Columbus Zoo

Columbus Zoo
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is considered the number 1 zoo in the US in 2009 by USA Travel Guide and the number 1 zoo in 2012 by Besties Reader Choice, and there are many reasons why.

Simply called Columbus Zoo, this zoo is a non-profit zoological organization. Columbus Zoo houses more than 9,000 animals of about 700 species. These animals are seen annually by approximately 2.3 million visitors.

Columbus Zoo also owns Safari Golf Club, Zoombezi Bay, and Jungle Jack’s Landing. The total land ownership of Columbus Zoo amounts to 580 acres, half of which is dedicated to the zoo.

Columbus Zoo has its own conservation program. The zoo donates to various outside programs including the Wilds, an animal conservation center that is located in the southeastern part of Ohio. Columbus Zoo had already donated over $3.3 million for more than 70 conservation projects in 30 countries.

Surely, it is worth visiting a zoo that you know knows how to help other initiatives for the same goal of conserving animals.


Columbus Zoo Coupons

You can always stretch your dollar when visiting Columbus Zoo. Columbus Zoo actually offers coupons, discounts and ongoing promos.

Members: Members will receive unlimited free admission to the zoo for 1 year, free or discounted admission to other zoos in Ohio, free rides, free parking, free magazine and e-newsletter, exclusive invitation, 10% discount on gift shops, and passes to Zoombezi Bay. Plus, when you purchase a membership, you may be able to fund valuable education and conservation programs that Columbus Zoo provides locally and globally.

Groups: Columbus Zoo provides discounts for groups of 15 to 100 people and 100+ people. Group tours inclusive of admission, visit to exotic animals, guided walk tour, and meal are also offered.
Discounts are also offered to traditional and non-traditional school groups. These are applicable to Franklin and non-Franklin County schools.

Seniors: Columbus Zoo provides 50% discount on all seniors aged 60 and above on Tuesdays.

Franklin County residents: Columbus Zoo provides 50% discount on local residents upon presentation of a valid ID on Wednesdays.

Military: Columbus Zoo also provides $6 on up to 6 tickets for active and non-active duty members upon presentation of a valid military ID.

Obviously, if you fall on one of these categories, you can make your visit more affordable. Anyhow, consider becoming a zoo member to enjoy more Columbus Zoo coupons and discounts. Columbus Zoo slashes $5 if you will purchase membership online.


Hotels Near the Columbus Zoo:

If you need a place to sleep, Columbus Zoo had already prepared a place for you. The zoo actually partners with hotels that can provide travel packages to the visitors.

These hotels are Holiday Inn Worthington, Chase Suites, Cambria Suites, Holiday Inn Express Dublin, and Hampton Dublin.

Dublin CVB Packages are also offered by some of the zoo. The package contains great rates if you plan to stay in one of the 10 Dublin hotels, and free meal coupons for the kids in 6 restaurants in the area. Some of these Dublin hotels include free breakfast, shuttle service to Columbus Zoo, and welcome gifts to the kids among others.

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Zoo Hours

Columbus Zoo Hours:

Columbus Zoo is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Hours by month include:

Months Hours

  • January 10 am to 4 pm
  • February 10 am to 4 pm
  • March 10 am to 5 pm
  • April 9 am to 5 pm
  • May 9 am to 5 pm (From May 26 onwards, 9 am to 7 pm)
  • June 9 am to 7 pm (On June 16, closing time will be 3 pm for Zoofari)
  • July 9 am to 7 pm
  • August 9 am to 7 pm
  • September 10 am to 5 pm (Through September 3, the opening time will be 9 am)
  • October 10 am to 5 pm
  • November (1-15) 10 am to 4 pm
  • November (16-30) 10 am to 5 pm
  • Wildlights 5 pm to 9 pm (Sundays thru Thursdays)
  • Wildlights 5 pm to 10 pm (Fridays and Saturdays)
  • December 10 am to 5 pm
  • Wildlights 5 pm to 9 pm (Sundays thru Thursdays)
  • Wildlights 5 pm to 10 pm (Fridays and Saturdays)

The extended hours on November and December are for the zoo’s Wildlights, Columbus Zoo’s seasonal light display.

Zoo Info

Columbus Zoo Prices:

The general admission rates for the visitors are:
Under 2: Free
Ages 2-9: $9.99
Ages 10-59: $14.99
Ages 60+: $10.99

Members: Free admission

Groups: Groups of 15 or more will receive the following group rates:
Under 2: Free
Ages 2-9: $8
Ages 10-59: $13
Ages 60+: $8
School groups are offered the following rates:
Rates Dates
Traditional school groups
Franklin County schools $2 not valid from June 10 to August 19
Non-Franklin County schools $4 not valid from June 10 to August 19
Non-traditional school groups
Franklin County $5
Non-Franklin County $7
Reservations must be made at least 10 days before visiting the zoo otherwise the rates will not be applied.

Parking: $7 for car and free for buses


Toll free: (800) MONKEYS
Fax number: (614) 645-3465

Directions: Columbus Zoo is located at 4850 West Powell Rd., Powell, Ohio. The zoo is accessible through the north, south, east, and west part. However, there is an ongoing roadwork around the zoo that may affect your route going to the zoo. Due to roadwork, SR 257/Riverside Drive has been reduced to one lane in both directions between Stratford Avenue (one mile south of the Zoo) and 1000’ north of the Glick Road intersection.


Columbus Zoo Jobs:

Columbus Zoo values the contribution of its people. The zoo management continuously hires people to join in the team.

Columbus Zoo jobs, further, are available year-round and seasonal. The applicant must meet the minimum job qualifications, adhere to the zoo’s drug-free workplace policy, pass a criminal history background check, pass a driver’s license check, be able to work on flexible schedule, have reliable transportation, meet the employee appearance policy, and deliver the guest service standards.

Visit the zoo’s website to check for regular updates on employment.

Remember to check out the Columbus Zoo Lights in the Winter!

Apart from the other things that you may do in the Columbus Zoo compound including activities at the water park (Zoombezi Bay), you may also visit other local attractions. These attractions are Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Water’s Edge, Olentangy Indian Caverns, Ohio Railway Museum, and Ohio Expo Center and State Fair among others.

Columbus Zoo is definitely a great place to visit. There are many activities that you and your kids will enjoy inside and outside the compound. So, if you want to have a worthwhile, educational travel, then visit Columbus Zoo today.