The zoo in Birmingham has been part of the city's cultural landscape for 6 decades. Birmingham Zoo, which opened on April 2, 1955, is now home to several hundred animals from over 200 different species. Throughout the years the zoo has been housed in various locations in and around the city but can be found today to the south of downtown Birmingham by the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Things to Do
- Head to the main part of the zoo to see the majority of the zoo's fascinating exhibits and animals. Here you can enjoy hundreds of different animals from all over the world including alligators in their very own swamp. While you obviously can't ride most of the animals and should leave them in peace, during the warmer months you can even enjoy a camel ride!
- Heading to the zoo with younger children? Don't miss out on the Junior League of Birmingham-Hugh Kaul Children's Zoo. Here you can enjoy a number of contact areas where the children can appreciate and interact with a number of wonderful animals.
- Hungry from walking around? Be sure to stop in one of the zoo's cafés for a bite to eat and to rest your legs.
- Have you enjoyed your time in the zoo? Make sure to pick up a souvenir of your trip from the zoo's gift shop.
Birmingham Zoo Insider Tips
- Be sure to find out what's happening at the zoo by checking the events calendar.
- Don't forget to check the daily activities and events in the zoo. Find out what time they are so you can plan your visit accordingly.
- Go to the zoo regularly? Consider purchasing a membership so that you can visit the zoo for free almost every day of the year!