10Besties Best Zoos Winners

  • Columbus Zoo1

    Columbus Zoo

    Situated along the Scioto River, the Columbus Zoo's scenic location is ideal. Its known for its gorilla breeding program and expansive reptilian collection. Surprising are the wonderful aquarium exhibits, including the Manatee House, one of the first outside Florida to house these fascinating sea cows. Visitors also love Zoombezi Bay, a 22 acre water park, with incredible new state-of-the-art slides.  Read more »

  • Cincinnati Zoo2

    Cincinnati Zoo

    The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the 2nd oldest in the county, opened in 1875, and has been making animal and plant lovers happy ever since. It boasts over 400 species of animals and 3,000 varieties of plants. Penguin Days, slated in January and February, provide guests with a King's Penguin Parade throughout the park, and zoo-goers can also enjoy more than 12 heated indoor exhibits in the winter.  Read more »

  • Oklahoma City Zoo3

    Oklahoma City Zoo

    The Oklahoma City Zoological Park is one of the Top Ten in the country, and the oldest in the Southwest. It showcases a mind-boggling numer of animal species from around the world. Kids love to take in the zoo's other amusements - the Safari Tram narrated ride, the Centennial Choo Choo, a Swan paddleboat and a Sea Lion show - while parents love the outdoor concerts.  Read more »

  • Saint Louis Zoo4

    Saint Louis Zoo

    Buzzing inside the Saint Louis Zoo's 90 acres . . . an insectarium! At Penguin and Puffin Coast, you can see a 22-foot waterfall and walk through the first sub-Antarctic penguin exhibit in North America. Take a ride on the Zooline railroad or get in on a behind the scenes tour of the exhibits.  Read more »

  • Phoenix Zoo5

    Phoenix Zoo

    The Phoenix Zoo was recently voted one of the top 5 zoos in the country for kids. With several interactive playgrounds, an endangered species carousel and a safari train for when mom and dad get tired of walking, this zoo helps kids see and experience plenty of thrills. Its new Giraffe Encounter allows visitors to feed those tall wonders up close, from a raised observation deck.  Read more »

  • San Diego Zoo6

    San Diego Zoo

    Perhaps the best-known zoo in the United States, the San Diego Zoo is definitely where you'll fall in love wtih something fuzzy . . . starting at Panda Canyon. Kids love The Polar Rim with its stellar bears, while Africa Rocks and Elephant Odyssey are real eye-openers. There's no part of this amazing zoo which won't bring a smile.  Read more »

  • Toledo Zoo7

    Toledo Zoo

    9,000 animals! That's what a ticket to the Toledo Zoo nets animal lovers and photographers. The zoo is known for innovative exhibits which let visitors really get up close and "personal" with residents - so much more fun! At the Hippoquarium, kids love watching massive hippos float by effortlessly. The Arctic Encounter allows face time with a polar bear. Cool web cams extend the fun at home.  Read more »

  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park8

    San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    The wonderful San Diego Zoo Safari Park replicates a trip to Africa. Guests choose a "safari," buy a ticket, then relax while a narrated tram shuttles them on an awe-inspiring tour through some of the largest imagineable animal field exhibits. In San Diego, only Safari Park visitors know exactly how cool a white rhino really is!  Read more »

  • Disney's Animal Kingdom9

    Disney's Animal Kingdom

    If you thought Walt Disney World Resort's Animal Kingdom park was the largest animal-themed park in the world . . . you'd be right! Its 500 acres are filled with more than 1,700 animals. Visitors are also treated to English-speaking "animals" who will sign autographs and entertain with Broadway-like shows and parades.  Read more »

  • Brookfield Zoo10

    Brookfield Zoo

    Aware that the best way to view an animal is in its natural habitat, Chicagoland's Brookfield Zoo makes great efforts to recreate the native environments of its inhabitants. The recently-opened Great Bear Wilderness offers one-of-a-kind vantage points for viewing bears, wolves, and bison as they roam the 7.5 acre exhibit.  Read more »

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