Things To Do In Central Ohio – Top 15 Places To Take Your Out-Of-Town Guests

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Do you have guests coming to visit this summer from out of town?  To help you avoid that “what should we do now” feeling, we’ve compiled a list of fun places to take your friends and family in Central Ohio.

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Considerably one of the best zoos in the United States, the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is a great place to spend the day with family and friends. Don’t forget Zoombezi Bay too!

Franklin Park Conservatory
So much to see (and smell)! Visit the botanical gardens, adventure center, children’s garden, or just take a stroll through Franklin Park! All ages can partake in a variety of special events and activities throughout the year.

Ohio Statehouse
It’s current, it’s history, and it’s free! Stand where Lincoln stood and take a free guided tour through the state house to get a glimpse of American history and Greek architecture all in the same outing!

COSI (Center of Science and Industry)
COSI provides an exciting and informative atmosphere for those of all ages to discover more about our environment, our accomplishments, our heritage, and ourselves. Both you and the kids you bring along won’t be bored – WE PROMISE!

Kelton House Museum and Garden
This historic site is a Columbus landmark and gem! Come see the mansion and immerse yourself into a Victorian experience. Once an important stop on the Underground Railroad, the site is rich with history.

Topiary Park
Come out and see a living sculptural interpretation of Georges Seurat’s Post-Impressionist Painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte. Have a picnic and enjoy the view!

North Market
North Market has been offering goods from dozens of unique and independent merchants and farmers since 1876. Butchers, bakers, candy makers, fishmongers, greengrocers, and restaurateurs gather here: and so should YOU!

The Short North
The Short North is a vibrant cultural and business community. Join in on the Gallery Hop in the Arts District or visit some of the greatest restaurants the area has to offer.

German Village
German Village is one of the largest, privately funded historic districts in the U.S. So whether you’re stopping by for the food, entertainment, or cultural experience – you’re sure to have a “tolle” time (that’s German for ‘amazing’).

Shadowbox Live
Bring your friends to the Shadowbox and enjoy the richly diverse array of live performances. Probably best to leave the kids at home for this one!

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Park
Fasten up and give the high ropes course a try or zipline through the canopy tour at Zipline & Aerial Adventure Park all just north of I-270.

Wyandotte Winery
Wyandotte Winery, the first and oldest winery in Central Ohio, prides itself on being a relaxing and anti-snob winery that welcomes wine experts and newbies alike.

Hollywood Casino
Gambling, fine dining, and great entertainment all in one night out!

Olentangy Indian Caverns
Spend the entire day at the caverns with the whole family! Check out the petting zoo, miniature golf, gem mining, treasure hunt maze, and of course – cavern tours!

GPK Indoor Entertainment
Go-karting, laser tag, and escape rooms at this year-round destination for indoor excitement!

Note: The information here was correct at time of publishing, but weather and other issues can impact even the best laid plans. Call the venue directly or visit the links provided for up-to-date information before you make your plans!

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