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!
Got that classic, gray, overcast Ohio sky? No problem! Animals are even 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.
There are some lovely, quiet places to take a lunch break near viewable areas, including African Safari, Elephants, Aquarium and Gorillas.
Tired kids or blistered feet? Use the shuttle to head back to the exhibits that are further away, such as Polar Frontier or Heart of Africa, and the North American Train to get a relaxing look at animals.
Free water (non-bottled) is available at permanent concession stands throughout the park, as well as water fountains which are conveniently located all over the zoo.
Talk to the docents and other Zoo employees and volunteers! They are qualified, spend so much time around the animals, and can give you invaluable information about the personalities of all 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.
Many of the animal exhibits have multiple viewing areas. Don’t forget to take a few seconds to look for a closer viewing opportunity.
Animals on Safari is the perfect place to take a break. The theater offers tons of shaded areas and lots of cool tricks performed by rescued animals. Check the outside of the theater for daily times.
To save money, consider getting the Zoo-it-All Wristband. The wristband includes all 13 Jungle Jack’s landing rides, 4D Theatre, Dinosaur boat, the Grand Carousel, Stingray Bay, camel ride, pony ride, and the North American Train.
Favorite Meal Deal:
Grab a local favorite, Donatos Pizza (Pep or Cheese) and two breadsticks with marinara $7.99 in the Polar Frontier
May: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
July: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
August: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information about the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, including rates, membership opportunities, job opportunities, and more, visit their website.