The Birmingham Zoo is a zoological park that opened in 1955 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States.
The Birmingham Zoo is an independent, not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), participating in AZA Species Survival Plans (SSP). It is both the only AZA accredited coo and the lowest paying zoo in the state of Alabama.
|Monday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
Matt Crisafulli | Mar 4, 2018
Our family had a great time, they are under construction to expand the front area, which made it a little congested at times. The animals were out and showing off. Great selection of various types of cats, primates, reptiles, birds, and other animals. All of the staff we talked to were friendly and helpful. The animals seemed to be very happy and well cared for. And in turn made my kids excited. I am glad we bought the family membership pass because we will be going back!
Greg Subastian | Mar 4, 2018
Loved how.much there is to see here. Helpful staff. Healthy animals well displayed. I loved the giraffe feeding station as a selfie opp! Be patient the bear does come out eventually and worth the wait even if you walk on and come back. Birds were amazing! Even those crazy big mean ones. I have some awesome video of him puffing up at me staring me down with his prehistoric glare. 😁
Alex Grodner | Feb 2, 2018
The Birmingham Zoo has become a once a month (at least) visit for my son and me. At first the Birmingham Zoo made me sad because of how small it was, but I soon realized that with it being a small zoo in a smaller city we do not have to deal with large crowds or struggle to find parking. It can be a great way to spend an hour or 4 depending on what your children want to do. There are a lot of indoor areas so we even went recently when it was raining and had the whole zoo to ourselves. Also the location is pretty great, because you can head over to the Botanical gardens and make a whole day of it or head into Mountain Brook village for food and/or shopping.
Michael Trimble | Jan 24, 2018
We love the zoo. We go every year for a family adventure. It is laid out very well and all the paths are marked making it easy to navigate. The animals are easy to view, even for my small children. The train is our favorite part of the zoo. It is always the last thing we do before heading back. I can't wait to see what it looks like once all the renovations are completed.
hendriks family | Mar 3, 2018
Awesome staff! We spent the night during the boo snooze! It was fantastic. We were allowed INSIDE the elephant enclosure! Great time. We will go again for SURE
Robert Rodgers | May 2, 2018
Great place to take younger children. Train ride is cool and my kids loved the carousel. There seemed to be a lot of the animals under veterinarian care while we were there so they were not viewable , feeding the giraffe was a big hit , worth the money in photos alone. There is a small splash pad to cool of in so make sure you are prepared for that with a change of clothes.
Lindsey Pressnell | May 5, 2018
AWESOME ZOO!! Very large inventory of animals!! ( Took us 4 hours just to look at them all). Very clean. Staff very friendly. Lots to do! Wild slide, 2 splash pads for the kids, train ride, camel rides, giraffe feeding, ext. Very shady walk through most of the zoo. Set up wonderful. Restaurant drinks and food a little pricey but they did have coke machines throughout. Just make sure to bring cash for machines. We all had a blast!! Definitely will be going back soon!!!!
Erica Lau | May 8, 2018
Great zoo for little ones! You can get very close to many of the animals. Very walkable zoo. Friendly staff. Rides for little ones. The mornings during the week can get very busy with field trips, but otherwise its usually not too busy. Splash pad for the younger kids. We are members and try to go whenever we can!
Amber Turrentine | Apr 26, 2018
Over the past few years, the admission prices have risen. The rise in costs is for a good cause as the zoo is expanding and adding in new exhibits fairly often. The animals are out often, and the shows are fun. The food isn't great, but you can always bring your own and have a picnic. I suggest an annual pass for any families with 4+ members as you will spend about the same amount for a one time visit.
Lee Reese | May 3, 2018
I haven't been in years so what a nice surprise it was to see all the changes. Went there for a wedding thinking, "who does that?" However, the venue was very nice, the settings very lovely and shockingly you couldn't smell a single animal. The reception was held under the large hut by the elephant pin, hyt again, no smell. The zoo did a great job hosting this event.
florence prickett | May 27, 2018
I wanted to love this zoo, but I didn't. Maybe I'm used to larger zoos with more animals. If you're going to the zoo for the first time, you'll probably be impressed. However, I grew up in the Chicagoland area, so I'm accustomed to amazing zoos with lots of animals and so much to do! There was no gorilla and the big cats were...well there were hardly any. They do have lots of beautiful birds though! If you're a bird lover...check it out! Oh! And the food was pretty good.
Grace Horine | Jun 19, 2018
It was a beautiful zoo. It looked like all of the animals had plenty of room in their exhibits. It was very family friendly as well. Nice places to get snacks and drinks. I even saw red pandas which are a fairly rare sight. I love it.
Angel McCain | Jun 19, 2018
It was an awesome experience! I can't wait to take my baby back to the zoo... he really enjoyed the animals and the activities. My favorite was the train. We are still laughing about all the fun we had
Josh Deverse | Jul 7, 2018
This is written by my nine year old daughter about why she loved the day we spent at the zoo. The $10 wrist band for kids is well worth the price. Zoo keepers were friendly and I loved seeing them give the seal a kiss. There is a dung beetle in the playground. The show with the possium was fun and the African turkey bird came back out. The 100 foot slide was so fun. I also liked the carousel too. The outhouse is full of animals poop.
Michael Hayman | Jul 29, 2018
The animals were nice, the trainers and animal staff were awesome, but the attendants at the gate responded to two separate ticket questions by staring at me like i was speaking another language, only shaking their heads (one was about my online-purchased ticket during entrance, the other about returning after taking my kid out to nap and returning). Not once did they use words. I basically walked in without checking in and getting my wristband thanks to them, necessitating a long walk from the attractions to the entrance and back again. Ticket return validation should be a policy for places like this, as parents often have to take children to nap or grab supplies from a car. How hard is it to provide a ticket with a date in big bold numbers so that people can re-enter? I don't get why child-friendly places do this. Lastly, there was a brief summer rainstorm in the middle of the day, and they shut down several of the wristband attractions (think camel rides, giraffe feeding). This was a 20 minute summer storm with no incoming rain on the radar and nothing else being forecast. I can understand stopping when rain is present, but not restarting after 30 mins once they've confirmed no more rain is expected? I'd be a little less bitter about this, but that gate attendant cost me 40 minutes, which ate into taking my kid to the attractions, which ultimately wasted my money when the rain-out in the middle of the day ended up shutting a bunch of things down for the entire rest of the (non-rainy) day. Anyway, here's a picture of a sloth.
Fred Heifer | Jul 18, 2018
My boys love coming here! They love the train, the splashpad, and especially the animals. I like that there are so many things and events that the kids can enjoy. I did not give 5 stars, though, because any food or drink is pretty expensive. After paying all the money to get in, seeing how expensive the food is motivated waiting to eat until you leave. However, my absolute favorite thing is the water bottle refill station. So handy and helpful.
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