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“#1 zoo in the US”
Review of Columbus Zoo

Columbus Zoo
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Powell
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Columbus, Ohio
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36 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“#1 zoo in the US”
Reviewed July 14, 2012 via mobile

Well deserved designation as top zoo in the country. The Wildlights at Christmas is not to be missed. We have children in high school and college and still get a membership- excellent value and a great way to support a shining star of our community!

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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Nice place”
Reviewed July 13, 2012

We were recently in Columbus and we decided to visit their zoo. It's a nice zoo and the grounds were very clean. But, being from Cincinnati we also have a zoo and the whole family definitely agreed that we like the Cincinnati Zoo better. You can get closer to the big cats at the Columbus Zoo but there's big wire cages that impair your ability to take good photos and some of the cat exhibits have viewing areas with glass but the glass was so dirty that the pictures weren't very good. At the Cincinnati Zoo you can't get as close to the cats but they are in a big open exhibit and there is no glass or wire to obstruct your view. Also at the Columbus Zoo there's a lot of walking. It's fairly level ground the exhibits are pretty far apart so wear comfortable shoes.

Visited July 2012
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Orient, Ohio
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13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Love this zoo”
Reviewed July 13, 2012

Beautiful place year round. Love the animals, the park is clean, and the lights at christmas is something everyone should see.

Visited May 2012
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95 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“It's a zoo.”
Reviewed July 13, 2012

Good place to take the kids. Plenty of animals, and also animals behind cages. :)

Visited June 2012
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Aberdeen, NC
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101 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Loved the natural habitat”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

This has become my second favorite zoo. My favorite is the Asheboro Zoo in NC - but I'm partial since I live in NC. Anyhow, I love seeing the animals put in a place that is close to their natural habitat and the Columbus Zoo does a good job of this. Yes, it sometimes makes it hard to see the animals, but I'm sure the animals like it. It was very well laid out and I'm pretty sure we covered the zoo during our one visit. There is a great variety of animals too.

Visited June 2012
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