Columbus Zoo adding 4D Theater and Interactive Park for 2016

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium continues to add to its impressive lineup of non-animal attractions with the addition of a 4D theater to open in 2016. If you count Jungle Jack’s Landing, which is free to enter with zoo admission (but pay-per-ride) , the zoo already boasts its own mini-amusement park, as well as a classic carousel, boat ride, and train. Starting Memorial Day Weekend, guests will also be able to enjoy 8 to 12 minute long movies, an immersive experience the whole family will be able to enjoy.

columbus zoo 2016 expansion plans

Besides the 4D theater, a new cafe and interactive playground will also be built. This new area will be called Shores Park.

columbus zoo shores park

These attractions are being built on the location of the former Johnson Aquatic Complex aquarium that was closed and torn down in 2007, so it’s nice to see the zoo finally doing something with a big piece of available real estate.

columbus zoo construction

Construction just started so there’s a lot to do in a short amount of time. Here’s an overhead image from Google maps to show you the general location where the new additions are going:

columbus zoo 2016 additions

Now this is a closeup of the area where I’ve drawn what I believe to be the location of the new pathways and attractions. It will be fun to see the final product and how close it aligns with this quick sketch.

columbus zoo 4d theater 2016

The 4D theater will cost general admission: $5, members: $4, and Free for GOLD members. It looks like the theater will seat around 48 guests at a time and the movies will be Ice Age and Happy Feet.


A Zoo-it-all wristband will be available for $14.99 (in addition to zoo admission) that will grant you access to every single one of the zoo’s rides and attractions, including the new 4D theater and camel rides. Stay tuned for future details and updates.




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