Family Fun Getaway

by DiscoverOhio

If it's family fun you're searching for, look no further. Pack up the family and head to central Ohio for a weekend adventure that's sure to excite family members of all ages.  

Start your trip with a visit to The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium where the family can meet the little baby tiger cubs! Chill at the Polar Frontier where you will be face to face with polar bears in the heart of the Arctic. If you travel during November and December be sure to check out the Wildlights at the Zoo.

Once you've visited exotic animals from around the globe,  head over to COSI Columbus where hair-raising excitement and education come together with exhibits and live shows for all ages. At COSI you're sure to have a new experience with every visit.

On the next day, stop by the Ohio History Center and get face-to-face with a giant mastodon skeleton, see the Civil War battle flags that still smell of gun smoke and check out the artifacts from the War of 1812.

This is a fun getaway for all members of the family. You will be able to explore, learn and experience all that Columbus has to offer.


Tour Stops

  • 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
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  • Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

    Turn up the wattage on your holiday season with Wildlights at the Zoo. We've decked the halls, trees, bushes, everything but the animals with eco-friendly LED lights to bring you the brightest Wildlights display ever!

    • Address: 4850 W. Powell Rd.
      Powell, Ohio 43065
    • Phone: Local Number: 614-645-3550
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  • 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
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