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Zoombezi Bay, Powell

#6 of 22 in Theme Parks in Ohio
Zoombezi Bay, a 22.7 acre water park operated by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, is a summer destination designed for all age groups. The park’s attractions include the newly renovated SoundSurfer, the first waterslide in the country to incorporate light and audio effects, and Baboon Lagoon, an imaginative, multi-level play structure with a 1,000-gallon bucket dump. Zoombezi Bay also features 17 state-of-the-art water slides, wave and kiddie pools, action and lazy rivers, private cabanas, and more.

Admission to Zoombezi Bay includes the Columbus Zoo on the same day, and proceeds from the water park support the Zoo’s operation and mission. Please visit for more information.
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  • Very interesting for both children and adults. Costumed shows, involving animals. With 17 November Zoo will be ready for Christmas. Are going to visit, drink hot chocolate and enjoy the Christmas lights. I advise to visit with the family
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  • This visit was long overdue... I have lived 3 miles from this attraction for 10 years and finally made it to Zoombeezi Bay when my nieces and nephews were visiting. I had waited because we do not have...  more »
  • This was a day out to the zoo. The kids really love it. It was nice feeding the giraffes. Everything is well maintained. The swim park was in maintenance so we couldn't go there. We sure will next tim...  more »
  • Visited Zoombezi Bay for first time on August 18, 2017, was disappointed in the fact that not all slides were open and those that were open were greatly under staffed and very slow due to not having enough employees. Understand using students to run the slides and some have returned to class. However, this should be stated and a discount should be given for post season rates. If going next summer make sure you go before Students start back to class, or be very disappointed at not getting your money's worth. Park was clean and the rides that were open were fun.
  • It's been a while since I've last been here. The prices have gone up and the experience has gone down. This place is run by children and college students and it shows. Nobody cares about their quality of work or how quickly they can help people in their line. I almost wonder if they go slow just to entice people to pay for the BS line cutting tickets. To top it off, after waiting in line and spending a ridiculous amount on burgers and fries, we're told they're out of ketchup. Out of ketchup, man. If you can't even manage that detail correctly, then what makes you qualified to run a freaking water park? Good grief, this place sucks.
  • We visited on a day where there was a forecast for rain, which seemed to keep a lot of people away. All of the slides had a very minimal wait time, and we were able to go on anything whenever we wanted. Being able to relax in the lazy river and drink a beer was a nice experience as well.
  • I came here with friends to hang out at the adult lazy river. Floating around and drinking--what could be better on a beauitful summer day? As it turns out, a lot. First, the prices were robbery. Nearly $35 for admission and parking, then $15 for a locker. We found the bar area to be small and disappointing. There are only two types of pre-made cocktails and a few beers and wines... that's it. Each cocktail is $11 of mostly sugar with $8 refills. The cramped bar area was full of smokers. Gross. The adult lazy river was freezing and dirty. Some of the speakers don't work but that's ok because even loud music wouldn't cover up the roar from a rickety wooden roller coaster that runs parallel to and even over the water. How relaxing. We grabbed some $9 turkey wraps that should have been great for how long we waited for them, but were edible at best. Finally, the bathrooms weren't very clean. We didn't bother with the water slides because the lines were insane, but there's not much to do about that. All in all, if you make a full day of it with all the slides and the zoo, it might be alright. If you just want to hang out in the water and relax with some cocktails, buy a kiddie pool for your yard and a bottle of booze for better value and comfort.
  • Worst experience ever. I will never patronize this place ever. While on my visit to zoombezi I was assaulted by a lady that was very intoxicated (yes they serve liquor) women. I had my 2 year old son with me along with my best friend and parents. It started at the concession stand where the lady was rushing the line. She said to my father "are you ordering or not?!) My father yelled back at her and said yes he was and she needs to wait. She continued on and on. My father told her that she need to take her drunk a** on. My father paid for our food and we went to sit at the table where my mother was waiting with my 2 year old. A couple of minutes later the woman's friend approached our table and yelled (hey douche bag you need to apologize to my friend!) this is while my son is sitting there. I told her that she needs to leave and that she was not at the concession stand so she don't know what happen and that her friend was in the wrong. The women and my father is yelling back and forth at this point my son is crying. My mother stood up and told her to go! She throws an alcoholic drink on my mother! Then a scuffle breaks out. Another one of the ladies friend come over there then another scuffle breaks out. The incident get broken and we sat back at the table and the other group goes maybe 10ft by the bar where they were I guess initially sitting. Then finally security comes. While security was there the women's (who first came over) boyfriend (I'm guessing) comes and gets into my dads face. I'm yelling at security, who I thought they were, that he needs to leave. They said they were not security but they did work there ( they had on blue shirts.) The guy goes back by the bar. Then finally the real security guards arrives ( they had on yellow and black shirts). We explained our side of the story. The security guard stated that the bartenders don't know when to cut people off and they just like making money. Which I figured because everybody in the other party was highly intoxicated. After maybe 20 minutes the head of security Scott told us they were kicking both parties out?! While Scott was explaining the reasoning 2 different ladies came and yelled at him that we were at our table and the lady came bothering us. He told them that we'll we have people stating they (we) got physical. Which we did after the lady threw a drink on my mother. So we left the park only being there an hour and a half with no refund. Listen I'm a law abiding citizen, I pay my taxes, I'm educated, I've never done drugs or alcohol , and I've never been arrested . And pride myself on being just that. But I'm also a black women with dreadlocks so I guess that overrides all the other wonderful things about me. And in this incident I think they only saw that I was a black women. It's ashame that we still live in this kind of world.

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