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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Introduction

You can board a train to North America, take a tram to the Polar Frontier, or ride a boat around the Southeast-Asian islands when you visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio. Home to more than 11,000 animals and over 800 species from around the globe, the zoo is a non-profit organization that welcomes over 2.3 visitors annually. Founded in 1927, it has a worldwide reputation as a major attraction, educational facility, and significant contributor to conservation projects. It occupies a total of 580 acres which include a water park, a theme park, and an 18-hole golf course.

Hotels near Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

There’s a broad variety of hotels near the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the closest situated in Dublin, about 4 to 5 miles away. Most are suburban family and/or suite hotels, and some have pools, bars and restaurants. You’ll also find plenty of no-frills inns and budget motels, as well as some 3-star properties. The best time to visit for a hotel bargain is in May and June when the weather is mild, most of the exhibits are open, and the zoo is less crowded. Summer is the most popular season to visit with hotels getting booked up fast during the holiday season.

Where to stay near Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is between 3 and 6 miles from Dublin, a suburb of Columbus. The town is a family-friendly urban area with plenty of parks and public art spaces, alongside restaurants, shops and nightlife. It also hosts the annual Dublin Irish Festival. Delaware is about 8 miles from the zoo and is a walkable city with restaurants, eclectic boutiques, bookstores, and antique shops. It also features a popular farmer’s market and a scenic historic district. Columbus is Ohio’s capital city and boasts a lively downtown area, friendly neighborhoods, and plenty of attractions for both tourists and families.

Things to see near Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

You can stroll around Indian Run Falls, a city park with waterfalls, streams, bridges, and nature trails. It’s an 8-minute drive from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. For an interesting photo opportunity, the local landmark Field of Corn, a public art installation of giant concrete ears of corn, is 7 miles away. Boating, fishing, and hiking are all available at Scioto Park, a 218-acre state park. The Ohio Statehouse and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) are in downtown Columbus, about 20 miles from the zoo.

How to get to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Coumbus Zoo and Aquarium is located at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Powell Road. The parking lot at the zoo is large, so you should find a parking spot easily. The Central Transit Authority (COTA) buses run to and from the zoo during the weekends from early May and on a daily basis from June through to September. There is no transportation available on the zoo grounds, so visitors should be prepared for plenty of walking. Port Columbus International Airport is 8 miles from downtown Columbus and about 23 miles from Dublin.