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Chosen for the best zoo in the United States in 2009 by USA Travel Guide, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium hosts over 2.3 million visitors per year, and cares for more than 9,000 animals. For 15 years, it had been managed by Jack Hanna, the famous American zookeeper and TV personality. The zoo is divided into regions, where it houses animals from North America, the Polar Frontier, Asia, Africa, and Australia. It has aquariums, forests, and open plains. Take one of the tours to see what the zookeepers do, or hop on a train and ride around "North America". If you are interested in amusement rides, make sure to check it with the zoo about what is open on the day of your visit. Using our online itinerary creator, Powell attractions like Columbus Zoo and Aquarium can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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It is a fairly small zoo and nothing special really. Worse than most zoos we've been to (Warsaw, Łódź, Brno are all far better). A lot of habitats are vacant, a lot of attractions closed for the...
It is a fairly small zoo and nothing special really. Worse than most zoos we've been to (Warsaw, Łódź, Brno are all far better). A lot of habitats are vacant, a lot of attractions closed for the... more »
Like most things in Columbus, it lacks character and is overrated. I've heard people say this is one of the best zoos, and I think it is worse than many zoos I have visited, including Cleveland, San.... more
Like most things in Columbus, it lacks character and is overrated. I've heard people say this is one of the best zoos, and I think it is worse than many zoos I have visited, including Cleveland, San.... more »
Christmas lights. The zoo is beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Don’t expect to see many animals if you go in December. We did see the elephants inside the building and a few others...
Christmas lights. The zoo is beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Don’t expect to see many animals if you go in December. We did see the elephants inside the building and a few others... more »
Great zoo for the whole family. Lots of parking. Clean and well staffed. I saw EMS and security team members roaming the zoo. Many attractions have wheelchair access. Clean and kid’s friendly. Lots of customers but didn’t get overwhelming for me because the place was so large, everyone was well scattered. Lots of restrooms, small gift shops, drink and snack stands, and restaurants throughout the zoo. Lots to do. Lots to look at. Lots to buy. Affordable prices for foods, drinks, snacks and admission. Parking is $10 in addition to admission cost. Water park is also additional. Place is huge. Plan to stay a whole day or maybe even two days or else you’ll be rushing to get through the entire place.
By far my favorite zoo in Ohio. This is the first time we've gone this late in the year and it's beautiful with the leaves changing. Since it was cooler more of the animals were active which we loved!! The new underwater tunnel for the seals is awesome & one of our favorite things there this year. Wasn't crowded at all. The Zoo and bathrooms are very clean & the staff is super friendly, great with kids! They've added Adventure Cove since I visited last & it looked like it could be fun, but you can only ride a few rides with a Zoo admission ticket. We LOVE Sting Ray bay. The stingrays get super playful when you're feeding them!!
I hadn't been to the Columbus Zoo for a long time! So much bigger. The zoo and aquarium were absolutely amazing! Natural habitats we're well maintained. Animals seemed clean, well fed and mostly active. We all enjoyed the wonderful displays. Price was about $25 for the zoo and aquarium. They also had rides! I think you could pay per ride or maybe buy a ride pass bracelet (??). Also, they had a splash park! No info to give, just that I saw it as an extra part of the zoo area (need to buy a extra ticket for the water park). This attraction has a HUGE parking lot ($10 for parking...I highly recommend buying tickets online. Also, you should print your tickets before you go! You pay for parking at the same time). From the parking lot, there is a "tram" to get on to ride to the main zoo entrance. We had a great day!
They had so many different animals. Their habitats were very impressive with detail and were clean. They had staff everywhere and they were talking about the animals. We were even able to see them training the animals with the red and green cards. We were able to pet and also feed stingrays. Fed giraffes. Watched the cheetah run. Walked through the kangaroos (they were all laying down napping) and several bird enclosures for up close experiences. My spouse and I did the entire park in just one day, but I would suggest taking 2 days as it's a lot to see and a lot of walking. They also have scooters available to rent. You can also bring in food and drinks. It was everything and even more than I expected after watching the Columbus Zoo on television.
Worth it! Like most Zoos, Columbus features several hours of exhibits and animals from across the world. This zoo is an excellent attraction for families of all ages. Off season is the best time go, while it’s still a bit cold outside, to reduce the number of tourists. Likewise, arriving early will ensure that the animals are active and near feeding time. My favorite exhibit was the manatee tank! I highly recommend this zoo for many reasons.
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