8 Awesome Tips To Simplify Your Next Trip To The Columbus Zoo And Aquarium

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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium serves more than 2 million visitors each year.

It’s an impressive place, in fact, it’s one of the best zoological facilities in the United States, but sometimes it can feel a little overwhelming. There are so many ways to turn your trip to the zoo into a total breeze, and we’ve compiled a few of them here.

This year, your visits to the zoo will look a little different due to COVID-19, but the zoo will reopen on June 12 for members and June 15 for the general public with several big changes to make their visitors as safe as possible.

Got that classic, gray, overcast Ohio sky? No problem! Animals are sometimes more active when it isn’t as hot, making the zoo experience more enjoyable for us and them.

Bring your own lunch! The zoo has no problem with you bringing in your own food, just please leave the straws and coolers at home.

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Charmin has finally seen one of our resident stingrays! We have two species of stingrays swimming in Manatee Coast, the southern stingray and the cownose ray. Stingrays are elasmobranchs, just like sharks, meaning their skeletons are made of cartilage rather than bone. Also like sharks, stingrays have special organs called ampullae of Lorenzini around their mouths that sense electrical charges from their potential prey! There are over 500 different species of rays and skates! Though not much is known about the conservation status of many of these species, we do know that keeping our oceans clean and safe will ensure the survival and success for future generations. We can do our part by downloading the @seafoodwatch app and supporting sustainable seafood practices! Thank you for following our World Oceans Day series today. Share in the comments what actions you pledge to take to help our oceans and the creatures that call them home! #ProtectOurHome #WorldOceansDay #ConnectingPeopleAndWildlife

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There are some lovely, quiet places to take a lunch break near viewable areas, including African Safari, Elephants, and Gorillas.

Tired kids or blistered feet? Hop on the North American Train to get a relaxing look at animals. The train is expected to re-open on June 19th.

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Do you have an eagle eye? #ColumbusZooSchool is checking in today with an animal who has exceptional vision, the bald eagle! It is estimated eagles can see 3-4 times farther than humans. To understand how far this really is, ask a friend to help you do an experiment. Take a small object, a measuring tape, and a piece of chalk outside. Choose a spot to stand and mark it with your chalk. Have your friend walk away from you, holding the object. See how far away they can walk before you can no longer clearly see the item. Measure the distance from you to the object. Once you know how far that is, multiply the distance by three and have your friend stand at that distance. That is how far an eagle is able to see–amazing! . Comment below and you’ll be entered for your chance to win a Raising Cane’s Kid Achievement Award voucher featuring one FREE Kids Meal and a voucher for up to four Zoo More wristbands for use at the Zoo during your family’s next visit once we re-open. A total of three winners will be randomly selected from Facebook and Instagram comments in the afternoon on Friday, May 15. . #ColumbusZooSchool is thoughtfully brought to you by @RaisingCanesOhio. See all our #ColumbusZooSchool lessons here: ColumbusZoo.org/DigitalLearning (link in bio)

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Free water (non-bottled) is available at permanent concession stands throughout the park, so there’s no excuse not to stay hydrated!

Talk to the docents and other Zoo employees and volunteers! They spend so much time around the animals and can give you great fun facts about the personalities of the animals.

Be sure to check out all the conservation tips in each and every section. The Columbus Zoo works to educate not only about the animals’ natural habitats but also their species in general.

Many of the animal exhibits have multiple viewing areas. Don’t forget to take a few seconds to look for a closer viewing opportunity.

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As #GivingTuesdayNow comes to a close, we turn the spotlight on the giraffes. Every spring, the Heart of Africa team gives each species their own time in the savanna before they are all together again. . Towering up to 19 feet tall, one might say giraffe are outstanding in their field (or the savanna in this case)! So, it makes sense that this vulnerable species have been nicknamed the "Watchtower of the Serengeti." When a giraffe herd starts to run, other animals will follow their lead! . We'll leave you with one more feeding fact: A giraffe can eat up to 75 pounds of food EVERY DAY! . It costs $12 a day (that is also $360 per month or $4,375 a year) to feed one of our giraffe. Your gift of any amount to the Emergency Animal Care Fund will help us continue to provide healthy meals to our giraffe and all 10,000 animals at the Zoo! Visit us at Give.ColumbusZoo.org/ACF to make a gift (link in bio). . We thank all who have supported the Zoo in the past and and we welcome gifts of all amounts now more than ever. We are truly grateful! . #GivingTuesdayNow #GivingZOOdayNow #ClosedButStillCaring #ConnectingPeopleandWildlife

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Zoo Hours

The Zoo will be open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. starting June 15. All Zoo visits (including for Members) will require a dated, timed ticket to help ensure that social distancing and other precautions are followed appropriately.

For more information about the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, including rates, membership opportunities, job opportunities, and more, visit their website. If you’d like to read more about their COVID-19 guidelines, please click here.

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