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.
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.
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.
Named after the picturesque waterfalls, this natural oasis, not far from the city center is perfect for quick outdoor excursions. Besides the beautiful waterfalls, the park has nature trails and strategic observation decks.
Field of Corn (with Osage Oranges) is a well known public art installation by local artist Malcom Cochran that draws from the town's legacy and heritage rooted in an agricultural past. The art installation features 109 cement corn cobs arranged in rows that reflect true farming practices. Each piece is unique, featuring a variation in shape, size and kernel pattern, and standing at an impressive height of over 6 feet. Nicknamed Cornhenge, there is even a poem called, When Once I Walk'd Through the Halls of Cornhenge dedicated to the site.
A favorite with families, Scioto Park is a picturesque expanse standing at the banks of the Scioto River. The park has an expansive play area for kids, picnic pavilions, a fishing pier as well as sports facilities.