Get Involved with the Zoo


Rides Open:

  • All rides will begin opening in the spring. Dates differ from ride to ride so please check the list below. (Please call ahead for availability at 614-724-3485)


Located on the west side of the Zoo near Bob and Evelyn’s Roadhouse, enjoy the upbeat sounds and the thrill of riding on our authentic 1914 Mangel-Illions Carousel complete with 52 original horses, chariots and band organ. Individual rides may be purchased for $1 per rider. 
OPEN: Daily beginning Mar. 1


Bob Evans Express Train Ride

Individual rides may be purchased for $1 per rider.
OPEN: Daily beginning Mar. 8




Stingray Bay

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium guests and members now have the opportunity to see stingrays up close and to touch these majestic creatures! The Stingray Bay experience will encourage visitors to interact with the Zoo’s brand new school of stingrays by watching these beautiful animals “fly” through the water and dipping their hands in the water to come in contact with them.
OPEN: Weekends beginning Mar. 22; Daily beginning May 17

Grange Insurance Stings, Wings N’ Play Things Park

Children's playground located between African Forest and Voyage to Australia and the Islands.  Polar PlaygroundChildren's playground located in Polar Frontier in North America.
OPEN: Daily beginning Mar. 8

Pony Ride

Purchase tickets at the train station. Pony rides are $4 per rider. *Riders must be 10 years old or younger. **Ride may close due to weather, temperature, humidity or technical issues.
Open: Weekends beginning Mar. 22; Daily beginning May 17
CLICK HERE for more information on the rides in Jungle Jack's Landing. *Hours of operation for the rides are subject to change without notice. For a list of rides in operation, please call
(614) 724-3485. **CLICK HERE to view ride restrictions.