I love the zoo! We went in early spring, and a few of the tropical animals were hibernating, but other than that, this attraction is well worth the trip.
There are bears. The picture to the left is one I took there when we went recently. Though it was a pretty chilly morning, at about noon people started flooding in, so going for the first half of the day definitely has its pluses.
There is a playground-like kids' area, and it's pretty big. Though I didn't play around in it, the kids' place looked like lots of fun.
They have a few small aviaries, a good-sized reptile house, and a nice aquarium. (The aquarium is not pictured to the left, that picture was taken of the polar bears' habitat.) I highly suggest visiting if you're into those sorts of things, since my husband and I were not disappointed.
Overall, the variety of animals is amazing. They have apes, orangutans, and bonobos. They have polar bears, brown bears, and sun bears. They have bats, snakes, turtles, lizards, flamingos, fish, rays, manatees, and even a komodo dragon.
We got through the whole zoo in about five hours. It was a little tough on the feet, but if you're just going to see the animals, one day is enough. Compared to the Miami Zoo, this one is a bit smaller, but not disappointing in the least, not in my opinion anyway. And the food there wasn't that over-priced, surprisingly, so having lunch there isn't too hard on the wallet. I highly recommend.
To learn more, visit the Columbus Zoo's website.
Feel free to leave a comment and ask any question I might be able to answer for you. Also, I'm interested in knowing where your favorite zoo is. Why is it great and what's your favorite zoo animal?