Stay in one of Dublin, Ohio hotels for a short and simple commute to the #1 Zoo in the nation -- the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Check out Stingray Bay, offering visitors the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with cownose and southern stingrays. Touch the amazing creatures as they "fly" through the water in their 18,000 gallon state-of-the-art saltwater pool. One of the Zoo's most entertaining regions is the new Polar Frontier exhibit. Meet Aurora, Anana and Nanuq and their cubs -- the Zoo's polar bears -- and watch them dive to depths of 16 feet of water or swim over your head through a half-tunnel of acrylic viewing glass. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was made famous by director emeritus "Jungle Jack" Hanna's memorable appearances on the David Letterman Show and Good Morning America. The Zoo rests on hundreds of acres of naturalistic wildlife habitats and includes the Zoombezi Bay Waterpark and Safari Golf Club. The Zoo features nine world regions representing over 800 species and is one of only three facilities outside of Florida to exhibit and rehabilitate the endangered West Indian manatee. Discover the Australia Region by walking through the outdoor kangaroo yard and hand-feeding the colorful birds in the lorikeet garden. Go on a simulated forest night hike where nocturnal tree kangaroos, dog-faced bats, kiwi, clouded leopards and other animals are at home. Asia Quest recreates a visit to China -- with Amur tigers, Red Pandas and a Pheasant Aviary. Experience the Heart of Africa and get up close and personal with the animals like you never have before. Ride a camel, hand feed giraffes and watch the cheetahs cubs learn their speed from their parents. The 43-acre region takes guests to another world as you walk through Mudiwa Village and Ajabu National Park. Ahoy mateys! Pirate Island, takes you on a boat road through the Zoo's Australia and Islands region. The magic comes alive as animal characters and pirates act out a battle to show the importance of preservation. Stop by The Zoo's newest attraction in the Shores Play Park -- the 4D Theater -- to get immersed into a movie.