Get Involved with the Zoo




Enjoy the Zoo AFTER HOURS from the comfort of a VIP cart! Ideal for families, those with limited mobility, special occasions or a unique date night, these tours connect people to the wildlife in our care as we travel the Zoo and share their stories. From the bears of North America to the sharks of Discovery Reef, guests investigate the unique characteristics of our animals and discover how the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium supports conservation programs that protect animals worldwide. Enjoy light refreshments along the way and a keepsake to remember your experience. 
Spring tours available April 1 – May 16
Summer dates coming soon!
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets up to 3 days before your desired tour date.

*Please call (614) 645-3488 for questions regarding Twilight Tours and Wild Encounters Tours.


WILD ENCOUNTERS: Behind the Scenes Tours!

See the Zoo the way the keepers do!   Take a guided tour behind the scenes for a closer look at one of the amazing locations listed below.
NEW: Manatee Coast!
View these amazing marine mammals from a totally new vantage point! Find out why the manatees are here and what it takes to care for them.
Discovery Reef
You’ve seen it from the front, now come see our 90,000 gallon Aquarium from behind and above!  You’ll be amazed to hear about and see all of the hard work that goes into running our own little ocean!
Dr. C. Joseph Cross Animal Health Center
From emergency care to regular check-ups, from the smallest fish to the largest elephant, find out how our incredible Veterinary Staff, in conjunction with our Keeper Staff, manage the health of over 10,000 individual animals!
*Please note that we reserve the right to cancel a tour at any time to ensure the safety of our animals, staff and guests. If this should happen your tour will be rescheduled or you will receive a refund.
**Please inquire at the number below about wheelchair and stroller accessibility on tours.
Cost per person: 
          Members: $15
          Non-Members: $20 
These tours are offered daily:
11 a.m.     Animal Health
2 p.m.       Manatees
3 p.m.       Discovery Reef
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

*Please call (614) 645-3488 for questions regarding Wild Encounters Tours.