1800 Hill Road North
Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: (614) 575-9900
Fax: (614) 575-9909
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.
The Bergstresser/Dietz Covered Bridge stretches across the Little Walnut Creek, and though it is not open to vehicular traffic, pedestrians can access it.
Built in 1897, this historic church believes that it is a place where people get to know and serve others selflessly. The mission of this church is to change the hearts and lives of people by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This beautifully-built Gothic Revival structure is a landmark in the city.
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.
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.
Classic Drive is a busy street in New Albany. One can always come across some or the other event going on here.
Easton Town Center takes retail to a whole new level. Some developers set their sites on a plot of land outside the city, but instead of putting up a regular old mall, they decided to build a small town. They did, complete with a town square, a town fountain, little streets zigzagging through small city blocks. But instead of local businesses and residential buildings lining those streets, it's mall shops, mall eateries, and mall entertainment. All the cosmetic touches are there, from cute little building facades to cute little old-timey police cars providing security. And there are three major hotels on the outskirts of "town" so that shoppers can truly immerse themselves in this little bubble. See website for complete business listing.
The mission of Thurber House is to "celebrate the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience and to continue Thurber's legacy of humor." The gentleman this mission refers to is James Thurber, the humorist and cartoonist famous for his genre-transcending witticisms. Thurber House, located in the college-age home of the writer, is both a non-profit center promoting literacy and a museum of the writer's life and materials. The first two floors of the home are open for daily tours and, in the spirit of truly knowing the Thurber legacy, guests are encouraged to touch many items in the home.
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.
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 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.