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Ohio Theatre

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.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

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.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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.

Franklin Park Conservatory & Chihuly Collection

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

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.

Center of Science and Industry (COSI)

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.

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