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Columbus Zoo

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4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065-7288
+1 614-645-3550
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Go during 'the season'

Visited thanksgiving weekend only to realize that much of the zoo was closed for the season. Even... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2015
Leslie C
Ravenna, Ohio
via mobile

Our family's favorite zoo!!! we used to travel from out of state just to come here but now that we... read more

Reviewed 24 November 2015
Lancaster, Ohio
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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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4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065-7288
+1 614-645-3550
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Reviewed 29 November 2015 via mobile

Visited thanksgiving weekend only to realize that much of the zoo was closed for the season. Even so, we spent five hours there and saw gorillas, koalas and elephants, all of which were active. The aquarium and mangrove exhibit was great and their reptile house...More

Thank Leslie C
Reviewed 24 November 2015

Our family's favorite zoo!!! we used to travel from out of state just to come here but now that we live less than an hour we go much more often, its so much fun and great way to spend the day out with your family

Thank JessicaSheard
Reviewed 22 November 2015

My family loves going to the zoo. This is best one we have been to by far. Better than Bronx in New York. Some of the exhibits were closed because of the time of year, but didn't stop us from spending all day there. The...More

Thank jgrote15
Reviewed 20 November 2015

This is a a wonderful zoo. It is not too big, not too small. Most of the animals can been seen with no problem. We love the marine exhibit as well as the reptile house. In the winter the place is dressed up for the...More

Thank Charles1019
Reviewed 18 November 2015

We really enjoy going to the Columbus Zoo the staff and the animals are all amazing. The only downfall is the lack of organization for crowd control my daughter was so excited to pet a snake with its handler walking around however the lack of...More

Thank Strefz
Reviewed 16 November 2015

I know zoos are controversial to some, but The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is AZA accredited, and it shows. You can visit the AZA org website to find out more about what this means and why it's important. If you have an active membership to...More

1  Thank Ciel_M
Reviewed 16 November 2015

First off we went in November and knew some things we closed. The admission should be adjusted due to over 1/2 of exhibits are closed but it was not. Disney Park food prices were cheaper and better quality than what was offered there. I would...More

Thank Mikepatterson31
Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

It was a very nice zoo. Clean, lots of restrooms, very cool animals and nice variety BUT beware, numerous animals are not present because it is not "in season". They do not publish this clearly until you are already in the zoo. The orangutans, gorillas,...More

1  Thank ukrulesus2000
Reviewed 8 November 2015

We have visited dozens of zoos across the US and this was by far our favorite. Thank you Jack Hanna for the amazing collection of exhibits and animals. I wish that we could've spent more than one day at the zoo to really take everything...More

Thank TravelerJenny8
Reviewed 6 November 2015

Jack Hanna has enough staff to keep this wonderful place friendly, clean, and full of fun for the entire family and the animals too! Visit on Tuesdays if you can since entrance fee is half price. Great place to spend a day or two. Enjoy!

Thank Judith R
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Response from JGlenn44 | Reviewed this property |
They have a huge parking lot where an rv should have no problem day parking. But to my knowledge (and I have been over the whole lot) there are no evidence specific areas. Out near the edges should be no problem. But no... More
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just a heads up, if you go with someone who has the yearly pass, parking is free.
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I stood at the entrance to the tall deck where the giraffes come up and saw very clearly people feeding them, their very long tongues wrapping around the leaves. Viicarious enjoyment for free!