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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 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.

German Village

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.

Ohio Statehouse

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.

Olentangy Indian Caverns

These caverns were cut away from the surrounding limestone rock over the course of millions of years and, up to the early 19th Century, served as a strategic location for the Wyandotte Indians in evading their enemies. Besides touring these caverns, there are many other fun activities available at the site. Miniature golf, volleyball, and horseshoes are a few of the games one can play here. The site also hosts a climbing wall, an Indian goods store, and a petting zoo. Kids and adults alike will appreciate the opportunity to learn about gem mining and take home a bag of various unpolished semi-precious stones.

Schiller Park

Known as the second oldest park in the city, Schiller Park is tucked away in the German Village area of Columbus. A sprawling 23.45 acres, the park features lush foliage, picnic and gazebo area, playground, fishing pond, basketball and tennis courts, baseball diamond, walking trails and recreation center. The park was temporarily renamed during World War II when anti-German sentiment was widely popular in the United States.

Arena District

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.

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