Great options for exploring are a short drive away. Maybe you only have a few days to travel, didn’t get your planning done early, or the budget doesn’t allow for a big trip. There are many ways to create an enjoyable day for friends and family within reach. Cities within the Midwest provide exciting memories, without the hassles of airports or long travels. Sometimes it is easier to stay close to home, but that does not mean it won’t be fun.
There are several drivable destinations in the midwest that are full of family friendly activities, food and lodging. Pick a city you have always wanted to check out and immerse yourself in its culture, food and entertainment.
The Ohio State Capital and home of The Ohio State University Buckeyes is full of family fun activities.
This mall appears to be a town in itself with over 200 retail stores, restaurants, parks, fountain and entertainment venues. The American Girl store and LEGOLAND Discovery Center are big attractions at Easton.
160 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus, Ohio. 614-337-2200.
Many cuisines are served at this 145-year-old market. Some of the merchants include Hubert’s Polish Kitchen, Hoyo’s Kitchen and Satori Ramen Bar.
59 Spruce St, Columbus, Ohio. 614-463-9664. northmarket.org.
Zookeeper Jack Hanna is a former director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. In addition to the many animals at the zoo, kids can also enjoy the Columbus Zoo’s roller coasters and rides.
Holiday Inn Express Hotels and Suites Columbus-Polaris Parkway
Enjoy this hotel’s indoor pool, heated indoor pool and indoor whirlpool. The hotel pool also includes features for children including a small frog slide. Free breakfast and parking is also included.
8670 Orion Pl, Columbus, Ohio. 614-781-6100.
Center of Science and Industry (COSI)
This science museum includes exhibits that are fun for the whole family. One of their current experiences is “Marvel: Universe of Superheroes” which features interactive experiences, exclusive artwork and movie props and costumes on display. They ask that guests and members reserve a ticket in advance to ensure a fast and contactless arrival.
333 W Broad St, Columbus, Ohio. 614-228-2674.
4850 W Powell Rd, Powell, Ohio. 614-645-3400.