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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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  • Having been lucky enough to visit dozens of zoos across the country, has great hopes and expectations for the purported " #1 zoo in the country." $10 for parking and a discounted $16.99 admission...  more »
  • We visit the Zoo for one day in April and were very pleased with the visit. We paid a bit extra and did the cheetah encounter ($99 each in addition to the entry ticket) and had a blast with it. It...  more »
  • This is a wonderful zoo. The amusement park is fun, and the zoo itself is awesome. Spring for the Zoo it All package its so worth it. With that you get to ride all the rides, do unlimited pony rides and camel rides, visit dinosaur island which is a cool ride in itself, and visit the small aquarium they have there. Its a really cool experience. We made several awesome memories there.
  • Best zoo around. The animals are very well cared for, get plenty of enrichment so they aren't bored. If only all zoos could be this good. Consession choices are pretty decent, there are even stops that have decent beer (domestics AND some craft offerings). Gift shops are plentiful. The whole place is pretty clean. Overall great!

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