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Archive for July 23rd, 2008

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is one of the largest attractions for kids in Columbus, and with good reason. The zoo is a fabulous place for kids.

My daughter had her first trip to the zoo at five months. At five months old, her favorite exhibit was the aquarium. She loved the movement and colors.

Now at 18 months-old, she still loves the aquarium. Her other favorite animals are the lions, komodo dragon, monkeys, and kangaroos. Petting the goats is also a favorite. She loves seeing the animals up close.

She also adores the animal statues located throughout the zoo. She’ll climb on them, give them hugs, and point out their noses, which makes for great photo opportunities. 

In addition to all the usual animal attractions, the zoo also has a carousal that the pumpkin loves riding. The other rides inside the zoo are the boat ride and and train. The price for all rides is a $1 per person. 

The only negative to the zoo is the price. However, if you plan on visiting the zoo frequently, having a membership is great. We have saved a lot of money with our membership. We go for a few hours and don’t feel obligated to stay all day to get our money’s worth.

Another way to reduce costs on trips to the zoo is to pack snacks and drinks. The zoo has lots of eating and drinking options, but the price adds up. 

Where: 4850 West Powell Road, Powell, Ohio 43065.

Hours: From Labor Day to Memorial Day, the zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. From June 25 to August 20, the zoo is open on Wednesdays until 8 p.m.

Fee: General admission is $10 per person, $7 for 2 to 9 years old and 60 and up. Under two years old is free. 

Parking: Parking is $5 per car, but it is free with a membership.

[Photo Credit: Elephants]

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