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Trio of top family destinations unveil brand new experiences in Columbus

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The nation’s No. 1 zoo, the No. 1 science center and the only waterpark located inside a zoo are all introducing families to brand new and unforgettable adventures this summer. The three have teamed up with Experience Columbus to offer the affordable Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway,featuring four tickets each to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay and COSI science center. Available May 22-Sept. 1, families can book their Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway online now atwww.ColumbusFamilyFun.com or by calling (888) 795-3709. (Packages are designed for four, but additional guests may be added when booking.)

Starting at just $411 plus tax for a family of four, the Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway features:

  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, ranked the No. 1 zoo in America, unveils its 143-acre Heart of Africaexhibit May 22. Visitors can stand face-to-face with giraffes and feed them a snack; get up-close with lions as they board a grounded airplane; and take a camel ride in the Zoo’s newest and largest region. This stunning new exhibit is home to 150 animals and adds even more reason for travelers to visit the place famed zoo director Jungle Jack Hanna calls home.
  • Zoombezi Bay, the world's only waterpark inside of a major zoo, opens Baboon Lagoon this season. Ideal for younger kids, this active play land boasts eight water slides, fountains and a 1,000-gallon bucket dump. Beyond Baboon Lagoon, guests can splash and scream through 17 twisting waterslides, extreme raft rides, headfirst racers and the hair-raising 209-foot Cyclone, the world's largest reducing-radius slide. Zoombezi also offers the more laid-back, adults-only Crocktail Creek, a lazy river where moms and dads can relax.
  • COSI, the nation's top science center, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year by hosting The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. Brand new this year and running only through September, guests get their own book full of clues and can join master detective Sherlock Holmes to participate in experiments and stay hot on a trail to crack a new mystery. In addition, COSI visitors can ride a high-wire unicycle, use sonar technology and get wild with loads of other hands-on activities that make science fun.
  • As the preferred hotel of the Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway, the Drury Inn & Suites offers special amenities, including: free, hot breakfast and evening snacks; indoor pool; and complimentary wireless Internet. Other Hotels are available, but prices may vary by location.

Columbus is a city unlike any other. Vibrant and alive, Ohio’s capital is known for its open attitude, smart style and entrepreneurial spirit. Columbus' uncommon blend of neighborhoods, arts and culinary experiences, events, attractions and accommodations are made unforgettable by its diversity of outgoing locals who warmly welcome visitors. Free travel guides, maps, online booking and detailed information are available atwww.ExperienceColumbus.com or 866.397.2657

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