The USA has so many great zoos that it’s really hard to pick the best zoos in the US! From San Diego zoo in the west coast to the Bronx Zoo in the east coast, so many zoos will make our list of best zoos in the USA if we didn’t have to pick just the top 5 zoos in America. We searched even as far up as Anchorage zoo and of course, other great zoos like the Toledo zoo, Idaho falls zoo, the Minnesota Zoo, and the amazing zoo in Washington state made our list. We also considered Miami Zoo, the Indianapolis zoo, Columbus Ohio zoo, and certainly the St Louis zoo. We also looked at Cincinnati zoo as well and even took a close look at the best zoos in the Midwest as well as the awesome zoos in the South.
So how did we decide on the top five zoos to rate as part of the best zoos in the US? Well, we looked at the location, the cost of admission to the zoo, the diversity of the animals in the zoo, and other family-friendly activities to do around the area of the zoo. We also considered the family-friendliness of the zoo itself, as well as it’s suitability for kids. And we came up with a list of the best zoos in the USA. Incidentally, some of these best zoos in US are also rate top zoos in the world.
So what is the best zoo in the US? Here is our list:
1. San Diego Zoo, California
Founded in 1916, this zoo is very much alive and thriving and home to almost 4000 animals. San Diego zoo is located in the warm Pacific side of California and a visit to the zoo can easily be added on to a week-long family trip to San Diego. Or if you’re already in San Diego, don’t forget to visit this zoo for an amazing experience at one of the best zoos in the world.
2. Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington State
This zoo has won so many national awards and is well known for recreating a natural environment for the many animals it houses. This unique feature of the zoo makes Seattle worth visiting at all times. This zoo is certainly a top zoo in the USA and is considered one of the best zoos in the world.
3. Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana
If you find yourself in the Midwest, make Indianapolis zoo part of your adventure. This zoo is home to dolphins which you can swim with if interested. It is also home to almost 35000 types of plants as well as 1500 animals. This zoo is certainly in line for being one of the best zoos in the US and a visit to Indianapolis with kids wouldn’t be complete without stopping by here.
4. Bronx Zoo, New York
This amazing zoo set in the city has won so many awards for recreating the natural environment for the animals that call the Bronx home. The zoo is spread over 265 acres, which is enough land to create a natural home for the 6000 animals it houses. This zoo ranks as one of the best zoos in America and a top-loved zoo for families with young kids. And of course, while in the Bronx, plan to visit other part of New York for more family-friendly activities.
5. Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, Alaska
So you might not have Alaska on your immediate plans but the Alaska zoo is worth visiting Alaska for. If you ever wondered what sort of animals survive in extreme cold temperature, Alaska zoo will answer all your questions and if you visit at the right time, you might actually get to experience a “snowy” zoo. Take the kids around the winter for a snow-filled fun in the zoo.
Ranking the dozens of best zoos in the US to select the top five was certainly a feat as we have so many other great zoos that didn’t make the list. We hope you get to visit any of these 5 top zoos as well as plan on experiencing the other best zoos in the USA that didn’t make our short list.