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Columbus Zoo

4850 West Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
614-645-3550
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Powell
Owner description: This world-famous 400-acre zoo is among the city's top attractions, featuring 600 wildlife species...
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Owner description: This world-famous 400-acre zoo is among the city's top attractions, featuring 600 wildlife species housed in spacious natural habitats. Director Emeritus Jack Hanna brings the zoo's most unusual inhabitants to millions of viewers through his numerous TV appearances.

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Columbus, Ohio
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Love the zoo normally -- it's world-class. But hate zoo lights. Thousands of people pushing strollers, kids banging on the windows of the animal enclosures, sloppily-draped lights in an over-abundance. . . not my thing. As I shuffled along with crowds of people, I thought "I'm never doing this again". Yuck. Take me to the zoo in the spring and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This was our first time visiting the Columbus Zoo during the Wildlights exhibit. There were so many activities going on & it was so much fun. The light show around the lake was simply Spectacular. We all rode the train ride while it was dark & it was really cool seeing all park lit up. The boys really enjoyed the... More 

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Troy, Ohio, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I think the downfall during wildlights is the charge for parking. I have been in line for 2 Hours and have yet to make it into the lot. I am a polite person so wait, others in cars rush around push in and obviously don't wait and make the rest of us continue to wait. If they didn't stop every... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The Columbus Zoo is in the top 5 zoo's in the world, and why not, Jack Hannah is our Emeritus Zoo Director. The African Safari is only second to the real African Safari. During the Winter Holidays is the Zoo Lights. They use 3 million low cost lights for the best exhibit in the world. Love this place.

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Zanesville, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is our second year attending Wildlights,. The lights are so pretty and the light show with the music around the lake is great. I recommend coming early so, you can see some of the animals before it gets too dark and crowded. And if you are too late you will get caught in traffic. (happened to us last year)... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This was a great place. It is especially fun to visit during the evening when they are exhibiting their Wildlights. You will be tired by the time you step out.

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Delaware, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

So large, well-cared for and lovingly staffed that it made Disney's Animal Kingdom look like a cheesy tourist trap. It also has Jungle Jack's landing with the adorable old-timey Sea Dragon rollercoaster - take that, Himalaya - and does tons of cool off-season and late-night events to maximize their income. Summer late-night events let you see the nocturnal animals up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I visit the Columbus zoo once a year around this time to see all the animals and the wildlights. It never disappoints. I would recommend to anyone looking for some good, clean fun. Eat before you go though... the food prices are outrageous!

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Linden, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We're in Columbus twice a year but go here on our spring visit. It's large, has plenty of well laid out walking paths that cover many, many different terrains over many different continents, These individual "exhibits" are quite large and afford the animals plenty of room. The animals are well kept and are generally quite visible, unlike many zoos where... More 

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Powell, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

There's always something new and exciting to see. Especially the new African exhibit, the gorillas, chimps and polar bears. Wear comfortable shoes and bring sunblock and possibly a hat. Get there early if you want to rent a scooter.

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