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Columbus Zoo

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Address: 4850 West Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
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+1 614-645-3550
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10:00 - 16:00
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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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Best Zoo in the Country!

The Columbus Zoo is a must-see for anyone living in or visiting central Ohio. Of course there are a wide variety of animals from all over the world, living in safe, clean and fun... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 August 2015
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Powell, Ohio
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Powell, Ohio
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

The Columbus Zoo is a must-see for anyone living in or visiting central Ohio. Of course there are a wide variety of animals from all over the world, living in safe, clean and fun to see habitats. But there are also live shows, fun rides like the train ride in North America and the boat ride in Asia, an interactive... More 

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Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

I could say a zoo is a zoo. What makes the Columbus Zoo special is their variety of species and the displayed care that they treat the inhabitants. It is very well architected and landscaped, there is a great amount of activities and facilities available for a family, and even just strolling as adults it provides a nice sanctuary for... More 

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Thank Joseph E
Solon, Ohio
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2015

First of all, this zoo is heavily themed and kept clean. The food was affordable. The stingray bay exhibit was the most phenomenal experience I have ever had. They felt really slippery.

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1 Thank MiguelitoSur13
Indiana
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

This was a very nice zoo. The property was clean and so were all of the animals. You can tell that they are well taken care of and healthy. The employees were so friendly everywhere we went! Wear your most comfortable walking shoes, it's a huge zoo!

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Thank OtisCampbell12
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

What a great zoo. Jungle Jack Hanna definitely made this zoo amazing. From the easy layout (FOLLOW THE PATHS SO YOU DON'T MISS STUFF) to the clean restrooms and eating areas, this zoo is great. The animals are all very visible and there are a TON of staff around to talk to if you wanna know more about the animals.... More 

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Delaware, Ohio
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

Clean, LOTS to do and see, fun for all ages. I highly recommend the animals on safari show too! Its a lot to do in one day. The membership is pretty cheap and we definitely get our moneys worth by buying that. That way, we don't feel pressured to have to see it all in one day.

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Thank rel135
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

The Columbus Zoo has always been a place I loved going as a child and still do as an adult. I love the polar bear exhibit & safari.

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Thank Melissa J
Roanoke, Virginia
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

This is an very well-done zoo. We found their map with tiny, tiny images of the animals a bit difficult to follow, but otherwise, it was a first-rate experience. The "zoo talks" are interesting and the ones we attended involve feeding the animals, so we got to see the polar bears diving for the frozen fish they were tossed as... More 

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Thank LivingFaithfully
Dublin
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

the zoo has a lot of nice things to see. take 2 day if you can, a lot of ground to cover!! I have to say i have been in zoos were you seem a little more upclose with the animals and this was a HOT day so the animals were not very energetic. This is a great place for... More 

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Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015

First I have to say I have to congratulate the person who designed the zoo, because I love how it takes you round and round, by that I mean you start to see something and the passage takes you in a round walking that when you reach the end you end up where you entered or started, so that's very... More 

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