Recently my family and I traveled to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for a day filled with fun and animal sightings and we were not disappointed. It ended up being a good time and there was so much to see.
With gas prices being so high right now, I was glad we were traveling to a zoo that is not far from our house at all. It's also not hard to find with many road signs posted along the way. The drive is not a bad one at all as long as you go in the morning and don't run into too much traffic. We chose to get there at 9:00 in the morning and we didn't hit any bad traffic.
The prices for admission are not bad considering all there is to see, it costs $9.00 for ages 2-9, $14.00 for ages 10-59, and $10.00 for ages 60 and up. The only thing I would complain about money wise is the fact that there are so many other things there to take your money. For example, there are rides now that cost extra and of course food and souvenirs are a little pricey for a family of five.Also, if you choose to feed the birds in the Lorikeet aviary, then a small cup of nectar will cost you $2.00. The good thing is that you can take a cooler and pack your own food and drinks, that way you can try to avoid the extra cost of eating out while you are there. There are plenty of places to unpack your cooler and sit down to have a nice family meal.
The amount of animals that this zoo has is phenomenal! We got there around 9:00 in the morning and we weren't done seeing all the animals until around 2:00, and we didn't stop to rest much at all. I think everyone in my family enjoyed seeing the polar bears most of all. You can view them from right outside their enclosure or you can go downstairs and watch them swimming right above you. It was great watching them swim and catching their treats right above our heads. Of course we also loved hearing the male tiger roar and roll in the grass, and everyone loved the monkeys. The only disappointing part was that there were so many animals that were not on display at all, like the many chimpanzees that are usually out swinging on their jungle gym. We were all upset that we didn't get to see them that day.
The photo opportunities were endless with the amount of statues around the zoo for my kids to stop and pose on. Also, we got close enough to many of the animals to snap a few good pictures before they walked away. Another good photo opportunity was the Lorikeet aviary, where we purchased a cup of nectar that my children got to feed to these birds. Although I wouldn't suggest doing this with a young child, my five-year old got bit by a bird that sat on his arm as he tried to feed it.
Overall, we loved this zoo and I think it was a great learning experience for my children who already love learning about animals. There are so many things to see and the zoo is very clean and also has a friendly staff. Just make sure and pack your own cooler if you don't want to spend too much money on the food!