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

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.

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.

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.

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.