Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Powell
Where is it at?
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
4850 West Powell Rd
Tel: 614 645 3550
Where are we going today?
Have you ever wanted to see a polar bear up close? Here it can swim above your head!
At the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium you can not only encounter over 675 species of animals from around the globe, but you can visit the many exhibitions and rides, and even search for a dinosaur! (If you find him, say hi from us!)
The variety of animals to experience is vast - iconic bald eagles, the endangered black rhino, the mischievous sun bear...the list is extensive but allows children to really understand the variety of beautiful creatures we have in this world - what makes them special and why we need to look after them, for both their future and ours.
On the west side of the zoo you can experience an authentic 1914 carousel complete with 52 original horses, or take a relaxing journey on the Bob Evans Express Train.
There are also very special experiences for your whole family, included twilight tours where you see a whole new range of cheeky animals, the Animal Encounters Village where you can see animals such as cheetahs and kangaroos up close on stage (you could even pat a snake!) and great for toddlers is the Little Explorers Base Camp where these little rangers can learn about the animals, and engage and explore through play. These occur Tuesdays and Thursday anytime between 10am - 12pm so make sure you ask about times.
How much does it cost?
- Adults$14.99 (aged 10 - 59)
- Children$9.99 (aged 2 - 9)
- Free Under: 2
When can we go?
Daily opening and closing times vary. Check website.
There are a number of educational classes available at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. These can be a great alternative to the classroom to really engage children with a hands on approach. These classes are suitable for preschoolers, field trips, summer camps, scouts, and volunteers. There are also great programs for career exploration if you feel zoos and animals are something you would like to make a career out of. .
Is it your feeding time too!? There are a variety of food outlets across the zoos - from snack carts, delis and sandwiches, funnel cakes, burgers, sweet treats, grills and pizzas. .
The village coffee and deli is a great healthy option providing salads and wraps. Yum!.
Any Top Tips?
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is quite vast and covers a large area so allow a few hours to see the entire Zoo. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Don't forget the sunscreen!.
Doing our bit
The zoo has very high standards when it comes to conservation. They provide full listings of endangered fish species to ensure their menus are sustainable, and they supply information on palm oil to raise awareness on its origins. They also donate over $1million per year to over 70 conservation programs worldwide. .
Need a little extra help?
Every building in the zoo is wheelchair accessible, and just visit any guest relations area for more information. .
Not only are family restrooms available, but all other restroom areas throughout the grounds are all are equipped with changing areas. .
Can I get one of those?
Did you find that dinosaur because if you did you might need a prize! The zoo features three gift shops and a number of gifts carts dotted around the grounds. At these you can purchase everything from clothes to stuffed animals..
What people are saying?
by Akshat Saini
The Zoo is well maintained and clean. Assistants were very helpful and cooperative too.
I specially liked the animal safari event (don't miss this one). It was well choreographed and super fun.
I didn't know zoos could be fun too.
by Khani Jai-Lanie
I purchased my Zoombezi Bay tickets thru triple AAA which included access to the zoo same day I had out of town visitors from WVa 3 children ages 12 10 and 3 my daughter is 14 well the 3 yr old got sick at zoombezi and threw up and was crying her stomach hurt so we left on the way out I explained it to a zoomember and they sd call it should be fine cause girls wanted to visit the zoo as well but was unable to same day 3yr. Old was sick I called the zoo ofc next morning and explained again what happed and asked if we could come back and visit zoo...Read More
by Geoffrey Dillon
New Heart of Africa area was very cool. Definitely a redefinition of the traditional zoo and well worth the cost of admission on its own. Also, if the price concerns you, look into membership. We would have paid $38 for 2 adult entry and parking and decided to do the individual plus one membership for $79. Basically we have to go one more time to pay for a year long membership. That's a great deal.
by Christopher Thompson
The zoo has a wide selection of animals and areas there is a amusement park and water park (Wyandot Lake attached there is a variety of areas and experiences. I would recommend bringing your own food its pricey unless you go to the food court
by Ohio Health Insurance Exchange Rates
Definitely a 5-star review! Clean and organized, you can easily spend the entire day and night there. You're also just close enough to get a great look, but never in danger.
Food isn't bad either.
Maybe next time we'll see Jack Hanna!
by Khani Jai-Lanie
I purchased my Zoombezi Bay tickets thru triple AAA which included access to the zoo same day I had out of town visitors from WVa 3 children ages 12 10 and 3 my daughter is 14 well the 3 yr old got sick at zoombezi and threw up and was crying her stomach hurt so we left on the way out I explained it to a zoomember and they sd call it should be fine cause girls wanted to visit the zoo as well but was unable to same day 3yr. Old was sick I called the zoo ofc next morning and explained again what happed and asked if we could come back and visit zoo next day using the tickets rep sd didnt see a problem but had to check with manager placed me on hold came back apologize and offerd me Half price admission I declined asked that he call me back and when he did he was short and to the point half price offer is final and only offer! The children's family have since then moved to Columbus with a Cincinnati zoo membership (0:;