The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a non-profit organization that has a fantastic reputation as one of the foremost zoos in the entire U.S. All kinds of animals call Columbus home from African Grey Parrots to Zebra Sharks. Famous zookeeper and television personality Jack Hanna was the director of the Zoo for many years and is generally credited with bringing it up to the high standard it maintains to this day. The Zoo owns the adjacent Jungle Jack's Landing Amusement Park and the Zoombezi Bay Water Park.
Things to Do
- Along with the nearby by water and amusement parks the Columbus Zoo owns over 230 hectares of land in the area; the zoo itself takes up just under half of this space.
- One of the Zoo's most renowned exhibits is their Heart of Africa exhibit. This is one of the largest spaces the Zoo has to offer taking up 43 acres. Here you can see Gazelle, Cheetah, Giraffe, Monkey, Wildebeest, Zebra, and the king of the Savanna, the African Lion.
- Head to the exhibits on show in the Shores and Aquarium section of the Zoo to see a whole other range of animals. Here you can come face to face with some amazing creatures like West Indian Manatees, Aldabra Tortoise, Humboldt Penguins, Caribbean Flamingo and all manner of slithering snakes!
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Insider Tips
- Make sure you bring comfortable shoes for all the walking you are likely to do. Download and print off a map to help orientate yourself during your visit.
- Though the basic entry into the Zoo is quite cheap compared to many other Zoos of this size around the country you should bring a bit of extra cash if you want to do anything more than just look at the exhibits.