Mar. 30 – May 19, 10 a.m. – Close (Weekends)
May 23 – Sep. 2, 10 a.m. – Close (Daily)
Sep. 7 – Boo at the Zoo, 10 a.m. – Close (Weekends)
What is Stingray Bay?
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium guests and members will now have the opportunity to see stingrays up close and to touch these majestic creatures! The Stingray Bay experience will encourage visitors to interact with the Zoo’s brand new school of stingrays by watching these beautiful animals “fly” through the water and dipping their hands in the water to come in contact with them.
Where is it located?
Located in Jungle Jack’s Landing near Zoombezi Bay, Stingray Bay will feature an 18,000-gallon saltwater pool for stingrays to call home. Staff and volunteers will monitor the pool, inform guests about the best ways to touch the animals and answer questions when the exhibit opens daily at 10 a.m.
What types of stingrays call Stingray Bay home?
Dozens of cownose and southern stingrays will glide though the waters of Stingray Bay. Educational interpreters will explain the role of these stingrays in the environment. Stingrays are typically bottom feeders with molar-like teeth used to crush the shells of their prey such as crustaceans, mollusks, and other invertebrates.
I’m excited to touch the stingrays, but is it safe?
Absolutely! The rays barbs have been carefully trimmed off their whip-like tails. The painless procedure is similar to cutting human fingernails.
Safe for all ages, the landscaped pool features a waterfall and a wide ledge for toddlers to lean against when touching the rays.
This sounds cool! How much does it cost?
Admission to Stingray Bay is free for Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Gold Members and discounted for Members. General admission to Stingray Bay is as follows:
Admission to Stingray Bay:
Non-member children and adults $3
Columbus Zoo member children and adults $2
Zoombezi Bay season pass holder $2
Gold membership holder Free
Zoo-It-All Ride wristband holder at $9.99 Free
Stingray feeding (one cup) $2