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Best Place to be One with the Kangaroos

Roo Valley at the Cincinnati Zoo

Walk among kangaroos as they lounge, graze and hop at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Australian-themed Roo Valley. Surrounded by lush foliage and trees, the 15,000-square-foot walkabout features a path upon which guests can stroll as the animals roam. The path leads to another species native to Down Under — little blue penguins (the zoo is home to North America’s largest colony). These petite creatures only weigh about 2.6 pounds, making them the smallest of all penguin species. Watch them dive and scurry in their rocky habitat, which was designed to optimize swimming time and, in turn, aid their foot health. You can also kick back with a beer and watch the kangaroos from above at Hops, a beer garden stocked with local brews from Fifty West, High Grain, MadTree and Braxton. cincinnatizoo.org.