Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
One of the country’s top zoos overlooks the eastern bank of the Scioto River, a 30-minute drive northwest of Ohio’s capital. Founded in 1927 with just a few animals, today its 10,000 creatures represent 800 species. It’s also home to “America’s Zookeeper,” Jack Hanna, the zoo’s director emeritus famous for his work with endangered species and his appearances on numerous TV shows.
In Asia Quest, you’ll see red pandas, sun bears, and giant fruit bats. Don’t miss the Amur tiger or Hank, the Asian elephant. Koala bears and kangaroos take center stage in the Australia exhibit. The Columbus Zoo saw the first gorilla born in captivity, so these magnificent apes feature greatly in the Congo Expedition African forest. Other habitats showcase North American wildlife---including bison, bald eagles, wolverines, cougars, otters, Alaskan brown bears, polar bears, and Arctic foxes. The Manatee Coast is one of the highlights of a 192,000-gallon aquarium.
Numerous shows, presentations, and interactive experiences engage visitors of all ages. Restaurants, food carts, snack bars, and shops round out the offerings. And, adjacent to the zoo are Zoombezi Bay water park and numerous other rides and attractions in Jungle Jack’s Landing. You can also get in a round on the 18-hole Safari Golf Club course.
4850 W. Powell Rd.
- Powell, Ohio 43065
- 40.15782900, -83.11876700
- Jan.--Feb., daily 10--4. Mar. and Oct.--Dec., daily 10--5. Apr.--May and Sept., daily 9--5. June--Aug., daily 9--7.
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- (614) 645-3400