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I have four children with very unique personalities and interests. Often, we visit a place and a couple love it and the other two aren't as into it. The Mississsippi Children's Museum, however, really did have something for everyone. There was a giant scrabble board for older kids, a quiet reading nook for those who needed a little bit of quiet, and several climbing structures that explored different facets of the Mississippi Economy: forestry, drilling, medical, history, and even a section dedicated to home life. The outdoor area had an edible garden and plenty of materials for free building. We only had a few hours as we were driving through, but could have easily stayed all day!
Having lived in Washington DC and New York City, my family has rather high standards when it comes to zoos, and this one was a surprisingly great find.
Because of our late arrival in the state on our roadtrip, this review is based on only a two-and-a-half-hour visit to the zoo, but a family could easily spend an entire day enjoying all of the exhibits and special experiences.
The Columbus Zoo is enormous! The attraction spans 582 acres, 140 of which are developed as exhibits and public spaces. The zoo is organized by six geographic regions: Asia Quest, North America and Polar Frontier, The Shores, Australia and the Islands, African Forest and Heart of Africa.
It's home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 575 species -- 40 of which are endangered and 33 that are threatened animal species.
During our visit, we took a quick shuttle from the entry village to the 43-acre Heart of Africa, where we first spent time with the lion pride exhibit. The lions live behind a see-through enclosure that allows them to lounge in close view of zoo-goers while enjoying a replica of their natural environment. My kids were thrilled to safely see the lions that close.
A highlight of the Heart of Africa area is the special exhibit in tribute to Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the zoo and the celebrity zookeeper responsible for its considerable reputation. There are many photos of Jack and his family, a replica of his camp (in Africa) surrounded by monkeys, and quotes by him all over the area. The kids thought it was funny how there were also photos of Hanna with his fellow animal-lover, Betty White.
In addition to the lions and monkeys, we stopped to see the dromedary camel, gazelles, zebra, etc. Unfortunately the camel rides were not available when we were there, but we were able to ride the train in the North America area.
Over in North America, we also spent a good bit of time checking out the petting zoo area. The kids helped groom goats, and they were occupied for a quite a while getting to know the different animals and the volunteers minding the area. It was actually hard to keep going from the petting area, because my kids got to touch and brush so many animals and also talk to folks who knew a lot about animals.
Ultimately we had an amazing time walking around the various areas of the zoo, and some of other favorite animal exhibits include the Polar Frontier (we love baby polar bear Nora, and we're sad she has to go!), the Humboldt Penguin and Caribbean Flamingo in the Shores and Aquarium, and the many snakes in the Reptile Habitat.
If you're looking for a fabulous all-day or half-day outing in Central Ohio, definitely check out the Columbus Zoo.
Disclosure: This review is based on a complimentary visit to The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. I received no other compensation.
This place is great, and it's open until like 2am! 21 and up after midnight, though! This is a great family place. If you're addicted to claw machines, this place is for you. Be prepared to spend a lot. They are mostly UFO catchers, but they are by far the easiest. Tons of ticket games, and even old school arcade games. This place is by far the coolest!!
My parents have a boat moored just inside the locks and it makes it very easy for us to walk down when we are in town and staying on the boat.
After having been through the locks on our boat it is always fun to watch others go through them! You also get to see big boats and barges come through!
When you tire of that you can walk to the south side of the locks and have a look in the fish ladder. Some times of the year are more exciting than others, but it is pretty neat to see how they work even if the fish aren't running!
Definitely a must see!