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.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

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.