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Columbus Zoo

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Address: 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065-7288
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09:00 - 17:00
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Home to more than 11,000 animals representing nearly 600 species from...

Home to more than 11,000 animals representing nearly 600 species from around the globe, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium leads and inspires by connecting people and wildlife. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Course. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates the Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact; annually contributing $4 million of privately raised funds to support conservation projects worldwide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating.

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Clean Zoo

This was a very nice zoo. The property was clean and so were all of the animals. You can tell that they are well taken care of and healthy. The employees were so friendly... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2015
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Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

This was a very nice zoo. The property was clean and so were all of the animals. You can tell that they are well taken care of and healthy. The employees were so friendly everywhere we went! Wear your most comfortable walking shoes, it's a huge zoo!

Thank OtisCampbell12
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

What a great zoo. Jungle Jack Hanna definitely made this zoo amazing. From the easy layout (FOLLOW THE PATHS SO YOU DON'T MISS STUFF) to the clean restrooms and eating areas, this zoo is great. The animals are all very visible and there are a TON of staff around to talk to if you wanna know more about the animals.... More 

2 Thank Evan E
Delaware, Ohio
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2015

Clean, LOTS to do and see, fun for all ages. I highly recommend the animals on safari show too! Its a lot to do in one day. The membership is pretty cheap and we definitely get our moneys worth by buying that. That way, we don't feel pressured to have to see it all in one day.

Thank rel135
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Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

The Columbus Zoo has always been a place I loved going as a child and still do as an adult. I love the polar bear exhibit & safari.

Thank Melissa J
Roanoke, Virginia
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2015

This is an very well-done zoo. We found their map with tiny, tiny images of the animals a bit difficult to follow, but otherwise, it was a first-rate experience. The "zoo talks" are interesting and the ones we attended involve feeding the animals, so we got to see the polar bears diving for the frozen fish they were tossed as... More 

Thank LivingFaithfully
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 August 2015

the zoo has a lot of nice things to see. take 2 day if you can, a lot of ground to cover!! I have to say i have been in zoos were you seem a little more upclose with the animals and this was a HOT day so the animals were not very energetic. This is a great place for... More 

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Puerto Rico
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42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2015

First I have to say I have to congratulate the person who designed the zoo, because I love how it takes you round and round, by that I mean you start to see something and the passage takes you in a round walking that when you reach the end you end up where you entered or started, so that's very... More 

Thank mayraq2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2015

This is definitely an all day affair but worth it. No steep hills to climb unless you go underground to see the polar bears. The animal enclosures are large and up close. We were fortunate enough to see the bears and cheetahs right next to the glass. The grounds are beautiful. Hands on experience in the aquarium. There are a... More 

Thank marajar
Fort Myers, Florida
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 15 August 2015

Great zoo with a wide variety of animals in natural settings. It is a large place so bring your walking shoes and plan on spending 6 to 8 hours if you want to see everything ! We really enjoyed the "Animals on Safari" show featuring animals rescued from various shelters. The animal trainers must be very gifted as they had... More 

1 Thank DAH01FIB
Powell, Ohio
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 August 2015

Newly expanded. Take your time on this one, there are so many things to see. One highlight is seeing the Cheetahs run at full speed. There's not many places you can see that in the United States.

Thank therrell7

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