Zoos in Ohio with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Ohio because The Buckeye State 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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  • Toledo Zoo

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    Toledo

    With over 5,300 animals representing over 760 species, The Toledo Zoo is one of the worlds most complete zoos it's also the regions top family destination! One of the many fun family places to visit ...

  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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    Cleveland

    One of Cleveland’s most popular attractions and foremost conservation organizations, with 3,000 animals representing 600 species.

  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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    Powell

    A beautiful world of adventure home to more than 9,000 animals that are just waiting to be visited!

  • Akron Zoo

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    Akron

    When you visit the zoo, you'll come nose-to-nose with more than 700 animals, including endangered Humboldt penguins, snow leopards, Sumatran tigers, jaguars and Komodo dragons. One of the many fun ...

  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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    Cincinnati

    Over 1.2 million people visit the Cincinnati Zoo's award-winning exhibits annually and was recently rated the #1 attraction locally and one of the top zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It was ...

  • African Safari Wildlife Park

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    Port Clinton

    Head to Africa for the day at African Safari Wildlife Park! Over 400 beautiful and exotic animals on the 100-acre preserve will give you a fun and educational day out in Ohio!

  • Noahs Lost Ark

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    Berlin Center

    Noahs Lost Ark offer the chance to see and interact with some of the most amazing animals that inhabit the earth. Through tours offered to school children, groups and the general public, thousands of ...

  • The Wilds

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    Cumberland

    The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world. Located on nearly 10,000 acres in southeast Ohio, it is home to rare and endangered species from around ...

  • Wagon Trails Animal Park

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    Vienna

    Feed over 350 animals at this Ohio animal park!. Camels, zebra, bison, water buffalo, ostrich and antelope are just a few of the creatures from 6 continents you will experience on safari!

  • Greater Cleveland Aquarium

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    Cleveland

    Kids can get up close to the creatures of the ocean at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, and learn about all the wonderful creatures, including sharks!

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  • Perrys Cave Family Fun Center

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    Put in Bay

    Perrys Cave Family Fun Center is your family's next great vacation destination. Explore nature, learn history, reach great heights while having great family fun along the way! One of the many fun ...

  • Swings and Things Family Fun Center

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    Olmsted Township

    An amazing year-round experience with two floors of games and prizes and attractions for everyone, with skeeball, bumper boats and an ice cream parlor!

  • Jump and Jacks

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    West Chester

    Visit the LARGEST multi-level play structure in Ohio, with play areas, a toddler room and interactive play floor. Inflatables play yard on limited availability.

  • Jump Stop Safari

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    Lebanon

    We have a mega-playground with 4 levels and two slides, 2 inflatables, cannonball air blasters, toddler area with trains, a virtual reality game system, and an arcade with prizes! The snack bar ...

  • Adventure Landings

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    Canton

    Dry play includes a bounce house, Obstacle Course, Super Slide, and Bungee Basketball, climbing wall and toddler soft play area. You can also use the swimming pool, either traditionally or in an ...

  • Sylvania Playland

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    Sylvania

    Features include 5 inflatables, 4 swing sets and a dedicated toddler area, plus 18 hole glow in the dark mini golf.

  • The Kangaroo Cave

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    Delphos

    Offering inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses and slides; 9 hole safari themed glow in the dark mini golf; plus skill games. Please note limited public opening hours.

  • Laser Web

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    Dayton

    Laser Web is Dayton's Premier Laser Tag facility. Awesome birthday parties, group events or just a great time for friends and family

  • Kidsplay Indoor Fun

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    Avon Lake

    Indoor Play for children ages 0-6, in Avon Lake, OH. A great option for parents looking for a safe, exciting, indoor, parent-friendly option with their young children!

  • Romp n Stomp Activity Center

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    Medina

    The limited open play sessions are worth waiting for with a great range of inflatable fun and special family nights.

  • Snapology of Findlay

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    Findlay

    We are all about the art of building with Legos! We offer Birthday Parties, Kid's Free Play, Summer Camps, Afterschool Programs, programs for Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts and other non-profit ...

  • BG Bounce

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    Bowling Green

    The ultimate indoor fun with 65,000 sq feet of learning, adventures, paintball, dodge ball, toddler room and art room...to name a few! Adult activities too!

  • Pogo Play

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    Cincinnati

    Inspiring and creative indoor play in Ohio, with imagination play, toddler areas, sports and great fun for those developing minds and bodies!

  • Toledo Botanical Garden

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    Toledo

    A museum for plants, Toledo Botanical Garden offers visitors the opportunity to share, discover and enjoy nature's beauty. With over sixty acres of display gardens and relevant plant collections, TBG ...

  • Brukner Nature Center

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    Troy

    Nature preserve dedicated to environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation.

  • The Dawes Arboretum

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    Newark

    One of the premier public gardens in North America, The Dawes Arboretum has over 1,700 acres of plant collections, gardens and natural areas. Founded in 1929, Dawes is a travel destination for ...

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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    Brecksville

    The winding Cuyahoga the "crooked river" as named by American Indians gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. The park is a refuge for flora and fauna, gives a sense of times ...

  • Ohio Bird Santuary

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    Mansfield

    Children who visit the Ohio Bird Sanctuary will see many of Ohio's native birds. Non-releasable hawks, owls, falcons, songbirds and game-birds are house on site. In the aviary, children and adults ...

  • Hocking Hills State Park

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    Logan

    Wildlife, waterfalls, caves, nature, and ghosts! Picturesque wilderness for the nature loving family to explore on foot or by bike.

  • Wayne National Forest

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    Nelsonville

    A beautiful Ohio forest which features over 300 miles of trails for hiking, all-terrain vehicle riding, mountain biking, or horseback riding in season.

  • Burr Oak State Park

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    Gloucester

    Over 25 miles for nature loving families to spend the day in, with stunning scenic hiking trails, picnic tables and grills, a 500ft. sandy beach, fishing areas, a public shelter plus campground.

  • Lake Erie Nature and Science Centre

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    Bay Village

    Live animal exhibits, wildlife and other educative programmes, plus professional level planetarium with public show schedule.

  • Dillon State Park

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    Nashport

    Features here include a 1,360-foot swimming beach and separate wading pool, plus disc golf and archery range.

  • Ottawa Metro Park

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    Lima

    Featuring Metro Park Beach, which offers a raindrop play fountain, 10' extreme water slide, surf slide and mermaid fountain. Plus 9 hole frisbee golf course, adventure play equipment, sand volleyball ...

  • Aullwood Audobon Center

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    Dayton

    An inspirational showcase of determined and infectious environmentalism, as well as containing plenty that smaller children love about farms: plenty of animals, Bee and Butterfly yards, children's ...