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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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Stunning Executive Home
Reviewed on Nov 27, 2018
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Stunning Executive Home

Stunning Executive Home

Dublin, OH
     
    4.4 of 5
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    This home has almost anything you would need. Beautiful, spacious and clean. Michelle was easy to get a hold of when we had Internet issue and took care of it right away. Great stay!

    Cloverleaf Suites Columbus - Dublin $93
    Reviewed on May 13, 2019
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    Cloverleaf Suites Columbus - Dublin

    Cloverleaf Suites Columbus - Dublin

    4130 Tuller Road, Dublin, OH
       
      4.2 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Very nice property. Didn’t feel like you were in a hotel and the property was very nice. Close to a lot of activities and beautiful areas. Will stay here again in the future and already planning another trip!

      Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus - Dublin  $64
      Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019
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      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
         
        4.0 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Loved my stay here. They are pet friendly and the staff was very courteous. I let them know we had our dog with us and the staff went out of their way to get us a first floor room with easy access to the wooded area outside. The room was very clean and comfortable. I will be staying here in my future ...

        AC Hotel by Marriott Columbus Dublin $149
        Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019
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        AC Hotel by Marriott Columbus Dublin

        AC Hotel by Marriott Columbus Dublin

        6540 Riverside Drive, Dublin, OH
           
          4.8 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0

          We go there once a month and it is a great experience every time, from the receptionists, the lobby's amazing smell thru the rooftop restaurant and the rooms, everything is great.

          Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus Dublin $88
          Reviewed on May 19, 2019
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          Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus Dublin

          Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus Dublin

          7150 Sawmill Road, Dublin, OH
             
            4.6 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Loved our room. Property was well kept. Heated pool was nice

            Sonesta ES Suites Columbus Dublin $103
            Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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            Sonesta ES Suites Columbus Dublin

            Sonesta ES Suites Columbus Dublin

            435 Metro Pl S, Dublin, OH
               
              4.4 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              The place was nice and clean but the shower shampoo/conditioner/soap pumps were out. Would recommend other than that.

              Embassy Suites Columbus - Dublin $120
              Reviewed on May 21, 2019
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              Embassy Suites Columbus - Dublin

              Embassy Suites Columbus - Dublin

              5100 Upper Metro Pl, Dublin, OH
                 
                4.4 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Beautiful hotel, loved our room and our stay. Nothing we didn’t like.

                Hampton Inn Columbus/Dublin $130
                Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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                Hampton Inn Columbus/Dublin

                Hampton Inn Columbus/Dublin

                3920 Tuller Rd, Dublin, OH
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  Very clean room, dining area and check-in area. Hot coffee was always available. Plenty of convenient, well-lit parking. Pleasant staff.