Family Fun Weekend Adventure

by DiscoverOhio

If it's family fun you're searching for, look no further. Pack up the family and head to central Ohio for a weekend adventure that's sure to excite family members of all ages.  

Start your trip with a visit to The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium where the family can meet Hank, the zoo's newest elephant, weighing in at 15,600 lbs.! Chill at the Polar Frontier where you will be face to face with polar bears in the heart of the Arctic. 

Once you've visited exotic animals from around the globe, cool off at Zoombezi Bay Waterpark where thrills are just around the corner. The kids can plunge down the Cyclone, the largest enclosed reducing-radius tunnel in the world, while the adults lounge in Croctail Creek, a 21 and older lazy river.  
Dry off and head to COSI Columbus where hair-raising excitement and education come together with exhibits and live shows for all ages. At COSI you're sure to have a new experience with every visit.

If you're in the area in late July or early August, be sure to take the family to the Ohio State Fair. Chow down on some delicious funnel cakes or hop on one of more than 60 rides that will shock and excite any fairgoer.

Before you pack up, head out to The Wilds where you can soar over rare safari animals while taking in the beautiful scenery on the Wild Zipline Safari.


Tour Stops

  • The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

    Located just north of Columbus, in Powell, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a non-profit zoo that's home to over 9,000 animals representing over 675 species. In 2009, it was named the number one zoo in America by USA Travel Guide.

    • Address: 4850 West Powell Rd.
      Powell, Ohio 43065
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 800-MONKEYS
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  • Zoombezi Bay Waterpark at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

    A 22.7 acre water park that occupies the former home of Wyandot Lake and then some! The park features 17 state of the art water slides, a wave pool, an action river, a lazy river, private cabanas, a kiddie play pool and a whole lot more.

    • Address: 4850 West Powell Rd.
      Powell, Ohio 43065
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 800-MONKEYS
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  • COSI Columbus

    At COSI, you’ll be dazzled, amazed and delighted as your family explores one incredible wonder after another. COSI features more than 300 interactive exhibits throughout our discovery-based and themed exhibition areas – Ocean, Space Gadgets, Life, little kidspace®, Progress and our outdoor Big Science Park.

    The exhibition areas provide experiences for all age levels to creatively combine science facts and learning through play. Beyond the exhibits, you’ll find COSI’s hair-raising Electrostatic Generator Show, the only High-Wire Unicycle in the country, a seven-story Extreme Screen theater, a Science 2Go! retail store and the Atomicafe’ restaurant. COSI also hosts world-class traveling exhibitions from other museums throughout the year.

    • Address: 333 West Broad Street
      Columbus, Ohio 43215
    • Phone: Local Number: 6142282674
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  • Wild Zipline Safari at the Wilds

    Enjoy the Wilds from an aerial perspective! Led by two professionally trained guides, this 2 ½ hour zipline safari tour consists of 10 ziplines and a rappel built on a series of observation platforms overlooking various rare and endangered animal species that are home to the Wilds. You'll zip along a network of cables, through the trees, over the animal watering holes, lakes, and pastures.  This tour is designed to excite anyone with a love for wildlife and a bit of adventure.  Don’t miss this incredible, first of its kind, outdoor experience during your visit to the Wilds!

    Wild Zipline Safari also offers other zipline tours on a LIMITED availability, like the Sunset Zipline Safari on Saturday and Sunday evenings!.  Make your reservation today.

    • Address: 14000 International Rd
      Cumberland, Ohio 43732
    • Phone: Local Number: (740) 638-5030 x2947
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