Ohio's capital city, Columbus, offers a world of experiences to all visitors! There is diverse and unique shopping, fun-filled attractions, historic neighborhoods, flavorful delights at restaurants, and that's just the beginning of opportunities in Columbus. Tour the No. 1 Zoo in America , taste the different delicacies of cultures from around the world, let your imagination run wild at COSI , enjoy artwork from all over the world at the Columbus Museum of Art. So plan your trip to Columbus today!
Located just north of Columbus, in Powell, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a non-profit zoo. Home to over 9,000 animals representing over 675 species. In 2009, named the number one zoo in America by USA Travel Guide.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
4850 West Powell Rd.
Powell , Ohio 43065
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Under 2: FREE
Ages 2-9: 9.00
Ages 10-59: 14.00
Ages 60+: 10.00
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Ends: No End Date
Tuesdays - Seniors (ages 60+) receive half price admission to the Zoo.
Franklin Country Days
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Wednesdays - Franklin County residents receive half price admission to the Zoo. Valid ID must be presented at time of purchase.
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Ends: No End Date
Active and Non-active duty military personel receive a $2 discount on up to 6 tickets when they show a valid military ID.
Parking Car: 5.00
If you want to totally experience Columbus, exploring German Village is a must. The neighborhood, located just south of downtown Columbus. There are a wide range of activities, from shopping to popular Columbus restaurants. Some of the attractions in German Village in Columbus are the beautifully restored historic homes, many of which feature unique restaurants. Visit the wonderful art galleries and other niche locations spread among the brick streets. Schiller Park - one of Columbus' best parks - in German Village , features a recreation center, playground, fishing pond and amphitheater for summer theater productions.
Interstate 71 North to Columbus. After you pass the exit for Frank Road/Route 104, Exit 104, take the next exit for Greenlawn Avenue , Exit 105. Turn right, going east. You will pass Berliner Park on your right. At the lighted intersection with South Front Street, turn left, going north. Proceed to the Sycamore intersection and turn right, going east. At the lighted intersection with South High Street, turn right and then left immediately (Sycamore continues on the East side of High Street between the Clarmont Best Western Inn & Suites and The Clarmont Restaurant). Continue on Sycamore, crossing Pearl Street, City Park Avenue, and you will come to a stop at Third Street. St. Mary School and Church will be in front of you. Turn left, going north, and proceed to 588 South Third Street, the German Village Society Meeting Haus which sits back from the street at the corner of South Third and Willow. The Meeting Haus in across the street from G. Michael's Restaurant and the HER Realtors' Office.
… From Dayton
Interstate 70 East to Columbus. After you pass through the 70/71 exchange, take the first exit for High Street/Front Street, Exit 100 A. Proceed straight through first lighted intersection at Front Street and next light at High Street. At the third traffic light, turn right going south on Third Street. You will see Katzinger's Deli on the corner of Third and Livingston. Proceed to 588 South Third Street, the German Village Society Meeting Haus which sits back from the street at the corner of South Third and Willow. The Meeting Haus in across the street from G. Michael's Restaurant and the HER Realtors' Office.
… From Cleveland
Interstate 71 South to Columbus. After you pass the exit for Spring Street, Exit 109C, take the next exit for Broad Street, Exit 108B. Turn right, going west. You will pass State Auto, the Columbus Museum of Art, St. Joseph Cathedral, all on your as you proceed to Third Street. Turn left on Third Street (one way) going south. The Ohio State Capitol will be on your right and the Columbus Dispatch building on your left. Move into middle lane as you approach Livingston Avenue, just beyond the Mound Street intersection. Follow Third Street into German Village. Proceed to 588 South Third Street, the German Village Society Meeting Haus which sits back from the street at the corner of South Third and Willow. The Meeting Haus in across the street from G. Michael's Restaurant and the HER Realtors' Office.
… From Wheeling
Interstate 70 West to Columbus. After you pass the exit for Miller/Kelton, Exit 102, take the next exit for Fourth Street, Exit 100B. Cross Fourth Street (one way going North), staying in the left middle lane. At the lighted intersection with Third Street (one way going South), turn left and proceed into German Village. Katzinger's Deli will be ahead of you and on your right at the corner of Third and Livingston. Proceed to 588 South Third Street, the German Village Society Meeting Haus which sits back from the street at the corner of South Third and Willow. The Meeting Haus in across the street from G. Michael's Restaurant and the HER Realtors' Office.
Call 614-221-8888 if you need directions or help getting here.
By COTA City Bus…
From the Convention Center: Take the 2 bus from High Street (at Swan Street intersection) going south. Exit at Main Street and Third Street and walk five blocks south over the interstate bridge to 588 South Third Street (Visitors Center on your left).
Walk from the Convention Center south to Spring Street. Take the southbound 1 bus toward Livingston Avenue/Reynoldsburg Park and Ride. Exit at Livingston Avenue and Third Street. Walk two blocks to 588 South Third Street (Visitors Center on your left).
From Port Columbus International Airport: Take the 92 bus toward James/Stelzer Road. Exit at third stop for Stelzer Road and Agler Road. Take 16 bus South High via Urgent Care. Exit at South High Street and West Sycamore Street. Walk east down Sycamore to Third Street. Take a left to 588 South Third Street (Visitors Center on your right).
From OSU Student Union: Take the 8 bus south toward Maize Road/Frebis Avenue. Exit at South High Street and West Sycamore Street. Walk east down Sycamore to Third Street. Take a left to 588 South Third Street (Visitors Center on your right).
Cyclists can ride the Olentangy Trail south of downtown to the Grange Insurance Audubon Center and proceed across the Whittier Street bridge. At the High Street stoplight, turn left onto High Street. Proceed to Willow Street and take a right. The Visitors Center is at the intersection of Third and Willow on the northeast side.
333 West Broad Street
Columbus , Ohio 43215
At the Center of Science and Industry , you'll delighted as your family explores one incredible experience after another at one of the best attractions in Columbus. The exhibition areas provide experiences for all age levels to creatively combine science facts and learning through play. Beyond the exhibits, you'll find COSI 's hair-raising Electrostatic Generator Show, the only High-Wire Unicycle in the country, a seven-story Extreme Screen theater and the Atomicafe restaurant. COSI also hosts world-class traveling exhibitions from other museums throughout the year.
Toll-Free: (888) 819-2674
Local Number: (614) 228-2674
Fax: (614) 228-6363
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Senior (60+): 15.95
Youth (2-12): 11.95
Under 24 months: FREE
COSI Members: FREE
Accepted Forms of Payment American Express, Cash, Debit Card, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
Parking General Parking: 5.00
Outdoor free theater performances are performed throughout the summer in Schiller Park in German Village. Throughout the summer, the Actors' Theatre of Columbus performs some of the most classic works in the history of theater. Shadowbox Live in Columbus offers a wide range of self-produced shows along with other performances. At Shadowbox you'll find comedy, musicals, rock operas, contemporary dance and much more! The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts operates several live theaters throughout Columbus, including the historic Ohio Theatre , Southern Theatre and Palace Theatre . These historic theaters have been restored to their glory days and feature the touring Broadway Series and national acts, as well as the Columbus symphony orchestra and BalletMet.
Presenting plays by William Shakespeare and other time-honored playwrights, with relevance, to a contemporary audience.
ACTORS' THEATRE HAS BIG PLANS FOR 31st SUMMER SEASON
Actors' Theatre of Columbus released its 31st summer play line-up recently, announcing to its audiences that they should prepare for a season of comedy, drama, and adventure.
Often called “Shakespeare in the Park,” the theater company is famous for its productions of classical theater in the outdoor amphitheater in beautiful Schiller Park in historic German Village.
John S. Kuhn, Artistic Director of Actors' Theatre, says the theater company is focusing right now on making its 2012 Summer Season the best ever. The season runs from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, with performances starting at 8 pm every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. “This being the Columbus Bicentennial,” says Kuhn, “we carefully selected plays that are celebratory, exciting and most importantly, family-friendly, with a tip of the hat to our country's Italian heritage.”
First up is Robin Hood , written by Philip J. Hickman and directed by Kuhn, and running from Thursday, May 24, to Sunday, June 24. Kuhn says, “Audiences will enjoy this brand new adaptation of the well-known mythology. Everyone knows Robin Hood was an outlaw of sorts who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor, but what makes him tick? Hickman, who has appeared in the two most successful Actors' Theatre productions, 2010's Treasure Island (as Billy Bones and Captain Smollett) and 2011's A Midsummer Night's Dream (as Peter Quince), gives the audience insight into the events of the time that shape Robin Hood's character and how he grew into the legend he became. The gang's all here: Maid Marian, the Sheriff of Nottingham, Prince John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlett, Little John, Much Miller, Allan à Dale. I'm very excited.”
The Merchant of Venice , by William Shakespeare , also directed by Kuhn, runs from Thursday, June 28 to Sunday, July 29. This is one of William Shakespeare's most well-known and beloved plays. The production offers both sides of the theatrical coin with its moments of lightheartedness, and its exploration of prejudice. Kuhn says, “We are very pleased to be able to offer The Merchant of Venice . The themes that it explores are as relevant today as they were when the play was written.”
Actors' Theatre closes out its summer season with the Thursday, August 2 to Sunday, September 2 run of the screwball comedy, The Servant of Two Masters , written by Carlo Osvaldo Goldoni and directed by Pamela Hill. This Italian farce revolves around the misadventures of a hapless servant who is caught in the intertwining lives of two Italian families. It features all the elements one expects from a first-rate comedy of manners: mistaken identities, pining lovers, and plenty of calamities. Hill also directed the popular and critically acclaimed The Tempest at Schiller Park in 2009.
Kuhn points out that, as always, the summer productions are free of charge. “We are pleased that we are able to continue to offer our summer productions at no charge. However, as always, we strongly encourage attendees to make donations to support our efforts. Donations remain an important income source for our continuing sustainability. So come May, we invite everyone to grab a lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic basket or visit one of German Village's wonderful restaurants, and join us at Schiller Park to enjoy an evening of classic theatre under the stars—and help show your appreciation by making a donation to Actors' Theatre.”
“One of our big goals for the upcoming season,” adds Kuhn, “is to reach out in a big way to families in the Central Ohio area. All three productions will be very kid-friendly. Imagine how curious a child will be about a great literary work if he or she experiences the actual performance in the park!”
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The Shadowbox Live companies were born in 1988 when their first rock opera, The Dawn of Infinite Dreams , was produced in Columbus, Ohio. The small cast participated in local productions of this show as well as monthly black box theatrical productions performed in The Shadowbox Theater, their converted rehearsal space in Columbus' historic Buggyworks Building.
The small but dedicated troupe continuously altered the format of each new Shadowbox Live show and slowly but surely a small core of fans began to show their support, making suggestions and donations to the all-volunteer ensemble.
Recognizing the growth trend they were experiencing, the Shadowbox Live ensemble relocated to a raw warehouse space on Spring Street in October 1994. Kitchen, bar, and seating expansions complimented the troupes commitment to producing a mix of theater, sketch comedy, and live music.
The years spent on the Spring Street saw exponential growth. Performance schedules were increased to accommodate the growing patron base, and, as income would permit, performer/administrators were added to the company's payroll .
Shadowbox Live was becoming a very unique commodity in Columbus and developer Yaromir Steiner saw the potential, courting the troupe for his Easton Town Center project. A state-of-the-art facility was created for the troupe, who had plans to manage both the Easton “main stage” Shadowbox Live and the Spring Street theater; which was to be a training ground for its rookie performers. But on March 1, 1999, the Spring Street theater was destroyed by fire, rendering the space useless and the troupe homeless until construction was completed at the Easton Town Center in June.
Despite the devastating loss incurred by the fire not a single employee was laid off and not a single paycheck was missed.
In June of 1999, Shadowbox Live was up and running at the Easton Town Center, and once again production schedules were altered to accommodate audience demand. Anxious to maintain a downtown presence, 2Co's Cabaret, a more theatrical arm of the company was opened just 8 months later in Columbus' trendy Short North district, where it remained until February 2006.
Equally anxious to prove that they had created a successful format that could survive outside its hometown, the company opened a satellite location in Greater Cincinnati in October 2001, giving performances until July 2011, when it closed in preparation for Shadowbox Live's highly anticipated move back to Downtown Columbus.
In August 2011, Shadowbox Live relocated again. This marked the culmination of a dream several years in the making. Not only did the troupe return to what it considers its true home, downtown Columbus, but the theater now has enough space to accommodate both the ever-increasing audience demand and projected growth as Shadowbox Live looks towards the future.
Today Shadowbox Live is in a constant state of performance/production. Audience demand is barely being met as the popularity of the troupe's productions soars, necessitating a 52-week per year performance schedule.
As the company continues to grow and mature, Shadowbox Live is constantly looking for opportunities that will not only meet the needs of the talented staff and the growing audiences but allow the troupe to reach out to schools, work with local arts organizations and musicians, and offer convenient meeting space for local business and community organizations.
This latest endeavor follows a history of expansion and aggressive self-promotion and is indicative of the company's founding ideals, now embodied by the 60-plus member troupe. As a goal-oriented organization the ensemble has earned its success and thrives on the challenges that lay ahead.
The company remains an utterly unique and completely performer-operated organization, where strong-willed, talented individuals shape their future through wily business sense, edgy entertainment, and a drive to never settle for what is, but to strive for what could be.
World-Class Entertainment in a Landmark Theatre
From classical music to modern dance, yearly family traditions to hot concerts, the world's best artists come to the Ohio Theatre. The breathtaking details (including the 21 foot high chandelier!) and opulent Spanish-Baroque architecture and design make any night out at the Ohio an event to remember.
A Favorite with Artists
With more than 100 CAPA shows a year, touring artists, and a variety of performances by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet, and Broadway Across America, the Ohio Theatre is one of the state's busiest performing arts facilities. The Ohio Theatre's lush interior, excellent acoustics, and state-of-the-art stage facilities have made it a favorite of leading CAPA-presented performers including Carole King, Julie Andrews, Yo-Yo Ma, Yanni, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Kenny G, Canadian Brass, Liza Minnelli, John Denver, Kodo Drummers of Japan, the Boston Pops, Garrison Keillor, Lyle Lovett, Itzhak Perlman, and Dan Fogelberg.
Directions and Parking
The Ohio Theatre is located at 39 E. State Street, between 3rd and High Streets, across the street from the Ohio Statehouse.
|If traveling from the north, take I-71 south to Broad Street exit and turn right onto Broad. Follow to 3rd and turn left onto 3rd and follow to State. Take a right on State and theatre is on the left.|
|If traveling from the south, take I-71 north to 4th Street exit and turn left onto 4th. Take 4th to State and turn left onto State. Theatre is on the left.|
If traveling from the east, take I-70 west to 4th Street exit and turn right onto 4th. Take 4th to State and turn left onto State. Theatre is on the left.
|If traveling from the west, take I-70 east to 4th Street exit and turn left. Take 4th to State and turn left onto State. Theatre is on the left.|
Parking is available at Columbus Commons Parking Garage off 3rd or Rich Streets or in Statehouse Parking Garage off 3rd Street. You can find out more about parking in Downtown Columbus by clicking here.
A Piece of Columbus History
The oldest surviving theatre in central Ohio and one of the oldest in the state, the Southern Theatre opened in 1896 as part of a performance space and hotel complex on the corner of High and Main Streets. The Southern was designed for theatrical touring productions and later accommodated silent films, vaudeville, first- and second-run motion pictures, dance, country music reviews, and community events.
Over its stage life, the Southern hosted performing celebrities, including singer Lillian Russell, actors Ethel and Lionel Barrymore, Maude Adams, Sarah Bernhardt, dancers Anna Pavlova and Isadora Duncan, John Philip Sousa, Al Jolson, George M. Cohan, Mae West, and W.C. Fields. Closed in 1979, the theatre was gifted to CAPA in 1986.
A New Era
In 1998, following an intensive, 14-month CAPA-led restoration, the 925-seat jewel-box Southern Theatre reopened as a beautiful, accessible, and lively link to our community's past and its bright future.
In addition to CAPA concerts and performances, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Chamber Music Columbus, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra all call the Southern Theatre stage home.
Directions and Parking
The Southern Theatre is located at 21 E. Main Street, across the street from City Center parking garage
|If traveling from the north, I-71 to Broad Street exit. West (right) on Broad Street. South (left) on Third Street. West (right) on Rich Street. Enter City Center parking on the left. Main is located at the south side of parking garage. (Southern Theatre signs are posted inside the garage.)|
|If traveling from the south, I-71 North to I-70 East. Exit, High Street North (left). East (right) on Main Street. City Center parking is on the left. Route 315 South to I-70 East. Follow instructions above.|
I f traveling from the east, I-70 West to Fourth Street exit. Travel North (right) to Rich Street. West (left) on Rich Street to City Center parking on left.
|If traveling from the west, I-70 East to High Street exit. Travel North (left) on High Street to Main Street. Turn East (right) on Main Street to City Center parking on left.|
|Parking is available at City Center Parking Garage off Rich or Main Streets. You can find out more about parking in Downtown Columbus by clicking here.|
A Touch of France
Designed in the spirit of France's Palais de Versailles, the 2,827-seat Palace Theatre is located at the base of the LeVeque Tower on Broad Street. Adorned with a chandelier, grand staircase , a mural, a hall of autographed pictures, and a fountain, the Palace is a delightful destination for an evening of the arts. Originally a vaudeville house, special attention was paid to the theatre's acoustics when it was built--consequently, there's not a bad seat in the house!
A Community Treasure
During the '30s, '40s, and '50s, the Palace Theatre was the most active live show theatre in Columbus. Still a popular venue today, the theatre rarely has a dark night. Among the many events showcased are CAPA concerts, performances of the Broadway Across America—Columbus, special events, and several local community events and shows.
Directions and Parking
The Palace Theatre is located at 34 W. Broad Street between High and Front Streets, adjacent to the LeVeque Tower.
|If traveling from the north, take I-71 south to the Broad Street exit and turn right. Follow Broad and the theatre is on the right.|
|If traveling from the south, take I-71 north to 4th Street exit and turn left. Take 4th to Broad and turn left on Broad. Follow Broad and the theatre is on the right.|
If traveling from the east, take I-70 west to 4th Street exit and turn right. Take 4th to Broad and turn left on Broad. Follow Broad and the theatre is on the right.
|If traveling from the west, take I-70 east to 4th Street exit and turn left. Take 4th to Broad and turn left on Broad. Follow Broad and the theatre is on the right.|
|Parking is available in the LeVeque Tower Parking Garage, located on Front Street Customers can enter the garage from Front or Gay Streets. Parking also available at the Statehouse Parking Garage off Broad. You can find out more about parking in Downtown Columbus by clicking here.|
First opened in 1928, the Lincoln Theatre is a landmark in African-American and jazz history. Having recently completed a $13.5 million renovation funded by a partnership of public and private support, the Lincoln has reopened as a multi-use, state-of-the-art performing arts and education center serving the diversity of the Columbus and central Ohio community and ten resident Columbus arts organizations. The restoration is the foundation of revitalization plans for the King-Lincoln District, providing a bustling hub of activity 365 days a year with performances, rehearsals, and classes in the performing arts, as well as a wide variety of community events such as film festivals, meetings, and receptions.
Learn more about what's going on at the Lincoln Theatre at www.lincolntheatrecolumbus.com !
This unique 582-seat Egyptian Revival style theatre is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting, digital recording and broadcasting capabilities, and an all-digital projection system.
Equipped with sprung flooring (a special shock-absorbing floor covering), the second-floor Cardinal Health Ballroom will serve the Lincoln's 10 resident arts groups with space for auditions, rehearsals, performances, and classes. It will also be available to the public seven days a week for events, weddings, meetings, and parties.
The Jazz Arts Group's innovative Jazz Academy occupies the entire third floor of the building. This 5,000 square foot, American music education facility includes rehearsal rooms, a keyboard/media studio, recording lab, and multi-functional instructional classrooms.