Cincinnati Zoo Experience

During our stay in the midwest, we visited the Cincinnati Zoo. Located in Avondale,  the fourth largest neighborhood in Cincinnati and the home to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden the family and I made the short 10-15 drive from Oakley to Avondale. The family are zoo lovers, so, wherever we travel we make it a priority to check out the local zoo. After hearing that the Cincy zoo is one of the top 5 zoo’s in the country is was apparent that we had to check it out!!

Entry to Cincinnati Zoo.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Address: 

3400 Vine St.

Cincinnati, OH 45220

With Cincinnati Zoo’s known reputation for being one of the best Zoos in the nation, I was very excited to actually be in the state of Ohio to check it out! During our visit many of the exhibits where open, so experiencing all the animals in their habitats were quite amazing! There are tons of things to look at! We spent a good hour in each exhibit, and just about at each exhibit zoo keepers would be around and talk extensively about for the animal for a bit.

Admission: Was around $20-$25 for a child’s admission and adults for the unlimited rides

(merry-go-round & train)

As began our tour around the zoo, our first stop was to make it in time for the giraffe ridge where you can experience a close encounter with a giraffe on a feeding station. MAJOR photo op opportunity parents! ($3 Charge).

The giraffes were within the the zoo’s Africa exhibit that has great views of all of the animals, including Cheetahs, Flamingos, African Lion, Meerkat, and Painted Dog Valley.

Check out how close we were to the Rhino in the Rhino Reserve!

This exhibit included a Black Rhino, Indian rhino, Zebra, Bongo, and Okapi!!

During our visit, our boys flocked to the nursery in the children’s zoo. That’s where staff care for and feed the infant animals — some of them in diapers. The children’s zoo is an area within the zoo, that includes an exploration station, nursery, and petting zoo. Also, just a few steps away is the train station perfect for families to catch a ride and transfer to another part of the zoo!

Other family faves: a walk-through turkey cage, a glass bubble that lets kids poke their heads inside the manatee exhibit, and a trek over to the Wildlife Canyon to see a red-haired Sumatran rhino wallow in the mud.

The boys leaning in to see Orangutan, located within the Jungle Trails exhibit.

Jungle Trails includes: Tropical African Animansl, bonobo, and Tropical Asian Animals.

Last but not least the kids enjoyed the merry-go-round.

Good times Cincinnati Zoo. We had a great time!

Summer vacations is all about family time. We were lucky enough to fly out to Ohio for a business trip, and also combine it with a family vacation we will always remember. The Cincinnati Zoo was definitely a fun place to visit and a top notch zoo graded by our family! When in Cincy, please check out!!!

Midwest Visit

Exactly two summer’s ago, the family and I have a paid trip to Cincinnati, Ohio. Why Ohio? Well, the hubby at the time worked for a wonderful startup company called Ahalogy. The company offers a performance content marking solution for enterprise. They help marketers (such as bloggers like myself) connect with consumers via meaningful, data-driven content. The visit to Cincy, was originally a business trip, for the hubby, but turned into a welcoming family vacation, as at the time we were considering moving to the mid-west. Which, coming from the West coast, leaving the Bay breeze, beaches, mountain ranges, and hot-pot of cultural diversity was a huge toss up. BUT once you break it down to the cost of living…And seeing the remarkable culture and housing provided in Cincy, it’s a very hard decision to make.

Anywho! Back to my trip intro…Ahalogy was kind enough to cover our traveling expenses, and hospitality. They offered their company apartment to our family, located in the heart of the Oakley neighborhood. The neighborhood is filled with young professionals, and situated close to neighboring areas for young families to take short walks to city favorite book stores, boutique shops, brunch spots, weekly farmers markets, and many many different coffee shops within each block.

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Here were the boys at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, waiting for our flight back to San Francisco.

Is it me? Or do you enjoy the “On This Day” feature on Facebook, where you see past memories and posts you’ve made? I honestly love it!!! Here’s an Instagram shot of the boys. It was my first time traveling with the boys, alone!!! No help from daddy, no help by my parent. It was awesome. 5 hours with a 3 & 6 year old boy was quite easy. I give it up to the parents who fly with young ones. I guess I was lucky.

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Airport ready with these boys.

#CamerinoBoys #JetSetters#ParentingSolo #ParentFlyers

#Cincinnati #OH #CVG #Ohio✈️💺🎒🎫

 

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Upon our arrival to Cincy after taking a red eye from San Francisco, our first stop wast taking a walk through the Theodore M Berry International Friendship Park. Located in downtown Cincy, its a very narrow green space named for Cincinnati’s first African-American mayor, with long walking & bike trails. Coming from a city in the Bay Area that is nestled between the Silicon Valley, culture and scenic, and major public areas are uncommon. So after our walk around International Friendship Park, we were basically shocked, and in love with Cincinnati already.

Cincinnati has a wide area and selection of riverfront parks to hang out at. One popular playground my boys liked was located in Sawyer Point, directly beneath the “Big Mac” bridge.  The playground is a huge wonderland for children of all ages to explore.  The playground is enormous, with a wide variety of activities for adventure!!  There are musical instruments, a climbing wall, a truck to drive, slides galore, swings, ramps, steps, ladders, passageways, nooks, crannies, tunnels and so much more!

Playground Parent PLUS: It’s located under the bridge, it stays pretty shady at the playground, which is nice in the summer July heat!

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The boys walking through Saywer Point’s playground.

Saywer Point Park

Sawyer Point Park & Yeatman’s Cove are a pair of side-by-side parks on the riverfront of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The two linear parks stretch one mile along the north shore of the Ohio River.

705 E Pete Rose Way,

Cincinnati, OH 45202

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One of a kind crossing….

 Out of the nine bridges crossing the Ohio River, this is the only one that is purple.
The Newport Southbank Bridge, popularly known as the Purple People Bridge. It stretches over the Ohio River, connecting Newport, Kentucky to downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Wikipedia
Read more here: Purple People Bridge
Now, coming from a city where bridges are commonly used only for automobiles, and never for pedestrians it was hard for me to believe there was such a bridge just for people. Yes, I know, it makes me seem like I live in bubble.
BUT FUN FACT: when we visited Cincinnati, we were considering to buy real estate there! We saw about 4-5 homes that week we visited.

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Here’s the boys at age 3 & 6 at the time (July 2014) at what we thought was Devou Park in Kentucky. Our GPS accidentally took us to the property of the Children’s Home (Of Northern Kentucky) which we had thought was the park. This grassy green area in Kentucky overlooks to Cincinnati.

Devou Park

Address: Covington, KY 41011

Devou park is a massive park with an amphitheater, golf course, lake & museum, plus sports fields & trails.

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Have you ever been to the Midwest? Especially Cincinnati, Ohio? If so comment below! Everything from the people, culture, homes, communities, coffee shops are oh so what amazing! After our visit, I was obsessing about traveling to other cool small/town cities with hip low key culture….

Check out more posts on my Family Adventures page!! I’ll be posting a part 2 to our Cincy trip on Family to-dos, and our favorite spots!

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