Columbus, as the capital of Ohio, enjoys a unique and fascinating history. Like many cities, Columbus changed with the times, leaving behind many industries. However, as revitalization efforts over the past decades reawakened the cultural history of the city, fun summer activities in Columbus expanded to include many superb destinations for adults and families. If you're looking for places to take your kids or just your date, here are four suggestions to get you started.
1. Center of Science and Industry (COSI)
This mecca of science holds so much interest that you'll have a tough time deciding what to explore. This summer, exhibits include:
- Science of Big Machines — Ever thought how cool it would be to operate heavy machinery? Well, here's your chance! Sit behind the controls of earth-moving machines and get a feel for the important work of construction.
- Traveling the Silk Road — This exhibit from the American Museum of Natural History will take you on a journey circa 700 A.D. Learn about silk itself and how two radically different cultures, connected by way of the famous Silk Road, prospered from textiles made from worms.
- Largest Planetarium in Ohio — Journey to the stars, the depths of a volcano and even into the human body under the six-story dome.
2. Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park
Come to Huntington Park, grab some dogs and suds, then cheer on the Columbus Clippers at an exciting baseball game. The Clippers, a Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, play like champions, especially on their home turf here in Columbus. Who knows, you might even get a seat that allows you to enjoy the view of the city skyline while you're there.
3. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
What's summer without a trip to the zoo? And with an aquarium, to boot, you get double the fun. Feed the giraffes by hand, watch the manatees in their natural habitat (which is to say, underwater) and hang with the cool cats. Need some dinosaur action? Well, you're in luck! The zoo also features extinct dinos in animatronic form on Dinosaur Island.
4. The Scioto Mile
This beautiful park along the Scioto River offers respite to urbanites, both feathered and human. With the Audubon Metropark for the birds and plenty of art along the trail for the humans, there's plenty to see here. Cool off in the fountain displays or climb the world's largest free climbing wall. If exercise is your game, walk, jog or bike your way the length of the trail until you meet up with the Olentangy Trail at the confluence of the Olentangy and Scioto Rivers. The Olentangy trail gives you another 13 miles to explore.
When you're in downtown Columbus this summer, please stop by our Arena District Pharmacy for your sunscreen and other necessities for all your fun activities. Once you experience the personal, friendly service here, you may want to come back with your prescriptions, too!