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It’s not hard to find things to do in Columbus. In fact, with so many top-ranked attractions, one of the hardest parts about any trip is deciding which activity will have to wait until the next visit.

Hang out in the Heart of Africa and hand-feed a giraffe its lunch at “Jungle Jack” Hanna’s home zoo, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Or splash around in the wave pool at the connected Zoombezi Bay during summer months. Each year Wildlights, the zoo’s holiday event, attracts major crowds to take in Ice skating, camel rides and the animated musical light show that MSN declared to be one of the “10 most spectacular holiday light displays across America.”


Get hands-on for learning and fun at COSI, the Center of Science and Industry, now offering a permanent 22,000 sq.-ft. Dinosaur Gallery thanks to a one-of-a-kind, groundbreaking partnership with the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). In addition, the AMNH Special Exhibition Gallery features special exhibits rotating every few months.

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Check out Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the only botanical garden in the world with a permanent collection of glass artwork by Dale Chihuly - completely re-imagined in 2019 - and home to the brand-new, two-acre Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden. The Travel Channel agrees that Franklin Park Conservatory is one of the best botanical gardens in the U.S.

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The National Veterans Memorial & Museum is the only place where the stories of our veterans, their families and the Fallen – across all branches of service and all eras of conflict – are told together. Ahead of its highly anticipated opening, Architectural Digest declared it one of “the 15 most noteworthy museums opening this year.”


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