Columbus continues to grow into a cosmopolitan destination

Columbus, the capital city of Ohio, is bustling with history, beauty and adventure. This group-friendly destination is the perfect destination for people of all ages with its welcoming experiences and memorable attractions. Here are some engaging stops you can make the next time you are visiting the Buckeye City.

Large biomes filled to the brim with exotic and diverse plant life are blooming in the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Exhibits like Blooms and Butterflies and Bonsai are ready for exploration for limited times and will make any visit to the conservatory and gardens a memorable experience. For those seeking a calming excursion, this is the perfect way to get in touch with nature. (

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum pays homage to the veterans of the United States through remembrance halls like the Service and Citizenship Gallery, Remembrance Gallery and The Legacy of Service exhibit. Wander through the incredible works and see the sacrifices that were made by some of our nation’s heroic figures. The memorial and museum is one of the locations featured in one of Columbus City Adventures’ bus tours, the Columbus Central City Tour. This tour takes guests through some of Columbus’ historical locations where they can learn of their importance and embrace the city’s architecture. The German Village Walking Tour is another great Columbus City Adventure tour option. Guests will have the opportunity to walk through the streets to learn about the buildings and the city’s history. (

Nestled within Downtown Columbus’s historic German Village and featured on the Man Vs. Food television series, Schmidt’s Sausage Haus is home to tasty Germanstyle cuisine. Make sure to check Schmidt’s website ( for its live music schedule.

Travel on a Wasafiri Adventure at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium where wild adventures are awaiting guests of all ages. Learn about many species of incredible animals with up-close encounters and irreplaceable educational opportunities.

Columbus Zoo photo by Mark Cameron

Columbus Zoo photo by Mark Cameron

“The Wasafiri Adventure at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is an exciting, unique experience that offers something for everyone in your group,” said Thom Blair, director of sales for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

“From enjoying a delicious breakfast and connecting with incredible animals to creating special memories that can last a lifetime, this is one adventure that shouldn’t be missed.”


Home to the famous set of The Shawshank Redemption, the Ohio State Reformatory Experience in Mansfield is the perfect combination of history and cinematic creation.

Shawshank has inspired tours within the walls of the reformatory and has continued to enrapture guests more than 25 years after the movie debuted. Hocking Hills State Park is home to a variety of great hiking locations and trails. With so many paths and trail options to choose from, there’s no shortage of incredible natural wonders to experience. If your group loves adventure, The Wilds, a private, nonprofit safari park and conservation center in Muskingum County, is a welcoming location. The National Museum of the US Air Force in Riverside, is home to several exhibits exploring history and artifacts from different periods of time. Some of those exhibits include the World War II Gallery, Cold War Gallery and Space Gallery.

By MiKayla Hahnfeld