Columbus Zoo And Aquarium
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I wish I had come earlier in the year when the hours we're longer. I was there from open to close and didn't see everything! I loved it. The animals all seemed so playful and happy. The food was really expensive but since they went way out of the way to make sure guests have lots of shade and an extremely clean environment I guess that's fine. Staff was super friendly too. I'm definitely going back.
I'm a lifetime Columbus resident so I am biased. But the Columbus Zoo is always adding and updating their grounds. We're members which is the deal of the century. Free entry and parking for every trip. Great play areas, which my kids love more than the animals!! Love the different events during the year: wild lights, boo at the zoo, eggs, paws and claws, etc. Although I don't love that some activities cost extra above and beyond your membership. And a huge majority of the staff are younger adults who appear to hate their job. The volunteers seem very pleasant and fun to talk to but the kids who actually get paid are not. They recently started serving alcohol, which I'm not keen on. But it doesn't seem to have caused any issues yet. In general this is a great zoo. Come early and plan to stay all day or make two days of it. It's large and there's a lot to see. We can't get through one half of the zoo in one day with two busy kids. Also food is OUTRAGEOUSLY PRICED, in my opinion, so bring snacks. But that seems pretty standard for these types of places.
Very nice zoo, and the memberships are especially well priced compared to other zoos. It's a bit of a stretch for them to put the aquarium in the title, as it's a pretty small aquarium display (the Minnesota Zoo's aquarium is MUCH more impressive, yet doesn't make the title). The aquarium has a touch pool, a couple small tanks, and one large tropical tank. Nicely laid out into little loops, so it's easy to do a small portion and come back another day without having to recover much ground to reach new animals.
Travelled 129 miles for Boo at the Zoo. I will not return. It was cold, so it makes sense that many animals like Giraffes were not out. I was OK with that, but there was little else to do. It certainly did not feel like a Halloween event. We found aproximately 10 trick or treat locations. Unfortunately, the Zoo was practically shut down. Many people were there. We paid full price. But shops were closed and there was very little to do. Example: the website says Heart of Africa Exhibit closes at 5 pm. We arrived early and my Grandson found a souvenir he loved at a gift shop in Heart of Africa. We asked him to wait until we looked around before deciding, and promised to return if we did not find anything else. We returned to Heart of Africa around 3:30, and the Gift shop was closed. Employees said it closed around 2:00 because they were not that busy! I could not find gift anywhere else. The "Aquarium" was extremely disappointing. Basically one large tank with a Manatee, some Stingrays, and a few other species. I can't believe they call this the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The Cleveland Aquarium is small, but much nicer with many more types of fish. Most habitats seemed small and insufficient. I cannot recommended this Zoo. I discussed the issues with Customer Relations before leaving the Zoo and they asked me to fill out a comment card, which I did.
We love the Columbus Zoo!! There are so many animals, and so many other fun things to do! We went to the Animals On Safari summer camp show that they had the other day and it was really cool to watch and a lot of fun for the kiddos. I think that the Columbus Zoo may be the only zoo I've ever been to where I don't feel sorry for the animals. The animals have spacious habitats and lots of enrichment activities. The caretakers obviously spend a lot of time making sure that their animals have good lives.