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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Have the African jungle, the Australian outback and the wildlife of the world at your fingertips at this acclaimed city zoo.

The Columbus Zoo is home to over 700 species of wildlife from around the world. Species include rare animals from jungles, deserts, forests and even the icy Arctic. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is among the most popular zoos in the United States. With the zoo’s exciting continent-themed exhibits and interactive displays featuring over 9,000 animals, it’s easy to see why that is true. The Columbus Zoo has been in continuous operation since 1927 and now includes two exhilarating adventure parks: Zoombezi Bay and Jungle Jack’s Landing. 

Explore the zoo’s spacious 90-acre (36-hectare) estate with the whole family and transport yourself to Asia, North America and its polar front, Africa, Southeast Asian islands and exciting and diverse seashores of the world. Visit exotic animals like the endangered black rhino or the Asian elephant.

Go to the African Forest, inhabited by over 700 species of African plant life and home to gorillas, monkeys and leopards.

Venture into the darkness on a simulated night hike through the Australian outback and meet lorikeets, koalas and kangaroos in the garden.

Kids will love the Shores Region, an exhibit dedicated to island wildlife. Handle a real starfish at the Tidepool Touchtank and see an array of slithering snakes and lizards in the Reptile Building. Dip your hand in the water to touch stingrays in Stingray Bay.

Kids will have lots of energy after meeting all those animals, so let them loose on the fun-filled zoo playgrounds. Take them for a spin on the old-fashioned carousel or the Bob Evans Express Train Ride. For an extra admission cost, go on the wild rides at Zoombezi Bay and Jungle Jack’s Landing or relax with a round of Safari Golf, located next door. Jungle Jack’s is named after the zoo’s former director and American patron for wildlife, Jack Hanna.

Columbus Zoo is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas but opening hours change with the seasons. There are reduced admission rates for those aged under 9 and over 60. Half-price discounts apply in the colder months. On-site parking is available for a fee.


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Cloverleaf Suites Columbus - Dublin NZ$156
Cloverleaf Suites Columbus - Dublin

Cloverleaf Suites Columbus - Dublin

4130 Tuller Road, Dublin, OH
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Dublin, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Scioto Park, Indian Run Falls Park and Sam and Eulalia Frantz Park. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay Waterpark are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    Embassy Suites Columbus - Dublin NZ$156
    Embassy Suites Columbus - Dublin

    Embassy Suites Columbus - Dublin

    5100 Upper Metro Pl, Dublin, OH
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Dublin, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Indian Run Falls Park and Sam and Eulalia Frantz Park. Leatherlips Monument and Scioto Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Hampton Inn Columbus/Dublin NZ$98
      Hampton Inn Columbus/Dublin

      Hampton Inn Columbus/Dublin

      3920 Tuller Rd, Dublin, OH
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Scioto Park, Indian Run Falls Park and Sam and Eulalia Frantz Park. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Antrim Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus - Dublin  NZ$102
        Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus - Dublin 

        Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus - Dublin 

        5125 Post Rd, I-270 At Exit #17-a, Us-33/sr-161 East, Dublin, OH
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this motel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Indian Run Falls Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Sam and Eulalia Frantz Park and Leatherlips Monument. Scioto Park and Giant Dancing Rabbits of Ballantrae Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus Dublin NZ$147
          Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus Dublin

          Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus Dublin

          7150 Sawmill Road, Dublin, OH
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Dublin, this golf hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Scioto Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Indian Run Falls Park. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Shamrock Golf Club are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            AC Hotel by Marriott Columbus Dublin NZ$211
            AC Hotel by Marriott Columbus Dublin

            AC Hotel by Marriott Columbus Dublin

            6540 Riverside Drive, Dublin, OH
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Indian Run Falls Park, Leatherlips Monument and Scioto Park. Sam and Eulalia Frantz Park is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.

              Courtyard by Marriott Columbus Dublin NZ$106
              Courtyard by Marriott Columbus Dublin

              Courtyard by Marriott Columbus Dublin

              5175 Post Road, Dublin, OH
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Indian Run Falls Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Sam and Eulalia Frantz Park and Leatherlips Monument. Scioto Park and Giant Dancing Rabbits of Ballantrae Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin NZ$149
                Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin

                Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin

                5000 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, OH
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this hotel is 5.3 mi (8.6 km) from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Schottenstein Center and Ohio Stadium. Polaris Fashion Place and Mapfre Stadium are also within 16 mi (25 km).