Best Of 2021

Best Enclosed Encounter in Which to Meander with Marsupials: Roo Valley

Roo Valley at the Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s highly anticipated Roo Valley opened this past summer. The interactive experience allows visitors to enter a kangaroo walkabout — a 15,000-square-foot green space where ’roos roam as you wander by. As in: You are in the same space with the animals. No barrier. If you don’t feel like socializing with the troop of red and grey kangaroos (why wouldn’t you?), you can enjoy a “coldie” — as they say in Australia — in the Hops Beer Garden and watch them from above.