Our Hotel's Close to the Ohio Expo Center
Whether you're in town with a sports team, your family, or your friends, Varsity Inn is the perfect place to stay when you need a hotel close to the Ohio Expo Center or the Fairgrounds. The Ohio Expo Center offers events year-round, such as dog shows, sporting event,s and horse shows, as well as the Ohio State Fair.
The MAPFRE Stadium, the first stadium built specifically for soccer in the US, also hosts concerts and other sporting events in addition to its regular soccer schedule. Schottenstein Center is home to Buckeye basketball and hockey, as well as many of the area's biggest names in entertainment. We are also close to the Nationwide Arena, home to the NHL Blue Jackets and host to internationally-acclaimed musical performers.
Tour the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
For a day of fun for the entire family, visit the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. With a focus on conservation, this zoo lets you get up-close views of rhinos, bears, elephants, kangaroos, frogs, sharks, stingrays, snakes, flamingos, penguins, and hundreds of other species that are sure to surprise and excite.
In addition to zoological and marine attractions, Zoombezi Bay waterpark offers exciting waterslides and rides, while Jungle Jack's Landing offers roller coasters and other rides for the family.
More Columbus, Ohio Entertainment
German Village is a historical neighborhood settled by German immigrants in the 1800s. Stroll this restored village and take in the beautiful architecture, lovely parks and gardens, and brick-paved streets. You can also pick up gifts and other souvenirs in one of the village shops, such as The Book Loft or Giant Eagle full-service grocery store.
For some relaxing indoor fun, check out the Gateway Film Center located in OSU's South Campus Gateway. Showing independent as well as commercial films, Gateway Film Center offers more than your typical movie-going experience with its sophisticated atmosphere and martini bar.
Just ask our staff for suggestions on the best things to do while in town.