Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and vacation rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

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.


Guide to Exploring around Columbus Zoo and Aquarium


Map

Best Lodging Options Near Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

See all 252 Properties near Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Stunning Executive Home
Stunning Executive Home

Stunning Executive Home

Dublin, OH
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Dublin, this romantic vacation home is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Zoombezi Bay Waterpark. Safari Golf Club and Shamrock Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Cloverleaf Suites Columbus - Dublin $81
    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 2 mi (3 km) of Leatherlips Monument, Scioto Park, and Indian Run Falls Park. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay Waterpark are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Affordable Spacious 5bd/ 2BA
      Affordable Spacious 5bd/ 2BA

      Affordable Spacious 5bd/ 2BA

      Columbus, OH
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars
        Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus - Dublin  $58
        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 mi (5 km) of Sam and Eulalia Frantz Park and Leatherlips Monument. Scioto Park and Giant Dancing Rabbits of Ballantrae Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Hampton Inn Columbus/Dublin $69
          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 mi (5 km) of Leatherlips Monument, Scioto Park, and Indian Run Falls Park. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Antrim Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus Dublin $80
            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 within 3 mi (5 km) of Leatherlips Monument, Scioto Park, and Indian Run Falls Park. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Shamrock Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Quality Inn And Suites Dublin
              Quality Inn And Suites Dublin

              Quality Inn And Suites Dublin

              3950 Tuller Rd, Dublin, OH
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Dublin, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Leatherlips Monument, Scioto Park, and Indian Run Falls Park. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Antrim Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                AC Hotel by Marriott Columbus Dublin $134
                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 mi (2 km) of Indian Run Falls Park, Leatherlips Monument, and Scioto Park. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay Waterpark are also within 6 mi (10 km).