Even with temperatures hovering near one hundred degrees it is still possible to have a wonderful day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Water misters and sprinklers are peppered throughout the zoo to cool the young and old alike. Shaded benches and picnic tables are available in abundance along all walking trails allowing visitors the opportunity to rest and take a break from heat practically anywhere in the park.
The Columbus Zoo continually updates its cache’ of animals, dining stops, and shopping treasures so often that even frequent visitors can find something new. Although the heat is intense, many of the animals continue to be active. The female lions vie for zookeeper attention during visitor Q & A sessions, the new polar bears romp in their ice cold pond while observers watch both from the “shore” and under the water. Fox bats fan themselves in the sun while the primates playfully put on a show, and if you aren’t careful, you just might get hit with a stream of water from a feisty dinosaur or pteranodon at the Reptile House.
While a great deal for the day at $9 for children ages 2-9, and $14 for visitors 10 and over, an annual membership is the best bet for families seeking a deal. Not only does a membership assure free parking for a year, a ten percent discount in all the zoo’s wonderful gift shops, and pre-paid membership nearly any day of the year, but through the reciprocating membership program, Ohioans can enjoy half price admission to any zoo in the state, at The Wilds (located in Cambridge, Ohio), and free admission to most zoos in the US and Canada.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are an incredibly involving treasure trove of engaging and delightful animals, interactive activities, and precious environmental education…not to mention a great time for kids of all ages.