The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium offers adventure and fun and is the home to over 9,000 animals, that represent 650 species from all over the world. Here you get to watch polar bears swimming from above, view a world-renowned gorilla family. Other popular animals include the koalas, the manatees, and giant pachyderms.
This Zoo provides over $1 million every year in their drive to support more than 70 conservation projects from across the globe. This education and recreation destination which is inclusive of the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park, along with an 18-hole Safari Golf Club, the Columbus Ohio Zoo has earned the top position for zoo’s in America by the USA Travel Guide.
The Zoo and Aquarium is very large and will take at least 3 to 4 hours if you are interested in seeing the entire Zoo, which is why it is always advisable that you come prepared. The Zoo accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover at the majority of the locations. However, a few of the retail and food carts might not have card capabilities.
The Zoo does not sell gift-cards, but rather something known as Creature Cash, which visitors can use in the form of cash at any of the locations situated in Zoombezi Bay and the Zoo. The Creature Cash is on sale through Guest Relations.
You are allowed to bring your own beverages and food into the Zoo, but straws are prohibited along with alcohol. Items that are not allowed at the Zoo or Aquarium include: open fires or grills, floatation devices or rafts, radios, lounge chairs, large-beach umbrellas, skating equipment, skateboards, bicycles, balloons, glass containers, knives and firearms.
Once inside the Zoo, there are no transportation facilities and it is advisable to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. There are strollers, electric scooters and wheelchairs to rent, while the supplies last.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is open 363 days each year regardless of the weather conditions. If you are worried about a rainy day you will be surprised to know that many animals at the zoo are actually a lot more active in colder weather and rain, which makes it a more ideal time to visit. A few animals from the warmer climates are not able to tolerate the colder weather. Some of these animals are still viewed inside their indoor-habitats, however a few of the species cannot be viewed. A few animals from time to time may be taken off the exhibits due to health concerns or exhibit maintenance.