Columbus Sights

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COSI Columbus

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More than 18 million people have come through COSI's doors since it opened in 1964. Interactive exhibits at this first-class science...

Columbus Metro Parks

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The park system includes 14 parks, totaling more 23,000 acres throughout seven Central Ohio counties. Facilities vary across the system...

Columbus Museum of Art

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Four blocks east of the state capitol, this collection is particularly strong in early modernist paintings, modern American paintings,...

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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Zoo director emeritus "Jungle Jack" Hanna draws the late-night spotlight to the Columbus Zoo with his regular appearances, along with...

Doll and Toy Museum

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Exhibits, which span from antique dolls to modern collectibles such as GI Joe, bring out the educational, historical, and cultural significance...

Franklin Park Conservatory

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In the middle of a 90-acre urban park about 2 mi east of Downtown, this elegant glass conservatory shelters desert, rain forest, mountain,...

German Village

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the 233-acre enclave of preserved cottages and town homes six blocks south of the Ohio Statehouse, has its roots in an 1814 addition...

Hanby House

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An abolitionist, minister, and composer of numerous songs, Benjamin Russell Hanby is most remembered for his song "Up on the Housetop."...

Jack Nicklaus Museum

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An homage to Columbus's hometown golf hero, the museum documents Nicklaus's career as a golfer, golf course designer, businessman, and...

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

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The indoor–outdoor concert stage in the Arena District changes from a 2,200-seat indoor venue to a 4,500-capacity amphitheatre. The...


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