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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell

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Chosen for the best zoo in the United States in 2009 by USA Travel Guide, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium hosts over 2.3 million visitors per year, and cares for more than 9,000 animals. For 15 years, it had been managed by Jack Hanna, the famous American zookeeper and TV personality. The zoo is divided into regions, where it houses animals from North America, the Polar Frontier, Asia, Africa, and Australia. It has aquariums, forests, and open plains. Take one of the tours to see what the zookeepers do, or hop on a train and ride around "North America". If you are interested in amusement rides, make sure to check it with the zoo about what is open on the day of your visit. Using our online itinerary creator, Powell attractions like Columbus Zoo and Aquarium can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The zoo was a good size. They had sting rays that you can which my son loves to do. I'm so thankful that the zoo had a tramp that took us to a different part of the zoo so we didn't have to walk all.....  more
    The zoo was a good size. They had sting rays that you can which my son loves to do. I'm so thankful that the zoo had a tramp that took us to a different part of the zoo so we didn't have to walk all.....  more »
  • I love the zoo and force my husband to go at least once a year but the food around the park has gotten so much worse the last few years. They used to have Charley's subs inside the Congo Grill and... 
    I love the zoo and force my husband to go at least once a year but the food around the park has gotten so much worse the last few years. They used to have Charley's subs inside the Congo Grill and...  more »
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  • The largest zoo in the U.S. did not disappoint! It well deserves the fame. There are great precautions, studies, trainings, and care put into ensuring the animals are treated humanely, and there is a large selection, organized by continent. Food and gift shops are wonderful, with gluten free options (occasionally begrudgingly) are provided (by this I mean some staff grumble about heating up food that is not part of their main sales, and you will have to wait a little longer, but decent quality allergen food is provided). On that note, the zoo is not free from peanuts for those with allergies. Enter at your own risk. Overall, there are events and attractions that are high quality and make this much more than your average zoo. The staff are knowledgeable and eager to provide you with facts and stories about the animals. Special tours offered are wonderful and informative (Animal Hospital tour is highly recommended) although a bit pricey. Overall, it's good fun for all ages and frequently called one of the best zoo experiences in the country.
  • Amazing zoo. I live near Cleveland, so I've been to the Cleveland Zoo quite a few times. It's very nice, but the Columbus Zoo is better. It's bigger, with more animals, and the habitats that the animals live in are incredible. The larger animals actually have room to roam. Also, if you time your walk through right, you can see every single interactive trainer exhibit that they hold every hour. The cheetah run and the penguin feeding in particular were very enjoyable.

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