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“Great zoo”
Review of Columbus Zoo

Columbus Zoo
Ranked #1 of 20 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.
Reviewed January 24, 2013

We visited back in early September 2012 and the family had a great time despite a lot of attractions being closed. It was actually very disappointing how many attractions were closed despite being advertised as open - even the zoo map and day's activities paper said Jack's Landing was open but it certainly wasn't and the weather was bright and sunny on Labor Day weekend.

Many of the animals were far more active than I've seen at most zoos. The brown bears were out moving around the glass viewing windows (the viewing window in to the bear cave was amazing as the bear comes right up to the glass!); the wolves were running around chasing each other right by the fence where the viewing area was located; and the penguins were shooting through the water.

We got through the zoo quickly given the number of closures and general lack of crowds but there were many animal interactions going on in the afternoon by Jack's Landing and we were among only a few in attendance. It was amazing to get THAT close to a cheetah and a fun treat to watch it play with a dog who was apparently its best friend.

If you're going to eat you have to visit the food court out in the back of the court. I don't recall the name of the sub shop they have in there but the food was fantastic - probably the best food I had ever had at zoo/theme park and the prices were extremely reasonable.

Thank B-l-a-i-r_82
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Columbus Zoo has got to be one of the best zoo's around!! So much to see and do and lots of parking!! Last time we went was for the Winter lights, AMAZING!!!! :-)

Thank Toni S
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Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

We have been to many zoos and this is by far the best and easiest to navigate. They have the best holiday decor for Halloween and Christmas and my kids just love it every time we go.

Thank gokris
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I have been here with and without children, it is a place where you feel equally welcome. The animals they have for your viewing pleasure are amazing, and the work they do to conserve these species is extraordinary. They've been building up this zoo for many years, and there is clearly a reason why it is continuously voted one of the best zoos in America (usually THE best). Oh - and if you get a chance, visit the Wildlights, it's a fun experience, but don't go expecting to see a ton of animals - it's really to celebrate the lights of the season. Cheers!

Thank N2SPIKIN
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

We've been members of the Columbus Zoo for years and have enjoyed every visit. When our daughter was younger we would spend at least an hour in the petting area with the zoo--well worth the time. With the expanding exhibits, the Columbus Zoo is a premier destination.

Thank Swilly_10
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