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Columbus' Roar and Explore Getaway :: Review

Are you looking for last minute summer fun?! Summer is not over, and neither is the fun that is awaiting you and your family in Columbus, Ohio! The Roar and Explore Getaway Package includes a trio of Columbus' top family attractions. This amazing package offers three attractions plus hotel for one low price. How low? A family of four can get a package for as low as $411! It is so affordable and is filled with everything you need for family fun.

What's included? Take a look!
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium :: Visit the #1 Zoo in America and experience the Heart of Africa – new in 2014! It’s an exotic adventure the whole family will love.
  • COSI :: Explore the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes and join the master detective as he cracks the most challenging mysteries.
  • Zoombezi Bay :: Splash into fun at the Wildest Waterpark! Check out the new Baboon Lagoon with eight slides, waterfalls, a 1,000-gallon bucket dump and more! 
  • Local Hotel Stay :: Stay two nights at the hotel of your choice. Drury Inn & Suites is the preferred hotel, offering free, hot food - morning and evening.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, ranked the No. 1 zoo in America, unveiled its 143-acre Heart of Africa exhibit this summer. It is awesome! As you can see above, visitors can stand face-to-face with giraffes and feed them a snack; get up-close with lions as they board a grounded airplane; and take a camel ride in the Zoo’s newest and largest region. This stunning new exhibit is home to 150 animals and adds even more reason for travelers to visit the place famed zoo director Jungle Jack Hanna calls home. It is truly a must see!

COSI, the nation's top science center, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year by hosting The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. Brand new this year and running only through September, guests get their own book full of clues and can join master detective Sherlock Holmes to participate in experiments and stay hot on a trail to crack a new mystery. We did not see that exhibit, but had a blast at the others. COSI visitors can ride a high-wire unicycle, use sonar technology and get wild with loads of other hands-on activities that make science fun. My niece was so brave and actually rode the high-wire unicycle! She loved it! We had such a blast.

Zoombezi Bay, the world's only water park inside of a major zoo, opens Baboon Lagoon this season. Ideal for younger kids, this active play land boasts eight water slides, fountains and a 1,000-gallon bucket dump.  Beyond Baboon Lagoon, guests can splash and scream through 17 twisting water slides, extreme raft rides, headfirst racers and the hair-raising 209-foot Cyclone, the world's largest reducing-radius slide. Zoombezi also offers the more laid-back, adults-only Crocktail Creek, a lazy river where moms and dads can relax. We absolutely love Zoombezi Bay! The huge wave pool and the lazy river would have to be my favorites. My husband loves the adventurous water slides and extreme raft rides. My niece and nephew love everything! There is literally something for everyone.

Although the preferred hotel of the Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway, is the Drury Inn & Suites, we actually ended up staying at the Hilton Garden Inn. It was a wonderful place to stay! The Hilton Garden Inn Columbus-University features 158 beautifully appointed guestrooms and all include upgraded amenities. They include complimentary high-speed internet access and an in-room hospitality center with microwave refrigerator and Keurig coffeemaker. We enjoyed the indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, and fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. The restaurant served us a full hot cooked-to-order breakfast daily. The food was very good. Other Hotels are available, but prices may vary by location.

The Columbus Roar and Explore Getaway is the perfect way to finish off your summer. Visit the nation’s No. 1 zoo, the No. 1 science center and the only waterpark located inside a zoo are all introducing families to brand new and unforgettable adventures this summer. The Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway features four tickets each to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay and COSI science center, as well as a two night hotel stay! Packages are designed for four, but additional guests may be added when booking. Book now because it is only available through Sept. 1! You book your Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway online now at or by calling (888) 795-3709.