The Dinosaur Island attraction at the zoo has been so popular it's been extended to run through Oct. 27, instead of closing on Labor Day.
Visitors to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium have the option of buying tickets to the Dinosaur Island and/or Stingray Bay exhibits in addition to their admission tickets. For members, the cost of each is $2, for nonmembers it's $3 per exhibit. Another option is to get the Zoo-it-All wristband for $9.99 per person allowing unlimited rides at the zoo, visits to Dinosaur Island and Stingray Bay and rides in Jungle Jack's Landing.
The animatronic dinosaurs make noise, blink their eyes, and move their bodies and tails. Some even spray out water as you go by in your boat. The exhibit, which requires riders to be 42" or taller, runs daily during park hours. Update: The exhibit, which was scheduled to close after Labor Day, will remain open through Oct. 27.
A large, animatronic Pterodactyl greets visitors to the zoo at the entrance. Once inside, look for signs pointing the way to the exhibit once you get inside the zoo and pose in one of the Dinosaur Island-themed safari vehicles along the route for a memento from your visit.
Other tips and information to keep in mind when visiting the zoo:
The very entertaining Animals on Safari show is at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early to get a good seat. The show is new this year, but still features dogs and cats from shelters in addition to wild animals and some exotic animals from the zoo. It lasts 25 minutes and is a nice break from walking around.
You can bring a lunch to eat. A nice place to eat your packed lunch is the picnic tables by the lake off to the right of the entrance. If you don't bring your own food and drinks, consider buying a souvenir bottle for drinks. They costs $9.99 for 1, $16.99 for 2 or $22.99 for 3. Refills of the bottles at the zoo and Zoombezi Bay are $0.94 ($1) in the future. Otherwise, a large soda is $2.99.
Look for coupons to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay in the Entertainment Book. Also, check your ValPak coupons for discounts to Zoombezi Bay.