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Experiences and offerings at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Learn about the tours, attractions, animals, and offerings at one of the top zoos in the country — the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Exploring Adventure Cove where the sea lions and seals swim | Photo via @toddlingaroundtown

Explore Adventure Cove where the sea lions and seals swim. | Photo via @toddlingaroundtown

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Peak season is approaching for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, which means now is the perfect time to get familiar with everything the nationally ranked zoo has to offer.

Tours and experiences

Take a behind-the-scenes look at zoo animals in their habitats, ranging from capybaras to red pandas.

Here are few of the most popular experiences:

  • Cheetah Experience: Get up-close to the endangered species and learn about their care regimen.
  • Elephant Bath Experience: Help bathe the elephants alongside experienced keepers.
  • Stingray Feeding Experience: Touch the backs of sting rays and feed them their favorite treats.
  • Seal and Sea Lion Experience: Explore the sea lion facility, plus enjoy encounters with the playful creatures.
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Book a “Playdate with Frankie” experience to spend time with the youngest elephant in the Zoo. | Photo by @columbuszoo

Get to know the animals

Before your first visit, know which animals to expect. The zoo features 10,000+ animals across 600+ species.

Keep it classic by visiting the giraffes, polar bears, and African lions, or visit the more unique creatures like zebra sharks, Tasmanian devils, and okapis.

Bonus: Save this park map to know which region each animal can be found in.

Rides and attractions

Explore carnival-style rides (many of which will open soon for the season) like the Sea Dragon wooden coaster or the Swingin’ Gibbons swings. Zoo-goers can also hop on the North America Train to spot a wolverine, reindeer, or moose.

Other attractions include a 4-D theater and multiple kid-friendly play areas.

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The Sea Dragon is the oldest wooden roller coaster in Ohio. | Photo by @columbuszoo

Become a member

If you plan on making multiple trips to the Zoo throughout the year, becoming a member may be the best option for you and the family.

Members receive free admission and parking for the year, and certain memberships offer free admission to Zoombezi Bay.

If you’d rather weigh your options, browse the cost of day passes for different age groups.

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