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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sprawled across a big city block in the center of Downtown Columbus, the Ohio Statehouse is a shining beacon of history and culture. Explore the state's bygone glory within its hallowed halls by marveling at the well-furnished rooms. A jewel of the Capitol Square, this statehouse bears stunning semblances of Greek Revival style, its columnar facade giving way to opulent interiors, including an impressive rotunda. Said to be one of the oldest functioning statehouses in the country, the Ohio Statehouse is particularly known for sheltering a treasure trove of artworks including paintings and sculptures depicting the glory of those who have, in one way or another, helped shape the course of the state. The focal point of the state's legislative stride, the Ohio Statehouse is a stunning reminder of the state's political nuances and its long-standing social and cultural history. Doubling as a museum, the statehouse also harbors exhibits, artifacts specially-tailored tours, giving visitors stunning insights into the heritage it carries in its fabric.
The Columbus Museum of Art is a great place to get acquainted with the works of artists such as Renoir and Picasso. If intricate observations on Cubism, Picasso and the like go right over your head, helpful docents come to the rescue. Sit back and enjoy a cup of piping hot tea at the museum cafe, while surrounded by paintings by some of the world's greatest artists. Public tours are held regularly. Become a member and avail yourself of free admission and parking.
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.