Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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4850 Riverside Drive, Powell, OH, USA

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Powell Reviews

Ashley5 Ashley5
22 reviews
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Jul 05, 2009
This past weekend we drove to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. First off this zoo was very easy to locate. We really enjoyed our visit here. They have a large variety of animals with fairly large viewing spaces, and almost every exhibit had a couple different views on the animal's exhibit. One view might be of an animal from under the water and another from on top of the water looking down or looking at the animal from the inside or the outside. We thought the exhibits were set up really nice as well, very natural habitat looking. The walkways were plenty wide enough for people to comfortably walk. Our favorite was that you get to walk into the exhibit with the kangaroos in it! We also enjoyed going into the bird exhibits and feeding the birds. It only cost one dollar for a little dish of nectar to feed the birds with. We enjoyed the train ride and the boat ride. The manatees were also fun to look at. The only thing that was in the aquarium part of the zoo was the rays, manatees and some fish. We did expect a little more with it being called Zoo and Aquarium, but we were satisfied with the manatees! We will definitely be returning to this zoo someday, especially since they are building on to it and creating a polar exhibit, which will included polar bears!!
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mahoney says:
Isn't the Columbus Zoo great? We go several times a year. Glad you enjoyed it too! Not sure why the aquarium was empty, that is usually our favorite part, maybe they were doing maintenance?
Posted on: Jul 06, 2009
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osgoodst osgoodst
124 reviews
baby elephant walk May 14, 2009
The columbus zoo is a pleasant suprise and my favourite touristy thing to do when I'm in Columbus. Its the nations favorite zoo according to the authors of "americans best zoos" and is also my favorite zoo in america.

Right now the current attraction is the baby indian elephant, and that is what I came to see. Other attractions include australian animals like kangaroos, the dreaded Okapi, and lots of your standard zoo animals. Also it features sea creatures like manatees, and your standard reptile house full of many snakes including a king cobra that escaped a few times.

What sets the columbus zoo apart is that it is affordable, you recieve access too all exhibits, and there are not the huge crowds at similar zoos like the San Diego one. Don't miss the baby elephant while its a baby, the gorillas, and the reptile house. See my columbus zoo blog for pictures.
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FishAtHeart FishAtHe…
48 reviews
Family Fun For All Ages May 04, 2008
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is one of our favorite places to meet our son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren. It is fun for all ages of the family! And in 2008, the added Zommbezi Bay Water Park will greet guests looking for a wild, wet adventure!

The entrance and parking lot area has been improved over the past few years. Parking admission is $5, and most of the lots are paved. There is room for a shuttle bus, but it was not operating the day we were there. A new entrance is being built and will greet guests late Spring 2008. You will be able to enter the zoo or Zoombezi Bay through the same gates.

Zoo admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children 2-9 and senior citizens. We have a yearly membership that allows us admission and free parking. With all the construction until Zoombezi Bay opens, there are temporary gates that make for a little confusion.

This weekend, the first in May, the zoo was extremely busy! A special event had brought out most of central Ohio! With the zoo covering around 90 acres, this was the busiest we have ever seen. There were lines for the popular attractions and the restrooms. With a little patience, we still enjoyed the animals and attractions. Normally, the zoo isn't this crowded, so we will go back on a less busy day.

There are over 700 species of wildlife on display for families visiting the zoo. There has been a lot of remodeling and updating over the past few years. New regions were built to allow the animals to roam in "natural" like settings. The zoo is set up in regions - Asia Quest, North America, African Forest, Australia, The Islands of Southeast Asia, and The Shores. Most of the time you can see all of them in a day, but on busy days like the we visited, we picked our favorites to visit. The animals are easy to see making it even great for the little ones.

The Columbus Zoo is one of the premier zoos in the United States. Jack Hanna, a past zoo director, is well known and an ambassador for the zoo. He is very concerned with the animals well being, and getting the word out about the zoo and their projects.

During the Christmas holiday season, the zoo features "The Wild Lights at the Zoo." Thousands and thousands of twinkling lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland. There is ice skating, ice sculptures, and other winter time activities ongoing. This is a favorite each year!

Zoombezi Bay occupies the sight of the old Wyandot Lake adjacent to the Columbus Zoo. The park has been totally transformed into a state of the art water park. Construction is still ongoing with the targeted opening date is May 26. Covering over 22 acres, there will be 15 water slides, wave pool, a lazy river float, and kiddy pool area along with so much more. Food stands, changing facilities, and a gift shop will add to you day at the bay.

As a family, we have always enjoyed time at the Columbus Zoo. From our smallest family members to the oldest, a good time is a guarantee! Most facilities are handicapped assessible. Stroller and wheelchairs are available for rent. There are plenty of food stands and kiosks scattered around, and for an added fee, there are rides (a train, boat ride, merry-go-round just to name a few) for the kids and adults. Most of the area is shaded for comfort during the warm months. Education programs are ongoing.

The Columbus Zoo is a highly recommended family place!
Mr. Bear playing with the remains …
Busy Day at the Zoo Entrance!
Zoombezi Bay in the distance
Construction at the new entrance
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