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Live to Learn

Become immersed among hundreds of butterflies, learn the secret behind how the ball gets inside a whistle and visit with furry friends at the home of "Jungle" Jack Hanna.

Day One

Morning | Groups are inspired by master works during a guided tour of the Columbus Museum of Art. Then, spark deeper thinking in the Center for Creativity.

Lunch | Active learning takes flight in the Butterfly Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. After a box lunch, an immersion into bio- and environmental science completes the stop.

Afternoon | Hundreds of hands-on experiences and Learning Labs have made COSI the nation’s top science center. The center even has a permanent American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery, which includes a life-sized Tyrannosaurus rex cast. Just across the street is the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, a 7-acre historical landmark that pays tribute to veterans of all American conflicts and branches of service.

Evening | German Village provides a living lesson in U.S. history and immigration before an authentic German-American dinner at Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus. Then, test the limits of the karts at Buckeye Raceway Indoor Karting – a fun-filled end to an experience-packed day.

Day Two

Morning | Groups are swept away as they discover the Kelton family “secret” during the living history experience at the Kelton House, a restored Underground Railroad stop. Afterward, a backstage tour of the Ohio Theatre entertains with a light show and Mighty Morton theatre organ performance.

Noon | Lunch at the historic North Market puts cuisine from around the globe within easy access. Or, eat a family-style lunch at Buca di Beppo, another student group favorite.

Afternoon | Students are “blown away” when they see the whistles their coaches and teachers use being made at American Whistle Corporation, the only metal whistle manufacturer in the U.S. Everyone leaves with a shiny new whistle. Then, time travel to grandpa’s day at the Ohio History Center with the “1950s: Building the American Dream” exhibit. 

Evening | Cut loose at Magic Mountain Fun Center with bumper cars, batting cages and video games, bowl at state-of-the art Star Lanes, or enjoy laser tag at Lazer Kraze.

Day Three

Morning | Delight in hands-on animal presentations and docent led tours at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, home to more than 9,000 animals. 

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Marie Kuess

Marie Kuess Sr. Program Manager, Destination Experience