Did you know that three of the top-ranked zoos in America are waiting for your family in Ohio? We’ve mapped an epic five hundred mile motorhome safari to discover the zoos in Toledo, Cincinnati and Columbus. To add even more adventure to your RV excursion, we’ve thrown in a bonus stop for the kids on the trip home.
In need of an RV rental? Start your journey in Louisville, KY, just an hour and a half south of Cincinnati. If you’re good to go, pick up the safari at the Cincinnati Zoo, FamilyFun Magazine’s 2015 top pick for animal attractions. From mysterious Wolf Woods to the spectacular polar bear habitat, your family will be thrilled, educated and thoroughly entertained on this leg of your zoological safari. Family Fun Tip: Save time to take in a show at the zoo’s 4-D theater, where 3-D movies mixed with sensory surprises are sure to capture everyone’s imagination.
The next stop on our motorhome safari to discover Ohio’s zoos is a couple of hours north up I-71 in Columbus. The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is located in the city’s northern suburb of Powell, OH and features one of the most diverse animal populations in America! Under the guidance of Jack Hanna, frequent guest of David Letterman, the Columbus Zoo has become famous for its natural habitats, abundant animal species and involvement in global conservation projects. Family Fun Tip: Plan to visit the adjoining Zoombezi Bay Water Park to help support the zoo while having a splashing good time.
Let’s take a second to remind ourselves why we travel by RV on trips like these. Three reasons come to mind:
- The comfort of today’s luxurious motorhomes keep everyone happy on the road,
- The convenience of cooking meals in your RV kitchen keeps the trip healthy and most of all,
- Your vacation dollars are saved for family adventures rather than hotel charges and restaurant meals when you own or rent an RV.
Now back to our trip! Our final stop to find zoological wonders is Toledo, Ohio, two hours north of Columbus via US-23 and I-75. When you enter the gates of the century-old Toledo Zoo & Aquarium, you’ll know you’re a part of something special. Many of the main buildings were built during the Depression by the WPA and there’s a sense of history as well as adventure here. With thousands of animals waiting to amaze and educate your family, don’t be surprised if you spend the entire day at the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium! Family Fun Tip: Book a behind-the-scenes tour before your come, and challenge the kids to locate as many of the zoo’s historic animal sculptures as possible while on your visit.
And speaking of the kids, we promised them a bonus stop if you’re completing the loop back south. The town of Mason, OH, between Dayton and Cincinnati on I-75, is home to King’s Island and Soak City, the largest amusement park/waterpark complex in the Midwest. This gigantic destination promises a day or more filled with thrill rides (think 80mph roller coaster!), enormous water slides and fun for the little ones at Planet Snoopy. You’ll go home a hero if you make this stop part of your RV safari itinerary!
And there you have it—a five hundred mile safari to world-class zoos and family fun in Ohio. Thanks to the abundance of Ohio RV campgrounds, booking great places to camp is a breeze for families on safari. Strike out on a journey through Ohio this camping season to discover vacation surprises the kids will talk about for years.