Ready for a truly WILD vacation? Choose from any or all of Ohio's six zoos, ready to take you into the world of wild animals and nature. Now is the perfect time to plan your Ohio Zoo vacation! Wake up with the hippos at the Cincinnati Zoo, have lunch with polar bears at the Columbus Zoo, goof away the afternoon with chimpanzees at the Akron Zoo or have a staring contest with the elephants at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Not to mention, go on a safari adventure without leaving the Buckeye State, at The Wilds. So plan your zoo adventure today, many of the zoos offer packages for family getaways.
- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
One of the most popular year-round Cleveland attractions is the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Check out the African Elephant Crossing, a large area dedicated to giving visitors closer access to the majestic animals. Founded in 1882, the Cleveland travel hot spot is one of the oldest and largest zoos in the United States. It's located on 168 rolling, wooded acres just minutes from downtown Cleveland. The Cleveland Zoo is the Ohio home to 3,000 exotic animals representing 600 species from six of the world's seven continents.
- Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Located just north of Columbus, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to over 5,000 animals representing over 700 species. In 2009, it was named the No. 1 Zoo in America byUSA Travel Guide; it's definitely a worthwhile experience in Columbus. Package your getaway to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium with an adventure at Zoombezi Bay, a nearly 23-acre water park, which is right next to the zoo! Zoombezi Bay features 15 state-of-the-art water slides, a wave pool, an action river, a lazy river, private cabanas, a kiddie play pool and a whole lot more.
- Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
The Cincinnati Zoo was recently rated the No. 1 attraction locally and one of the top zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. More than one million people traveled to the zoo's award-winning exhibits, and more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species annually. There are animals from every continent at the Cincinnati Zoo, along with some of the most beautiful blooming flowers in the more than 20 on-site gardens.
- Akron Zoo
The Akron Zoo is an accredited world conservation zoo, a distinction given to only 10 percent of zoos across the country. When you travel to the Akron zoo, you'll come nose-to-nose with more than 700 animals, including endangered Humboldt penguins, Sumatran tigers, sloth bears, jaguars, snow leopards, lemurs, Komodo dragons and many more. The Akron Zoo is a terrific vacation spot for families with children, and a great place to travel year-round. The zoo offers several special events during the year such as Snooze at the Zoo, Party for the Planet, Senior Safari, Boo at the Zoo, Snack with Santa and many more.
- Toledo Zoo
The Toledo Zoo is one of the world's most complete zoos--it's one of the region's top family vacation destinations and has over 5,300 animals representing more than 760 species. At the zoo, visit the Arctic Encounter, the Africa! exhibit, observe hippos and polar bears from an under-water viewing area, and much more! The Toledo Zoo is proud to be at the forefront of many conservation efforts, working to preserve endangered and threatened species - from butterflies and birds to crocodiles and elephants.
- The Wilds
This is not your typical zoo or wildlife habitat. The Wilds, located near Cumberland, Ohio, is one of the largest and most innovative conservation center attractions in the world. Don't think because The Wilds doesn't have the zoo name that it's lacking in animals or space - its scope measures 14-square-miles in southeastern Ohio. Travel aboard a Safari Transport or Open-Air Safari to view and learn about rare and endangered animals from around the world roaming freely in large, natural habitat, including rhinos, giraffes, zebras and antelope. See the animals like nowhere else when you strap into The Wilds Zipline Safari Tour. Soar through the sky as you overlook the majestic animals of The Wilds. You'll zip along a network of cables, through the trees, over the animal watering holes, lakes, and pastures, finally landing among the amazing giraffes.