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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
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Thank you so much for honoring civil servants! My husband and our whole family were treated to a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brunswick, Ohio
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Great Animals

We went on a rainy day and it was still great! We have 2 teenagers and they loved it. Because it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
DeLand, Florida
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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...more
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4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065-7288
+1 614-645-3550
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you so much for honoring civil servants! My husband and our whole family were treated to a free visit on January 2nd! We were amazed that myself and our 3 children were free along with my husband... we were able to treat the kids...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a rainy day and it was still great! We have 2 teenagers and they loved it. Because it was raining some of the animals were kept inside but even with those animals inside it was fun. Our favorite exhibit was the brown...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank seanpaul333
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a special place for kids and adults to go see at night- the zoo has been decorated with over 3 million LED lights this year. If you are familiar with the zoo layout from your trips here during the day, try to keep...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank perrx
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to go to the Columbus Zoo because friends had said the Toledo Zoo was average. Wildlights at Columbus were so good! My boyfriend and I had a great time! Africa and Australia were closed but the Aquarium and lots of smaller walk through exhibits...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ash_arbaugh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

AWESOME! So pretty and fun to see. Many, but not all, exhibits are open. Lots of hot foods and drinks for purchase, but very pricey. Bundle up if it’s cold as the zoo is a little spread out. Some indoor exhibits are a nice reprieve...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here with my son & his family for wild lights. Some of the best Christmas lights in the area. We had a great time! Not many animals were out but and the lines were very long to see anything but the lights were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JGJerry
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The wild lights were amazing! We got to see lots of animals up close and we even got to see the baby elephant! This is my second year at the wild lights and I would totally go again.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank maya870
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As we live in the metro DC area, we hate to pay for museums and zoos. But this one is very special and well worth the money. Unusual animals in excellent surroundings IE Kangaroos, polar bears and Okapi. Easy to see! Easy tram ride from...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank NancyVA1950
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Outstanding zoo with Outstanding people and animals. There is none better anywhere! My favorite is the polar bear exhibit which is breathtaking!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Robert B
Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

I have been a member of the Columbus Zoo for years. Even if I only go once or twice a year I always feel my money is going to a worthy cause, upkeep of the zoo and feeding and caring for the animals. I love...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Rosalie M
24 November 2018|
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Response from juliebY4632SQ | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Your best bet is to contact the zoo.
Rosalie M
24 November 2018|
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Response from nathans1234 | Reviewed this property |
When we went I saw around 20/25 but they may be more in the back.
22 October 2018|
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Response from lynnc156 | Reviewed this property |
We went tonight and I highly recommend going in at 4pm or earlier to avoid crowds and long lines. Santa opens in North America at 5pm. The lights start around 4/4:30 with the shows. Wear lots of warm clothing as it gets... More