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Phone: (614) 492-9000
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Fort Rapids is a 60,000 square foot indoor waterpark. They also have rooms available for overnight stays, suites for family vacations, banquet rooms for conferences and other special events, an arcade, and several places to eat.
Named for a beloved German poet and dramatist, Schiller Park is a central meeting place for denizens of German Village. A landscaped and flower-bedded expanse taking up several city blocks, there's room for picnickers, walkers, joggers and more, as well as top-notch facilities such as a basketball court, rec center, tennis court, fishing pond, baseball diamond. And Herr Schiller surely would have appreciated that Schiller Park is also home to the Actor's Summer Theater, where local companies stage productions when the weather's right.
The historic neighborhood of German Village in Columbus was almost on the verge of decline but to the efforts of a group of like-minded individuals headed by Frank Fetch, who set-out on the task of preserving the heritage. This led to the creation of German Village Society on January 10, 1960, a not-for-profit civic organization. The efforts of this group of volunteers led to preservation of most of the building, private and public spaces, as well as it being inducted into the United States Government's National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The German Village Society, today, is supported by donations and almost a thousand preservationists aiming to further strengthen the neighborhood. The Society also conducts Haus und Garten Tour, a tour that would take you through some of the 1,600 restored structures in the past fifty years. Visit their website to know more about their preservation work and more information.
German Village Meeting Haus is located in German Village, a historic neighborhood just south of downtown Columbus. Information about local events is available here. This space also has private rooms that can be rented for private events.
Built in 1927, this beautiful mausoleum was one of the largest of its time. Built in the Classical Revival style, the structure features lavish use of granite and marble. A prominent feature of this structure are the 59 stunning stained glass windows that were designed by a prominent local craftsman in the era. With space for 600, Green Lawn Abbey was a lavish final resting place for the city's elite.
The Franklin Park Conservatory is an institution. Serving Columbus residents and visitors since 1895, it has always been home to a premiere collection of exotic flora. The place has changed with the times, however, opening facilities for other educational and entertainment-oriented events. Today, it's famous not only for its plants, but also for its James Turrell light installation and its Dale Chihuly glass exhibition. Throughout the year, the conservatory hosts an ongoing series of special events, some aimed at the science-minded set, others more like an unabashed party. See website for complete visitor details and events calendar.
The Bergstresser/Dietz Covered Bridge stretches across the Little Walnut Creek, and though it is not open to vehicular traffic, pedestrians can access it.
Via Vecchia Winery is a sophisticated winery located in the Columbus Brewery District. The high quality wine is crafted from grapes shipped from California, creating rich flavors and smooth textures. This is the most popular winery in Columbus and it boasts a beautiful setting that is often the venue for weddings.
Franklin Park is best known for its famous conservatory, but there's lots more going on here as well. Firstly, it's a vast place. One could get lost wandering its paths for hours. There are open fields and groves of trees galore, as well as a creek complete with a baby waterfall. Some spillover from the conservatory means there are colorful flowers here and there, and the occasional piece of intriguing public art. Franklin Park's distance from the city means it's rare to find a crowd here, so if you need a quiet place for an introspective walk, or a guaranteed large chunk of open space for a well-attended birthday party or other function, this is the spot.
Situated on the former site of the Ohio School for the Deaf, one block south of the Columbus Museum of Art, the Topiary Park is a unique arts project. Georges Seurat's famous post-impressionist painting, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte," was recreated in topiary by local artist James T. Mason. The Topiary Park Museum Shop/Visitors Center is open from April through December.
The Columbus Topiary Garden is a topiary garden unlike any other. Whereas the average topiary garden collects a bunch of random figures doing random things, this one is a unified work. It recreates Georges Seurat's classic painting ‘A Sunday on the Island of La Grand Jatte’ in three dimensional shrubberies. Each life-size (if not larger) figure plays the part of a figure in the painting, and it is marvelous. An on-site museum will fill you in on the history of the park, the Old Deaf School, and the surrounding neighborhood. Hours are daily from sunrise to sunset.
The main branch of the Columbus Metro Library is many things. First and foremost, it is a library, providing the people of the city with the material they need to better themselves. Second, it is a stunning historic building, worthy of placement in a period film about a smart-looking library. Finally, it is am inviting event space, hosting an array of programming throughout the year, some aimed exclusively at children, some aimed at the general public.