closed. The Kingdoms of the Night area was super cool!!!! There was one section with two pools of water with fish that were floor level and completely uncovered. I'm not sure why these weren't roped off. The room is dark. It seems very easy for a child to walk into the water. Loved the Sea Lion area. There were lots of little areas to pop in and out of to get different views. And the wall underwater was so cool! We came back in the evening for the Halloween thing. It was fun. But not worth the cost. The best part was walking through the Kingdoms of the Night and them having the lights on in the room with the alligators and beavers.

  • 4Travis E. 11 months ago
    Really enjoyed this zoo. Went on a Monday and it was really busy, lots of field trips. Only issue with that was only 1 food place was open in the entire zoo, that was at the Aquarium. The collection of animals was amazing and they are all well cared for. That much is obvious. Just wish the graphics were better. They quite frankly suck. Some of the graphics are just labels on glass. Zero information. The other graphics just give a picture and the name. It could be way better. The few docents we saw did a very good job managing crowds and giving out information. There was a lot of construction and building closed (due to avian influenza). I look forward to going again and seeing everything open! Overall it was a great time!

  • 4Omaha Food C. 11 months ago
    Great Place to Explore as Far as all the animals and exhibits go well the ones that are open. BUT AS FAR AS THE FOOD If I were you I would definitely pack a lunch if you want to eat and snack. The food is not worth it and very nasty. Hotdogs was 5$ the fries were 5$ the chicken tenders was 7$ and I ended up sending everything back and getting a full refund because It was cold and not fully cooked.

  • 4Priyojit Ganguly (. 9 months ago
    Hyped and some very unique exhibits. Can do better on the outdoor exhibits. Underground caves and desert domes were very cool and unique. Bring food as getting food on a crowded day is challenging to say the least. Visit on a less hot day too and be prepared to walk about 4-5 miles to cover the majority of the zoo. Staff are nowhere to be found and directions are not that good. Overall a good place to visit with kids if you live in Iowa/NE - within 1-2 hrs of driving.

  • 4Ahmed B. 8 months ago
    It’s such a fun place to go no matter your age. This year I ended up purchasing a pass through my workplace that allows me to bring a friend for free. I’ve already used it several times! It could just be me, but I wish it was easier to navigate the place with all of the construction going on. Some ways lead to dead ends or you accidentally take an extremely long route. It’s not too terrible if I’m with other adult friends but it can be a pain when we have children with us as it requires more walking for them.

  • 4Lauren G. 8 months ago
    The zoo is pretty immersive and gives such a great perspective of the animals. Went on a Friday and there were many school field trips making a lot of the areas a little overwhelming. Very crowded. Really impressed with the training sessions for the seals, sea lions, and the tiger. Such a great experience. The gorillas are also pretty fun to see as they get very close to the glass and stare at folks.

  • 4Robbie M. 9 months ago
    The zoo was really fun. We liked the animal exhibits, they were really big and the animals were mostly easy to find and seemed happy. We really liked the penguins, and the desert enclosure, the cave area was fun and we liked the vampire and fruit bats, including the very large fruit bats. Be aware that in the cave area there is a water pit with no barriers, it's extremely dangerous for a toddler. The lions were really cool, especially high up on their rock. I liked the beavers in the cave area, that's something you don't see in zoos a lot. The aquarium is very well done, we liked the sharks and sea turtle and touching the starfish. The tunnel is great. Only negatives is that most of the food places were closed, and the line going in was very disorganized. I think the line issue could actually be solved by getting a better bar code scanner, that part took so long. All in all it's a great zoo to visit!

  • 4Melinda B. 7 months ago
    I've been to major zoos in about every state. This zoo had a lot of things that impressed me. The dog kennel specifically, sky ride, and train. We came on a very hot day, traveling with our husky which we were planning to leave at a local doggy daycare until we found out that they had free dog kennels that were first come, first serve. We called guest services and found out that they had openings. A security guard saw us get out of our car with our dog and offered to drive us up to guest services where the kennels are. It was quite a hike so THANK YOU BRIAN!!! Signing our dog into the kennels was pretty easy and they were all still available at 10am. They assured me that they would check on him multiple times. After leaving guest services we booked a time for the IMAX movie. We saw the film about Antarctica which was very beautiful and informative. Desert dome was cool but we were in a queue that moved quite slowly throughout. If I were to give you any advice, it would be to go straight to see the outdoor animals. By the time we got to them in the middle of the day they were almost all hiding from the heat so we didn't see much of the cheetahs and didn't see any elephants at all. My least favorite exhibit was the Kingdoms of Night. The terrariums with the nocturnal animals were so poorly lit with dark blue light that I couldn't make anything out. Wish they would've used red light but there might be species-specific indications that I'm not aware of. My favorite exhibit was the Lied Indoor Jungle. Plenty of wildlife and such a beautiful setup. The stingray touch center was also pretty amazing. If you're only going for a day, I'd advise watching some YouTube videos about the exhibits so that you can prioritize what you want to do/see. We took full advantage of the train to get to the other side of the zoo but it was still a lot of walking. Just be prepared. We would've taken the tram as well but the wait was pretty long. As I said earlier it was really hot when we went but they have a lot of indoor exhibits so you can escape the heat and there are a few misters on the walking path to keep you cool as you're walking outside. They have a lot of animals but not many rare species/breeding projects. It's cool that it's one of the biggest zoological parks in the US but accessibility could still be better. Maybe if they increased the number of trams that would help. I love to walk but I often felt like I was mindlessly walking to the next exhibit. On the trains/trams the staff give more of a guided tour so you know more about the history of the area you're passing through. Overall, not my favorite zoo but they've got a lot of redeeming qualities. Their staff is pretty amazing!

  • 3Ms. B. 2 years ago
    Mostly everything was closed. Will have to go back when all the exhibit is open to give a full review. What I was able to see was interesting

  • 3Abigail N. 2 years ago
    The website is ok. I will update after visit the actual zoo.

  • 3T. 2 years ago
    The aquarium is nice and also the desert dome. Lots of construction were going on while we were there. Very crowded place even during the pandemic. I am not sure if it's because of the pandemic that most exhibits and restaurants closed down. But there were only one area with restaurants open, the rest were closed. Kids areas were closed, also. Some animals weren't out when we were there. Getting an annual pass is better for your money if you live in/around the area. We felt like the staffs weren't prepared of the crowd. The theater that we visited only have one person taking care of checking people in and selling tickets and dealing with concession. Lots of walking. They should have done a better design that we can cut thru the park if we wanted to get back out. It seems that we had to walk in a circle to get back out. Overall it's a fun place to take the kids.

  • 3Leslee G. 2 years ago
    Zoo was amazing and would be 5 stars but the day we weny about 1/2 the exhibits were closed.

  • 3Bonnie S. 2 years ago
    Please enforce masks and social distancing and smoking in the zoo please inform patrons what exhibits are open and what are not. Please have more than 2 cashera for proper socal distancing for being the 2nd best zoo I was totally not impressed

  • 3Megan Y. 2 years ago
    A lot of things were closed :( Not many food selections :( No maps :( (not everyone has a smart phone) Lot of animals not out and about :( NO DIP-n-DOTS :( I would go back again and give it another try.

  • 3Rosie D. 2 years ago
    It's okay I guess when I went in the aquarium it kind of scared me when the fish were above me

  • 3Toria K. 2 years ago
    A lot is closed. Animal areas, exhibits, eateries, trains, trams, and a lot more. Are they opening in the future??? Not worth the $$$$.

  • 3Candace Z. 2 years ago
    Lots of things are still closed. It was rather crowded. Most of the concessions are closed.

  • 3Tiffany W. 2 years ago
    The zoo itself is great. However, as of February 27, they were not limiting the number of people they let it, no one was socially distancing, and we saw several people not wearing masks. We left after 30 minutes because it was just ridiculous. If being cautious about the coronavirus is a big deal to you, avoid this place on the weekends at least.

  • 3Marcus T. 1 year ago
    For the price and the hype for "world top ranked zoo", I expected better. Water bowls in many enclosures were very murky, the size of enclosures seemed too small in certain areas (especially in the Desert Dome) and many of the animals looked way too depressed (especially the gorillas and tigers). The Desert Dome was the most disappointing. For such a large dome, the animals were in small enclosures wrapped with netting, and the interior design of the landscape in the dome was just underutilizing the size of the dome, which makes me wonder if the design of the dome just for flexing from the outside. I also definitely did not see 1000+ species of animals as advertised on websites, plus there were a lot of the same animals in different zones. Food options were also terrible for a top ranked zoo. I've visited many other zoos with less to no cost and still had better animal exhibits, much more species of animals, management, and food options (like the free St Louis Zoo, Smithsonian Zoo, Kansas City Zoo and Seattle's Woodland Zoo). Makes me wonder where the $25 per person money goes too.... Despite that, putting the status and price aside, I was still able to have a wonderful time at the zoo. The close experiences with the giraffe and elephant families were an unforgettable experience. Kinda bumped that the Forest Trial was closed during my visit, but the Lied Forest was my favorite exhibit, with an amazing replica of a tropical environment. The zoo can be fully explored within a day if you don't have kids with you and if you fully spend the opening hours in the zoo. I also recommend bringing your own food for lunch.

  • 2Charles B. 2 years ago
    Not many animals out. Tram, exhibits, and concession stands closed. No benches for elderly and handicapped people to rest on during the longer hills. Lots of construction work throughout the park.

  • 2carmen a. 2 years ago
    Went to zoo today, so many animals you could not even see, due to closing or construction, no maps to tell you what was open or what was closed. Should have been charged half price to go in since half of everything was closed. Most concessions were also closed. Not a very good experience for a day at the zoo with 70 degree temp outside today.

  • 2Key M. 2 years ago
    Overpriced to many people with barely any exhibits open. And didn't seem as though covid procedures were being followed. Wouldn't drive 3 hours for this again

  • 2Kye W. 2 years ago
    Don't go right know wait till summer they barely had any animals out slot of construction on exhibits

  • 1Jerry H. 2 years ago
    I just paid for a pass. I didn’t realize half of the zoo was closed and the things that are open, most of the animals aren’t out. I wouldn’t have bought a pass if I knew so many things were closed.

  • 1Brittany W. 2 years ago
    I am writing this today to inform you of our terrible experience on Wednesday at the facility. We have been members of Henry Doorly Zoo for many years, and have loved bringing our children making wonderful memories. On Wednesday afternoon, multiple members of the staff took it upon themselves to harass us about our masks. We were ganged up on by these members of the staff at once due to their opinion of our masks not being worn “high enough” on our faces. Having witnessed many other guests not wearing their masks up over their noses (or “high enough” as the staff described it), this made us feel very singled out, uncomfortable, and embarrassed. As active members of our community we were only trying to help support local business/attractions, and spend our hard earned money during these stressful times at the facility which has brought us so much joy in the past. Unfortunately due to the harshness of the staff, and threats of having to call security (on two parents and three small children) that opportunity was taken from us. Due to the stance on mask wearing, and allowing the staff to illegally berate guests and members based on their opinions, we will not ever be renewing our membership and will spread word of our experience everywhere we possibly can.

  • 1Christina B. 2 years ago
    Super disappointed. We took the whole family and were really excited about visiting. Many of the exhibits were closed but there was no warning regarding this. They should’ve charged way less for the entry fee since there were very few animals to see. Won’t be going back again this year.

  • 1Robin P. 2 years ago
    Most disappointing zoo ever. Planned this trip for my birthday and it took us far longer to drive there than it took to walk through the whole zoo. Barely any animals on 60°F + day. Grounds were unkept. Even the gift shop sucked! Will not recommend to any one. I've been to a lot of zoos around the country and world and this is by far the worst

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