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 including 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.
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.
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.
The Franklin Park Conservatory is an institution serving Columbus residents and visitors since 1895. It has always been home to a wide range 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.
Named for its benefactor, Victoria's Secret magnate Les Wexner, the Wexner Center for the Arts is a self-contained monument to everything artistic. It houses a venue for every type of art imaginable, and the place itself is a work of art in terms of architecture, landscaping and interior design. There are world-class facilities for film and video screenings, gallery exhibitions, concerts and all manner of performing art. Look for a varied schedule of programming, including performances by renowned musicians like She & Him and Robert Forster, as well as retrospective exhibitions like Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms, and even screenings of cinematic masterpieces such as Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.
From the early 18th Century, German immigrants have called this section of Columbus their home. Their profound history and contribution gave birth to one of the city's most popular neighborhoods, aptly named the German Village. From participating in the American Civil War to enduring atrocities during World War I, the then residents of German Village saw it all, and the streets of their neighborhood narrate tales of their heroic past. Archaic buildings, historic churches, old parks and revered theaters, the streets of the German village are lined with many stories making it a must-visit for culture and history aficionados.
Nationwide Arena is a massive sports venue hosting hockey matches and frequent music coc of fun and entertainment. They have three grand spectators suites at the Party Suite Towers. Note that the facility's tall light tower illuminates the sky whenever there is an event in progress.
The Arena District is a popular and bustling hub of entertainment and city living in Columbus. There are numerous venues for live music, sports and other entertainment plus restaurants, bars and hotels, making this a true one-stop destination for a great weekend. Events here range from international superstars to that of indie rock bands, ensuring that the Arena District has something to offer to everyone.
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.
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.
The Riffe Gallery, run by the Ohio Arts Council, differs from its neighboring galleries in that it focuses on folk art and craft exhibitions. The gallery also shows mixed media and contemporary paintings but mainly reserves its space for Ohio's artists and the collections of the state's museums and galleries. Be sure to check out the many children's activities offered here.
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 here throughout the year.