Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Lead and Inspire by Connecting People and Wildlife.

Visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium where you'll meet 10,000 animals from across the globe! Spend the day exploring six regions and learning about their native species. Below are just a few of the areas you'll discover at the Columbus Zoo.


Adventure Cove:

The newest region at the Zoo connects you to wildlife with a variety of diverse species. Sea lions and seals take center stage with a 360-degree viewing experience inspired by the Pacific Northwest. Explore Jack Hanna's Animal Encounters Village, a one-of-a-kind indoor-outdoor habitat designed for human-wildlife interactions. This area is ever-changing and houses up to 50 species. Click here to learn more about this region.

A mother and her two daughters arm in arm looking out at the savanna at the Heart of Africa at the Columbus Zoo.

Polar Frontier:

Visit the "coolest" habitat at the zoo and meet three new polar bear cubs at the Polar Frontier. Watch the polar bears swim, eat and play in this state-of-the-art interactive exhibit. See polar bears plunge into the 167,000-gallon pool and watch them catch trout and other treats while viewing from above, at eye level or from below underwater! Click here to learn more about this region.

Kangaroo at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Behind the Scenes Experiences: 

The Columbus Zoo has tons of unique tours and behind-the-scenes experiences to get up close with animals while learning more about different species. Get a behind-the-scenes Marina Sea Lion Tour, take a personalized after-hours Twilight Tour or even help bathe an Elephant in an Elephant Bath Experience. Click here to see a list of tours and experiences and how to book yours. 

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January - February: 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

March: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

April - May: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

June - August: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

September: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (Labor Day weekend hours extend to 6 p.m.) 

October - December: 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (Extended hours for Boo at the Zoo and Wildlights)


Under 3: Free

Ages 3-9: $28.99

Ages 10-59: $35.99

Ages 60+: $33.99

Parking: $10.00

Purchase tickets before you visit online and save! 

*Special pricing for members, Franklin County residents. Visit Zoo website for details.