The most amazing 5-hours worth of walking… ever. Columbus Zoo is large, 580 acres to be exact and it’s home to over 9,000 animals. It’s, dare I say… “Disney-esque” in the way that it was well laid out, well-designed habitats, very clean and the staff members were helpful and informative. I felt a giddy, like a kid with spring in my step waiting to see what was around every corner.
As I mentioned before, the Columbus Zoo was very easy to navigate. We basically followed a path and used a map once in a while to see where we were. There are basically 5 general areas of the Zoo themed from different parts of the world: Australia & Islands, Asia Quest, Heart of Africa, North America and Aquarium & Shores.
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- Dinosaur Island: If you have small children, I suggest skipping this. I did see a couple little ones go through the ride OK, but my son (along with a few others) were absolutely terrified of the Dinosaurs. There was a boat ride that took you through a jungle setting and past robotic dinosaurs that moved, growled and even spat water. Speaking from an adult perspective, it was pretty awesome.
- Discovery Reef: Unfortunately, we didn’t get to make it to Discovery Reef. I heard it was well worth the money!
- Stingray Bay: Guests are prompted to wash their hands then proceed into a large area with a gigantic water tank. There are tons of stingrays that you’re welcome to touch in the water. Food for the stingrays is also available for purchase.
- Train Ride: The train basically takes you around the North America area. You won’t be able to see a lot of animals, but after a couple hours worth of walking, we were definitely up for a ride.
- Kiddie Rides: There’s an area out front between Zoombezi Bay and Stingray Bay called Jack’s Jungle landing where they have about a few kiddie rides.
- Ride-All-Day Wristband: For $9.99, we purchased the Ride-All-Day wristband that allowed us to ride all the pay-per-rides for free (including Dinosaur Island and Stingray Bay). The rides average about $2-3 per ride.
- Zoombezi Bay Waterpark: There’s a waterpark right beside the zoo that’s absolutely amazing. There’s an additional cost for admission here.
Tips On Planning a Visit
There will be a lot of walking (so bring your comfy walking shoes). I would highly suggest for children strollers for children 5 and under. The Zoo offers stroller rental at the front entrance or bring your own. Be sure to pack your bags with plenty of water and sunscreen! Also note, you can bring your own food!
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium | 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065