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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

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
4850 West Powell Rd.

Powell, Ohio 43065

Phone Number(s)

Toll-Free: 800-MONKEYS

Hours

Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Special Hours:

Website(s)

Homepage

Admission

Under 2: FREE
Ages 2-9: 9.00
Ages 10-59: 14.00
Ages 60+: 10.00

Accepted Forms of Payment

American Express, Cash, Check, Debit Card, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Special Offers

Senior Day
Starts: No Start Date
Ends: No End Date
Tuesdays - Seniors (ages 60+) receive half price admission to the Zoo.

Franklin Country Days
Starts: No Start Date
Ends: No End Date
Wednesdays - Franklin County residents receive half price admission to the Zoo. Valid ID must be presented at time of purchase.

Military Discount
Starts: No Start Date
Ends: No End Date
Active and Non-active duty military personel receive a $2 discount on up to 6 tickets when they show a valid military ID.

Parking

Car: 5.00
Bus: FREE

Polar Bear

Polar Bear at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.


Print Offers


  • Senior Day

    Tuesdays - Seniors (ages 60+) receive half price admission to the Zoo.

    $3.99

  • Franklin Country Days

    Wednesdays - Franklin County residents receive half price admission to the Zoo. Valid ID must be presented at time of purchase.

    Ages 2-9 and 60+: $3.99; Ages 10-59: $6.50

  • Military Discount

    Active and Non-active duty military personel receive a $2 discount on up to 6 tickets when they show a valid military ID.

    Ages 2-9 and 60+: $5.99; Ages 10-59: $10.99

DiscoverOhio Itineraries

  • Columbus Getaway
    by Discover Ohio

    Is your family needing a simple getaway? Columbus has a lot to offer making a quick trip with your family easy to plan and packed with tons of fun!

    During your first day in Columbus, explore the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell. You will have a roaring good time seeing the baby tigers, huge bats and the playful polar bear sisters, who swim over your head. The are tons of exotic animals to see up close and learn about. Next, head over to COSI, the #1 science center in the country for families by Parents® magazine. Ride a high wire unicycle, go on an archaeological dig and get hands-on with countless activities that make science fun! All of your family members will be able to discover all that science has to offer.

    On your second day, head over to the Ohio Historical Center. Get face-to-face with a giant mastodon skeleton and Civil War battle flags still smelling of gun smoke. There is plenty of Ohio history to explore and learn about. After that, stop by the Columbus Museum of Art to get a glimpse of the fascinating art exhibits. Come check out the diverse and influential artistic pieces of our time. What a great way to learn and observe the beauty of artwork.

    So, pack your bags and start exploring Columbus. This city offers many family friendly destinations and activities that all members of the family are sure to enjoy! Be sure to look for special package offers for these locations.
  • Family Fun Weekend Adventure
    by Discover Ohio

    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.
     
  • Family Fun Getaway
    by Discover Ohio

    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 the little baby tiger cubs! Chill at the Polar Frontier where you will be face to face with polar bears in the heart of the Arctic. If you travel during November and December be sure to check out the Wildlights at the Zoo.

    Once you've visited exotic animals from around the globe,  head over 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.

    On the next day, stop by the Ohio History Center and get face-to-face with a giant mastodon skeleton, see the Civil War battle flags that still smell of gun smoke and check out the artifacts from the War of 1812.

    This is a fun getaway for all members of the family. You will be able to explore, learn and experience all that Columbus has to offer.

Partner Itineraries

  • Kids Eat Free Columbus Zoo & COSI Weekend Getaway
    by Partner Author

    Save up to 26% when you book a family getaway to Dublin that includes discounted tickets to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (named the #1 Zoo in the nation) and COSI Columbus (the #1 Science Center in the country)! 

    Build your package online (www.IrishisanAttitude.com), and you'll also enjoy discounted overnight rates at a choice of Dublin hotels, plus FREE kids meal coupons to select Dublin restaurants.  To learn more, call 800/245-8387.
  • Dublin Ohio Family Vacation
    by Partner Author

    Having a great family vacation is easy with this itinerary. Embassy Suites Columbus-Dublin is the perfect hotel for families. The suites are spacious with plenty of room for everyone. Start each morning with a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast buffet before heading out to the following adventures: A day at Columbus Zoo, a splashing good time at Zoombezi Bay Water Park and explore the excitement at COSI museum. After long days of family fun, remember to stop by the evening manager’s reception at Embassy Suites Columbus-Dublin for soft drinks, cocktails and light snacks.
  • Roar & Explore in Columbus
    by Partner Author

    Columbus is No. 1 for family fun – and adventure – this summer! See dinosaurs, polar bears and rollicking water slides. The Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway is your family’s chance to see the country’s No. 1 science center and zoo and the wildest water park ever for one amazing value!

    It’s a wild world of fun at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – named the No. 1 zoo in America by USA Travel Guide. Visit Polar Frontier to see the polar bears as they frolic underwater and swim overhead. Plus, journey through the African Forest surrounded by leopards, okapis, bonobos and the world-famous family of western lowland gorillas including Colo, the first gorilla born in human care and the oldest in any zoo.

    During the summer months, splash and scream your way to fun at neighboring Zoombezi Bay, the wildest water park ever! Dare your friends to ride the Cyclone. With a 55-foot drop and speeds over 20 mph, it’s one of the largest rides of its kind in the world! With two new waterslides opening this summer, the thrills will never stop!

    Stomp, crash and roar your way to COSI this summer as dinosaurs take over the No. 1 science center in the country for families, as voted by Parents magazine. This special exhibition features life-like animatronic dinosaurs, plus simulator pods where you can hunt, eat and flee predators – and so much more! And don’t forget all the other fun to be had at COSI. Ride a high wire unicycle, use sonar technology and get hands-on with countless activities that make science fun.

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