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On our recent road trip through Ohio, we got to spend a fun day at the Columbus Zoo! There is so much to see. I definitely recommend spending a full day there if you can!
Visiting the Columbus Zoo with Young Children
My daughter is no longer breastfeeding, but I did notice that they have some private rooms for nursing. There are also some family restrooms around the park, and many of the women’s and men’s restrooms also had diaper changing areas.
There is a ton of walking, so I’d suggest a stroller for younger children or even a soft carrier for babies. There are several play areas spread throughout the zoo, and these are a great spot to take a quick break! This is the Polar Playground in the North America area.
There’s a large climbing structure in the Australia area.
Our favorite was the Shores Play Park next to the aquarium. There are a couple water features where the kids can cool off along with some shade.
Food and Drink at the Columbus Zoo
You are allowed to bring your own food and drinks into the park. There are restrictions on bag sizes, so make sure to check their website. They also have many places to buy food inside the zoo.
The kids meal are reasonably priced, around $6-8 and include an entree, fries, cookies and apple slices. If you want soda, you can buy a collectible cup and refill it throughout the day for 99 cents.
How to Organize your Day
The zoo is organized into different areas for each part of the world. It’s easiest to see everything in one area and then move to another. There are keeper talks and demonstrations throughout the day. Make sure to check the schedule when you arrive, so you can plan accordingly. The aquarium is a great place to get out of the sun, so it’s a good idea to head there in the middle of your visit on a hot day. I’m going to give you the details on our favorite area below!
The North America section has polar bears, which are a favorite of my kids. They were really active during our visit, including a quick swim!
There’s also an indoor area next to the polar bears. There are some fun games to play and places to learn more about the polar bears and the arctic.
There are some tunnels for the kids to climb through as well. We spent a good amount of time in that area and also checked out the indoor part of the arctic fox exhibit.
Other Highlights from the Columbus Zoo
Aquarium Touch Pool
There is a touch pool area in the aquarium where you can actually touch a few different sea creatures!
*New* Dinosaur Island
This takes your family on a boat ride through dinosaur displays. There is an extra charge for this and you may get a little wet!
This was such a fun trip! Have you been to the Columbus Zoo?