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Franklin Park Conservatory

The Franklin Park Conservatory is an exciting place to visit with kids, as they learn about every biome in the world in one place. Walk from the glass-dome Palm House and see rare varieties of palm species. Then explore the tropical rain forest and the desert. Some of the best times to visit are during the Blooms & Butterflies exhibit in the spring or during one of the workshops that are offered for things like cooking classes that take place with the tropical setting as a backdrop.A must-see for kids is the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden outside, which has two acres of hands-on and crawl-on activities for kids as they learn about the Ohio landscape.

Giraffe at the Zoo

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is one of the best zoos in the United States and one of the top attractions in Columbus for kids. The zoo grounds are divided into six regions with animals to see, from apes in the Congo Expedition to rhinoceroses in Asia Quest and sea turtles in the Aquarium. There are daily feedings and demonstrations, as well as stage shows, that highlight animal conservation efforts.


The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) is one of the original kid-tastic attractions in Columbus. COSI is an especially great indoor activity if you need it as a backup when your outdoor plans get rained out. Everything in COSI is interactive for kids and it makes learning about health, science, energy, weather, and mathematics fun. There are several floors to explore and exhibits like the Big Science Park, where kids can test their strength by lifting a 2,437-pound car.Be sure to visit the planetarium, where you can learn about the solar system beneath a 60-foot dome and try the High Wire Unicycle which suspends riders two stories in the air as they ride across an 84-foot cable.



The Columbus Clippers are a Minor League Baseball team of the Triple-A East and the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. They are located in Columbus, Ohio, and are named for speedy merchant sailing vessels known as clippers. The team has played their home games at Huntington Park since 2009.


The Ohio State Buckeyes football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing Ohio State University in the East Division of the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State has played their home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio since 1922

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