Our Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Family Adventiure

This post is sponsored by Experience Columbus, opinions are my own.

A fun day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Last weekend the kids, my husband and I packed up the family car and took a trip to Columbus to visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! The Columbus Zoo is one of my favorite places, and I was so excited to take Evan back and to take Kara for the first time!

The kids were so excited as we started our day. We picked up a couple Columbus Zoo hats and filled up our water bottles upon arriving. It was an absolutely gorgeous day!

A fun day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

We were really excited to check out a new area of the Zoo called Heart of Africa.

A fun day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Heart of Africa attraction is really unlike any other area of the Columbus Zoo. You immediately feel as if you’ve been transported into another world when you enter, it’s quite amazing. You can dine while overlooking a vast savanna and you can feel the rhythmic sounds African drums.

The area was designed to look like a village and you really do feel immersed in the music, culture and beauty.

A fun day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The access to the animals is really amazing, too, with sweeping views of the lions, zebras and giraffe’s. Of course, These particular cats were feeling a bit snoozy when we arrived.

Can you blame them? Cat naps are the best!

A fun day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The giraffe area was really the most impressive thing we saw all day. It just looked expansive and magical. It certainly didn’t feel like I was standing in Ohio as we peered out across the landscape.

A fun day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

You never know which animals are going to resonate with the kids, and for my daughter, it was the flamingos. She loved looking at these guys and we spent a lot of time letting her examine them and clap with glee.

A fun day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

My little boy enjoyed the aquarium most of all, and we had a great time watching all of the fish and other sea creatures leisurely swim past the glass. Of course, the manatees are always so majestic and fun to see. The aquarium never disappoints!

A fun day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

After we took in all the sights, we made one last pit stop on our way out of the Columbus Zoo. We stopped to have some Dippin’ Dots ice cream, and as you can see, it was a sweet end to our fun family day at the zoo.

A fun day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

As I said, this was Kara’s first trip to the zoo and she had such a wonderful time. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is worth the drive, and worth turning into a two-day-trip if you’re going to be in Columbus. With Zoombezi Bay Waterpark right on site, it offers double the fun.

It’s also the perfect cool-off after a long day at the zoo!

A fun day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Don’t forget to check out the Columbus food scene!

I lived in Columbus for almost two years, and the food scene is one of the things that I miss the most about this great city. Some great family-friendly dining options include Tasi in the Short North; Northstar Café (miss those veggie burgers) in the Short North, Easton and Clintonville; Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, locations all over the city an Pistacia Vera, in German Village.

Also be sure to follow Experience Columbus on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and online at Experience Columbus and Columbus Family Fun to find out more about their Roar and Explore package, available through the end of July!

We had such an amazing day with the kids in Columbus, and on the drive home, we began making plans for our next trip into the city. I think we’re headed to COSI next!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Experience Columbus OH via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Hi, I'm Crissy, the founder and editor of Parent Pretty. I'm a 30-something mom from Ohio who loves photography, my two beautiful children, and Diet Coke. You might recognize me from my main blog, Dear Crissy. You can also find me on Twitter @Crissy.

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