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Akron Zoo
500 Edgewood Avenue
Akron
OH
44307
Tel: 330 375 2550

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The Akron Zoo is located on Euclid Avenue near Edgewood.

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When you visit the zoo, you'll come nose-to-nose with more than 700 animals, including endangered Humboldt penguins, snow leopards, Sumatran tigers, jaguars and Komodo dragons.
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    I LOVE this zoo. I have an annual pass and visit weekly. The grizzly bear, komodo dragon, and river otter exhibits are top notch. The big cats (jaguars, lions, snow leopards, and tiger) often come right up to the glass. It's a small zoo so you can make more than one loop. The animals are often in a different spot on the next pass. Like anywhere else you visit, have a general idea what to expect before you go. This is not an all day zoo, go to Columbus or Cleveland for that. If you're local or in the Akron area for something else and have a few hours...Read More

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    I remember my first experience @ the Akron Zoo, some 55 years ago, that only had us looking @ few a animals. WOW...My experience w/ my grandson was AWESOME....You have done a wonderful job w/ the beautiful grounds and hands on exhibits. Very clean and friendly environment that everyone should put on their places to visit.....I promise that you will NOT be disappointed.....Can't wait for the new "bear kingdom" to open in July.....THANKS for all you do to keep Akron a Wonderful place to visit.

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    I was just there yesterday (October 26, 2013) and I had a wonderful time! Grizzly Ridge was cool with the Bird Aviary and Otter tank slide. I was sad that the Coyotes were too young to be in their exhibit yet, but oh well. I loved petting the sheep and goats. Those Wildcats you have are really cool, too. Tiger Valley had some species I've never heard of, so that was interesting to me. Journey to the Reef and Komodo Kingdom were awesome! I didn't know that Komodo Dragons were that big, let alone those giant Tortoises you had. Journey to the Reef...Read More

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    The main reason I want to post is to let others know that as of this date the directions the Iphone sends you is wrong. it looks like they have done some changes to the zoo in the past couple of years and have not updated it yet. I am not familiar with the area and even though we were driving AROUND the perimeter of the zoo, I did not see one sign directing us to the entrance. The poor signage continued after we parked. The park had been open for 30 minutes and there was a line out the door 300 ft long. I had bought a season pass this morning...Read More

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    Loved the experience!! The exhibits were up close and it was not over crowded! So pleasant to be able to go to a zoo and enjoy the day with the family and not have to fight a crowd to see the animals! Very clean and we'll kept with friendly people! It was smaller ,so if you're looking for a huge zoo this isn't the one for you, you'll be disappointed in the size, but we loved it!

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by Brian Hawes

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I LOVE this zoo. I have an annual pass and visit weekly. The grizzly bear, komodo dragon, and river otter exhibits are top notch. The big cats (jaguars, lions, snow leopards, and tiger) often come right up to the glass. It's a small zoo so you can make more than one loop. The animals are often in a different spot on the next pass. Like anywhere else you visit, have a general idea what to expect before you go. This is not an all day zoo, go to Columbus or Cleveland for that. If you're local or in the Akron area for something else and have a few hours to kill, come to Akron Zoo. You won't regret it.

by Given Warner

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I was just there yesterday (October 26, 2013) and I had a wonderful time! Grizzly Ridge was cool with the Bird Aviary and Otter tank slide. I was sad that the Coyotes were too young to be in their exhibit yet, but oh well. I loved petting the sheep and goats. Those Wildcats you have are really cool, too. Tiger Valley had some species I've never heard of, so that was interesting to me. Journey to the Reef and Komodo Kingdom were awesome! I didn't know that Komodo Dragons were that big, let alone those giant Tortoises you had. Journey to the Reef is way too dark, could you put some slightly brighter lights in there? Those penguins were very handsome at the entrance, and I love Lemurs, I thought they wee so funny playing around in their exhibits! I liked the Bat Cave, and the Flamingoes. The only thing is, the GPS told us to go around the Zoo's perimeter to the entrance, but we knew where we were going anyway so that wasn't really a problem. When we got into the parking lot, we ended up in staff parking somehow and had to go back around to find the right spot. You guys should put up a sign or something directing where to go. Other than that, it was a good day. 5/5, Akron Zoo. =)

by Sara Panzarella

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The main reason I want to post is to let others know that as of this date the directions the Iphone sends you is wrong. it looks like they have done some changes to the zoo in the past couple of years and have not updated it yet. I am not familiar with the area and even though we were driving AROUND the perimeter of the zoo, I did not see one sign directing us to the entrance. The poor signage continued after we parked. The park had been open for 30 minutes and there was a line out the door 300 ft long. I had bought a season pass this morning on-line and there were no signs saying season holders versus buying ticket line anywhere. A woman in front of me said she had been told to stand in line (she had a season pass) and the door for season pass holders was locked. So we stood in line for about 5 minutes until I saw other people going through the door that had previously been locked. So we went through there - after walking to the front of the room I saw one little sign directing us to the entrance. The girl that scanned my receipt said - "next time you need to go through the ticket line (because i didn't have my permanent card it wasn't in their system) but since it is so crowded you can go through today. Uh, the website said to use my receipt as my pass - why would I stand in the purchase ticket line? And it would have been nice if she had said something like - "Oh, thanks for joining" or "enjoy your first visit" or even "here is a map!"

The actual zoo is very pretty, I have no idea how much of it we saw on this visit, most of the exhibits looked new. We were coming for a short visit anyway and getting lost shortened our time even more. Next time I will definitely plan on bringing lunch - there seemed to be nice places to sit and eat. The train ride for kids is just a little loop, I didn't ck it before buying tickets (you run into the buy ticket stand first) - I was thinking it was going to take us on a ride around the zoo.

When leaving I was confused again - there seemed to be no exit until I found the doors we originally came through - then there was a sign that said "Please exit through gift shop". Uh, no. No thank you.

The poor signage continued after we left the parking lot. Seeing that it was new construction around the entrance I decided to follow the signs instead of my phone. Well I followed the sign to 76 for about a mile and then the sign turned into a 76 East sign. I needed West. I ended up driving 4 miles out of my way before getting onto a highway - if I had followed the phone first it would have been only a few blocks.

Now that I know my way around a bit more, I am hoping are next visit is more enjoyable and a little less crowded. But I still wont be exiting through the gift shop.

The Weather

Monday

Conditions: Rain
Temp: 67° F / 19° C
Humidity: 79 %
Wind: W - 11 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 71° F / 22° C
Humidity: 46 %
Wind: SW - 17 MPH

Wednesday

Conditions: Chance of a Thunderstorm
Temp: 69° F / 21° C
Humidity: 60 %
Wind: SSE - 8 MPH

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