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    “American Originals,” some of the country’s greatest historic documents from the National Archives, will be on display at the Ohio Historical Center, one of the eight locations in the United States for this outstanding exhibit. The Center is also currently displaying “Kilroy was Here: Life in the 1940s.” COSI (Center of Science and Industry) exhibits will feature “The Hundred Languages of Children” and “Speed,” which explores the science of going fast. Stroll through the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden or see the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. See a full-scale replica of Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be celebrating its 75th anniversary.

    Places Rated Almanac ranks Columbus as one of the best metro areas for the arts. The city supports a thriving art scene, ranging from world-class performances in lavish theatres to experimental art exhibits in hip urban neighborhoods. 2Co’s Cabaret presents monologues, one-act plays, poetry, and live acoustic music. Six theatres in downtown Columbus present the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet Columbus, and Opera/Columbus, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and the Contemporary American Theatre Company. See cutting-edge performances and art at the world-famous Wexner Center for the Arts and rock and roll/comedy acts at Shadowbox Cabaret. The Short North arts district, located on the northern edge of downtown, is the city’s largest, most eclectic concentration of art galleries, shops, restaurants and pubs. It holds a free Gallery Hop the first Saturday of each month. The Columbus Museum of Art boasts an impressive impressionist collection. “Eye Spy: Adventures in Art” incorporates key works from the museum’s collection with interactive games that invite visitors to use their problem-solving skills and creative thought processes to interpret the art objects; perfect for kids 6-12 and their families. Enjoy free music at the Jazz & Ribs Fest July 19-21.

    Sport teams include the Columbus Clippers (baseball), Columbus Blue Jackets (hockey), and Columbus Crew (soccer). Hike in the beautiful Hocking Hills area or float down the Hocking River (contact Hocking Hills Canoe Livery).

    Polaris Fashion Place and Easton’s Fashion District offer world-class shopping. At Tuttle Crossing’s The Mall, one of the most popular features for families is a children’s playscape made up of giant-sized breakfast foods perfect for climbing. Downtown, Columbus City Center features specialty retailers and restaurants. The City Center also hosts the downtown Columbus Visitor Center. See www.columbuscvb.org for maps, directions, visiting information, and current promotions.

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