On Monday, we went to the Columbus Zoo. I hadn’t ever been there with the kids and was really looking forward to it. We showed up around noon and learned that the zoo would be open late due to their holiday light festival. We decided to pace ourselves and stay for the whole day 🙂
The kids loved the sculptures.
The reptile house had cool decorations on the ceiling.
We saw lots of reptiles and I liked that the displays were set up with easy to understand labels! They showed the ranges on maps as well as what the animals liked to eat and how endangered they were. We definitely noticed the ones from Ohio!
Who could resist more sculptures?
On to the aquarium where we saw sharks, rays, a humphead wrasse, manatees and more…
Outside, my son tried to get a flamingo to eat his fingers (or at least that seemed to be the plan). I tried to convince him it was a bad plan!
We weren’t sure why the lions were blocked off until I took a few shots of this mom and her babies. Then a zookeeper asked us not to linger as it would disturb the new mom. Oops! They were so cute, though. I am glad we got to see and hear them.
On to the tigers.
Elephants. The one with the broken tusks is 38 years old and weighs almost 12,000 pounds.
There were places to warm up scattered throughout the zoo.
Penguins and more sculpture.
There is a carousel in the middle of the zoo. The kids took it for a spin.
Then, we had hot chocolate and some of the worst tasting colored popcorn ever made.
Finally, it got dark enough to really enjoy the lights. We were surprised by a light show timed to the music as we were leaving. It was spectacular! I knew as I took the pictures that they would do it no justice, but ah well… I took them anyway.
I am so glad we went. And that we stayed.