Itineraries

Columbus Getaway

by DiscoverOhio

Is your family needing a simple getaway? Columbus has a lot to offer making a quick trip with your family easy to plan and packed with tons of fun!

During your first day in Columbus, explore the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell. You will have a roaring good time seeing the baby tigers, huge bats and the playful polar bear sisters, who swim over your head. The are tons of exotic animals to see up close and learn about. Next, head over to COSI, the #1 science center in the country for families by Parents® magazine. Ride a high wire unicycle, go on an archaeological dig and get hands-on with countless activities that make science fun! All of your family members will be able to discover all that science has to offer.

On your second day, head over to the Ohio Historical Center. Get face-to-face with a giant mastodon skeleton and Civil War battle flags still smelling of gun smoke. There is plenty of Ohio history to explore and learn about. After that, stop by the Columbus Museum of Art to get a glimpse of the fascinating art exhibits. Come check out the diverse and influential artistic pieces of our time. What a great way to learn and observe the beauty of artwork.

So, pack your bags and start exploring Columbus. This city offers many family friendly destinations and activities that all members of the family are sure to enjoy! Be sure to look for special package offers for these locations.

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  • The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

    Located just north of Columbus, in Powell, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a non-profit zoo that's home to over 9,000 animals representing over 675 species. In 2009, it was named the number one zoo in America by USA Travel Guide.

    • Address: 4850 West Powell Rd.
      Powell, Ohio 43065
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 800-MONKEYS
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.columbuszoo.org
  • COSI Columbus

    At COSI, you’ll be dazzled, amazed and delighted as your family explores one incredible wonder after another. COSI features more than 300 interactive exhibits throughout our discovery-based and themed exhibition areas – Ocean, Space Gadgets, Life, little kidspace®, Progress and our outdoor Big Science Park.

    The exhibition areas provide experiences for all age levels to creatively combine science facts and learning through play. Beyond the exhibits, you’ll find COSI’s hair-raising Electrostatic Generator Show, the only High-Wire Unicycle in the country, a seven-story Extreme Screen theater, a Science 2Go! retail store and the Atomicafe’ restaurant. COSI also hosts world-class traveling exhibitions from other museums throughout the year.

    • Address: 333 West Broad Street
      Columbus, Ohio 43215
    • Phone: Local Number: 6142282674
    • Email: call_center@cosi.org
    • Website: http://www.cosi.org
  • Ohio History Center and Ohio Village

    Enjoy exhibits on Ohiohistory, archaeology, natural history and more;

    explore a recreated19th-century Ohio community; or use our vast library to explore Ohio history on your own at our centrally located flagship site.  

    • Address: 800 E. 17th Ave.
      Columbus, Ohio 43211
    • Phone: Toll-Free: (800) 686-6124
    • Email: communications@ohiohistory.org
    • Website: http://www.ohiohistory.org/calendar
  • Columbus Museum of Art

    The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. CMA houses an outstanding collection of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American and European modern art.  This collection includes major works by Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper and Georgia O'Keeffe.  The Museum boasts the largest public collection of woodcarvings by Columbus folk artist Elijah Pierce as well as the world’s largest repository of paintings and lithographs by Columbus native George Bellows, who is widely regarded as the finest American artist of his generation.  In addition, CMA's collection includes The Photo League which consists of photographs by artists including Berenice Abbott, W. Eugene Smith and Weegee and the Philip and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930–1970 which includes works by Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and Ben Shahn.  CMA also presents a continuing selection of diverse special temporary exhibitions.  The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday.  For more information, visit www.columbusmuseum.org or call 614.221-4848. 

    • Address: 480 East Broad Street
      Columbus, Ohio 43215
    • Phone: Local Number: 6142216801
    • Email: info@columbusmuseum.org
    • Website: http://www.columbusmuseum.org
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