Columbus has a rich history and with being the 14th most populated city in the US, there is plenty for you to do and explore. The city has been nicknamed “The Biggest Small Town in America”, so when you’re finished taking in all the vehicles and events at the GoodGuys 21st PPG Nationals, head out on the town and check out some of these amazing places in the area. First, check out the Autocross, Nitro Thunderfest, Swap Meet and so many more events that the GoodGuys 21st PPG Nationals offer. https://www.good-guys.com/ggn-2018
1. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – https://www.columbuszoo.org/
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium opened its doors in 1927 and is directed by Jack Hanna himself. They have over 10,000 animals in the 6 different regions of the zoo, where you can do everything from feed a giraffe and take a walk with a kangaroo to pet a stingray and watch a 4D movie. During the summer, the zoo is open 9am-7pm, 7 days a week.
2. Columbus Museum of Art – http://www.columbusmuseum.org/
The Columbus Museum of Art was the first registered museum in the state when it started in 1878. Leisurely stroll through the many exhibits they house, including work from Picasso, Homer and Monet. They museum is closed on Mondays but is open at 10am all other days.
3. COSI (Center of Science and Industry) – https://www.cosi.org/
The center opened in 1964 in hopes to make learning about science more fun. They offer over 300 hands-on exhibits, the largest planetarium in the state and live shows, you can even stand next to a 6 foot long moving T-Rex. Their summer hours are 10am-5pm, 7 days a week.
4. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – https://www.fpconservatory.org/
Wander through the lush gardens and botanical exhibits which are located on the 88 acres of Franklin Park. They also offer demonstrations of glass blowing, a café that uses produce and herbs right from the gardens and the Botanica Gift Shop & Greenhouse. You can plan your visit from 10am-5pm, any day of the week.
5. SegAway Tours of Columbus – https://www.segawaytoursofcolumbus.com/
Why walk through Columbus when you can ride a Segway through it? They offer two different tour packages, Original City Tour and River & Bridges Tour, where you can view historical landmarks and learn about the culture of the area. They have tours twice a day Monday-Saturday and once on Sundays.
6. The German Village – https://germanvillage.com/
In the mid-19th century, a large number of German immigrants moved in the area and brought a small part of home with them. Stroll down the cobblestone streets while getting a taste, smell and feel of true German heritage. There are even tours available for those who’d like a guided look at the Village.