Visit the Columbus Zoo- in the winter? You bet!

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What kind of zoo visit can you have in a snow storm? A surprisingly fun one, actually. Especially at a zoo which is open year round as the Columbus Zoo and Aquariumis.

The morning we decided to check out the zoo, we pulled into the parking lot as some small flurries started to fall from the sky. As we found our parking spot, the snow storm picked up. We bundled up and began our trek. The zoo was very quiet in terms of visitors and also animals. We did a quick walk through a few exhibits, but unfortunately most of the animals were not out and about. We saw the gray wolves which were out and very active. Also, the interactive barn was open. The sheep and goats were very happy to see others walking about. Our main objective was to see the polar bears in their new enclosure.<br/>

Their area was so big and (of course) had a polar theme to it. In the snow it was very cool to see- it made it feel authentic, LOL. The polar bears themselves were very active, rolling about and scratching themselves on a log and playing. They were so cute you wanted to go pet them- but were safe enough where that was impossible.

My suggestions for a winter visit to the Columbus Zoo, leave early and be prepared for cold weather. Ohio isn’t known for its warm winters. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is a new way to navigate the zoo and could be fun for those who don’t mind an afternoon outside in the cold.

Here are a few more pictures from our trip- feel free to check them out!
You can follow the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Facebook and Twitter as well. Have fun trip!

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  1. This is the first time I comment on your site, but I’ve been reading the articles for about a few weeks. I admire the passion with which you write the articles and dream that someday I can do the same. Love

  2. Polar Bears and wolves would be awesome to see in a winter setting! Lucky kids to have such an adventurous Mom!

  3. The boys would be all over seeing the animals in snow, sleet, rain, or sun…wouldn’t have mattered.

    I wouldn’t have ever considered a winter visit.

  4. Looks like a lot of fun and a bit cold it’s always better when there’s not that many people you can enjoy it much more.Like the big Polar bear picture out front.

  5. When I lived in Columbus (I just moved away in September), I went to the zoo during the winter too! Have you ever been when all the Christmas lights are up at night? Its really pretty but SUPER crowded! It looks like you guys had fun, I’m kind of jealous! I miss that zoo! lol

  6. I think it would be fun to visit a zoo in the winter – great photos!

  7. well, if the animals can enjoy the snow, why can’t we, right? I love taking my kids to the zoo and bad weather is great because there are so few people there to clog the walkways!

  8. I’m definitely going to take my son on a homeschool field trip to the Columbus Zoo this winter! I think I’ll pick a day without a snow storm coming, though, because I really hate freezing my tushy off!! LOL Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. These photos are amazing! I really enjoy going to the zoo.
    Thanks for hosting the blog hop. Looks like a lot of people are linking up and not participating in the hop from the response I got last week and I had two blogs linked. I visited many blogs and social networks.
    Already following you.

  10. We love taking our family to the zoo wherever we visit!

    I’d go there during the winter =)

  11. Wow that looks awesome! I just got a new lens for my camera so I can visit the zoo and take better pictures. I love yours! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Looks like fun! What a good idea to see polar bears in the winter time. Good teaching moment!!

  13. What a great winter time family activity! We’ve not been to this zoo yet, but really isn’t that far! Would make a great day trip! Thanks for the intro ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I love to visit the zoo. When Bryan worked in Birmingham we always went to Christmas at the Zoo. It was at night and you could see the animals, go to shows, the interactive petting zoo and ride the train. Of course, Birmingham is a lot warmer in December than Ohio is.

  15. That seems like a good idea to visit in the colder weather. Crowds are down and I know some of those animals are grateful for the cold. I didn’t know this zoo had polar bears so that is a reason to go visit and they are probably more active in the cold.

  16. Looks like you had the place to yourself. I love that they are open summer and winter. I bet you can really get a feel for the animals in climates closer to what they are used to.

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