We have been Columbus Zoo and Aquarium members ever since we moved back to Cbus in 2006. We live close enough that we can pop over for an hour or two. What a blessing to have THE best Zoo in the country right here in our “backyard”!
But in those 8 years, we have actually only gone to Zoombezi Bay once. When the twins were younger, we just weren’t ready to take that “plunge” (bad pun IK!). But now that they are “grown” (Yep big enough to ride everything at 48 in) they have been begging us to go. I was so excited to tell my crew that Zoombezi Bay would be hosting our family for a visit this summer. They were ecstatic!
First of all I love that admission to Zoombezi Bay also includes admission to The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. This truly makes for a “Wet ‘n Wild” family excursion- so much fun all in one place! And if you haven’t seen the Heart of Africa yet- take a break from the water slides and head over to see the giraffes, lions and more. It is amazing!
Hubs and I grew up here in Columbus. We can each remember fun times Wyandot Lake (if you didn’t know, that’s what Zoombezi was called back in the day). Well the waterpark has come a loooong way since then. And a couple years ago Cyclone was added to all the great slides and attractions at the park. Since then, my Andrew has been dying to ride it. Everytime we go to the zoo, the blue and yellow funnel calls his name! So of course this was the first slide he wanted to ride. I will admit, I was not excited about the long line (it was a beautiful Saturday after all and I think half the city was at the park). But wow! It was worth the wait! I cannot even describe the experience- think roller coaster, fast, water, laughter and fun (especially when you experience it with your kiddo)
In case you didn’t know, I’m thrifty… 😉 But buying meals at amusement parks is NOT a thrifty endeavour. But here is something I love. While you cannot bring your own food into Zoombezi, you can bring it into the Zoo. So check out the great “Cooler Cove” area to help you save! Bring your own lunch/dinner and take a break from the wet fun to enjoy it in the Zoo or at a picnic area nearby.
We had such a blast at Zoombezi Bay! From the wave pool to the lazy river to the the slides and new Baboon Lagoon- Everyone in the fam found a favorite in the park. Everyone decided that we have to come back! Not only do we have the best zoo in the country- but the best waterpark too! Right in our “backyard”! So make it a staycation destination! (or if you are an “out-of-towner”, it’s certainly worth the tip!)
Thanks to Zoombezi Bay for hosting my family for the day. All opinions are my own and we really did make some fun memories!