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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch an exciting game of rugby on the projector screen while enjoying a pint and some delicious pub fare at The Three Legged Mare. This Irish pub has become a go-to in the neighborhood for a drink and a game of darts. Their menu features pub classics but extends towards American offerings with items like the barbecue chicken sandwich, blackened chicken and shrimp, and classic cheese steak featured as well.
The acronym in this gallery's name stands for Artists in Recovery and refers to patients with mental illness or substance abuse disorders. The gallery also shows work with these issues as their subject matter. The gallery seeks to "educate the community and work to break down the stigma of mental illness and substance abuse by bringing focus to the artistic vision." Fresh A.I.R. is run by Southeast Recovery and Mental Health Care Services, which strives to help diverse populations with issues of homelessness, mental health, and chemical dependency. The gallery shows many media including painting and photography.