10 Best Zoos In the US

 San Diego Zoo (san Diego, California)

It would be criminal to put together a roundup of the best zoos and not feature the famous and widely popular San Diego Zoo.

Lincoln Park Zoo (chicago, Illinois)

One of the oldest and best zoos in the country, the free-to-the-public Lincoln Park Zoo dates all the way back to 1866. 

St. Louis Zoo (st. Louis, Missouri)

Each year, more than 2.5 million people flock to the Saint Louis Zoo to see 12,000 animals representing over 500 species in a picturesque setting within Forest Park. 

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Columbus Zoo And Aquarium (columbus, Ohio)

Covering a whopping 580 acres and with 10,000 animals, the non-profit Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, where Jack Hannah serves as Director Emeritus, ranks among the top spots to admire amazing wildlife in the country.

Bronx Zoo (new York City)

The “concrete jungle” is home to a real-life jungle—plus African plains, gorilla forests, Himalayan highlands and butterfly gardens—full of incredible creatures.

Smithsonian National Zoological Park (washington, D.c.)

Not only is the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington D.C. one of the oldest and most beloved zoos in the country, but it provides free entry to the public.

Brookfield Zoo (brookfield, Illinois)

Located in the Chicago suburbs, the 216-acre Brookfield Zoo is a wildly popular attraction that appeals to kids, parents and pretty much anyone who likes animals. 

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory (saint Paul, Minnesota)

There’s an almost dizzying amount of stuff to do at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, which is managed by Saint Paul Parks & Recreation, free to enter.

Denver Zoo (denver, Colorado)

Always leading the pack in innovation, the Denver Zoo—which began with the gift of a black bear cub back to the mayor in 1918—was a pioneer in the introduction of naturalistic habitats to improve quality of life for critters big and small. 

Houston Zoo (houston, Texas)

The Houston Zoo welcomes two million people each year, making it the second most visited zoological park in the country.


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