Come to Columbus to see the new attractions and exhibits for yourself!
COSI Partnering with the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
With this first-of-its-kind collaboration, the nation's top science center is getting even better with a new dinosaur gallery coming fall of 2017. The new, permanent exhibition will feature interactive experiences and loaned specimens including a life-sized Tyrannosaurus rex model. The Exhibition Gallery (opening Feb. 2018) will host premier rotating AMNH curated special exhibitions.
National Veterans Memorial & Museum
Columbus will soon be home to the 7-acre National Veterans Memorial & Museum along downtown's Scioto peninsula. The U.S.'s first tribute to veterans of all American conflicts and branches of service will feature an amphitheater, park, memorial grove and majestic views of the downtown skyline. Construction is set for completion in summer 2018.
Topiaries at the Conservatory
Encounter living sculptures planted and sheared by trained horticulturists at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens during Wild Wonders, May 20-Oct. 29. Find the 14 fanciful shrubs crafted from native greenery in the courtyards and biomes throughout the conservatory. Pair your topiary experience with an on-site workshop or cooking class.
Glenn Avenue Soap Company
Born from an inspiration to provide gentle and effective skin care products, this locally owned craft soaphouse just north of downtown is fast becoming a local standby. Take your group through a shop tour that includes a lesson in how essential oils are blended to create custom scents. Or, get up-close and experience the secrets of the cold process method, and then weigh, blend and pour the ingredients for your own beer soap crafted with a local brew. Take home a bar as a souvenir.
Vintage Letterpress Expands
The 600-year-old craft of printing takes center stage at Igloo Letterpress - a group tour favorite that has doubled its size in a move just across the street in Old Worthington. During the Art of Letterpress experience, groups hand-set antique wood and lead type, then take home a personalized greeting card.
Just east of downtown Columbus is the community of Olde Towne East and a space-filled winery with rustic wood finishings and all of the character of this historic area. At Camelot Cellars, groups can create a private-label wine reserve. Pick from one of the varieties, and then bottle, cork and design the label. Not enough time to bottle wine? Opt to "Adopt-A-Wine" which includes a tasting bottle to take home with a custom label.
Columbus Food Adventures
Culinary and history collide on any one of the many Columbus Food Adventures tours. New in 2017, Food Adventures offers customized experiences to accommodate groups of 35-55. Try a half-day experience complete with stops at a historic market, food truck, microbrewery and farm-to-table restaurant. Or, depart on a full-day trek with these experiences, plus a historical site stop, producer visit and shopping time. All tours visit independently owned shops with samples and behind-the-scenes access.
The Columbus Ale Trail, Volume 2
Volume 2 of the Columbus Ale Trail has officially launched after a successful first year. The trail encourages visitors to interact with the area's ever-growing craft beer scene, now featuring 31 local craft breweries in Central Ohio. Five centrally located downtown breweries, make up "Brewers Row," accessible by the free CBUS circulator route.
New Partners on the Columbus Coffee Trail
The Columbus Coffee Trail, now on it's second year, recently added five new coffee partners to the trail. Take a trek with your group along the Columbus Coffee Trail to collect stamps and earn prizes at stand-out shops where quality and collaboration come first. Visit cbuscoffee.com and follow @cbuscoffee on Twitter.