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The Ohio State University

Fantastic Attractions in Columbus

In addition to the enormous campus of Ohio State University, complete with all its sporting and cultural events, the city of Columbus itself is home to all kinds of fun attractions for children and adults alike. Whether you're in town on business or for a university-related event, be sure to make room in your schedule for one or more of the numerous points of interest and fun Columbus has to offer.

The Attractions

Zoombezi Bay

4850 Powell Road | Adjacent to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium |  614-645-3550  

Spend your summer swimming through Central Ohio's newest 22.7-acre water park! Experience the thrill of speeding down 15 water slides, the adrenaline rush of riding the wave pool, the calm of the lazy river, the laughter of children at the kiddy play pool and more. Zoombezi Bay day admission and season passes are also valid for entry into the world famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the new Jungle Jack's Landing featuring dry-rides designed for the land animal. Dry-rides include a nominal fee. 

Wexner Center for the Arts

1871 N High Street |  614-292-3535  

From the intimate, cabaret-style concerts in our black box theater to large-scale events in or 2,500 seat Mershon Auditorium, the Wexner Center offers a wide variety of performances – dance, theater, jazz, world music, electronica and more. In the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater, you can watch rarely screened movies from near and far, the latest independent features and classics from Hollywood and abroad. The galleries are open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays and between exhibitions.

North Market

59 Spruce Street| 614-463-9664  

Columbus' only public market and an incubator for small businesses. And we are the place to shop, eat, mingle and people-watch. The North Market is home to dozens of unique, independent merchants and farmers who deliver personal and personable service every day of the week.

Anthony-Thomas Candy Company

1777 Arlingate Lane | 614-274-8405

In 45 minutes or less, view chocolates being produced from copper kettle to final packaging. Finish tour of the Andy-Thomas Candy Company with a sample. Free admission. Wheelchair accessible. Gift shop, restrooms and free motorcoach parking on site. Guided tours by appointment Monday through Friday. Open house in the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Ohio Statehouse

1 Capitol Square | 614-728-4185

The Ohio Statehouse is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed holidays. Free guided tours are offered Monday through Friday on the hour from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 3 p.m. Tours depart from the Map Room easily accessible from the Third Street entrance. Tours are approximately 45 minutes in length.

The Museums

Columbus Museum of Art

480 E. Broad Street | 614-221-6801  

For more information click here.

Jack Nicklaus Museum

2355 Olentangy River Road (OSU) |  614-247-5959   

At the Jack Nicklaus Museum, you will encounter the history of golf and its greatest practitioner…take an immersive journey through Jack's brilliant career including trophies, photographs and various mementos.

Kelton House Museum

586 E. Town Street | 614-464-2022  

Step back in time to the East Town Street Historic district to see how the Kelton House Museum and Gardens interprets urban life and the decorative arts in Columbus, Ohio, during the second half of the 19th century, largely through the collection of the Sophia and Fernando Cortez Kelton family.

The Parks

Bicentennial/Galbreath Park

233 Civic Center Drive | Downtown Area | 614-645-3300

Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens

2001 Fyffe Court | OSU | 614-292-3848

Columbus Park of Roses

3901 N. High Street| Clintonville | 614-645-6640

Battelle Riverfront Park

25 Marconi Blvd | Downtown Area | 614-645-3300

Looking for even more to do while visiting Columbus? Visit Experience Columbus for suggestions you're sure to love!

NOTE:  Image of Jack Hannah provided by Colombus Zoo & Aquarium, see
Zoombezi Bay for more information. Other images provided by: North Market-(North Market) and Ohio Statehouse- (Capitol Square Review & Advisory Board).

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