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America's Most-Visited Zoos

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Courtesy of Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Go wild for the animals and special events that make these America’s most popular zoos.

No. 4 Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, OH

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Annual Visitors: 2,374,125

You may recognize Jack Hanna from his wildlife TV series and talk show appearances, but you may not know that as Columbus Zoo’s long time director, and now director emeritus, he also modernized, expanded and transformed the park into the popular destination it is today. Among the zoo’s 10,000 animals are five generations of gorillas, including Colo, the first to be born in captivity, 55 years ago. At Polar Frontier, guests can see giant polar bears swimming overhead and catch playful brown bears digging in the ground. In 2014, the zoo will open the sprawling Safari Africa, where lions, zebras, and giraffes will roam over 50 acres of land resembling the Serengeti.

Children under 2, free; ages 2–9, $9.99; ages 10–59, $14.99; ages 60 and up, $10.99; colszoo.org.

America's Most-Visited Zoos

No. 4 Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, OH

Annual Visitors: 2,374,125

You may recognize Jack Hanna from his wildlife TV series and talk show appearances, but you may not know that as Columbus Zoo’s long time director, and now director emeritus, he also modernized, expanded and transformed the park into the popular destination it is today. Among the zoo’s 10,000 animals are five generations of gorillas, including Colo, the first to be born in captivity, 55 years ago. At Polar Frontier, guests can see giant polar bears swimming overhead and catch playful brown bears digging in the ground. In 2014, the zoo will open the sprawling Safari Africa, where lions, zebras, and giraffes will roam over 50 acres of land resembling the Serengeti.

Children under 2, free; ages 2–9, $9.99; ages 10–59, $14.99; ages 60 and up, $10.99; colszoo.org.

Courtesy of Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
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