Zoos in COLUMBUS with kids

It’s animal time in Columbus, Ohio and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Columbus because this The Buckeye State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Sluggers and Putters

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    (99 miles) Canal Fulton

    Bumping dodgem cars, fun bumper boats and a thunder road speedway for some motoring fun, as well as mini golf, a driving range and 'Olde Skool' vintage crazy golf! That's not even everything!

  • Kings Island

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    (80 miles) Kings Mills

    Thrills and spills at the largest amusement and water park in the entire Midwest! With over 80 rides, attractions and shows, it's great fun for the whole family in Ohio.

  • The Santa Maria

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    Columbus

    In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail searching for a direct trade route to the Indies. Carrying him was the Santa Maria - and kids can visit this incredible replica!

  • Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

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    (54 miles) Nelsonville

    The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is an organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and operation of historic railroad equipment for the education and entertainment of the general public.

  • Ohio Statehouse

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    Columbus

    A fascinating trip through the Ohio Statehouse, with free guided tours that can take you through it's amazing history and architecture.

  • Center of Science and Industry

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    Columbus

    Groundbreaking exhibits and hands-on experiences for kids to understand the connection between science and life. Amazing Columbus fun and discovery!

  • Columbus Museum of Art

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    (1 miles) Columbus

    Explore the art world at the Columbus Museum of Art, with a fascinating collection and a range of exhibitions that will inspire and amaze!

  • The Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum

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    (41 miles) Urbana

    offers a comprehensive insight into the life and era of famous Johnny Appleseed.

  • National Museum of the US Air Force

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    (60 miles) Dayton

    The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world's largest military aviation museum. This FREE attraction features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles in more than 17 acres of indoor ...

  • The Little Buckeye Childrens Museum

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    (61 miles) Mansfield

    A series of delightful role play scenarios including Bank, Vet, Market and Laboratory! Dress up, musical instruments and creative play round off this open ended learning environment.

  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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    (65 miles) Dayton

    Explore the wonders of the world with a live animal zoo, the region's only public Planetarium and observatory, interactive science and technology exhibits, and more under one roof! One of the many ...

  • The Dayton Art Institute

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    (65 miles) Dayton

    Visit us often to enjoy our diverse permanent collection, world class special exhibitions, interesting educational programs and unique special events.

  • Allen County Museum

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    (80 miles) Lima

    The Allen County Museum has something for everyone. Our campus includes the main Museum (including the Children

  • The Bicycle Museum of America

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    (80 miles) New Bremen

    A beautiful museum with one of the largest collection of bicycles in the world.

  • Oil and Gas Museum

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    (90 miles) Parkersburg

    Both oil and natural gas were discovered in western Virginia by the first explorers in the mid-1700s. George Washington acquired 250 acres in what is now West Virginia because it contained an oil and ...

  • Cincinnati Art Museum

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    (99 miles) Cincinnati

    The Museum features an unparalleled art collection of more than 60,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the Art Museum also hosts several national and ...

  • Magic Mountain Fun Center East

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    (9 miles) Columbus

    All year round fun for the whole family, with mini golf, batting cages, go-karts and bumper cars...great for those active kids!

  • Magic Mountain Fun Center Polaris

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    (12 miles) Columbus

    Family fun in Columbus with mini golf, go-karts, arcades, bumper boats...and so much more for those active kids!

  • Triple Crown Family Fun Center

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    (42 miles) Chillicothe

    Active kids will love this fun center in Ohio, with soccer training, inflatables, water park, arcade, and PIZZA!

  • ZipCity Cincinnati

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    (90 miles) Cincinnati

    Tons of kids fun at the only indoor zipline park in the WORLD, as well as a trampoline park and a challenging rock wall. Great for those active kids in Cincinnati!

  • Tuscora Park

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    (90 miles) New Philadelphia

    Vintage amusement rides, batting cages, pools, concessions and lots of outdoor fun in this family friendly park in Ohio

  • Todays Harvest Farm Market and Corn Maze

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    (96 miles) New Paris

    When the first hints of crisp nights and bright days hit the air, we'll be ready. Your family will find everything they need for fall fun at Today's Harvest. ■Giant Corn Maze & Agritainment ...

  • Olentangy Indian Caverns

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    (16 miles) Delaware

    An exciting excursion into ancient Indian lore with a maze of beautiful winding passages to explore. Follow up with a challenging 18 hole course themed on the caverns.

  • Slate Run Historical Farm

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    (16 miles) Winchester

    A living history museum set in the 1880s, with costumed characters going about their daily lives for the time, and plenty of animals to see!

  • Piatt Castles

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    (43 miles) West Liberty

    Fascinating historical castles that showcase over 200 years of history of Ohio and it's people.

  • National Aviation Hall of Fame

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    (60 miles) Dayton

    They created a world where the sky was no longer the limit. The NAHF honors them for their service to country, their ingenuity, their courage, and their vision. The stories of our NAHF enshrinees ...

  • SunWatch Indian Village Archaeological Park

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    (68 miles) Dayton

    Visit the original site of an 800-year-old American Indian village at this historically fascinating family attraction in Ohio.

  • Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

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    (90 miles) Parkersburg

    Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and the Friends of Blennerhassett, its volunteer group, are pleased that you will visit our park. The Island is open May 1 through October of each year. ...

  • EnterTRAINment Junction

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    (84 miles) West Chester

    Both the world’s largest indoor model train display and the 'greatest funhouse on Earth'! Train tracks are bustling all around the visitor: below, at eye level and some even 11’ in the air!

  • Cross Creek Resort

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    (19 miles) Delaware

    Fun family camping in Ohio, surrounded by nature. RV and tent sites, as well as pool, themed activities and sports!

  • Longs Retreat Family Resort

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    (63 miles) Latham

    An RV park with a great waterpark and fun activities! Perfect for a stay, or even just a day visit!

  • Ottawa Metro Park Campground

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    (78 miles) Lima

    30 spacious campsites available with 3 handicap accessible sites and 8 pull through sites for larger RVs. Water and electric hook ups throughout.

  • Arrowhead Campground

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    (93 miles) New Paris

    Full hook ups, basketball courts, volleyball, swimming, fishing... all right on a beautiful lake! Enjoy the Ohio nature!