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Columbus Zoo

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Address: 4850 West Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
Phone Number: +1 614 645 3550
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Home to more than 11,000 animals representing nearly 600 species from...

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 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Course. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates the Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact; annually contributing $4 million of privately raised funds to support conservation projects worldwide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating.

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We stopped at the Colunbus Zoo on our way to the National Zoo in Washington DC. It was well worth the stop. Show up early to beat the crowd and get the best view of the Polar Bear... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice big zoo with lots to see. Some animals are hard to see and aquarium could be better, but still a good day trip.

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Thank Jeffery L
Springfield, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped at the Colunbus Zoo on our way to the National Zoo in Washington DC. It was well worth the stop. Show up early to beat the crowd and get the best view of the Polar Bear cub (under water viewing is best).

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Thank Kevin B
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We drove several hours to go to the Wilds and the Columbus Zoo, and I don't think I'd go back. For as large as the park is, and as much as there is to see, I was really surprised to learn that the only method of transportation through the park is walking or to rent an electric scooter for an... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We took a total of 10 to the zoo. With 4 grandkids. 9, two 3 and a 1 year old. Knowing that the 9 yr old ALWAYS wants to do as much as possible, I checked and double checked, and the "zoo it all" tickets was what we needed!! We got our tickets, went into the guest relations told them... More 

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Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So, I will admit, I was hoping and looking around every corner for a sighting of Jack Hanna. We never saw him ... but we did see so many other things at the Columbus Zoo. The layout of the zoo is unique. The groupings of animals are by continent and the areas are large enough to accommodate the animals, but... More 

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Granger, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We drove 4 hours to visit the Columbus Zoo, on our way to the Skeet and Trap Nationals. We wanted to try and see Nora the baby polar bear, and luckily we made it! She was the best part of the zoo. As we were making our way into the zoo, we got to see a tiny owl with a... More 

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Bridgeport, WV
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Arrived before opening, in the rain. Had a great and very full day. Exhibits are large and animals seem healthy. Already want to go back!

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buffalo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We got there early 9:30 or so and the crowds were not bad. There were several groups of students, but they were all well behaved. The animals seem to be well taken care of. The staff were very knowledgeable about the animals. We couldn't wait to see the koalas, but of course they were sleeping in a tree. We did... More 

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Thank vacation1Buffalo
Louisville, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Never been to this zoo so was looking forward to it. Was a hot day at 87 degrees, but we got there early before it got really hot. We purchased the refillable drinks to get free drinks all day while we were there. Lots of walking but was very shady in places. Also, there were restrooms close by in each... More 

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Thank Carolsparty
Cleveland Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm not sure why I haven't heard how good the Columbus is given that I am only 2 hours away, but it was great! It reminded me of a smaller scale Animal Kingdom. There are rides, shows, playgrounds, etc. The extra fee for the zoo-it-all wristband is totally worth it if you have kids that enjoy doing those extra things.... More 

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