This year, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will continue its tradition of offering free admission on President’s Day.

The offer will be valid during operating hours (10 AM to 4 PM) on February 17. Standard parking fees ($10 per vehicle, free for Zoo members) will still apply.

“The Columbus Zoo is home to many animals that have come to represent the United States, such as the bald eagle — our national symbol — and the North American bison, our national mammal. It is also home to animals, like the Florida manatee, whose populations are recovering following federally backed protections,” said Tom Stalf, President and CEO of the Columbus Zoo. “As we honor our nation’s history, the Zoo is a great place to learn more about our country’s relationship with wildlife conservation initiatives.”

Coincidentally, Presidents’ Day was signed into law in 1879 by President Rutherford B. Hayes, who was born in Delaware — about 13 miles north of the Zoo.

Open year round, the Columbus Zoo has much to see even in the winter months. From the comfort of indoor viewing areas, guests can visit the gorillas in Congo Expedition, the wombat and other nocturnal animals in the Australia and islands region; iguanas, snakes, and turtles the Reptile Building; manatees, stingrays, and sharks in the Manatee Coast and the Discovery Reef and Aquarium; langur monkeys and the sloth bear in Asia Quest; and more. Additionally, the animals living in the North America region are particularly active during the colder months.

Source: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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