Guests of the Columbus Zoo are welcome to bring food and drinks, but straws and alcohol are not permitted. The Zoo takes credit cards and cash, and also has their own currency called Creature Cash. Creature Cash can be used in any location in the Zoo, as well as Zoombezi Bay. Guest Relations is where you can get your hands on some Creature Cash.
Please keep in mind that transportation is not provided once you enter the Zoo, so we suggest that you wear comfortable shoes that are made for walking! Wheelchairs, electric scooters, and strollers can be rented if you'd like any of those but supply is limited.
Re-entry is allowed, but you must exit and re-enter the park on the same day. Make sure to obtain a hand stamp on your way out though, otherwise you will not be allowed back into the park.
Throughout the park, there are nursing stations and family toilets.
Wagons and strollers are allowed at the Zoo - just make sure you follow stroller parking signs in the designated areas.
The best part about the Columbus Zoo is that there is no extra charge for the aquarium called Discovery Reef. Discovery Reef is located on the west side of the Zoo, just to the right after visitors pass through the tunnel.
Zoombezi Bay, a water park linked to the Zoo, is owned and operated by the Zoo. Please keep in mind that a Zoo ticket/membership does not grant you access to Zoombezi Bay since entry is separate.
Rain or shine, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is open 363 days a year! Indeed, many of the animals become more involved during the rain or colder weather, making it an ideal time to visit. Some animals from warmer climates, such as Africa, Australia, and Indonesia, are unable to withstand cold temperatures. Although many of these animals can be seen in their indoor environments, others cannot. Animals can be removed from display for a number of purposes, including exhibit care, environmental conditions, and health issues, so don't get your hopes up when it comes to seeing EVERY single animal.