The 26 Best Zoos in the U.S.
(Courtesy of Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden)
These zoos provide excellent opportunities to see and learn more about all kinds of animals.
While not all zoos are created equal, the editors at U.S. News used an extensive research process to create this list of the top zoos in the country. All the destinations receive favorable traveler reviews on multiple websites, are accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums – an organization focused on the well-being and care of animals – and have been evaluated by experienced veterinarians and animal care specialists.
Next:What to know before you go
(Courtesy of Minnesota Zoo)
What to know before you go
Ashe recommends that travelers check out a facility’s website prior to visiting to review its animal well-being standards, educational offerings, conservation efforts and diversity policies. These details, along with behind-the-scenes tours and educational programming, can provide insight and help travelers make an informed decision on whether or not to visit a particular zoo.
Updated on May 25, 2023: This slideshow was published at an earlier date and has been updated with new information.