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  • 1. Columbus Museum of Art

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 2. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium


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

  • 3. German Village


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

  • 4. Blendon Woods Metro Park


    A well-traveled Native American trail through hardwood forests, meadows, and ravines is now part of the 650-acre Blendon Woods Metro Park. Just...Read More

  • 5. Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Garden


    Affiliated with the school's department of horticulture, the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Garden is an outdoor laboratory of local and regional...Read More

  • 6. Columbus Metro Parks


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

  • 7. COSI Columbus

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 8. Doll and Toy Museum


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

  • 9. Franklin Park Conservatory


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

  • 10. Hanby House


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

  • 11. Jack Nicklaus Museum

    OSU Area | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 12. Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

    Arena District | Arts/Performance Venue

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

  • 13. Longaberger Baskets

    Building/Architectural Site

    The giant basket 35 mi east of Columbus is not just a huge sculpture–it's a building. The seven-story structure is actually the headquarters...Read More

  • 14. Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum


    Adjacent to the world headquarters of the American Motorcycle Association, about 20 mi east of Downtown, the museum displays the actual machines...Read More

  • 15. Motts Military Museum


    Exhibits span all periods of military history, up to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and include all countries in which the United...Read More

  • 16. Ohio Designer Craftsmen


    The Ohio Designer Craftsmen present five changing exhibitions per year at this museum. Fine crafts shown might include glassware, pottery, metalwork...Read More

  • 17. Ohio Historical Center


    This two-building complex, just past the Ohio State Fairgrounds, is a storehouse for the state archives. Collections, presenting the history...Read More

  • 18. Ohio State University

    Educational Institution

    The massive presence of Ohio State makes it a city within the city of Columbus. The Oval, the heart of the Columbus campus, is beautifully landscaped...Read More

  • 19. Ohio Statehouse

    Downtown | Government Building

    The Ohio Legislature convenes in this 1861 Greek Revival building. The dome of the rotunda is painted with the state seal; the building also...Read More

  • 20. Ohio Theater

    Downtown | Arts/Performance Venue

    Across from the State House, the ornate 2,779-seat theater opened in 1928 to show movies and live stage shows. Saved from demolition in 1969...Read More

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