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“Good but could have been better” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Columbus Zoo

Columbus Zoo
4850 West Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
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Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Powell
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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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“Good but could have been better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Went to the zoo today. The kids had a good time. The only thing that I have bad to say is that the animals looked really hot and they did not move around too much. We bought a season pass this year. The value is good for the money. You get free parking with the season pass. 8 dollars if not. Seems very high.

Visited July 2013
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Zanesville, Ohio, United States
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“There is a reason i have a season pass”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

I have been going to the Columbus Zoo since I was a child. I hadn't been in decades when we took my daughter for the first time to Boo at the Zoo in 2012. We bought a season pass that day and have been back $ times since. and we still have things we haven't gotten to see yet! The prices are great, the staff is helpful and friendly, the zoo is clean and even the eating areas are nice. We have eaten at the food court and also have packed a picnic. The animal show was great and our one year old really enjoyed it as well as her 65 year old grandpa! Its a great place for a local or a visitor to experience and one day I hope we get to see Jack Hanna in person.

Visited June 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Great zoo, but no giraffes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

This is a really nice zoo. The layout is nice, animals are in habitats where they are easy to see. Really kid friendly and interactive, lots of educational bits about conservation in the exhibits. Our kids loved being able to walk through the kangaroo exhibit and stand inches away from them. Plenty of hands on experiences like touching starfish and snakes. Our kids also got a kick out of the flamingos walking right up to them while zoo employees walked them throughout the park.

My only complaint is that there are no giraffes- which wouldn't be a huge deal if we didn't have a child begging to see them from the time we entered. We didn't know they weren't there and kept promising that we would find them, only to learn that this is a zoo without a giraffe. So strange! So if you have a child obsessed with giraffes, this is not your zoo.

Visited July 2013
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Westerville, Ohio
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“A Must-See for Columbus”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

I went here on July 4th and it was quite crowded, although not much more than usual. As a Columbus native, I've been to this zoo at least a dozen times in my lifetime and it just keeps getting better. It is an extremely family-friendly place, as it has interactive exhibits, playgrounds, and educational activities.

Price: Admission is $14.99, but there is a AAA discount, even though they don't advertise it. The entrance fees are well worth the price, though, because we easily spent five or six hours there!

Exhibits: There are so many different regions to visit (Asia Quest, North America, African Forest, etc.), all with unique animals. You can tell that a great deal of effort went into creating the exhibits, as they all display a sense of artistry, both inside and outside (tons of stonework, art murals, music, and interactive displays). I'm not sure if it was because it was early in the day or because of the rainy weather, but most of the animals were out in full view, with many coming up close to the windows. The polar bears and manatees are especially popular, but my personal favorites are the leopards and the flamingos. The aquarium is the least impressive part of the zoo, however, as it is quite small, but there is a tank where you can touch some of the critters.

There are no giraffes or zebras here, but they will appear in the new "Safari Africa" exhibit in 2014! From Wikipedia: "On exhibit in the new region will be lions, zebras, and giraffes, which were moved in order to accommodate Asia Quest. Cheetahs, meerkats, and monkeys will also be included in the new region...Other features will include a zipline ride, a camel ride, as well as dining facilities."

Rides/Events: A few times throughout the day, there are fun little animal shows, which I believe are free with admission. There's a small fee to ride the grand carousel, which was built in 1914 with hand-carved horses and it is now an Ohio historical landmark. The train rides cost $1 per person, but it does not go across the park, and the ride is very very short (you don't see much either). The new Dinosaur Island costs $3 per person and it isn't very informative about dinosaurs at all. You get to go on a five-minute boat ride (it's NOT on the reservoir), which features giant plastic bugs and animatronic dinosaurs (some spit water at you). It was a fun little ride, so I'd recommend it over the train.

Food: There are a huge amount of dining options around the zoo (which are all pretty pricey, of course), but the best place to eat is the indoor food court, called the Congo River Market. This is a good place to sit down to escape from the heat, rain, or what have you. There are a few different types of food venues inside, including a Donatos. We bought the family meal deal there for $29.99 (a large pizza, four bread sticks, and four drinks), which is a good deal, considering how expensive tourist places usually are.

One more thing--the Zoo Lights during the holiday season is the best Christmas light display in Ohio; they turn the zoo into a winter wonderland.

Visited July 2013
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Oakville, Canada
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“Could have done 2 days at the Zoo!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Zoo, amusement park and water park all in one place. For less than $100 (and a LOT less than Toronto Zoo, our local zoo, would cost us) we had the Zoo and the amusement park including Sting Ray Bay. If we'd realized there was such a great water park (an additional fee), we might have planned a second day.

Best part: CLEAN restrooms! Wonderful!

The Zoo was layed out geographically by continent but with wonderful landscaping to include shade and pathways and a feel of walking in the relevant geography. Toronto Zoo is similar but much more open concept, this felt like more time, planning and money had gone into creating a great setting. Not as big as San Diego Zoo but certainly just as much fun. On top of the great Zoo, there was an amusement park that had great rides for my kids who are out of baby rides but not into giant "six flags" thrill rides and it was perfect for them. A great experience!

Visited July 2013
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