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Columbus Zoo

4850 West Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
614-645-3550
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Ranked #1 of 7 attractions in Powell
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Zoos
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... more » 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. « less
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Columbus, Ohio
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

What a perfect day for the zoo. Mid April and already in the mid 70's! All the animals were out and we managed to get through every single area in 5 1/2 hours - including all the reptiles. Of course the antics of the Asian and River Otters were wonderful to watch as they played and rolled in the water... More

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Charleston, West Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We did our third trip to this zoo on April 12 and 13, and while we enjoyed ourselves, the construction and maintenance was an issue. If you haven't been there before, be sure to wear comfortable shoes because you will do a lot of walking. One way to save money is to bring your own food and drink, but be... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been rated by some zoological associations as either the best or one of the best zoos in the country. I would have to agree, every time I visit this zoo there is either a new attraction or an improvement of an existing one. The improvements are not only for the visitors but in a... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Maybe it is not the best zoo in the country (think San Diego), but it is no question in the very top tier. And, the experience keeps getting better with this year's opening on an African section and the improvements planned for the near future. Well worth a visit, between exhibits, shows, hands-on experiences - and proximity to Zoombezi Bay... More

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Blacklick, Ohio
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Columbus Zoo is a fantastic place to take kids, young and old. The exhibits are well done and the general atmosphere is a happy place. You can take your picnic lunch, so eating doesn't have to be expensive. I would allow at least one full day to see everything, but that can be tiring simply because of the size... More

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Powell, Ohio, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

My family and I live reasonably close to the zoo and use our Zoo membership often. I have visited the zoo in every season, every time of day, and every kind of weather and can honestly say that I have a great experience every time. I especially like to visit the Red Panda exhibit, the tiger exhibit and the outdoor... More

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Columbus, OH
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94 reviews 94 reviews
12 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I feel like this destination should be listed under "Columbus" instead of "Powell" because even I had a hard time finding it. We should be making it easier for visitors to find our top city destinations. We have the best zoo in the country and it should be the #1 destination in Columbus. I even like it better than the... More

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Powell, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Simply the best:? Fun for all ages any time! Live Zoo lights, Spring activities, Summer at Zoombezi Bay, Fall evenings with the Animals and Winter escape

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

One of the best in the country and I am so gad I got to go today! Can't wait to go back and pet the giraffes at the new Africa!

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Anderson, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I have been to dozens of zoos, but this one really impressed me. The layout is terrific. There were lots of people, but it never felt crowded. There are plenty of restrooms, refreshments, gift shops, and playgrounds mixed in along the way. The kids could see all of the exhibits without lifting them up or squeezing through a crowd. They... More

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