The Itinerary at a Glance
Located just 20 minutes from downtown Columbus your Destination Hilliard tour will overflow with history, art, culinary and fun experiences.
4 Unique Experiences on This Trip
- Early Television Museum
- Historical Village at Weaver Park
- Pop Up Art Studio
- First Responders Park Memorial
Duration: 3 Days/3 Nights
Available: Spring, Summer & Fall Months
This Itinerary is Ideal For: Adults over 21
Day 1 – Welcome to Hilliard
Receive a Welcome Bag when you check into your Hilliard, Ohio hotel and relax before tonight’s dinner.
Depart for the Hilliard Civic & Cultural Arts Center for a catered dinner and variety show performance by the Hilliard Arts Council. This relaxing evening is the perfect beginning to a Destination Hilliard visit.
Day 2 – Exploring Hilliard as a Group
Enjoy a hot deluxe continental breakfast at your hotel before departing.
The morning adventure begins with Making Tracks Through Train Town. This two-hour trolley ride features a conductor (docent) sharing the significance of the railroad in Hilliard and includes stops at points of interest.
There will be time to visit Hilliard’s First Responders Park Memorial. The second largest memorial in the U.S. honors first responders of every branch who responded to the tragic events on 9/11. Lunch is on your own in Old Hilliard Downtown, Otie’s Tavern & Grill is on the National Register of Historic Places and a local favorite. If you can get past the name, The Old Bag of Nails Pub menu is very good.
Hope you saved some room for dessert! It’s on Whit’s Frozen Custard for a sweet treat at this classic downtown location. The afternoon continues with a visit to the Early Television Museum. You’ll be fascinated by the nation’s only museum dedicated to the television. More than 150 TV sets are on display from the mechanical TVs of the 1920s and 1930s to the pre-WWII British and American sets to post war sets and early color sets.
It’s time for fun at Ten Pin Alley! Bowlers be ready to show off your groove, but spectators and hecklers are welcome. The patio lounge is open and the in-house chef will prepare a masterful buffet, or assist in creating a menu just for the group. After a fun evening it’s back to the hotel for some much needed rest.
Day 3 – Arts & History
Breakfast at the hotel.
It’s off to the Hilliard Civic & Cultural Arts Center to let your creativity show. Instructors will guide you through a Pop Up Art project that will please even the most untalented among us. Cake Creations is next where again your talent shines as you decorate and of course sample cupcakes.
Lunch today is at one of the most highly rated pizza joints in Hilliard, Grandad’s Pizza & Pub.
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon and step back to the 1800s at the Historical Village at Weaver Park. The village consists of the original Hilliard Train Station, a one-room schoolhouse, chapel, log cabin, museum, a WPA outhouse and much more. A docent will lead the group with a candle maker, butter churner, blacksmith and others providing interactive experiences.
Dinner tonight is at Abner’s Casual Dining, where folks have been coming since 1987 for comfort food. Adorning the walls are historic photos of Hilliard. It’s back to the hotel for some much deserved rest after a fun day.
Day 4 – Depart Hilliard
Enjoy a deluxe hot continental breakfast at your hotel before departing Destination Hilliard with fond memories.
To start planning your journey, head to DestinationHilliard.org.