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Columbus Zoo

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Address: 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065-7288
Phone Number: +1 614 645 3550
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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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Make Sure You Visit In Season For Full Value.

Just returned from a Columbus Zoo Visit. The Zoo is a lovely facility, with many exhibits for all to enjoy. Unfortunately, we visited on a Thursday, off season, and many of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Bath, Canada
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Grove City, Ohio, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This trip to the zoo was a bit disappointing for me. As I walked around the grounds, I found there to be quite a bit of neglect. I understand that with the time of year that it is, things are starting to go into winter mode. But what I found is that the areas seemed to be more covered in... More 

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Bath, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just returned from a Columbus Zoo Visit. The Zoo is a lovely facility, with many exhibits for all to enjoy. Unfortunately, we visited on a Thursday, off season, and many of the exhibits were closed. We couldn't visit a few of the Australian exhibits, penguins, restaurants in the African section and a few other closed attractions. However, we did still... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a fantastic zoo. Really expansive and such a great experience for young to old. The employees were very friendly and park seemed well laid out.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I may be a little bias being an Ohioan, but Jack Hannah has done wonders with the Columbus zoo since its inception. We've been to over a dozen zoos in at least 8 countries and this zoo beats all of them (honorable mention goes to the Prague zoo). I've enjoyed this zoo for 30 years and hopefully another 30.

Thank Christopher L
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised. The zoo was fun and was set nicely with easy access to everything. My son was sad that the penguin exhibit was closed. It looks rather small too. But , the kids didn't get too much time to wander around. My son and I will be back.

Thank Sandra M
Saint Charles, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love animals and I love going to Zoos. So does my 74 year old Dad. So for the past four years, my sister and I have taken our Dad to a different Zoo in the Spring within driving distance of Chicago (where we live). Our first Zoo trip was to the Columbus Zoo in March 2012 and it was... More 

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Bonn, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

And they still charge full price for EVERYTHING. $10 for parking, $20 a head for entry, and $3 or more for what attractions ARE open-? SHAME! Much of the newer 'african' or 'asian' decorations are falling apart from the weather; if you're going to hang gingerbread on everything, keep it maintained. Luckily the 6 year old I had along was... More 

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Powell, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to other zoo's in other cities. But the Columbus Zoo has more to offer and see than any zoo I've been to. Great layout, clean family fun

Thank Stephanie M
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11 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Zoo was awesome! The cheetah run was so cool to see. The zoo is quite large, so make sure to bring lots of water and wear walking shoes! You are able to bring in your own food/bev. So save yourself some higher food prices and pack some snacks and drinks. The polar bear exhibit was really neat!

Thank Becky C
Cambridge, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The whole zoo was beautiful and we had an absolutely wonderful time! We went earlier in the day before lunch and the animals were active. The weather was beautiful and it wasn't really crowded. I would definitely recommend going!

Thank Courtney C

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