Most People Have No Idea You Can Do This One Awesome Activity In Ohio

Did you know that you can take a safari in Ohio—and see giraffes, rhinos, big cats and more?

Although Ohio is full of several impressive zoos, The Wilds in Cumberland offer a unique way to observe exotic animals. Depending on the tour option you choose, you can get an up-close encounter with the animals or board a Safari Transport so you can observe them (from a safe distance) roam freely while learning all about the rare and endangered species the facility conserves.

Daily tours are $20 per person. (Children ages 3 and under are free, and ages 4-12 are $15.) Specialty tours and group tours are also available. Here are some of the animals you might encounter along the way:

If you’re interested in an overnight stay, you have two beautiful options depending on the experience you desire. The Lodge is a a private luxury cabin along a scenic lake. It features six bedrooms and can accommodate up to 12 guests. Other amenities include a fully-equipped kitchen, a washer and dryer, gas fireplace, wireless Internet, pedal boats, canoes and more.

You can also experience glamping at its finest on the grounds of Ohio’s own safari. Nomad Ridge is a luxurious private yurt that features running water, Asian-inspired decor and a personal deck next to the animal pasture areas.

The Wilds are open daily from May-September (and on weekends only in October) from 10 a.m. to 4.p.m. The facility is located at 14000 International Rd., Cumberland, OH 43732.

Be sure to call ahead to schedule a tour for your visit. For more information about specific tours, click here. For more information about overnight accommodations, click here.