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May 29, 2024

Photo: Zoo Blooms provide colorful backdrop for Tunes & Blooms free concerts

The Zoo’s Spring Season Includes Blooms & Family Activities

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s spring season is in full swing.

Spring break, camps and more animals are just the beginning of all of the spring fun for your family during the Zoo’s spring season. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden has free evening concerts with, Tunes & Blooms, thousands of colorful tulips, Zoo Blooms, in the backdrop, and more. 

Zoo Blooms kicks off April 1 – 3o and Tunes & Blooms adds to the fun with music beginning at 6 p.m. every Thursday night in April in the zoo’s Vine Street Village (free entry starts at 5 p.m.). This year’s lineup includes: The Harmed Brothers, Kiely Connell, Carriers and Moonshine Drive. If you want to get familiar with artists before you come, check out the Tunes & Blooms 2023 Spotify playlist.

The Zoo’s spring season includes more animals

This weekend marks the beginning of the popular Barnyard Bonanza and Cheetah Encounter wildlife demonstrations! For times, check out the animal encounters, demonstrations, and chats schedule here. 

Also this weekend, families can dive into Discover Crystal River Florida (DCRF) which is hosting its Step Into Awareness augmented reality (AR) experience. Use your phones to scan a QR code and be transported underwater where you and the kids can see manatees and their habitat. You will also have a chance to win DCRF swag and a two-day trip to Crystal River, which includes accommodations at Plantation on Crystal River and a manatee snorkeling tour!

The Cincinnati Zoo opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. daily; members get Early Entry and are welcome to enter the zoo at 9 a.m. Memberships are on sale now, so join the Zoo at a discounted price and enjoy all the perks. Purchase your ticket online and save $10 less per ticket, on select days, when you purchase tickets online! Learn more at



About the Author

Amanda Hayward

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and a mom of three with one on the way. If she's not writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.