Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Promote and encourage recreational activities for the public in the context of wild animals and their habitats.
Promote, establish and maintain educational activities and programs to enhance the knowledge of the general public and the Zoological staff in all areas relating to the natural world.
Promote conservation of rare and endangered species of plants, animals and their natural ecological systems.
Promote and undertake research programs related to the goals of zoos.
By far one of the best zoos I have been too! I was with a family group of kids with ages ranging from 9-13, and with all of the parents. We all had a great time, and the zoo had something that we all enjoyed. My personal favorite was the swamp and cave exhibit under the desert dome. There is a new feature that allows visitors to feed the giraffes which is amazing! Very much recommend this zoo!
This really is the best zoo in the world. By far the best zoo I have ever been to. Ticket prices were absolutely reasonable. They had an extensive amount of exhibits and we were able to see animals from every continent. They had several shows and demonstrations, which were well spaced time wise, allowing us to see many of them. There weren't vendors pushing merchandise, and our was a great experience. Highly recommend going on a week day, as the crowds are minimal,.
Aside from being a little bit hard to find the entrance and find parking in the weirdly arranged parking lots, this zoo is absolutely fantastic. The grounds are gorgeous and surprisingly trash-free for such a busy place. They're also extremely swift at enforcing the "no smoking" restriction. It's tricky to navigate in a wheelchair because the accessible exits and entrances to exhibits aren't clearly marked, and some places (the 'floor' of the Lied Jungle & the Desert Dome) are not exactly wheelchair friendly or are completely inaccessible by wheelchair. I can't say anything about the accessibility of rest of the grounds as we only spent part of one day there. However, the zoo was fantastic about my service dog and didn't harass me for bogus "certification" papers or any kind of ID or "registration." They knew the correct and legal things to ask when we checked in and let us go right on our way. I do suggest planning to spend two (or even three) days if you want to see the WHOLE zoo, though - one afternoon is only enough to see the done, jungle, and aquarium with a break for lunch.
Clean, happy animals. Large exhibits, huge variety of animals. Price was very reasonable for how much we got to see and do. Lots of new baby animals. Stingray encounter was worth paying the extra fee. Splash park for the kids is a lot of fun. We spent the whole day and barely got through it all. Can't wait to go back.
SO DISAPPOINTED!! Absolutely no shade throughout the entire zoo. Way too long of a walk in-between drink stations which all require $$. It became so unbelievably unbearable that my family and I left the zoo completely after only being there for maybe two hours. I am extremely disappointed with our experience today especially after spending 100$ just to get in. I'm from Texas and occasionally visit the Houston zoo. With that being said, I don't know how the Omaha zoo is ranked above the Houston zoo, I was not impressed. Every attraction requires the purchase of a ticket, even the simplest things as the splash pad for the little ones. If you want to feed a giraffe you must pay for a hand full of giraffe food. Seriously what is the entrance fee going towards because guests are obviously providing the animals food. The staff at this zoo made no attempt at being good hosts as I had zero interaction with the dozen or so that I encountered along my way. Too many people just doing the bare minimum to keep a job. The heat is the main area that needs to be addressed immediately before guests have a heat stroke. The playground area for the kids was not accessible due to the temperature of the equipment. My two year old attempting to climb up to the slide resulted in screaming due to burning his tiny hands. Wasted what was supposed to be a great family day, extremely annoyed and wishing I would have asked for a full refund. Boo.