Central Ohio Attractions

ATTRACTIONS

AHA! – Lancaster.
A children’s discovery museum with over 8,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits for young children to explore.

Ariel-Foundation Park – Mount Vernon.
250-acre park with lakes, observation tower, walking trails, architectural ruins and sculptures.

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium – Powell.
Animals and habitat from across the globe featuring famous zookeeper Jack Hanna.

National Trail Raceway – Hebron.
Nationally renowned drag racing on quarter mile strip since 1964.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Gangsters Ristorante – DeGraff.
Fine Italian cuisine prepared fresh inside a mob museum filled with mafia memorabilia.

Nutcracker Family Restaurant – Pataskala.
1950s-style diner with breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials, freshly baked pies and hand-dipped ice cream.

Plum Run Winery – Grove City.
Red and white wines, house-made ciders, on-site crafted beers, along with a full kitchen.

Soulshine Tavern & Kitchen – New Albany.
Southern soul inspired menu with local craft beers and live music.

HISTORY

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame – Pickerington.
Celebrating the people and machines that elevated the sport of cycling, with over 100 historic cycles on display.

Harding Home and Museum – Marion.
Home and collection of over 5,000 artifacts honoring our 29th President.

National Veterans Memorial & Museum – Columbus.
The USA’s first officially designated museum honoring the men & women who have fought for our country.

Robbins Hunter Museum – Granville.
Historic 1842 Grecian architectural home furnished with 18th & 19th century antiques and arts.

RECREATION

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve – Urbana.
Explore the diversity of plant and wildlife at Ohio’s premier natural area.

Darby Creek Golf Course – Marysville.
Highly rated by Golf Advisor with a Scottish links style front nine, and American traditional wooded back nine.

Magic Mountain Fun Center – Columbus.
Go-Karts, mini-golf, laser tag, bumper boats, video arcade, and more.

Zoombezi Bay – Powell.
22-acres water park with slides, wave pool, lazy river, play structure, kiddie pool, private cabanas.

SHOPPING

Groovy Plants Ranch – Marengo.
Plant lovers paradise with vast collection of local plants and botanical oddities from around the world.

Historic Downtown Delaware – Delaware.
Charming 1800s architectural setting filled with specialty shops, arts, and dining.

Polaris Fashion Place – Columbus.
Indoor & outdoor mall complex with over 150 specialty retailers.

Smoke Stack Hobby Shop – Lancaster.
Largest selection of model trains, R/C vehicles, plastic models in SE Ohio.

FESTIVAL & EVENTS

Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival – Mount Vernon, August.
Performances by national and local artists, food, fine arts, crafts & more.

Delaware Arts Festival – Delaware, May.
Original art exhibitors competing for cash awards. Food and live entertainment.

Frontier Spirit 1799 – Lancaster, September.
Skilled craftsmen in a pioneer tent village with food, games, and period musicians.

Ohio State Fair – Columbus, July-August.
Big name live entertainment, food, games, arts, animal shows and more.

FEATURED ATTRACTIONS

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Delaware County offers big-time attractions and small town charm just minutes north of Columbus, Ohio. With a wide range of activities and attractions, it’s a playground for every generation to enjoy. Experience the energy and excitement of a major metropolitan area or get back to nature with endless outdoor activities like boating, fishing, golfing, mountain biking and camping.

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Knox County! Where else can you go to find brick streets, historic homes, recreational trails, camping, elegant bed and breakfast inns, and stunning College campuses—all within reach of your home.

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Marion County has everything from world-class museums, spectacular shopping, excellent food and top-notch entertainment. Please remember to check out the attraction’s hours of operation and/or call ahead if you have questions. We promise you’ll have a great time in Marion County, Ohio!

The Ohio Wine Producers Association provides information on everything related to Ohio’s great wine industry, from vineyards to wine tours and special events.

 

Tourism Ohio promotes attractions from every region of the state, for all interests and age groups.