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Best Zoos in Ohio to visit with family

Edited by: Rekha Rajan
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In most surveys about the best Zoos in the USA, three from Ohio State always stand out – Toledo Zoo, Columbus Zoo, and Cincinnati Zoo.

This recognition is proof of the quality of Ohio’s zoos and how popular they are with local residents.

One of the most prominent locals to have influenced the Ohio Zoo landscape is Jack Hanna, also known as ‘Jungle Jack’.

This animal-lover was Director of Columbus Zoo from 1978 to 1992 and has elevated the zoo’s quality and reputation.

Zoos in Ohio

Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo
Image: Cincinnatizoo.org

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens has around 2000 animals including, Fiona, the famous baby hippo. 

It spans across 75 acres and has over 3000 plant species making it the greenest zoo in the US.

Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio gets over 1.5 million visitors annually.

Columbus Zoo

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Image: Columbuszoo.org

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, initially built in 1927, is located north of Columbus city.

Columbus Zoo in Ohio gained national recognition under its visionary zoo director Jack Hanna and has won accolades in the past decade.

It spans over 580 acres and is home to 10,000 animals of 800 different species. It attracts over two million visitors every year.

Cleveland Zoo

Cleveland Zoo
Image: Clevelandmetroparks.com

Cleveland Zoo is Northeast Ohio’s most-visited year-round attraction and gets around 1.5 million visitors annually. 

The 183-acres Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is home to more than 3000 animals offering guests countless opportunities to connect with wildlife. 

Toledo Zoo

Toledo Zoo
Image: Toledozoo.org

Toledo Zoo and Aquarium has more than 10,000 animals representing over 720 species and is considered one of the world’s most complete zoos.

With more than a million visitors annually, it is the region’s top family attraction.

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