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  • Discover Ohio
    "your holiday season with Wildlights at the Zoo"(5 Tips)
    Ted R.
    "Wild Lights is one of the best Christmas light displays I've seen."(5 Tips)
    Ray S.
    "Be Sure to check out the new Polar Bear exhibit!!!"(4 Tips)
    Bobby R.
    "Check out the Animals On Safari Show!"(2 Tips)
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  • Kevin P.
    One of the best!
  • Chelsea N.
    Awesome zoo ! Easy to walk around. Plenty of room. HUGE exhibits & lots of animal enrichment !
  • Jennifer D.
    The Tigers are the best!
  • Jackie S.
    I love it!!
  • Sarah W.
    The zoo is very clean and well kept. The exhibits are nicely done and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I have been to this zoo multiple times with my children and I know that I will be back.
  • Karl C. H.
    Karl C. HuberJanuary 16
    Polar bear exhibit best I have ever seen.
  • Karl C. H.
    Karl C. HuberJanuary 16
    Great day of family fun.
  • Ted R.
    Ted RoehmDecember 4, 2016
    Wild Lights is one of the best Christmas light displays I've seen.
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TubaughDecember 2, 2016
    Check out the Zoombezi Bay water park, Safari Golf course, Jungle Jack's Landing amusement park, & 43-acre Heart of Africa exhibit. Catch the Wildlights annual holiday event starting in November.
  • Guy M.
    Guy MerrillSeptember 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great zoo with lots of events for the kids, get an annual membership for free parking and access all year long.
  • Abdullah A.
    Abdullah AlqadiAugust 7, 2016
    The best zoo i have ever been to 💙
  • Paul M.
    Paul McGrawAugust 2, 2016
    Everything!
  • R B.
    R BMay 31, 2016
    Too crowded for me. Didn't see too many animals and there seem to be no place to with air conditioning to cool down. Not impressed.
  • Rita D.
    Rita DoyleApril 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful flamingos. Brown bears, polar bears, lions, eagles. Pretty habitats, and horticulture along walkways.
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SchultzJanuary 7, 2016
    Great Zoo!
  • Alex W.
    Alex WhiteDecember 29, 2015
    Awesome zoo, always have a great time! Well maintained, interesting exhibits, and reasonably priced.
  • Chu C.
    Chu ChuDecember 21, 2015
    Go during December because the wild lights was amazing.
  • Jeffrey T.
    Jeffrey ThomasDecember 2, 2015
    Lots of good stuff. Right now the Christmas lights are great. Fun all year
  • Joe
    JoeNovember 6, 2015
    A nice zoo. Nicely organized. Great exhibits.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WilliamsonOctober 25, 2015
    Awesome zoo. Make sure you go see the African section first.
  • Kelsie K.
    Kelsie KessickOctober 23, 2015
    There's so much to see there! The African section of the zoo is a must see. And wear comfortable shoes cause it's a huge place.
  • Sam P.
    Sam PowersSeptember 26, 2015
    A zoo membership lasts for a full calendar year and includes free parking, it's more than worth the money!
  • DonTonTingo
    DonTonTingoSeptember 14, 2015
    Awesome zoo. It's huge so expect to spend a lot of time. Check out time schedules for special shows.
  • Adele I.
    Adele IsaacsAugust 27, 2015
    ANIMALS!!!
  • Grace E.
    Grace EarleyAugust 11, 2015
    Go see the giraffes and the polar bears
  • Jeannida S.
    Jeannida SolebahAugust 9, 2015
    Happy Birthday to Me (: #FreeMiniVacation
  • Lemur G.
    Lemur GamezJuly 23, 2015
    Lots of animals ☺
  • Francisco R.
    Francisco RivasJuly 22, 2015
    Buce place
  • Aaron G.
    Aaron GrebnerJuly 17, 2015
    Make sure to check out the awesome polar bear and gorilla exhibits.
  • Rob V.
    Rob VernonJuly 8, 2015
    When you arrive, make sure to check out the schedule of all of the programs and "keeper talks" they have going on that day. This will help plan your route through the zoo!
  • J C.
    J CJuly 6, 2015
    The aquarium has some really cool fish
  • J C.
    J CJuly 6, 2015
    The Africa and Polar Exhibits
  • Lexi W.
    Lexi WhitmanJune 27, 2015
    Love seeing that the animals have good environments and enrichment. The new African wildlife is fantastic!
  • Linda K.
    Linda KriebelJune 15, 2015
    Great zoo. Animals move around which is nice to see.
  • Tara N.
    Tara NesterApril 17, 2015
    The gorillas will pose for artists when you go to sketch th- if they're in the mood.
  • Lizzy Leigh .
    Lizzy Leigh 🐈March 21, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Everything! But my personal favorite is the manatee exhibit.
  • Shane R.
    Shane RamageMarch 15, 2015
    The new African exhibit
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LaMacchiaMarch 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Zoo lights.
  • Peter M.
    Peter MartinDecember 29, 2014
    See the Wild Lights around Christmas
  • Katelynn T.
    Katelynn ThomasNovember 22, 2014
    I love it here! Food and drink prices are always a bit costly, but it's worth it. Their Christmas lights are also amazing which I'm going to this year. Check them out :)
  • Jacob O.
    Jacob OttOctober 19, 2014
    The animals are super active today. Best zoo in the country. Hands down.
  • Guy M.
    Guy MerrillOctober 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Boo at the Zoo!
  • Adam T.
    Adam TrimbleOctober 5, 2014
    Pony rides
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LaMacchiaSeptember 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Look forward to Zoolights.
  • AJ T.
    AJ T.September 20, 2014
    Absolutely amazing zoo!! Extremely large; difficult to cover in one day. Beautifully laid out; on par with Sea World or Animal Kingdom! Plus, you can bring in your own food/drinks and they sell beer!
  • Sandy C.
    Sandy CallSeptember 13, 2014
    Excellent! Loved the African and Asian areas!!!
  • Paul A.
    Paul AlexanderAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Shorter ticket lines are to the right
  • Stephanie m.
    Stephanie millerAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is great!! Check the shows too, they free.
  • Gena S.
    Gena SheltonAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Fantastic exhibits that are interactive and good for multi ages. Safari Africa is the best addition.
  • Cindi E.
    Cindi EnglefieldAugust 8, 2014
    JAZZOO!!!!!
  • Sue L.
    Sue LewisAugust 7, 2014
    Everything is great! Must see new Africa exhibit is awesome!
  • Debbie H.
    Debbie Hess GarenJuly 20, 2014
    Giraffe feeding area!
  • April M.
    April MarburyJune 28, 2014
    Fun time. Animals are all our today!!
  • Mike M.
    Mike MossJune 17, 2014
    The cheetah show at 10:30 am us a MUST SEE! The tigers are super cool too!
  • Patricia I.
    Patricia ImlerJune 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Polar bears eat at five
  • John B.
    John BocookJune 9, 2014
    Make sure you watch the cheetah race. That was awesome.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GravelyMay 29, 2014
    Go on overcast weekdays if you hate crowds.
  • Carlos F.
    Carlos FellsMay 27, 2014
    Nice and expensive, that's why I voted no at the polls, they get enough money at Park lol
  • Larry C.
    Larry ClarkApril 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    We love the zoo! Can't wait to see the new Heart of Africa exhibit...
  • Cris B.
    Cris BoschMarch 12, 2014
    You have to see the new manatee, it's really cute!
  • Melissa P.
    Melissa PichlerFebruary 21, 2014
    Go early, the animals are awake and ready to say hi
  • Shivani M.
    Shivani McConnellFebruary 1, 2014
    if you live in the area, get a yearly pass. It's much cheaper!
  • Drew V.
    Drew Van RunkleDecember 28, 2013
    If you go to Wendy's, you can get buy one get one free passes.
  • Chelsie B.
    Chelsie BlackburnNovember 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Its best to visit during the weekday. All the animals are out and active! Is never busy either.
  • Mia R.
    Mia RossNovember 11, 2013
    Love the polar bears
  • Debra R.
    Debra Roy O'MoleskyOctober 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Never ever ever ever forget your zoo membership card. No parking refunds! :/
  • Stephanie W.
    Be sure to watch the animal show. Very entertaining
  • Kaitlin M.
    Kaitlin MouseSeptember 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Tiger feeding!! Be there at 2:15 for great seats!!
  • Joyia S.
    Joyia SibleySeptember 19, 2013
    The 1/2 price Wednesdays for Franklin County residents (with valid ID) was a nice surprise. Parking was an additional $8. Not bad for a pleasant day at the zoo!
  • Rafael N.
    Rafael NuñezSeptember 18, 2013
    Very nice zoo, I will come back soon
  • Radka M.
    Radka MeyerSeptember 1, 2013
    Get the souvenir cup. 99 cent refills.
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RiveraJuly 30, 2013
    Watch out for all the lards
  • Dequency R.
    Dequency RaglerJuly 6, 2013
    Great place, lots of fun!
  • Alicia M.
    Alicia MariettaJune 15, 2013
    The staff members are extremely friendly & very helpful!
  • Em
    EmJune 8, 2013
    So crowded. I honestly can't see why this zoo is number one. By far my least favorite.
  • Alicia D.
    Alicia DennisonMay 30, 2013
    Our favorite zoo by far!!
  • Barbie R.
    Parking lot is packed!
  • Nicolle R.
    Nicolle R.May 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Dinosaur exhibit is awesome. It's been Colin approved :-)
  • Mary W.
    Mary WehrleMay 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The lines at the food court for the healthier food are MUCH shorter and you will find open tables near the aquarium.
  • Giovanni N.
    Giovanni NievesMay 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Awesome animals, plus awesome employees :)
  • Mary P.
    Mary PettyMay 17, 2013
    Dino's are very cool!!!
  • Discover Ohio
    Discover OhioMay 7, 2013
    Rated the number one zoo in America by USA Travel Guide. The Columbus Zoo is home to over 9,000 animals representing over 675 species. Don't forget about Zoombezi Bay for summer water park fun!
  • Lynn P.
    Lynn PriceMay 4, 2013
    What a great place for the whole family!
  • Erica D.
    Erica DannApril 7, 2013
    Try to pack your own food. But for drinks, the $8.99 souvenir cup with refills is worth it to share for the family
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WoodFebruary 19, 2013
    There are a lot of animals that are pretty active when its cold/cool out. We really enjoyed the wolves, flamingos, polar bears, wolverine and the indoor gorilla house!
  • Nathan P.
    Nathan PoeppelmanJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Columbus Zoo wildlights is a great time. During the day many of the animals are out. The polar bears were loving the cold weather. At night you will see thousands of light in the
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle ManleyNovember 21, 2012
    Line of 100+ people for the train, only 1 train and it leaves the station with 8-10 empty seats. HORRIBLE.
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PrattNovember 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Go see the Wildlights
  • Discover Ohio
    Discover OhioNovember 7, 2012
    Turn up the wattage on your holiday season with Wildlights at the Zoo, which features numerous light displays, activities for the kids, and Bob Evans Polar Express. This holiday event is fun for all!
  • Lindsey
    LindseyNovember 3, 2012
    Go on wednesdays if your a local, or are friends with a local, admissions fee is half off!
  • John B.
    John BNovember 1, 2012
    Home of Jack Hannah and one of the premiere US zoos. Also check out The Wilds - a partner organization and zoo - about an hour east of Columbus.
  • Trent K.
    Trent KreischerOctober 20, 2012
    Best Zoo in Ohio! Hands down!
  • Kayne K.
    Kayne KirbyOctober 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Must check out Stingray Bay. Not easy to find, just through gate to the left towards Zoombezi Bay.
  • Angella B.
    Angella BakerAugust 19, 2012
    Stingray Bay is definitely worth doing! Highly recommend!
  • Ronni M.
    Ronni MooreAugust 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The best time to come to the Zoo is 9am. All the animals are out & awake. Exciting!!
  • Mary
    MaryAugust 7, 2012
    The Animal Safari Show is a must-see!
  • Matt
    MattJune 27, 2012
    Avoid the Mexican Taco stand at the Congo River food court. I am now the proud owner of intestinal flu.
  • Shannon A.
    Shannon AberJune 15, 2012
    Awesome place! Don't miss the manatees or okapi's
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DwinnellMay 25, 2012
    Animals on Safari is a delightful show!
  • Justin F.
    Justin FApril 13, 2012
    Bring your own food! The lines for food are very slow moving!
  • Victoria H.
    Victoria HayApril 1, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Give ur coupons before ur order plz
  • Bobby R.
    Bobby RitziMarch 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the Animals On Safari Show!
  • Insider Perks
    Insider PerksFebruary 24, 2012
    Jack Hanna has left his mark here. This is one of the best zoos in the United States. The best experience is during the summer months when most of the animals are outside. Don't miss the elephants. Read more
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha S.February 1, 2012
    Try going on a weekday or get there early before the crowds start coming in.
  • Tiffany W.
    Tiffany WashkoJanuary 28, 2012
    Who doesn't love the zoo? Don't forget to check out the underwater viewing area for the polar bears!
  • Safelite AutoGlass
    Safelite AutoGlassJanuary 16, 2012
    Voted the #1 zoo in the country! Make sure you visit the new polar bear exhibit! - Suggested tip from Mike C., Associate
  • Dilara Sultan
    Dilara SultanDecember 20, 2011
    Zoo does have an array of animals from the east, including a few snakes from Turkey. Maybe it will inspire you to include a few of the slithering reptiles in your next performance!
  • Megan C.
    Megan CulpDecember 4, 2011
    I love the bigger exhibit... Although its smelly...
  • Colin H.
    Colin HansenNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go see the wildlights.
  • Michael V.
    Michael VandegriftNovember 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The manatees are new! The old ones just got taken back to Florida to roam free. (11/20/11)
  • Discover Ohio
    Discover OhioNovember 17, 2011
    The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a non-profit zoo that's home to over 5,000 animals representing over 700 species - and Jungle Jack Hanna!
  • Brittany H.
    Brittany HallNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Zoo lights start November 18th for everyone be sure to check them out! They are going to be pretty amazing this year!!
  • Mike P.
    Mike PongrassSeptember 23, 2011
    The Zoo was terrible! Very few animals on display, only 1 or 2 big aquarium displays, and in those tanks the water was cloudy. The prices were crazy, $3.00 for a $.99 bottle of water!
  • Nichole A.
    Nichole AtwellSeptember 9, 2011
    They feed the Tigers around 11, try to catch it they are so cute.
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LongbrakeAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Kids playground just past the carousel is a great pit stop if the kids need an alternative to animal viewing
  • Michael B.
    Michael BlackwellAugust 25, 2011
    See the polar bears!!!!!
  • Lizzy Leigh .
    Lizzy Leigh 🐈July 29, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Be sure to catch the Animals on Safari show!
  • Laurie S.
    Laurie SicklesJune 27, 2011
    If you do a little research before you visit to The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium you may just see Jungle Jack Hanna himself hanging around!
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 20, 2011
    Did you know? In 1956, the Columbus Zoo welcomed Colo, the first gorilla in the world to be born in a zoo.
  • Nathan P.
    Nathan PoeppelmanJune 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great day at the zoo. Read more
  • Drew K.
    Drew KaplanJune 2, 2011
    Take the "Voyage through the Islands" boat ride for a nice, relaxing ride for only $1
  • Nathan P.
    Nathan PoeppelmanApril 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Zoo in the country Read more
  • Nathan P.
    Nathan PoeppelmanApril 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Country's Best Zoo Read more
  • Dee D.
    Dee DownesApril 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Yay zoo! Don't forget to stop in the kangaroo walk about. They're allowed to roam freely and will sometimes come up very close to you
  • Kyle S.
    Kyle SMarch 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    At 2:00 pm every kid at the zoo starts crying and screaming. Come early to avoid that show.
  • Nathaniel H.
    Nathaniel HallFebruary 21, 2011
    Make sure you bring lots of small children in here with you and have them all yell as loud as they can.
  • Tony B.
    Tony BarbutoDecember 22, 2010
    Check out the dancing lights around the pond! If you are a musician you will notice how clever it really is.
  • Austin S.
    Austin SchaferDecember 5, 2010
    Come in the daytime for less crowds.
  • Kelly D.
    Kelly D.December 3, 2010
    Love the wild lights! Not too crowded right now. Lots of active wildlife.
  • Nicole T.
    Nicole TrachtNovember 13, 2010
    The Sun Bears are never out, so if you see them, document it.
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley StaleySeptember 19, 2010
    Loved the polar bear exhibit and the penguins! Such a beautiful zoo.
  • Tony P.
    Tony PelleriteSeptember 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a membership and skip long lines for tickets.
  • Lindsey K.
    Lindsey KlunAugust 30, 2010
    Penguins rule!
  • Ali H.
    Ali HooperJuly 31, 2010
    Love that this Zoo is only one of two in the country that can accommodate manatees in need of rehab. Currently there are six manatees at home here.
  • Carter K.
    Carter KalchikJuly 18, 2010
    The Arctic exhibit opened in April with polar bears and arctic foxes. See this amazing animals before the last glacier goes the way of the ice in my bourbon. Seriously tho, very cool.
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonJuly 12, 2010
    Check out the Animal Encounters Village in Jungle Jack's Landing. Awesome staff there that will let you meet and touch many different kinds of animals. AWESOME for little kids.
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonJuly 12, 2010
    Watch for small crowds gathering; it usually means there's an animal out that you can get up close and personal with!
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonJuly 12, 2010
    Head downstairs during one of the polar bear feedings. It's amazing to see them swim and "fish" from underwater.
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonJuly 12, 2010
    Get your big souvenir cup at the cart just inside the entrance for $8 and get free refills that day. Buy it anywhere else, you'll pay the same 94 cents for refills that you pay the rest of the season.
  • Alvin B.
    Alvin BorromeoJune 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the souvenier cup and get free refills the day you buy it and $.99 refills throughout 2010.
  • Rick C.
    Rick CaffreyJune 4, 2010
    The best zoo in the world! A trip to Columbus is not complete without visiting the new polar bears!! Read more
  • Lauren O.
    Lauren OsterholtMay 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Definately worth having a membership if you plan on coming more than 3 times in a year!
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa McNallyMay 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Polar Bear Frontier exhibit is amazing! And there are baby otters learning to swim!
  • Ray S.
    Ray SzulisMay 16, 2010
    Be Sure to check out the new Polar Bear exhibit!!!
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KaetzApril 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Coming early is your best bet but Sundays are usually a day when the animals are active and its not too busy. Trust me I work here
  • Tara M.
    Tara MeadorsMarch 31, 2010
    Plan an early trip to the zoo. Get there before 9:30 - the animals are active and the crowds are small.
  • Brian L.
    Brian LegreeMarch 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you live in Franklin county, make sure you have your ID to get a discount on admission!
  • Jenine M.
    Jenine MeisnerFebruary 16, 2010
    See if the koala is actually awake for once.
  • Lora S.
    Lora SchaefferDecember 4, 2009
    The #1 Zoo in the country...the best place to visit Read more
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa McNallyDecember 3, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    can't wait to check out Wild Lights
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