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Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Columbus

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Natural History Museum Museum
Opened in 1995 as a collaboration among Columbus State University, Columbus Water Works, and the City of Columbus, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center provides exhibits, displays and nature trails, and also offers formal and informal educational programs about the ecology and natural history of the region. Here, you can see alligators, fish, tortoises, bees, snakes, and much more! Contact us or stop by for a quick tour! Admission is free, but donations are welcome!
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  • Took my daughter and about 5 friends on the canopy walk, a trail walk and just a stroll around the learning center for her 19th birthday. Had a groupon. Very inexpensive. We had a great time, the view...  more »
  • They had different animals and plants from the area. It was a great sight to see with young and old. It is free and a great example of life in the area  more »
  • This is a great place to spend time with the kids, grand kids, etc. You can decide how much or how little time to spend. Include a picnic lunch or not. Very good time for kids to see animals they've o...  more »
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  • Oxbow Meadows is a beautiful place for people of any age to visit because it has so much to offer. From summer programs for children to bird watching or biking along the Riverwalk, this place has it all. There are many exhibits of live reptiles indoors and sometimes there are live reptile shows. You can even have your child's birthday party here featuring a reptile show! You will be very impressed with the staff's helpfulness and expertise!
  • A neat place to take the kids for a day of learning. Just enough animals/exhibits to occupy the attention of a 5 year old. There's also a few walk and lean outdoor trails.
  • On the 23 of April the Reptile Fest at Oxbow Meadows was held. This was a joy to see and the price was 5 bucks to get in and a few extra dollars for the Canopy which is a trail in the trees. Because the day I went they had all kinds of goodies to do like those inflatable stuff for the children and a wildlife family that brought their pets along. They were not dogs and cats. There were large albino python, a gator, a few hedgehogs and one of those was a albino, and a vulture which turned out to be a very large bird. Plus a few more that I can't remember the names of. Oxbow meadows is a learning center as far as I know it is open year round but they are off as far as I know on Sundays. The people are nice, the place is clean, your children and you will have a fun time regardless what part of the year you come. One thing to keep in mind is if you plan to take the walking trail and you have small children bring a stroller because the walk goes a long ways. It's only short if you turn around and go back the same way you came. Don't miss going inside the building and seeing their many awesome aquariums they have set up. They have stuffed animals as well and your children or you can get up close to them. Oxbow has all kinds of reptiles snakes, turtles of all sizes, gators, lizards and fish. I am sure your children will love it as much as you do. If you want to wait for the next "Reptile Fest" then keep an eye out on its day event held once a year in the spring I believe that adds a few extras for the whole family to enjoy. It was fun and I plan to go next year if I can. Crossing my fingers.
  • Nice calm place to take the kids to look at local wildlife. We should have more places like this around here to keep kids out of trouble and learn at the same time
  • It was a little gem I never knew was there. I loved it and it it's great for all ages