4 Must See Attractions in Columbus
Planning a trip doesn’t have to be stressful. It is important to remember that a trip/vacation is supposed to be relaxing and a time to kick back and live a little. This is exactly what we did on a recent girl’s trip to Columbus. We stayed at the Deer Creek State Park Lodge and made a few trips to nearby Columbus to take in the sights. I don’t like to overload my trips because I want to come back rested and we narrowed down all the things to see and do into our 4 “Must See” Attractions in Columbus. Check out these fabulous places and start planning your next getaway with family and friends to Columbus.
The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens was the first place we visited when we arrived in Columbus. It was the perfect way to spend an afternoon indoors and outdoors (if the weather permits.) Here you will find a variety of art and nature based exhibitions. Some of these change with the seasons while others are up year round. All of the exhibits are developed, designed and installed by Conservatory staff. Special, temporary exhibitions by national and international artists are presented each year.The beautiful gardens are themed and you walk into a whole new experience with each garden. Hidden in the gardens you will find surprises like a Koi Pond, waterfalls, and great overlooks perfect for pictures. There is so much to see and explore that even younger visitors will enjoy discovering all they have to offer.
If you are an art lover then you will want to continue the art extravaganza at the Columbus Museum of Art. The museum house sthe world’s largest collections of works by beloved local artists Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Elijah Pierce, and George Bellows; and acclaimed collections such as The Photo League and the Philip and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art. They have a commitment to contemporary art, folk art, glass, and photography which shows the Museum’s dedication to showcasing art of our time.
While you are in the downtown Columbus area you will want to check out COSI (Center of Science and Industry). Guest of all ages will be delighted by the wide variety of science exhibits, including energy explorers, the school of big machines, and space. To make your visit even more entertaining they offer additional activities (for an additional fee) including a planetarium, 3D movies in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater, and a Motion Ride Simulator.
A visit to Columbus is not complete without a visit to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The zoo’s animal exhibits are themed and you will find yourself going on a journey from Asia to Africa and across the ocean to North America. Kids of all ages will love visiting the Bob Evans Farm and getting hands on with their favorite barnyard friends. During certain times of the year, you can also cool off at Zoombezi Bay, an outdoor waterpark. I am originally from Michigan and it has been years since the local zoo had elephants so I was super excited to see the elephants at the Columbus Zoo. Make sure to visit the aquarium while you are at the zoo to explore a wide variety of sea creatures including sting rays and manatees.
There are so many wonderful attractions in Columbus that make it a fantastic place for a quick getaway or a long family vacation. Make sure you add these 4 must see locations to your travel plans for your next trip.
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