Columbus Roar & Explore 3 Day Getaway

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Summer is almost over. Experience the ultimate family getaway through the Columbus Roar & Explore Getaway!

Columbus Roar & Explore Getaway Package includes:

  • Admission for 4 to America’s #1 Zoo – the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Admission for 4 to America’s #1 Science Center – COSI
  • Admission for 4 to Zoombezi Bay, the wettest, wildest outdoor water park in Central Ohio
  • 2 Night Stay at Drury Hotel with Free Hot Food both in the morning and in the evening

Our Roar & Explore Getaway Experience

My young family of 4 had a great time last year on our Roar & Explore Getaway. Find a detailed Roar & Explore Review here. We can’t wait to make it our one last summer getaway in August!

Zoombezi Bay

The Roar & Explore Getaway includes admission for 4 to Zoombezi Bay, located right next to the Columbus Zoo. You can’t go through summer without a trip to a water park, especially not this HOT summer! Zoombezi Bay is the wildest waterpark in Central Ohio. Read our full Zoombezi Bay Review with plenty of photos and video.

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Zoombezi Bay Roaring Rapids and Cyclone

Zoombezi Bay has exciting water adventures for every age group!  From the tiniest of tots to the most daring teens and adults, Zoombezi Bay is wild water fun for the whole family. Plan to spend the whole day because there is so much to see and do, you and your kids won’t want to leave! Be sure to buy their souvenir cup to get cheap drink refills all day long to stay hydrated!

Plus, if you want to dry off for a while, it is FREE to visit the Columbus Zoo and Jungle Jack’s Landing with you Zoombezi Bay tickets.  My kids love Jungle Jack’s Landing, where you can interact with 2-3 different animals throughout the day. While we were there, they were able to check out  several snakes, owl, blue tongued skink, and lizards.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Roar & Explore Getaway includes admission for 4 to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, rated Number 1 zoo in America by the USA Travel Guide.  Plan to spend the entire day here because there is so much to see and do.  Read our full review of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

It is a delightful zoo to explore with each habitat designed to look and feel like the region of the world it represents.  It is more than just amazing animals, it is a full global experience!  Our favorite animals to visit while at the Columbus Zoo were the Polar Bears and the Manatees!

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Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to Jack Hanna’s newest TV series, Wild Countdown, so you might be caught on film for the show! When we were at the zoo last year, we were able to see Jack Hanna by the manatees, it was so neat!

There are also many places along the way for kids to play on various playgrounds and interactive exhibits.  The staff at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are amazing, willing to take time to answer all of your inquisitive kids questions. I should know because my kids are huge animal lovers with plenty of questions and comments to share!


The Roar & Explore Getaway includes admission for 4 to COSI Exhibit Admission.  COSI (Center Of Science and Industry) is rated the Number 1 Science Center in the USA!  Plan on spending at least 5 hours or more to be able to have time to explore the 10,000 square feet of fun with 300 exhibits. Check out our full COSI review.

New this year is the traveling exhibit of WATER. In this WATER exhibit, you will explore where water occurs on Earth, how it is used, and how to become better stewards of our water planet. There are plenty of hands-on and digital interactive ways to learn and experience this exhibit including live animals.

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Water Traveling Exhibit at COSI

For an additional fee, COSI offers 3 Giant Screen Theater shows.  We usually plan to watch the movie about 1/2 way through our day. It gives us a chance to sit down, relax, enjoy fresh popcorn, and watch a fantastic movie. Last year, we saw Tornado Alley 3D and it is still available this year. It is an adventure as you become a storm chaser and witness the birth of a tornado. You can also choose Air Racers 3D for air show entertainment and racing or Meerkats 3D to witness how the meerkats survive in the Kalahari Desert.  It will be hard to just choose one to watch.

COSI is so much fun, whether you are riding the high wire unicycle, splashing in Ocean exhibit, experiencing sonar technology, going through time in the Progress exhibit, or any of the other 300 exhibits.  You and your family will learn plenty and have a ton of fun at COSI.

Roar & Explore Hotels

Your Roar & Explore Getaway includes lodging for 2 nights at a number of hotels, with varying package prices based on hotel.  Choose from: Drury Inn & Suites in Columbus Northwest, Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center, Drury Inn & Suites Columbus South, Hilton Garden Inn Columbus University Area, Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capitol Square, Comfort Inn North/Polaris, Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown Columbus, and Hampton Inn Suites North Columbus Polaris.

The preferred location for families is Drury Inn & Suites with 3 locations to choose from. Last year, we stayed at the Drury Inn and had a fantastic experience.  Read our full review on Drury Inn & Suites.

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Drury Inn & Suites Columbus

Drury Inn & Suites offer you a clean, comfortable room, free hot breakfast, free hot dinner, free long distance, wifi, pools, free popcorn and soda, and more.  It is a great place for families with all the extras that are included!

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Book your Columbus Roar & Explore Getaway

Don’t let summer pass you by without having fun with your family.  The Columbus Roar & Explore Getaway package is an affordable family getaway for a family of 4 starting at just $361. You can customize your trip to meet your needs for larger families too. Book your on the Experience Columbus website or call 888-795-3709.

Win Columbus Roar & Explore 3 Day Getaway

You have the chance to win a Columbus Roar & Explore 3 Day Getaway!  Valued at $361 or more!  You must take your trip by September 3, 2012.

Giveaway includes:

  • Admission for 4 to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Admission for 4 to COSI
  • Admission for 4 to Zoombezi Bay
  • 2 Night Stay at Drury Hotel

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This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Experience Columbus who supplied the tickets for Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway for review and giveaway.

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