Saturday, August 5, 2017
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden


Thanks to everyone who joined us for Heart Institute Family Zoo Day! Our faculty and staff enjoyed a beautiful day spending time with pediatric, adolescent and adult patients, heart angel families while exploring the zoo. 

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Please join us on Saturday, August 5, 2017 for the Heart Institute Family Zoo Day! We are excited to bring our pediatric, adolescent and adult patients, your families and our heart angel families together with Heart Institute staff and families for a fun day at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Updates

  • In anticipation of larger than normal crowds, the zoo will open two visitor parking lots to the public around 9:30am: Main parking lot off Vine St. and Safari parking lot (Gate 4) off Dury Ave. They will keep normal operating hours (10am-6pm).
  • Check-in tables for the Heart Institute Family Zoo Day will be located at both entrances (Main and Safari) from 10am-12pm to get your zoo tickets and picnic wristbands. Check-in closes promptly at 12pm.
  • If you arrive after 12pm, you can still enter the zoo by using your zoo membership or purchasing zoo tickets. However, only guests who registered in advance and receive wristbands at check-in will be permitted by zoo staff to attend the picnic.

Reminders

  • Maintenance on the Brent Spence Bridge will require ongoing construction with lane closures that will cause travel delays. Please plan ahead and allow plenty of time for travel. When possible, consider an alternate route if crossing the Ohio River.
  • Event check-in will close promptly at 12pm. Free zoo tickets and picnic wristbands will not be handed out after 12pm so that our Heart Institute staff may enjoy the picnic with their families. Please allow ample time for travel and parking detours.


Schedule

  • On the day of the event, check in with Heart Institute staff at the Main or Safari entrances to get zoo tickets and picnic wristbands.
  • Heart Institute check-in will be open from 10am-12pm.
  • Once inside the zoo, you are free to explore at your leisure.
  • Lunch will be served between 11:30am-1pm at Safari Picnic Grove. (view map)
  • You are welcome to eat at the designated shelters in Picnic Grove.
  • There is no formal presentation or schedule so you can continue to enjoy the zoo after lunch.
  • This event will be held, rain or shine.

Check-in will close promptly at 12pm. Free zoo tickets and picnic wristbands will not be handed out after 12pm so our Heart Institute staff may enjoy the picnic with their families. Please allow ample time for travel and parking detours. If you arrive after 12pm, you can still enter the zoo by using your zoo membership or purchasing tickets. However, only guests who registered in advance and receive wristbands at check-in will be permitted by zoo staff to attend the picnic.

Lunch

  • Lunch will include burgers and hot dogs as well as other picnic-style food.
    • For any dietary restrictions, you are responsible for providing your own food. Our ability to accommodate special diets is extremely limited at this event. 
  • Drinks will include choice of water, iced tea and lemonade.
  • The cookies available for dessert are pre-packaged and manufactured on shared equipment with peanuts and tree nuts.

Parking and Directions

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45220

  • Parking is included with your zoo ticket.
  • Simply present zoo ticket to the parking attendant when exiting the lot as proof of payment.
  • Directions

In anticipation of larger than normal crowds, the zoo will open two visitor parking lots to the public around 9:30am: Main parking lot off Vine St. and Safari parking lot (Gate 4) off Dury Ave. They will keep normal operating hours (10am-6pm). Stop by our check-in at either Main or Safari entrances between 10am-12pm to get zoo tickets and picnic wristbands.