By: Sunita Kumar, WSJThe animal attractions that attract the most visitors from across the United States may not be all that different from those in other parts of the country.
And it’s not necessarily because visitors love to see animals.
It’s because people love to be with their pets, which brings the whole attraction to life.
“It brings joy,” said J.J. Smith, who manages the Ohio Tourism Association, a tourism trade group.
“You get to interact with a variety of animals.
You get to see their personalities and emotions.”
The most popular animal attractions in Ohio, according to a survey of 2,000 people by the Columbus-based Travel & Leisure Research Group, are the Ohio Zoo and Ohio Rivers.
The zoo has seen more than 1.3 million visitors, and the Ohio Rivers, with 1,569,904 visitors, is the second most popular in the country behind the San Diego Zoo.
Ohio Zoo visitors tend to be older, and they tend to want to see the animals as people do, said John Gourley, the association’s president.
They are drawn to the animals’ personalities and their personalities tend to grow as people interact with them.
Gourley said it’s common to see people who have never been to the zoo with their kids, but it’s also a way to connect with them through the zoo.
“This is the one place you see a lot of family bonding,” he said.
A visitor walks through the exhibit of the Ohio River Zoo, which features a lion and tigers, at the zoo in Toledo, Ohio, in this May 25, 2021 file photo.
A visit to the Ohio rivers and the zoo can also be a chance to meet wildlife from across Ohio.
Visitors to the parks can go for a swim in the Ohio Bay, paddle through a pond or go on an aquatic tour in a canoe or kayak.
The river has been a popular attraction since the mid-1800s, and it’s been on the map since the 1940s, when a riverboat captain named George B. Cogswell built a water-powered, two-story structure on the banks of the river.
The Columbus Zoo has seen the biggest growth, with 2.7 million visitors in the past five years, according the association, and its numbers have grown faster than those of the Cleveland Zoo.
The Ohio Rivers Zoo has been growing at twice the rate of its Ohio counterpart.
The Cleveland Zoo is the only zoo in the Northeast that’s growing.
Gouffault, the Ohio State University zoologist, said people have been visiting the Ohio Parks & Rec, parks and recreation departments and other facilities since the early 1900s.
“There’s a natural connection,” he told the Columbus Dispatch.
“The people want to go to parks, go to the water.
They want to be part of that culture.”
People who like animals and are attracted to nature often go to nature-themed events, which have become a popular tourist attraction.
The National Park Service says it has hosted about 100 events featuring wildlife over the past year, including a water park at the Lincoln Memorial.
The park service also hosts a national wildlife viewing and photography program in partnership with the National Geographic Society.
For the Cleveland, the zoo is a great way to meet new people and reconnect with friends, said Smith, the tourism association president.
“When you get a new friend to your family, they’re very much like you, they are attracted, they get into your personality,” he explained.
“That’s when they are drawn in.”
The zoo is part of the Columbus and Dayton region, and Smith said visitors there are often surprised to see how much they like the zoo, and how much fun it is.
Smith said he is proud to be the vice president of the Cincinnati Zoo and Aquarium, a non-profit that provides animal education and conservation programs.
The Cincinnati Zoo has about 3,500 animals, with about 30 percent of them from Ohio, Smith said.
Smith said it is one of the largest zoos in the world, with a budget of more than $5 million annually.
“We’ve done everything to make it a success,” he added.
“We’ve made sure it is a safe place to live, and we’ve got some very nice facilities.
People want to come here to see our animals.”
For visitors to the Cincinnati zoo, a photo taken at the Cincinnati Zoological Society is worth its weight in gold.
The photo shows the Cincinnati Aquarium in the background.
The Cincinnati Zoo is located in Cincinnati.
(Photo: John Sommers II, AP)Smith said it makes sense for the zoo to be more than a zoo, to be a destination.
“There are more people that are visiting the zoo than people that want to visit a zoo,” he noted.
“And that’s good for Cincinnati Zoo.”
The Columbus zoo is among the most visited in the United