Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH, USA
(216) 661-6500

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Reviews

WalterC WalterC
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An average zoo, which is worth checking out for the elephants and Rainforest Jul 29, 2015
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is located outside of downtown, and a short bus ride from the West Side Market. There are multiple bus lines that go along that street, getting to the zoo. Getting off at the stop, you have to walk down a hill, to get to the entrance.

Admission includes visit to the zoo and the Rainforest, which are in separate locations. To get to the Rainforest, you have to exit the zoo. Make sure you still have your ticket.

I considering these parts to be the highlights of this zoo…

1. African Elephant Crossing – mainly to see the elephants and their indoor facility. Plus where the meerkats are displayed

2. Wolf Wilderness – replica of a cabin in the woods, and where you can see the Mexican gray wolf. Best part of Northern Trek.

3. Rainforest – where the reptiles, amphibians, bugs and other mammals are, along with a bunch of tropical plants. A very nice walkthrough the place

4. Sarah Alison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine – a veterinary hospital, where you can see the different rooms where the animals get medical care. And if one is scheduled, then you can witness one actually happening. Sadly (or not), none were scheduled on the day of my visit.

And I thought these were disappointments…

1. Australian Adventure – felt too much like a theme park, with not enough emphasis on the animals. While not terrible, I felt like it could be better. Overall, I thought it was average at best.

2. Primate, Cat, and Aquatics – felt like a step back in time, and not in a good way, with its outdated enclosures. Not to mention, it is really out of the way, as you have to go up a boardwalk called Deckwalk to get to it. But at least, it is shaded.

3. The rest of Northern Trek – more outdated enclosures. The temporary one for the African penguins is so small.

4. The layout of the zoo – a bunch of backtracking and detouring, as the zoo is not circular. Also, there is a highway bridge over it, which can be really distracting. This can be too much on a hot summer day.

Overall, I find this zoo to be a little above average, or 3 ½ stars, as I find the highlights and disappointments to equal out here. If you are already in town, and never seen elephants or koalas before, then this zoo is definitely worth going to.

I put a huge amount of photos in this review, which can serve as a list of most animals that I have seen, and some in relation to the layout and other features of the zoo.
sign along the road, and by bus st…
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