Jungle Jack's Landing at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, which used to be known as Wyandot Lake, is a small amusement park. It's meant more as an accompaniment to a day at the zoo or the adjacent water park than a standalone park. Among the highlights are the Sea Dragon junior wooden coaster and the Jungle River Falls log flume.
The park also features a few thrill rides such as the Swingin' Gibbons swing ride (pictured) and kiddie rides such as safari cars that kids can drive. Other attractions include a carousel, train, and boat rides.
In addition to the amusement rides, Jungle Jack's Landing offers animal exhibits. Guests can interact with stingrays at Stingray Bay and other creatures in Animal Encounters Village.
There are rides and attractions in other parts of the zoo including a 4-D Theater with a variety of films available, the Islands of Southeast Asia boat ride, and a Polar Bear Express train ride.
Admission to Jungle Jack's Landing is included with zoo passes. But the rides require tickets that are available for a la carte purchase. Packages are typically offered that include admission to the zoo and Jungle Jack's Landing with unlimited rides or admission to the zoo, Zoombezi Bay water park, and Jungle Jack's Landing with unlimited rides. As a benefit, premium members of the zoo receive unlimited free rides at the park. Group discounts and season passes are available.
What's to Eat?
There are a number of food stands and restaurants throughout the zoo. A food court offers pasta, pizza, sandwiches, chicken, and other choices. The Mapori Restaurant features African dishes as well as flatbreads and roasted chicken. There are also snacks such as ice cream, popcorn, and funnel cakes available.
East of Columbus: I-70W to 270N to Sawmill Road (Exit 20). Go north (or right) on Sawmill Road, which becomes Sawmill Parkway, and turn left onto Powell Road/SR 750. The park is approximately 1 mile ahead.
From west of Columbus: Take I-70E to 270N. Follow directions above.
From south of Columbus: Take I-71N to 270W to Sawmill Road (Exit 20). Go north (or left) on Sawmill Road. Follow directions above. From north of Columbus: Take I-71S to 270W to Sawmill Road (Exit 20). Follow directions above.
Affiliated Water Park
Zoombezi Bay Waterpark is adjacent to Jungle Jack's Landing and requires a separate admission.