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Birmingham Zoo

2630 Cahaba Road , Birmingham, Alabama 35223 | 205-879-0409
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14 Reviews
Type: Animals and Playgrounds & Playspaces
Ages: All Ages
Cost: $$
Hours of operation: Daily 9am to 5pm (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)

The Birmingham Zoo is Alabama's most popular attraction, drawing more than 500,000 visitors annually. Approximately 750 animals of 250 species call the 122-acre Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, kangaroos and endangered species from six continents.


14 Reviews for Birmingham Zoo

January 23 2013
1 family found this helpful
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"Good Zoo"

The Birmingham Zoo was a good zoo to take your family and friends too. It is a little small, but with some new renovations they are improving.  They have many different areas with an assortment of animals. I would recommend this zoo to any family living in Alabama or the surrounding areas.  Great price too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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kbsparks
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January 24 2013
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"Kids area not to miss"

The Birmingham Zoo is a typical zoo with the typical animals all zoos have.  They have recently added some great African exhibits.  Including several elephants and a new Giraffe Encounter area (where you can feed the animals - cost involved). You can also go on camel rides as well.  The best part is the kids area, especially during the summer.  They have a petting zoo, playground with all sort of rope bridges and climbing areas - my kids favorite, carousel and a splash pad.  Make sure to hit the splash pad first so the little ones can dry out while you walk around the park.   Swimwear is permitted but with boys I just let them get wet and then dry as we walk around.

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HilaryB
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June 07 2012
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"Good size for smaller kids"

This zoo isn't very big, but there is a lot to see, which makes it a good size for little kids. There are mostly big animals like lions, elephants, giraffes, monkeys. You can even go on a little camel ride. The habitats have recently been remolded and make the experience more fun and engaging. There are some unusual creatures like the ant eater that add good variety. Zoo is well-maintained, but restroom and food areas are not.

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Raddpt
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April 01 2012
2 families found this helpful
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"Nice zoo, Restrooms needed cleaned"

Very nice animals in this zoo.  We go at least twice a year.  The new attraction this year is a baby girl orangutan, and a
New giraffe exhibit. We always eat before we leave the house then bring a snack because the zoos food and drinks are too expensive.  I also bring extra clothes and towels for the splash pad and foam zone. The zoo itself isnt high . It's the extras like carousel, train, camel ride, ect. But I usually give in on the train. Occasionally on the carousel but never the camel it makes the kids stink! Lol.  I had to give 4 stars because restrooms needed cleaning.  Other than that I would have given 5!

tripmommy
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January 15 2011
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"Fun solo trip with multiples"

As a mom of triplets, I buy a season pass to the Birmingham Zoo every year.  We went at least once a week until they started school.  Now we go about once every 2 months or so.   I feel very safe and confident to take them to the zoo by myself......even when they were toddlers.  The splash pad area is great!  We always pack a backpack with extra clothes and some towels b/c someone always ends up getting wet.  I would recommend bringing you own lunch as food inside the zoo is PRICEY.  We rarely ever ride the train or merry-go-round b/c the price adds up on those too.  We still have an amazing time every time we go and the animals are always active.  Oh!  Don't forget to pack extra sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and bottled water if you visit in the summer.  Most of the walkways aren't covered/shaded and you get hot really quickly!

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Thewe3
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January 11 2011
1 family found this helpful
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"Decent Zoo"

My daughter and I made a trip to the Birmingham Zoo a few months ago.  Since they were currently undergoing construction, it was a bit tricky trying to get from exhibit to exhibit.  We enjoyed the zoo, but it seems as though the renovations are much needed.  One of our most favorite sections of the zoo was the savannah.  The collection of cats was quite intriguing and my daughter and I walked through several times trying to pick our favorite feline!   It is worth a look if you are in Birmingham!

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jenb1987
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January 10 2011
0 families found this helpful
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"Ta-Zoo-Day Fun"

Every Tuesday at Birmingham Zoo tickets are half price. We took our kiddos from church to the zoo and packed our own lunch. Admission was cheap and it wasn't overly crowded. There is a good variety of animals and picnic tables right outside the zoo to eat at. Plan on bringing your own lunch unless you want to shell out some serious moola.

January 10 2011
0 families found this helpful
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"Birmingham Zoo"

Amazing place and growing each year! If you have little ones at home still (not yet in school), I highly suggest getting a membership. It will not only get you into their special events for free or at discounted rates, but it will also let you visit other zoos all over the nation for up to 50% off admission price. Sweet! It is very worth it! Their animals seem really happy there, too. You know how some places are...you feel bad for the furballs. Not these! Super happy and you can tell!! There is even more to do if you are a little kid, too. Train rides, classes before the zoo opens, a petting zoo. It is a great place! Go now!

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mkzue
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January 10 2011
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"One of our favorite zoos, but..."

This is one of our favorite zoos in the area.  Our kids love the petting zoo area especially it's a cute setting like a barn.  We also heard from several friends that they just put a great water fountain play area.  We like this zoo.  However, when we visited around Halloween time, the train ride was a bit scary for our preschoolers.  If you're interested in going during those times, just watch out for those scary moments with your kids.  

Mollie0401
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January 10 2011
1 family found this helpful
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"Perfect for our family"

I have 2 young girls (ages 2 and 3) so while the idea of a zoo was thrilling to them, the enormity of one was not to me!  I love the Birmingham zoo for that reason.  It is spacious and there is a bit of walking, but because of that, you get to see more of the animals in their habitat.  You CANNOT miss feeding the giraffes.  For a small fee, you get to go up on a platform and hand leaves to a giraffe and be up close and personal for a few moments.  You can also choose to ride a camel.  Great place!

December 23 2010
1 family found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"Varied Activities"

Though the elephant has passed away (aww), the Birmingham Zoo continues to improve.
Not yet mentioned in other reviews is the cute little zoo train that you can pay a small fee to ride around the entire park. If you have a train fan, you need to know this!
The butterfly encounter is way cool; you walk into a misty, plastic building and are surrounded by butterflies, some of whom may or may not land on you.
The splash pad play area is tons of fun and worth the price of admission in itself! Bring a swimsuit and towel for that!

December 23 2010
2 families found this helpful
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"SO much to see!"

We had a fantastic day at this amazing zoo!  Our preschooler loved playing in the foam playground and climbing on the "spider" ropes.  We watched a sea lion show, took a fun train ride through the park, watched lions getting a vet check up (incredible) and wandered through the monkey house (a bit stinky).  We could have spent more time here and even our little one would agree...this zoo is a family friendly must see!

December 23 2010
1 family found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"Don't miss the Lorikeets! "

My children had such a great time at the Birmingham zoo. It is not a huge zoo, but there are plenty of really cool animals to keep the kids occupied for the day. There is a petting zoo and a splash area, but my kids loved the lorikeets the best. For $0.50 you can buy some nectar and go into the lorikeet area and the birds will land all over you and drink the nectar. The kids kept going back to that one.

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December 23 2010
2 families found this helpful
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"Birmingham Zoo"

My only complaint about the Birmingham zoo is that we didn't have enough time there!  We allotted one day for our visit and I really wish we had had two.  The kids could have spent half a day in the splash area (which by the way, you'll want to bring a towel and maybe dry clothes for).  My favorite part of the whole day hands down was the butterfly encounter.  The butterflies land right on your hand- totally cool!  

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