This modern, state-of-the-art theater has reason to boast. Great architecture, superb sound quality and special seating arrangements for the hearing impaired make it an enjoyable experience for both the young and the old. Check out the awe-inspiring 21 foot high chandelier within the magnificent interiors. Past performers include Kenny G, Liza Minnelli and John Denver. Tickets are also available online. Ample parking is available, too.
Find out what farm-life was in Ohio more than a century ago at Slate Run Living Historical Farm. It features a restored Gothic-Revival farmhouse dating back to 1856 and the barn that was revived by Amish carpenters. Stroll through the house, barns and gardens to see the costumed staff giving live demonstrations, farming with draft horses and working in the house. Be a part of the activities that change according to the season. Animals like the Merino sheep and Poland China hog will keep the kids entertained.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is that rare zoological institution whose most famous face is that of a human. Jungle Jack Hanna has ferried many a wild beast up to the most hallowed stages in late-night television. That said, the Columbus Zoo is where he's most at home, surrounded by lions, bison, tigers, elephants, eagles, bears, rhinos, prairie dogs, bobcats, sharks, bonobos, pythons, clownfish, koalas, cougars, frogs, pronghorn, timber wolves, manatees, wolverines and more. Hanna's celebrity makes for ample funding, so the animals' habitats and other zoo exhibits are finely crafted and a wonder to behold.
The Franklin Park Conservatory is an institution. Serving Columbus residents and visitors since 1895, it has always been home to a premiere collection of exotic flora. The place has changed with the times, however, opening facilities for other educational and entertainment-oriented events. Today, it's famous not only for its plants, but also for its James Turrell light installation and its Dale Chihuly glass exhibition. Throughout the year, the conservatory hosts an ongoing series of special events, some aimed at the science-minded set, others more like an unabashed party.
Nationwide Arena is 685,000 square feet of fun and entertainment. Hockey is the name of the game, though the hottest names in music visit from time to time as well. For prime hockey spectating, the 80-foot Party Suite Towers have three reservable suites each. Note that the facility's 135-foot light tower illuminates the sky whenever there is an event in progress.
Perched on the western bank of the river and across from downtown, the hulking COSI building is jam-packed with thrilling explorations of the world of science. Entertaining movies, hands-on workshops and interactive exhibits all aim to encourage the young (and young at heart) to discover new and exciting things about the natural world around them. Family-themed events and overnight adventures are scheduled throughout the year.
With Nationawide Arena being the main venue for matches of Columbus Blue Jacket, the Dispatch Ice Haus serves as a practice venue for the home team. With NHL standard ice rink parameters and a seating capacity for approximately 1000 spectators, the Dispatch Ice Haus is also home to various associations like Greater Columbus High School Club Hockey League and Ohio AAA Blue Jackets. The house is open to public for skating purposes and also provides space for celebrations and family events. Call for more information.
Huntington Park is a 10,000 seat grand stadium that hosts baseball games. Home to the Columbus Clippers, a Triple-A minor league baseball team, the venue provides state-of-the-art facilities for practice sessions and tournaments as well as live music concerts. Opened in April 2009, the park has, since then, witnessed several eclectic performances by well-known local as well as international artists.
This place does full justice to its name. From huge speakers that emit sound at very high decibels to rugged and battered couches, it is every inch what a basement concert venue should be. Moreover, it's been a stepping stone for many bands who dreamed of making it big in the music industry. Patrons of this place swear by it, but you have to experience The Basement's unique charms firsthand to know exactly why. Once you do, you will surely come back again and again.
A & R Music Bar is one of those venues where you know you will always be seeing a magnificent show. In addition to the great live music, this bar also serves up as an after shows spot for its sister venues. The party continues even on nights without live music, with DJs and music video screenings providing the evening's soundtrack.