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Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

  • Address: 4850 West Powell Road
  • Powell, OH 43065

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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. 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 smelling the breath of the fierce Komodo Dragon. 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. 

One of the Zoo's most entertaining regions is the Polar Frontier exhibit. Meet 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.

Stop by the Shores Play Park and 4D Theater to experience the sights, sounds and feelings of a short movie.

Now Open: Adventure Cove! Visit with sea lions and seals while walking through the new 4.1- acre region. 

View a full map of the zoo here.

Before your visit, please review the Columbus Zoo's Reopening Plan to know what to expect and what the Zoo is doing to keep guests safe. Click here to view the full plan. 

events

  • In addition to Quiet Hours at the Zoo, don't miss the opportunity to meet the Zoo's character ambassadors. Get to know Cali Sea Lion and her friends, Tommy C....

  • The Zoo will offer "quiet hours" for families to enjoy the Zoo without added background sounds that can be challenging for individuals with sensory needs, such...

    Date: 8/08/2021
  • Bring your Saturday morning cartoons to life! Gather the whole family to experience your favorite past, and present cartoons with activities and character meet...

    Date: 8/14/2021 - 8/15/2021
  • Get ready for one wild night! Zoofari is the Zoo's annual, adults-only fundraiser featuring more than 60 central Ohio restaurants and bars serving appetizer...

    Date: 8/28/2021
  • Your Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is hosting a comedy series for a good cause and is proud to welcome Zainab Johnson. Get ready for an evening full of laughter,...

    Date: Dates vary between 9/10/2021 - 9/11/2021
  • Mark your calendars to attend the Rwandan Fête, an annual fund raising event hosted by Partners In Conservation (PIC) and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Please...

    Date: 9/25/2021
  • Gather the family and your best costume and head to this "merry-not-scary" Halloween event at the Columbus Zoo! Special regions are dressed up for this...

    Date: Dates vary between 10/01/2021 - 10/31/2021
  • The game is back by popular demand! Participants will join their favorite hauntingly familiar family for an evening of entertainment, up-close animal...

    Date: Dates vary between 10/06/2021 - 10/09/2021
  • To honor our veterans and their sacrifices to serve our country, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is offering free Zoo admission to all current and retired...

  • Central Ohio's favorite family holiday tradition went from a few strands of lights and a few trays of cookies to millions of LED lights, animated musical light...

    Date: 11/19/2021 - 1/02/2022