After our recent trip to the Cincinnati Zoo, I began wondering what other zoos were available in the area to visit. After perusing many top ten lists, I decided to plan a Mother’s Day trip with the family to explore the Columbus Zoo, which for us is a manageable two hour drive north from here in Kentucky. From what I can research, the Columbus Zoo is supposed to be one of the best in the country, rivaling the San Diego Zoo. How lucky that it’s not too far from us (the San Diego Zoo would require a 5 hour flight!)
Like our last trip, I brought my DSLR along to shoot some photos. I think many turned out well, although next time I’ll bring along a polarized lens to capture some of the creatures where the lighting was off with the glare in the windows. Unfortunately I lost a really great shot of a Puma because of that effect, so I’ll need to work around it in the future.
As far as the experience, I’d have to recommend to anyone that they should consider visiting the Columbus Zoo. Although this is only the second zoo I’ve ever been to, I’d have to say I was blown away both by the quality of the exhibits, the amount of rare animals they had, and how clean it was. Everything was very well done, but that’s to expect from the house Jack Hanna built. My wife and son had a lot of fun too, which was ultimately the purpose of the trip anyway.
If you’re planning a visit, I’d suggest getting up there early in the morning when the animals are active and before the crowds show up. We did notice a complete change after lunch, when the heat rose and made the animals more lethargic and the size of the crowds increased. Before that in the morning, we felt like we had the run of the place and it seemed every animal was on the move. Fun time though overall, and we’re looking forward to our next visit!