Visitors will find a well-rounded variety of attractions when visiting Columbus. From the historical Ohio Theatre to exciting discoveries at the Center of Science and Industry, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Fashioned in exquisite Spanish-Baroque, the Ohio Theatre first opened in 1928. Extraordinary details are found throughout this opulent theatre including a 21 foot high chandelier. With more than 100 shows put on yearly, guests can experience the remarkable talents of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Broadway Across America. Performances by artists such as the Boston Pops Orchestra, Julie Andrews and Yo-Yo Ma are also favorites among visitors.
Franklin Park Conservatory
Built in 1895, the conservatory is located two miles from downtown Columbus and features an extraordinary showcase of exotic plant collections and exhibitions. Situated on 88 acres, visitors will find over 400 plant species and 40 palm species. The conservatory is well-known for these annual exhibits: Blooms and Butterflies, Holidays at the Conservatory and the Orchid Forest.
Situated south of downtown Columbus, this charming neighborhood features old-world ambience and charming architecture. Visitors will enjoy strolling along brick-lined sidewalks while perusing a variety of specialty shops and galleries. Stop in one of the many restaurants, coffee shops or bakeries for a taste of traditional German cuisine or other tasty delicacies. Visitors will enjoy the sights of Frank Fetch Park, the Grace Highfield Memorial Garden and Huntington Gardens. Self-guided walking tours are available.
Whetstone Park and Park of Roses
Situated on 136 acres, Whetstone Park is a sport enthusiasts paradise with ample space for soccer, cricket, rugby and football as well as baseball diamonds, a basketball court, tennis court and playground. Visitors will enjoy exploring the walking trails, discovering small wildlife in the park's wooded area and stopping for a leisurely picnic. An indoor recreation center includes amenities such as: an art room, music room and dance classrooms. Situated on 13 acres within Whetstone Park, the Park of Roses is noted for its three exceptional rose gardens in addition to a fragrant variety of floral blooms. Meandering pathways allow visitors to peruse 11,500 roses from over 400 varieties.
Center of Science and Industry
With a fascinating variety of exhibits, live shows, hands-on workshops and overnight camps, visitors of all ages will enjoy discovering the wonders of space, oceans, energy and the human body. The Big Science Park takes a closer look at a native prairie and the innovations of a green home. Little Kidspace allows younger children the opportunity to explore by climbing, pretending, sliding and splashing their way through this interactive exhibit.