Can anyone tell me of stuff to do in Columbus Ohio?

  1. I will be going to Columbus for my annual family reunion. MY dad was one of 13 kids, when his mom dies, his father remmarried and had another 13, so I have scads of relatives, and I saw them at my uncle's funeral in October, and I haven't been to the reunion in so long, I really don't want to miss seeing my aunts and uncles this year, they are aging, and life is too short.

    Anyway, I want to take the kids and hubby, and thought I could turn it into a vacation, but what the heck is there to do/see in Columbus or nearby areas?? I saw the hoover dam on the map. I know my hubby would be interested in that, but that is definitely not going to fascinate me or the kids for a week! LOL! Any amusement parks? Cool things to do? Any recommendations on where to stay, any decent campgrounds? I am opne to all ideas.

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  3. by   prn nurse
    Isn't Columbus the capital? Surely you can go on and find stuff to do.

    I think with a huge old family like yours, I would not EVEN begin to consider "things" to do to entertain my kids. This will be your last chance to spend time with the majority of these people. You will never see the majority of them again. So, why would your concern be.... entertaining your kids?

    I think I would discuss this with the kids. This is a great opportunity to teach some family values. "We are going to Columbus for a FAMILY reunion, this will be the last time I will have to sit and visit with most of these dear relatives of mine." So, "What do you kids prefer? That I get to visit with these folks or that I say hi and bye and take you all to an amusement park?"

    And , of course, all of your relatives have kids, so there will be kids there your kids ages, their cousins, that your kids COULD make the effort to get to know. They might even learn something.

    There's an amusement park, mall, movie in every burg in America. You can go to one every month at least, every week or every day. How often do you see these folks? Many will attend at great personal expense in terms of planning, $$$, driving, flying, motels, vacation time, etc.

    Slow up and mull this over. This is a chance for the kiddoes to learn the kind of people they came from, who they are..... this is a once in a lifetime experience.

    This is a good time to set an example on what is important.
  4. by   hoolahan
    Well, since the day after school starts, and for some relatives, school will have already started, they won't be in town for a long time, since it is such a huge family, most of them will only be there for one or two days, and trust me, we do spend every minute of time together. They don't all live in Columbus, some from Alaska, Indianna, NY, Kentucky, etc, and they won't be there long at all. We rent a huge hall or park for the day, and we each bring a main dish and a desert for the actual reunion. Some people will be leaving as soon as the reunion ends. It is held anually the Sunday before Labor Day, so it's a busy time for everyone, despite how much we love each other, jobs, college, and obligations are still waiting.

    Just needed ideas for the rest of the week. I did a search, but I didn't see much else to do of interest. Went to the visitors bureau, not a whole lot going on in Columbus it seems, that was why I asked, maybe someone who is from the area, or has been there has some ideas. Maybe we will end up just going for the reunion as well, and travel somewhere else for the vacation part of it.
  5. by   live4today
    Hello hoolihan

    I lived in Columbus while on a Traveling Nurse Assignment once, and I don't remember much of anything besides the art museum and the Columbus Zoo to see. You can go to Kings Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati, Ohio...shouldn't be too far from Columbus. Kings Island is an awesome amusement park, too.

    Also...look at the following website for things to do in Columbus: That site may offer some pointers. If I think of anything else, or stumble across anything for you, I'll let you know. Columbus is also where I sat for my nursing boards back in the summer of 1987. Family reunions are lots of fun, so enjoy all that family you have.
  6. by   live4today
    Okay...I went ahead and clicked on the above link that I posted in my previous post, and this is what I found:

    8350 LYRA DRIVE
    WORTHINGTON, OH 43240 ***probably a suburb outside Columbus
    (614) 840-9600

    COLUMBUS, OH 43230
    (614) 577-1470
  7. by   hoolahan
    Thanks Renee!!! :kiss
  8. by   NurseDennie
    Yeah, Columbus Zoo is awesome, and the museums are fun.


  9. by   MollyMo
    Check out the Columbus Zoo,City Center Mall(downtown), COSI(science center),Easton Center, wander down High Street--you'll be in the heart of OSU. If you want to shop outlet stores, go south on I-71. Or Tuttle Crossing off 270 west. I worked 2 assignments at OSU Hospital, and I have family there. Most attractions are on I-71.
  10. by   DelGR
    If you want to go a little northeast of Columbus, you will find Newark, OH. Longaberger Basket's headquarters are there. On Highway 16, they have a large corporation building built like one of their market baskets. Further east is the Golf Course and The Homestead, where you can watch baskets being made in the factory building, make a basket in the Crawford barn, shop, eat and take pictures. A little further east is Dresden, OH. That is where the founder of Longaberger Baskets grew up. Many shops with basket type merchandise. A large wooden basket is in the downtown area that they seasonally decorate.
    North of Dresden, OH is Roscoe Village (near Coshocton, OH). Then you could go up much further north to Amish Country and check out restaurants and shops and see Old Order Amish at work and/or shopping. Watch for buggies/horses along the side of the roads. Be careful.