This vacation day we visited the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium for the first time. The day was sunny and hot and the place is quite expansive. At first we were unimpressed by the exhibits but as we worked our way around the grounds and through some of the buildings, we discovered wonderful things again and again.
The underwater polar bear viewing area was bright, beautiful, and very popular. Looking up though the clear waters we could see many fish swimming against the mirror-like surface. Of course the big attraction was a polar bear who, while we were there, decided to enjoy the cool waters by siting atop the observing bay window. A good time was had by all.
There were many other opportunities to observe mammals and fish from below the surface. Most people walked right by but the sight of fish "kissing" their own surface reflection was art to me.
Although many of the enclosures used un-photogenic fences and wires to keep animals in and people out, there were also clear-windowed observing areas. If there were not too many greasy fingerprints, animal scratches, or reflections, good views and photos could be made of bears, lions, tigers, and a very curious bobcat.
We both shot too many photos to show off here –and too many photos in general– but had a most excellent time. Even lunch for two vegetarians was a pleasant experience with delicious non-meat spicy black bean burger platters available at a fair price, made to order. Mmmm, good!
We felt we'd had enough for one day and left before seeing the African Forest and Australian areas of the great zoo. I expect we'll return one day, perhaps in cooler weather, to see the rest.