zoo trips

by Corie K.

summer fun


Tour Stops

  • the Wilds

    The Wilds, located near Cumberland, Ohio, is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world, spanning 14 square miles in Southeastern Ohio. Board a Safari Transport or Open-Air Safari to view and learn about rare and endangered animals from around the world roaming freely in large, natural habitat, including rhinos, giraffes, zebras and antelope.

    Visitors can pick their own P.A.C.E. -- Personal Adventure in Conservation Education -- and depart the transports during the tour at destinations like the Lake Trail and the new Mid-Sized Carnivore Conservation Center that features cheetahs, African wild dogs, and dholes. Also available are evening Sunset Safaris, Family Camp Weekends, private Wildside Tours, overnight packages at Nomad Ridge at the Wilds, special monthly theme activity weekends, the Overlook Cafe, Gift Market, private and group tours, Birding Station, Butterfly Habitat walking trail, summer youth WildeCamps, Lodge at the Wilds, Winter Safari Tours, memberships and more.

    The Wilds is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and weekends in the months of May, September and October.

    • Address: 14000 International Rd
      Cumberland, Ohio 43732
    • Phone: Local Number: 7406385030
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  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The RainForest

    Northeast Ohio’s most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Located just minutes from downtown Cleveland, the Zoo is home to 2,000 exotic animals representing 600 species from six of the world’s seven continents. Explore the jungles of The RainForest, experience elephants like never before in African Elephant Crossing, roam the Outback of Australian Adventure, take in the grassy plains of African Savanna, journey through the wilds of Northern Trek, discover the exotic at the Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building and stroll along scenic Waterfowl Lake. Take a spin on the new Circle of Wildlife Carousel and visit penguins at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's seasonal exhibit, Penguin Shores. 

    • Address: 3900 Wildlife Way
      Cleveland, Ohio 44109
    • Phone: Local Number: 2166616500
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  • The Toledo Zoo

    Travel the world in one amazing day! With more than 5,000 animals representing 500+ species and a newly renovated Aquarium, the Toledo Zoo offers your family an experience like no other.

    Giraffes, zebras, ostriches and more roam our Africa! exhibit, polar bears, seals and grey wolves in the Arctic Encounter and explore Penguin Beach, our walk-through penguin exhibit that features viewing from three different levels. 

    In the Aquarium, you'll see 3000+ aquatic animals in 178,000 gallons of water. The new Aquarium experience, from sleek sharks to glittering tropical fish, is like nothing seen before in this region. You'll get to touch a stingray with your own hands, stand beside a sea turtle as it glides by, and interact with a diver inside The Reef, a huge 90,000-gallon exhibit. 

    The Zoo is also home to Kingdom of the Apes, an award-winning aviary, a world-renown Hippoquarium, and a historic Reptile House featuring Baru, the biggest saltwater crocodile in North America.

    The kids will love Nature's Neighborhood, our award-winning children's zoo- it's 100% explore-able, hands-on fun! 

    These are just a few reasons we're one of the country's top zoos. But don't take our word for it. Come see for yourself! 

    • Address: 2 Hippo Way
      Toledo, Ohio 43614
    • Phone: Local Number: 4193854040
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  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

    The Cincinnati Zoo was recently rated the #1 attraction locally and one of the top zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey.  It was recognized by Parents Magazine as #7 on the “Top 10 Best Zoos for Kids.” Over one million people visit the Zoo’s award-winning exhibits, and more than 500 animal and 3000 plant species annually.

    • Address: 3400 Vine St.
      Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
    • Phone: Local Number: 5132814700
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  • Heaven's Corner Zoo & Animal Sanctuary

    Heaven's Corner is a fully licensed zoo and animal sanctuary that rescues unwanted or displaced exotic animals. Residents at our non-profit facility in Preble County include a White Bengal Tiger, an Amur Leopard, monkeys, lemurs, wolves, alligators, birds, bears and more. Stroll our paved paths nestled among the trees, where you'll see our animals playing and relaxing UP CLOSE! We offer fun, educational tours about their native habitats, behaviors and rescue stories. We are not here to exploit these animals, but to provide them care, love and a peaceful environment now that they can't be returned to the their natural habitats... due to humans thinking they would make a 'cool pet' or other unfortunate circumstance. We also offer a picnic area and petting zoo.

    Field trips are always welcome. Please call to schedule.
    100% of donations goes to our animals!



    Season Hours:

    April - September 11am-6pm  Tuesday thru Saturday

    October 11am-6pm  Friday & Saturday

    • Address: 385 Quinn Road
      West Alexandria, Ohio 45381
    • Phone: Local Number: 937-839-5005
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  • Jungle Jim's International Market, Inc.

    Located in Fairfield, Ohio, Jungle Jim's International Market is arguably the largest supermarket in the country, spanning nearly 6 1/2 acres. Jungle Jim's showcases approximately 180,000 products including nearly 60,000 international items, over 12,000 wine labels, as well as mountains of imported cheeses, exotic wild specialty meats, fresh seafood, and a dazzling display of 1 1/2 of acres of fresh produce. With on-site facilities such as the 1200-person capacity Oscar Event Center and in-store cooking school, which serves up exciting cooking classes, Jungle Jim's has something for everyone. Each week, the store is visited in excess of 82,000 shoppers, whom “Jungle” Jim Bonaminio calls “Foodies”. Jungle Jim's Tour Department also offers tours of the store Monday through Friday. Guided tours are available for $5 a person and take groups on an hour tour of the over 300,000 sq. foot “Food Paradise”. Tour groups will learn about and taste all types of food from around the world. Each tour participant also receives a $2 gift certificate.
    Jungle Jim's has been featured on the History Channel, Good Morning America, The Food Channel, NPR Radio, The Travel Channel and more! At Jungle Jim's International Market, we're not just a store; we're a destination!

    • Address: 5440 Dixie Hwy
      Fairfield, Ohio 45014
    • Phone: Local Number: 5136746000
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  • Wagon Trails Animal Park

    Hour long safari ride in northeast Ohio. Get up close and personal with over 350 animals from around the world. Feed camels, zebras, bison and many others from your pail of zoofood. Relax and enjoy as our safari guide drives you through 65 acres of ponds, woods and exotic animals. Bird aviary and petting zoo also included. Safaris leave throughout the day. Admission price includes bucket of zoofood for safari ride. In what was once a dairy barn is now where you can grab a snack or souvenir in our lovely giftshop. Picnic facility for up to 300.

    • Address: 907 Youngstown Kingsville Rd SE
      Vienna, Ohio 44473
    • Phone: Local Number: 330-539-4494
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  • Akron Zoo

    The Akron Zoo is located on 50 acres just west of downtown Akron. When you visit theZoo you'll get nose-to-nose with more than 700 animals, including endangeredpenguins, lemurs, tigers, jaguars, Komodo dragons and much more. Marvel at the Lehner FamilyZoo Gardenswith over 7,000 plants and flowers indigenous to NortheastOhio.

    Make sure you take a ride on our Conservation Carousel with33 endangered animals to ride or our new train in our new Farmland area.Opening in 2012 will be a new aquatic exhibit. For more information call (330)375-2550 or visit


    • Address: 500 Edgewood Ave.
      Akron, Ohio 44307
    • Phone: Local Number: 3303752550
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  • Sweethearts Hike at Ash Cave

    Meet at the Ash Cave parking lot. Take your sweetheart for a romantic stroll to Ash Cave in the soft light of dusk. Afterward, enjoy a cozy fire and refreshments.

    • Address: St. Rt. 56
      Ash Cave Parking Lot
      Logan, Ohio 43138
    • Phone: Local Number: 7403856841
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  • Esther Price Fine Chocolates Wayne

    Visit the home of Dayton’s legendary Esther Price boxed chocolates located in the heart of downtown on Wayne Avenue. Enjoy fresh homemade premium chocolates, free samples, and exotic treats like chocolate covered MikeSells potato chips in air conditioned comfort. Shop for unique gifts to take home to remember your Ohio trip.  Discover why Esther Price sells over a million delicious pounds every year and is ranked in the top ten boxed chocolates sold in the country. Esther's recipes are still carefully followed today making her candy a local family favorite for generations, but have another sample just to be sure!  Then snap your photo by the iconic Esther Price store sign out front , like the Bondonaro family, who posed after coming all the way from Orlando, Florida to visit us this summer.

    Esther started her original store here in 1952 after operating as a home business in this area for 30 years.  Come see firsthand where the “Best Chocolate in Ohio” (as voted by Ohio Magazine) evolved after Esther joined her houses together then expanded the building’s “kitchen”.  See a video tour, get a piece of Dayton history to savor, treat yourself during your trip, and take plenty home for unforgettable gifts later.

    • Address: 1709 WAyne Ave.
      Dayton, Ohio 45410
    • Phone: Local Number: (937) 253-2121
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  • Fannie May & Harry London Chocolate Factory & Store

    Visit our 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art chocolate factory for a 45-minute tour. London's has produced quality gourmet chocolates since 1922 using original family recipes. 

    Tours are available by reservation only Monday-Friday on the hour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST.   Summer and Holiday hours are subject to change.  The cost for a tour is $3.00 per adult and $2.00 for youth ages 2-18.  Children under the age of 2 are Free.Store hours are Monday-Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. . If you do not have time for a tour, just stop by anytime for shopping and a handicapped accessible rest stop.

    We have a magnificent candy store that showcases our products including, Boxed Chocolates, Ice Cream and Frozen Cakes, Nuts, Hard Candy, Coffee and Hot Chocolate, Chocolate Bars, Novelties and Gifts.  We are also happy to custom pack your favorite assortment from our delicious selection of fresh chocolates that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

    We know you and your fellow travelers will be pleased with the wide selection of products available for purchase, and that you will enjoy learning about and seeing candy production in process at Harry London/Fannie May Candies.

    • Address: 5353 Lauby Road
      North Canton, Ohio 44720
    • Phone: Local Number: 3304940833
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  • Schakolad Chocolate Factory

    Handmade European Style Chocolates. Our signature chocolates are prepared with the finest ingredients and presented in the time honored traditions of quality, artistry and innovation. We invite you to explore a world of sweet possibilities: Handmade Fine Chocolates, Corporate Logos, Wedding Favors, Gift Baskets, Referral Gifts, Thank You Gifts, Holiday Gifts Custom Chocolate Designs and Chocolate Fountain Rentals. Shipping and local deliveries are available. Chocolate Fountain rentals are available for small and large groups.

    Call a couple of days in advance to reserve the store for a Sweet tour.  The store is closed and you can make your own chocolate item(s).  These are only done with call ahead reservations. These tours are only conducted after the store has closed and there is a min of 10 people.

    Small Group tours are conducted on a call in advance (3 days) basis.  You get to learn about the history of chocolate, how we make everything and make your own treat to package and eat.  Great family time, small birthday parties, or school or scout outings.

    • Address: 3219 Tremont Road
      Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
    • Phone: Local Number: 6143263500
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  • Broad Run Cheesehouse & Swiss Heritage Winery

    Celebrating over 70 years of cheesemaking with the marriage of wine and cheese. Cheesemaking tours and wine tastings available. Also home of Tuscarawas Valley's most exquisite curtain and lace shop. Home of Grand Champion Swiss Cheese. Various fine wines available, such as: Cranberry, Blueberry, Hans' Favorite Blend, Victorian Lace, and Back to the 40's Red.

    • Address: 6011 Old Rt. 39 NW
      Dover, Ohio 44622
    • Phone: Local Number: 3303434108
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  • The Ohio Glass Museum & Glass Blowing Studio

    The Ohio Glass Museum was founded in 2002 to honor the more than 100 year history of glass making in Fairfield County, Ohio. The museum has exhibits of glass made in Ohio as well as glass from around the United States. In 2010 the museum opened it's new Glass Blowing Studio. The Glass Blowing Studio is open every day in The museum and offers live demonstrations and classes in glass blowing and flameworking. All the glass made in the studio is for sale in the museum's gift shop along with other glass treasurers from around the world. Check out our website to see what is on exhibit and what classes we offer.

    • Address: 124 West Main Street
      Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    • Phone: Local Number: (740) 687-0101
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