What to Do at the Zoo in Columbus, Ohio

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Are you in Columbus and wondering what to do? Look no further than the Columbus Zoo! From now until February 28th, they’ve cut their price of admission in half. General admission is only $8.50, children aged 3-9 is $6, and Seniors over 60 is also $6. Parking at the zoo is $10, however, and guests are highly encouraged to pre-pay their parking online, as they do not take cash. Their hours of operation for the winter are 7 days a week, 10am to 4pm.

One of the amazing programs the Columbus Zoo offers is selling Animal Art. Yes, it’s what you think it is, the animals at the zoo are given paints and canvases, and make unique pieces of art you can buy! The canvases range in size from 5×7 for $38, to 8×10 for $59, to 11×14 for $85, or 12×16 for $110. Sales from each original piece help to sustain the zoo and aquarium. All the animals get in on the action, from the gorillas, to the rhinos, to the penguins! Buy one for yourself or as a gift for the animal lover in your life!

Do you love giraffes? Then you’ll love the Giraffe Barn Feeding Experience! This experience is for children over the age of 10 accompanied by an adult, and requires standing and walking up a flight of stairs, therefore it is not ADA accessible. The price of admission is $99 per person and its duration is 30 minutes. You might even get a glimpse of the Columbus Zoo’s baby giraffe! You’ll have the opportunity to personally feed select giraffes and learn about their habits and habitats. This experience is behind the scenes at the zoo and therefore open only to paying guests. It runs daily from 11:30am and again at 1pm. Book your experience online!

The Columbus Zoo also offers an experience called the Reindeer Encounter. Just as with the giraffes, you’ll get up-close-and-personal with reindeer and learn about their lifestyles and natural habitats. This experience is $99 per person and is open to everyone 5 years old and up, accompanied by an adult. Closed-toed shoes are highly recommended. This experience is 30 minutes long and is available daily at 2:30pm.

For the elephant lover, why not check out the Elephant Bath Experience? This event is for children 10 years and older accompanied by an adult and is $99 per person. You’ll join the keepers in giving the elephants a bath and learn about the importance of taking care of an elephant’s sensitive skin. Photos are not allowed to be taken by guests during this experience, however, team members will assist guests with taking pictures once it’s safe to do so. This experience is 45 minutes long and is held daily at 10:15am.

Come and see what’s new at the Columbus Zoo! You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll get to meet some pretty amazing animals in the meantime. Go on an adventure and book your zoo trip today!

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