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Columbus is all about number 1s. Confused? How about we say it has the number 1 zoo? Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions in the city, and when you see the faces of the adorable animals, you’ll see why!

How about number 1 science center? COSI (Centre of Science & Industry) is where kids can get an incredible hands-on experience with all things science (and LEGO!).

And how about possibly the number 1 historical experience to happen to the USA? Kids will love the historical Santa Maria, ship of Christopher Columbus who of course, discovered a certain country….

In summer kids will love the water parks like Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark (did we just say summer? It’s indoors - head on down there in winter!), and if it’s greenery you want, there are plenty of spaces to just enjoy with the family, like Topiary Gardens.

There are so many fun things to do in Columbus with the kids!

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  • Cincinnati Fire Museum

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    (100 miles) Cincinnati

    The Cincinnati Fire Museum, the only museum that saves lives!Located in a 1907 National Register firehouse, the museum preserves and exhibits Greater Cincinnati's firefighting artifacts while ...

  • Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

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    (101 miles) Cincinnati

    Cincinnati Museum Center inspires people of all ages to learn more about our world through science; regional history; and educational, engaging and meaningful experiences.

  • Cincinnati Art Museum

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    (99 miles) Cincinnati

    The Museum features an unparalleled art collection of more than 60,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the Art Museum also hosts several national and ...

  • Oil and Gas Museum

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    (90 miles) Parkersburg

    Both oil and natural gas were discovered in western Virginia by the first explorers in the mid-1700s. George Washington acquired 250 acres in what is now West Virginia because it contained an oil and ...

  • The Dayton Art Institute

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    (65 miles) Dayton

    Visit us often to enjoy our diverse permanent collection, world class special exhibitions, interesting educational programs and unique special events.

  • National Museum of the US Air Force

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    (60 miles) Dayton

    The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world's largest military aviation museum. This FREE attraction features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles in more than 17 acres of indoor ...

  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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    (65 miles) Dayton

    Explore the wonders of the world with a live animal zoo, the region's only public Planetarium and observatory, interactive science and technology exhibits, and more under one roof! One of the many ...

  • Center of Science and Industry

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    Columbus

    Workshops, lectures, camps, and overnight experiences featuring groundbreaking exhibits and live shows, fun hands-on activities and award-winning interactive videoconferences!

  • The Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum

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    (41 miles) Urbana

    offers a comprehensive insight into the life and era of famous Johnny Appleseed.

  • The Bicycle Museum of America

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    (80 miles) New Bremen

    A beautiful museum with one of the largest collection of bicycles in the world.

  • Allen County Museum

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    (80 miles) Lima

    The Allen County Museum has something for everyone. Our campus includes the main Museum (including the Children

  • The Little Buckeye Childrens Museum

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    (61 miles) Mansfield

    A series of delightful role play scenarios including Bank, Vet, Market and Laboratory! Dress up, musical instruments and creative play round off this open ended learning environment.

  • Canton Classic Car Museum

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    (103 miles) Canton

    The museum currently exhibits forty-five rare and unusual classic and special interest automobiles. The gorgeous vehicles are complemented by the thousands of pieces of historical memorabilia ...

  • Wayne National Forest

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    (58 miles) Nelsonville

    The Forest features over 300 miles of trails for hiking, all-terrain vehicle riding, mountain biking, or horseback riding in season.

  • Hocking Hills State Park

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    (44 miles) Logan

    Wildlife, waterfalls, caves, nature, and ghosts! Picturesque wilderness for the nature loving family to explore on foot or by bike.

  • Burr Oak State Park

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    (59 miles) Gloucester

    Over 25 miles for nature loving families to spend the day in, with stunning scenic hiking trails, picnic tables and grills, a 500ft. sandy beach, fishing areas, a public shelter plus campground.

  • Aullwood Audobon Center

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    (68 miles) Dayton

    An inspirational showcase of determined and infectious environmentalism, as well as containing plenty that smaller children love about farms: plenty of animals, Bee and Butterfly yards, children's ...

  • The Dawes Arboretum

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    (31 miles) Newark

    One of the premier public gardens in North America, The Dawes Arboretum has over 1,700 acres of plant collections, gardens and natural areas. Founded in 1929, Dawes is a travel destination for ...

  • Brukner Nature Center

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    (70 miles) Troy

    Nature preserve dedicated to environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation.

  • Dillon State Park

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    (47 miles) Nashport

    Features here include a 1,360-foot swimming beach and separate wading pool, plus disc golf and archery range.

  • Ohio Caverns

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    (42 miles) West Liberty

    A remarkable natural wonder with some of the most colorful caverns in the country - all found in beautiful Ohio.

  • Ohio Bird Santuary

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    (56 miles) Mansfield

    Children who visit the Ohio Bird Sanctuary will see many of Ohio's native birds. Non-releasable hawks, owls, falcons, songbirds and game-birds are house on site. In the aviary, children and adults ...

  • Ottawa Metro Park

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    (78 miles) Lima

    Featuring Metro Park Beach, which offers a raindrop play fountain, 10' extreme water slide, surf slide and mermaid fountain. Plus 9 hole frisbee golf course, adventure play equipment, sand volleyball ...

  • Lazer Kraze Kentucky

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    (108 miles) Erlanger

    Indoor Kentucky fun with a trampoline park, arcade, and world class laser tag!

  • Todays Harvest Farm Market and Corn Maze

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    (96 miles) New Paris

    When the first hints of crisp nights and bright days hit the air, we'll be ready. Your family will find everything they need for fall fun at Today's Harvest. ■Giant Corn Maze & Agritainment ...

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