Columbus Zoo just – gets – better

August 13, 2012


After we had Jolie we discovered that many parents in the Columbus area are members of the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.  I honestly didn’t understand this as who would want to go to the zoo more than once or twice a year, right?

Well, I’m an idiot.  Or just a naïve first-time parent.  Where else can you pet a flamingo?  The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is by far the best zoo I’ve been to, and I mean, I’ve been to Africa so let me tell you this is a fantastic zoo.  This year we smartened up and became members.

My opinion is that it is impossible to see and do everything in one day.  We’ve walked the zoo in one day, or so we thought, only to discover later that we missed the aquarium, or the boat ride, or the merry-go-round, etc…. it helps to have a map which they give out for free by the entrance.

I could go on and on about all the animals at this zoo – the elephants are Jolie’s favorite.

Let’s just say between the elephants, the polar bears, the kangaroos, and all the other wonderful animals this zoo has to offer, I did not think it could get better.  But guess what?  It just – got – better!!!  The latest Stingray Bay is exactly what was missing.

For most of us, it costs $2-3 each to get into this.  I have to say this is somewhat annoying and I hope eventually this goes down to $1 like the boat, train and merry-go-round.  I can’t imagine when we have more children and have to spend $8-10 total just for this.  But for now, with just Jolie, it is lots of fun to touch the sting rays.

If you are visiting from out-of-town with kids, I would say this is your #1 place to visit in Columbus.  We love the Columbus Zoo!

- If you live in the area, be a member!  Parking is free ($7 otherwise!).
- Stoller or wagon is recommended to cart around your stuff and kids.
- If you have an infant, I not only brought the stroller but carried Jolie when she was littler in the moby wrap so I could pretend she could see and enjoy the animals.
- Bring your own lunch and plenty of water to save money.  There are plenty of picnic tables and benches around the zoo park to sit and eat.
- Get there early.  I always get there at 9 or 10 am depending on the season as by lunchtime the park gets busy, especially during school zoo trips (thinking these are more likely to be on Fridays).
- Go all year round – it’s true that some of the animals you are more likely to see in the colder climates.  Also, it’s less crowded when it’s really cold but bundle up We went once when it was 19 degrees out – brrrrrr!

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