Month: September 2010

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

A- Overview:
“Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain,
And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain.”.

What a fitting depiction Rodgers and Hammerstein penned for this truly remarkable city. Located directly in the center of the state, Oklahoma City stands as a modern marvel surrounded by the endless horizons of the Great Plains.

The city had an amazing beginning when a single gunshot was fired on April 22, 1889, signaling the opening of the territory to new settlement. A day later, this barren prairie was home to ten thousand settlers. In 1911, the capital was moved here and in 1928 oil was discovered, forever changing the city. Unfortunately, tragedy is part of its history as well. On April 19, 1995 a bomb killed 168 people at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Today a museum stands to remember them and that tragic day.

Easily accessible, Oklahoma City sits at the intersection of two major Interstate highways: I-40 from the east/west, and I-35 from the north and south, making it a must stop location on any trip through the area. With the overall weather conditions varying year round, it is never boring. Will Rogers once quipped, “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it’ll change.”

It’s not just the weather and history that make this city so appealing. There are a host of attractions, events, and things to do as well.

One of the most popular attractions for visitors and town folk as well is the Frontier City Theme Park. Here you can stroll through an authentic 1880s western town and enjoy rides, shows, games and attractions. Visitors can even experience the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral. For those who like thrill rides, there are numerous roller coasters and water rapid rides as well.

If you prefer something a little less taxing, try Omniplex. Omniplex provides an adventure in discovery of new worlds and galaxies, exploration the sciences and arts, a chance to relive the past and peer into the future. The complex houses several museums, galleries, gardens, greenhouses and a planetarium, making this a must see attraction for the entire family.

Interesting museums are plentiful as well. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum depicts the true Western spirit of the past and the rugged individualism and romantic spirit of the frontier. This popular visitor attraction features a collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, and the famous 18-foot sculpture by James Earle Fraser, The End of the Trail. Visitors of all ages enjoy an adventure into the Old West at this national memorial to the American cowboy.

There’s also the Governor’s Mansion, the Zoo, the Fire Fighters Museum and many more sites and events to occupy the visitor’s time, night or day.

Whatever the reason for visiting, this historic truly western city has great appeal. You may even see a cowboy on horseback tipping his hat to a passing lady. Oklahoma City is where the Old West meets the New West, with country style.

B- City Information:
Population: 506,132

Elevation: 1230 feet above sea level

Location: Located in the very center of Oklahoma, at the intersection of I-35 from

the north and south and I-40 from the east and west.

Land Area: 607.0 square miles

Time Zone: Central Time Zone (when it’s noon in Oklahoma City, its 1:00pm in

New York City and 10:00m in Los Angeles

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
36.7
42.2
50.9
59.7
68.5
76.8
82.0
81.2
73.2
62.0
48.9
39.5

High temperature (°F)
47.3
53.7
62.7
71.5
79.1
87.4
93.3
92.8
84.3
73.7
59.8
50.0

Low temperature (°F)
26.0
30.8
39.1
47.9
57.8
66.2
70.6
69.5
61.9
50.3
38.0
29.0

Precipitation (in)
1.3
1.6
2.9
3.1
5.4
4.6
2.8
2.6
3.8
3.6
2.2
1.9

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
5
6
7
8
10
9
6
6
7
7
5
6

Wind speed (mph)
12.5
13.1
14.3
14.2
12.5
11.8
10.9
10.4
10.8
11.8
12.3
12.3

Morning humidity (%)
78
77
76
77
83
84
80
80
83
80
80
78

Afternoon humidity (%)
62
60
57
56
62
61
55
55
59
57
60
62

Sunshine (%)
60
60
65
68
66
75
79
79
72
70
61
58

Days clear of clouds
11
9
10
9
9
10
15
14
13
14
12
12

Partly cloudy days
6
7
8
8
10
11
10
10
8
7
7
6

Cloudy days
14
13
13
13
12
9
7
7
9
10
11
13

Snowfall (in)
3.2
2.4
1.5
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.5
1.9

Local Seasons:

Oklahoma’s weather reflects the transitional nature of its geography. Its climate is generally mild and humid. Due to the diverse terrain of the state, the weather changes frequently, so it is never boring! Will Rogers once quipped, “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it’ll change.”

Any time of year can be rewarding for a visit. With four distinct seasons, each one offers something interesting and unique. Summer tends to be the busiest season and is a great time to experience one or more of the exciting outdoor theme parks or take in one of the many events held during this time. In the fall, with the temperatures dropping to a cool, but comfortable range, it’s a good time to enjoy a sporting event, take a walk, or bicycle on one of the many trails located in the city’s parks or enjoy a good meal while watching nature change the unique surrounding scenery. Winter can be chilly but not uncomfortable, making it the perfect time to enjoy a good book by a roaring fire or a visit one of the many museums located in and around the city. While it does snow during this time, it rarely lasts long and makes the sights of the city even more beautiful. Spring brings a re-birth of nature and opens up a multitude of possibilities for each visitor. Oklahoma City is a year round city of fun and education.

How to Get There:

By Car:

Oklahoma City is conveniently located and easily accessible by car. It is located in the very middle of Oklahoma, at the intersection of I-35 from the north and south and I-40 from the east and west.

By Air:

Will Rogers World Airport

7100 Terminal Drive

Oklahoma City, OK 73159

405-680-3200

The airport is served my many of the national airlines as well as certain regional carriers.

Directions to the airport:

From the east or west: follow I-40 to EXIT 145, Meridan Avenue. Exit south and follow Meridian approximately 5 miles to the airport.

From the north via I-35: follow I-35 south to I-44. Take I-44 West to Exit 116B, Airport Road exit. (Approximately 15 miles). Follow Airport Road west to Meridan Avenue. Take the Meridian Avenue Southbound exit, and follow Meridian south approximately 1 mile to the airport.

From the south via I-35: Follow I-35 north to I-240 West. Follow I-240 west to I-44 (I-240 automatically merges with I-44 just west of May Avenue). Take Exit 116B, Airport Road, and exit on the left. Follow Airport Road west to Meridan Avenue. Take the Meridian Avenue Southbound exit and follow Meridian south approximately 1 mile to the airport.

From the southwest or northeast: Follow I-44 to Exit 116B, Airport Road exit. Follow Airport Road west to Meridan Avenue. Take the Meridian Avenue Southbound exit, and follow Meridian south approximately 1 mile to the airport.

By Train:

Amtrak

100 South E.K. Gaylord Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus:

Greyhound

427 W Sheridan Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-235-6425

Getting Around:

By far, the easiest way to get around is in a car. With such a variety of things to see and do, a car offers the greatest flexibility. There is also an excellent bus system as well as fleet of trolleys made with the visitor in mind. In addition, taxis are readily available.

Metro Transit Bus System

300 Southwest 7th St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73109

405-235-RIDE

Trolley

The Oklahoma Spirit Trolleys travel throughout the downtown area on the Red & Blue Lines. They also tour the I-40/Meridian corridor on the Orange Line.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
City Arts Center

3000 General Pershing Blvd (Fairgrounds)

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

405-951-0000

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

City Arts Center is an arts education facility with spaces that change exhibits every 4-6 weeks.

Coles Garden

1415 NE 63rd St

Oklahoma, City, OK 73111

405-478-1529

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

Floral and sculpture garden across from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Frontier City Theme Park

11501 N I-35 Service Rd

Oklahoma City, OK 73131

405-478-2412

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Stroll through an authentic 1880s western town and enjoy rides, shows, games and attractions. Experience the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral, and catch Frontier City’s six live shows. Enjoy thrilling coasters, the Renegade Rapids river raft ride, the perilous Tomahawk and MindBender, and the Mystery River Log Flume. There is big fun for little mavericks at Paul Bunyan’s Tiny Timber Town. Also, there are outdoor concerts by legendary artists as well as special events.

Governor’s Mansion

820 NE 23rd St

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

405-521-921

Hours: Tours conducted on Wed. from 1pm – 3pm except holidays, March through November.

Admission Free

This stately mansion has been the official residence of Oklahoma’s Chief Executive since 1928. Designed by the same architectural firm that was chosen to design the State Capitol Building, the Governor’s mansion reflects the same Dutch Colonial style.

Harn Homestead Museum

313 NE 16th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

405-235-4058

Hours: Tue. – Sat., 10am – 4pm

Admission Free
This historic homestead, claimed during the Great Land Run of 1889, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

45th Infantry Division Museum

2145 NE 36th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-424-5313

Hours: Tue. – Fri. 9:00 am – 4:15 pm; Sat. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sun. 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Admission Free

This famous museum depicts the military history of Oklahoma from its early beginnings to the present. It includes a fascinating display of memorabilia collected from Hitler’s apartment when captured by the 45th Infantry Division. A collection of over 200 original “Willie and Joe” cartoons are displayed in the Bill Mauldin Room. The museum contains displays of WWII and Korean Era artillery, original uniforms, firearms, dioramas and an outdoor military park with over 40 military vehicles, aircraft and artillery.

International Gymnastics Hall of Fame

120 N Robinson Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-235-5600

Hours: 10am-3pm Monday – Friday.

Admission Free

The Hall of Fame is located in downtown Oklahoma City in the First National Center’s concourse level. Oklahoma is home to Olympic gymnasts Shannon Miller, Bart Connor and Nadia Comenici, and is now the home of this fascinating hall of fame. Hundreds of photographs, Olympic medals, memorabilia, videos, uniforms, etc., some dating back to the 1932 games, are displayed.

Martin Park Nature Center

5000 W Memorial Road

Oklahoma City, OK 73142

405-755-0676

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission: Free.

A 140-acre protected natural wildlife area is home to dozens of indigenous mammals and 180 species of birds. Experience the unspoiled beauty of native grasses, shrubs and trees as you stroll along the 21/2 miles of wood-chip foot trails. Special guided nature hikes and weekend programs are available.

Myriad Botanical Gardens

100 Myriad Gardens

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-297-3995

Hours: 9am – 6pm Monday – Saturday; noon – 6pm Sunday

Admission

The Myriad Botanical Gardens is a 17-acre oasis in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, with beautifully landscaped rolling hills surrounding a sunken lake. The centerpiece of the gardens is the seven-story Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, featuring a fascinating collection of palm trees, flowers and exotic plants from across the globe.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

1700 NE 63rd St

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-478-2250

Hours: Year-round 9am – 5pm. Open seven days a week except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

Admission Charged

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum preserves the rugged individualism and romantic spirit of the frontier. This popular visitor attraction features a superlative collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, and the famous 18-foot sculpture, The End of the Trail. Visitors of all ages enjoy an adventure into the Old West at this national memorial to the American cowboy.

National Softball Hall of Fame

2801 NE 50th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-424-5266

Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9am – 4:30pm, Sat. 10am – 4pm, Sun. 11am – 4pm; Closed weekends November – March

Admission Charged

The National Softball Hall of Fame displays the colorful history of softball and its greatest players. Various facets of the sport including fast, slow, and modified pitch, umpires, youth and championship teams are featured, as well as those inducted into the Hall of Fame or Hall of Honor. The museum is housed in the headquarters complex of the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball and the International Softball Federation. The ASA Hall of Fame Stadium is regarded as the nation’s number one softball venue, and hosts national and world class competition throughout the season.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-236-3100

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursdays until 9pm; Sundays 1pm-5pm.

Admission Charged

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center features numerous exhibition galleries, an education center, a 250-seat theater, and a cafe, store and library/resource center. Programs include world-class traveling exhibitions, comprehensive film programs and a variety of family activities. The commissioned 55 ft. signature sculpture by world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly serves as a beacon for the museum and downtown.

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Memorial Center Museum

620 N Harvey Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-235-3313

Hours: Monday through Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 1– 6pm.

Admission

The Oklahoma City National Memorial remembers those who lost their lives in the tragic bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building on April 19, 1995.

Oklahoma City Zoo

2101 NE 50th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-424-3344

Hours: May (Memorial Day) – September (Labor Day) 9am – 6pm daily; exhibit buildings close at 8pm. September – May 9am – 5pm daily; exhibit buildings close at dusk. Guests may always remain on grounds until dusk. The Zoo is closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Admission Charged

The Oklahoma City Zoo features a diverse and fascinating animal and plant collection. The Zoo is home to over 1,500 of the world’s most exotic animals, including over 50 endangered or threatened species. Enjoy dramatic views of the world’s most exotic animals in naturalistic settings like Great EscApe, Cat Forest/Lion OverloOK and The Noble Aquatic Center.

Oklahoma Firefighters Museum

2716 NE 50th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-424-3440

Hours: Seven days a week, 10am – 4:30pm

Admission Charged

This museum features extraordinary turn-of-the-century fire engines that were once used in Oklahoma communities. Oklahoma’s first fire station is displayed along with specimens of firefighting equipment.

Oklahoma Heritage Center

201 NW 14th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73103

405-235-4458

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9am – 5pm, Sun. 1pm – 5pm.

Admission Charged

The former residence of Judge Robert A Hefner’s family is open to the public. Elegant 1917 mansion contains Louis XVI furnishings, as well as collections of bells, canes, Meissen china, and fine art and tapestries. The original third-floor ballroom now houses Oklahoma Hall of Fame galleries, including portraits and biographies of famous Oklahomans. Also on premises are a library, chapel and formal gardens.

Omniplex

2100 NE 52nd St.

Oklahoma City, OK

405-602-OMNI

Hours: Winter (Day after Labor Day to day before Memorial Day): Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; Saturday, 9am – 6pm; and Sunday, 11am – 6pm; Summer (Memorial – Labor Day) Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; Saturday, 9am – 6pm; and Sunday, 11am – 6pm.

Admission Charged

Omniplex is an adventure in discovering new worlds and galaxies, exploring the sciences and arts, reliving the past and peering into the future. The complex houses several museums, a planetarium, galleries, gardens and greenhouses. Several museums are located in the Omniplex, including the Kirkpatrick Science and Air Space Museum, Red Earth Indian Center, and the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, where you can experience fascinating exhibitions of some of the world’s most influential photographic artists. Separate admission is not required. Also open is the state’s first 70 mm IWERKS movie theater, the OmniDome!

Oklahoma Opry

404 W. Commerce St

Oklahoma City, OK 73109

405-32-8322

Hours: Regular Saturday night performances at 8:00 p.m.

Admission Charged

The Oklahoma Opry is one of the oldest country and gospel shows and has showcased performers such as Merle Haggard and Reba MacEntire.

Overholser Mansion

405 NW 15th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday 2 – 4pm

Admission Charged

Overholser Mansion was the first mansion in Oklahoma City, built by early-day entrepreneur Henry Overholser. It is of late 19th century architecture with original furnishings and hand-painted, canvas-covered walls.

Remington Park Race Track

1 Remington Place

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-24-1000

Hours: Quarter Horse Racing begins in early April. Post Times are Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays: 6:30pm, Sundays & Mondays: 2:30pm CST. Thoroughbred Racing is Seasonal.

Admission Charged

State of the art racetrack, featuring world-class racing, restaurants and an arcade for kids.

State Capitol

2401 N Lincoln Blvd

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

405-521-3356

Hours: Open daily 8am – 4:30pm. Hourly tours.

Admission Free

A tour of the Oklahoma State Capitol is a must for any history buff. It is the only capitol with a working oil well on its grounds.

State Fair Park

500 Land Rush Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

405-948-6700

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

The Oklahoma State Fair Park is one of the largest state fair park facilities in the country. Events held there include auto racing, rodeos, concerts, national horse shows and the annual State Fair of Oklahoma. There’s always something happening at the State Fair Park!

State Museum of History

2100 N. Lincoln Blvd.

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

405-521-2491

Hours: Mon. – Sat. 8am – 5pm.

Admission Free

Just across the street from the State Capitol, the State Museum of History presents a comprehensive historical overview of Oklahoma, from prehistoric times to oil field wildcatters and the space program. Interpretive exhibits, artifacts, original art, and special weekend programs provide an entertaining and informative experience. Unique exhibits include an original bison hide teepee, a Civil War cannon and wagon used in two land runs, Native American murals, historic quilts and much more.

Stockyards City

189 W Sheridan
Oklahoma City OK 73102
405-297-8912

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Oklahoma City’s Stockyards is one of the largest stocker/feeder cattle market in the world. Here you can see Oklahoma cowboys working the livestock. Cowtown offers a variety of shops from old time general stores and tack shops to western duds, jewelry and a 24-hour beef restaurant. Visitors can also attend livestock auctions held Monday through Tuesday.

Water Taxi of Oklahoma

115 E California Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73104
405-234-TAXI (8294)

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

The water taxi is one of the state’s most unique attractions on the Bricktown Canal. Water Taxi runs a continual service like a bus and visitors can board a Water Taxi every 10-15 minutes in either direction. All Water Taxi Ambassadors narrate points of interest along the way.

White Water Bay

3908 W Reno Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

405-943-9687

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information.

Admission Charged

There are over 30 water rides, slides, pools and activities at White Water Bay. Try Cannonball Falls, a slide that fires you into the water after a six-foot drop. Brave the waves in the Wave Pool or challenge the seven story Bermuda Triangle’s three water slides. There’s a four-person Big Kahuna raft ride, and a 65-foot freefall Acapulco Cliff Dive. For a more relaxing ride, float down the lazy Castaway Creek. For the children, there’s a Kids Kove soft-play area (with room for the parents, too.)

World of Wings Pigeon Center

2300 NE 63rd St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-478-5155

Hours: Tours on weekday afternoons, weekends by appointment.

Admission Free, donations accepted

A visit to Oklahoma City isn’t complete without a stop at the World of Wings Pigeon Center. This unique and beautiful place was built with the dream of honoring this bird for its contribution to religion and service in communication in peace and war. Take a tour of the museum and library, and see the birds while strolling the grounds.

World Organization of China Painters Museum

2641 NW 10th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

405-521-1234

Hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm.

Admission Free

This unique museum is the headquarters for the World Organization of China Painters. The center contains an outstanding collection of hand-painted china from around the world, along with a research library and classrooms for china painting instruction.

Nearby:

Express Ranches Clydesdale Center

12701 W. Wilshire Blvd

Yukon, OK 73099

Located 15 miles west of Oklahoma City

405-350-6404

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm

Admission Free

The Express Ranch is home to 14 beautiful Clydesdale horses, living in style in a renovated 1936 barn. Clydesdales weigh in at over 2,000 lbs, twice what a regular horse would weigh. The teams are used to promote a number of events, including the Children’s Miracle Network of Oklahoma. Also, one can view historical exhibits in a large loft area.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Frontier City Theme Park

11501 N I-35 Service Rd.

Oklahoma City, OK 73131

405-478-2412

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Stroll through an authentic 1880s western town and enjoy rides, shows, games and attractions. Experience the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral, and catch Frontier City’s six live shows. Enjoy thrilling coasters, the Renegade Rapids river raft ride, the perilous Tomahawk and MindBender, and the Mystery River Log Flume. There is big fun for little mavericks at Paul Bunyan’s Tiny Timber Town. Also, there are outdoor concerts by legendary artists as well as special events.

Governor’s Mansion

820 NE 23rd St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

405-521-921

Hours: Tours conducted on Wed. from 1-3pm except holidays, March through November.

Admission Free

This stately mansion has been the official residence of Oklahoma’s Chief Executive since 1928. Designed by the same architectural firm that was chosen to design the State Capitol Building, the Governor’s mansion reflects the same Dutch Colonial style.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

1700 NE 63rd St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-478-2250

Hours: Year-round 9am-5pm. Open seven days a week except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

Admission Charged

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum preserves the rugged individualism and romantic spirit of the frontier. This popular visitor attraction features a superlative collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, and the famous 18-foot sculpture, The End of the Trail. Visitors of all ages enjoy an adventure into the Old West at this national memorial to the American cowboy.

Oklahoma City Zoo

2101 NE 50th St.

Oklahoma City, Ok 73111

405-424-3344

Hours: May (Memorial Day) – September (Labor Day) 9am – 6pm daily; exhibit buildings close at 8pm. September – May, 9am – 5pm daily; exhibit buildings close at dusk. Guests may always remain on grounds until dusk. The Zoo is closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Admission Charged

The Oklahoma City Zoo features a diverse and fascinating animal and plant collection. The Zoo is home to over 1,500 of the world’s most exotic animals, including over 50 endangered or threatened species. Enjoy dramatic views of the world’s most exotic animals in naturalistic settings like Great EscApe, Cat Forest/Lion Overlook and The Noble Aquatic Center.

Oklahoma Firefighters Museum

2716 NE 50th St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-424-3440

Hours: Seven days a week, 10am – 4:30pm

Admission Charged

This museum features extraordinary turn-of-the-century fire engines that were once used in Oklahoma communities. Oklahoma’s first fire station is displayed along with specimens of firefighting equipment.

Omniplex

2100 NE 52nd Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-602-OMNI

Hours: Winter (Day after Labor Day to day before Memorial Day): Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; Saturday, 9am – 6pm; and Sunday, 11am – 6pm; Summer (Memorial – Labor Day) Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; Saturday, 9am – 6pm; and Sunday, 11am – 6pm.

Admission Charged

Omniplex is an adventure in discovering new worlds and galaxies, exploring the sciences and arts, reliving the past and peering into the future. The complex houses several museums, a planetarium, galleries, gardens and greenhouses. Several museums are located in the Omniplex, including the Kirkpatrick Science and Air Space Museum, Red Earth Indian Center, and the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, where you can experience fascinating exhibitions of some of the world’s most influential photographic artists. Separate admission is not required. Also open is the state’s first 70 mm IWERKS movie theater, the OmniDome!

State Fair Park

500 Land Rush Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

405-948-6700

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

The Oklahoma State Fair Park is one of the largest state fair park facilities in the country. Events held there include auto racing, rodeos, concerts, national horse shows and the annual State Fair of Oklahoma. There’s always something happening at the State Fair Park!

Water Taxi of Oklahoma

115 E. California Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73104
405-234-TAXI (8294)

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

The water taxi is one of the state’s most unique attractions on the Bricktown Canal. Water Taxi runs a continual service like a bus and visitors can board a Water Taxi every 10-15 minutes in either direction. All Water Taxi Ambassadors narrate points of interest along the way.

White Water Bay

3908 W. Reno Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

405-943-9687

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information.

Admission Charged

There are over 30 water rides, slides, pools and activities at White Water Bay. Try Cannonball Falls, a slide that fires you into the water after a six-foot drop. Brave the waves in the Wave Pool or challenge the seven story Bermuda Triangle’s three water slides. There’s a four-person Big Kahuna raft ride, and a 65-foot freefall Acapulco Cliff Dive. For a more relaxing ride, float down the lazy Castaway Creek. For the children, there’s a Kids Kove soft-play area (with room for the parents, too.)

Nearby:

Express Ranches Clydesdale Center

12701 W. Wilshire Blvd

Yukon, OK 73099

Located 15 miles west of Oklahoma City

405-350-6404

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm

Admission Free

The Express Ranch is home to 14 beautiful Clydesdale horses, living in style in a renovated 1936 barn. Clydesdales weigh in at over 2,000 lbs, twice what a regular horse would weigh. The teams are used to promote a number of events, including the Children’s Miracle Network of Oklahoma. Also, one can view historical exhibits in a large loft area.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Culture

Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra

428 W California, Suite 210
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Tickets: 405-842-5387

Hours: Monday through Friday from 10am-6pm

Call for concert schedule

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra presents a variety of classic, pop and family concerts featuring world-renowned musicians.

Ballet Oklahoma

7421 N Classen Blvd

Oklahoma City, OK 73116

405-843-9898

Ticket office hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm and 2-5pm

Call for schedule of performances

Admission Charged

Ballet Oklahoma features contemporary dance productions under the direction and choreography of internationally famous artists, and also provides an excellent learning environment for dance students.

Stage Center

400 W Sheridan Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-270-4800

Call for schedule of performances

Admission Charged

Theatergoers can catch the latest performance of internationally award-winning theatrical productions at Stage Center.

Lyric Theatre

1727 NW 16th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73106

405-524-9310

Call for schedule of performances

Admission Charged

The Lyric Theatre produces classic and contemporary musicals featuring both nationally known Broadway stars and local favorites.

Canterbury Choral Society

428 W California Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73103

405-232-7464

Call for schedule of performances

Admission Charged

Enjoy the beautiful voices of this community chorus which presents regular performances of choral music.

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre

Oklahoma State Fair Grounds

3000 Pershing Boulevard

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

405-951-0011

Hours: Box Office is open Tues-Fri 1-5pm

Call for schedule of performances

Admission Charged

The Children’s Theatre offers theatrical performances as well as children’s and teen classes. Past performances include Charlotte’s Web, The Hobbit, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Aladdin. Performance change monthly, so be sure to call for schedule.

Shakespeare In The Park

28 E Main St

Edmond, OK 73034 (13 miles from Oklahoma City)

405-340-1222

Call for schedule and location of performances. (Some productions are in Oklahoma City, others are in nearby Edmond)

Admission Charged

Experience the romance, the drama and the comedy of great literature! Past performances include Twelfth Night, Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Oklahoma Opry

404 W. Commerce

Oklahoma City, OK 73109

405-632-8322

Hours: Regular Saturday night performances at 8pm

Call for show information

Admission Charged

The Oklahoma Opry is one of the oldest country and gospel shows and has showcased performers such as Merle Haggard and Reba MacEntire.

Sports

University of Oklahoma Sooners (Football)

University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
180 W Brooks

Norman, OK 73019

405-325-2424 or 800-456-4668

Hours of Athletics Ticket Office: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Admission Charged

Season runs September – November

Call for game schedule and tickets

Events

February

Black Heritage Celebration

Leadership Square

211 N Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-843-1427

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Free

Various artists and musicians gather for a two day showcase of quality entertainment, food and exhibits. High school and grade schools participate, and an interesting and informative display of exciting black art and historical artifacts fill the Bank of America display case throughout the month of February.

24th Annual WinterTales Storytelling Festival
Stage Center Theatre
400 West Sheridan (downtown)

Oklahoma City, OK 73101

405-270-4800

Call for exact dates and workshop/storytelling schedule

Admission Charged

WinterTales Art of Storytelling is a three day festival that offers workshops to teach people how to tell great stories and also how to incorporate storytelling into everyday life. Children 4 and older can listen to entertaining tales told by master story-tellers.

March

Oklahoma City International Auto Show

State Fair Grounds

Oklahoma City, OK 73101

405-524-2626.

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Charged, Children 6 and under are free

Visitors will enjoy four buildings full of the latest models including 36 NEW Line-makes of cars, trucks, mini-vans, and sports-utility vehicles, as well as the futuristic concept cars. The Classic Cars of the 40’s & 50’s are also on display

April

Festival of the Arts

Myriad Botanical Gardens

301 W Reno Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-270-4848

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Free

Featuring over 100 visual artists, the 6 day festival is one of the top fine arts festivals in the nation and draws over 700,000 people. There are performing arts stages as well as food booths and hands-on art activities for children.

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

Starting line is at the Oklahoma City National Memorial

620 N Harvey Ave

Oklahoma City, OK

405-235-3313 or 1-888-452-HOPE

Call for exact date and time

Fee Charged

Participants must be 16 years of age or older on race day

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is a Boston qualifying USATF sanctioned event on a certified (OK-03019-BB) 26.2 mile single loop course. Participants have the opportunity to register for the full marathon, a half marathon, a relay marathon or a memorial walk. Also, there is a Kid’s Marathon for young athletes ages 11 & under (including physically and mentally challenged athletes) who have logged 25 miles run in 1 mile increments. All children will run the final 1.2 miles on race day and receive a special finisher’s medal. Come out and cheer the hard work of all the participants!

The Medieval Fair

Reaves Park
1700 Asp
Norman, OK 73072-6400 (Norman is 17 miles south of Oklahoma City on Interstate 35)

1-800-767-7260 or 405-366-8095

Call for exact dates and times

Admission Free

The Medieval Fair is a three day event filled with jugglers, jousting tournaments, belly dancers, elephant, camel and pony rides, tests of strength as well as having well over 100 arts and crafts booths.

May

Memorial Day Ceremony

45th Infantry Division Museum

2145 NE 36th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-424-5313

Hours: Call for exact date and time

Admission Free

This event pays tribute to the men and women who serve or have served in the Armed Forces and honors those who have paid the ultimate price in service to their country. Ceremony highlights include a helicopter flyover, massing the colors, patriotic music and distinguished guest speakers.

Irish Arts Oklahoma Feis

Trinity School Gym

1120 E Hefner Rd

Oklahoma City, OK

405-528-0239

Call for exact date and time

Admission Free

This uniquely Gaelic event is the only one of its kind in Oklahoma. In beautiful embroidered costumes, young Irish step dancers compete for medals in various traditional Irish dance categories.

Paseo Arts Festival

Paseo Arts District
3000 N. Lee
Oklahoma City, OK. 73103

405-525-2688

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Free
Held in the historic Paseo district, this little Spanish village is the home of Oklahoma City’s artist community. During this annual Memorial Day event, the streets are filled with 75 artist tents, a free children’s area and two stages of live entertainment.

Festa Rio

Myriad Gardens

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-752-5746

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Free

Festa Rio is a Brazilian cultural festival celebrating Oklahoma City’s sister city relationship with Rio de Janeiro. Attractions will include Brazilian food, arts, crafts, sports and entertainment.

Summer

June

Juneteenth Bar-B-Que Cookoff

Metro Tech Center

1900 Springlake Dr

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-528-2342

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Free

Contestants from across the state will compete for the title of “Master of the Pit” while other activities include live entertainment, arts, crafts, children’s games, table tournaments for adults, and more than 50 vendors offering cultural products, food and art.

Charlie Christian International Jazz Festival

1 Remington Pl

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

405-524-3800

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Free
This two day outdoor festival celebrates the musical contributions of jazz guitar legend, Charlie Christian, who grew up in Oklahoma City. The event features continuous music on two stages, arts & crafts, a children’s cultural tent, great food and a free health fair.

Summer Twilight Concerts

Water Stage, Myriad Botanical Gardens

301 W Reno

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-270-4848

Hours: Every Sunday evening during the summer, 6:30-8:30pm

Call for concert schedule and exact location (changes monthly)

Admission Free

A variety of music is featured at the Sunday evening concerts, ranging from top 40’s Dance music to blues and jazz, Americana and patriotic, rock, country and salsa. Families and picnics are encouraged.

September

Oklahoma State Fair

State Fair Arena

333 Gordon Cooper Boulevard

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

405-948-6704

Call for exact dates and hours (usually runs for 11 days)

Admission Charged

This gigantic state fair offers everything from family entertainment and educational exhibits to exciting competitions! From auto racing, truck pulls and rodeo riding to live concerts, band competitions, and “Disney on Ice”, there is always something to do or see at the fair. More than 100 rides, games and attractions are featured on the Oklahoma State Fair’s carnival midway!

Arts Festival Oklahoma

Oklahoma City Community College

7777 S May Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73159

405-682-7536

Call for exact dates and times, usually held the first weekend of September

Admission Free; Charge for parking

Five huge tents of fine art, crafts, children’s activities, culinary specialties, continuous live entertainment, and the Philharmonic with fireworks!

October

Haunt the Zoo for Halloween

Oklahoma City Zoo

2101 NE 50th St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-424-3344

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Charged

Celebrating more than 15 years of Haunt the Zoo and one of the most spook-tacular events in town, the tradition continues with six nights of trick-or-treating fun.

FrightFest

Frontier City Theme Park

11501 N I 35 Service Rd

Oklahoma City, OK 73131

405-478-2412

Hours: Usually held Fri 6pm-midnight, Sat 10:30am-midnight, Sun noon-10pm

Call for exact dates

Admission Charged

Visitors will have a hauntingly fun time at this annual Halloween bash. Scream your head off on your favorite thrill rides or at one of the many frightening attractions that fill the entire park. Brave the spooktacular Haunted House, and endure the wicked taunts of circus clowns gone mad, a fog-shrouded mausoleum of the dead and terrifying jungle snakes. Little goblins can skip their way around the Trick-or-Treat trail collecting yummy goodies.

Octoberfest

Frontier City Theme Park

11501 N I 35 Service Rd

Oklahoma City, OK 73131

405-478-2412

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Charged
Enjoy all the thrills of Frontier City’s rides, shows and attractions combined with German food and lots of beer. The entire park is magically transformed into a festive, Bavarian celebration with singing, dancing and fun for the entire family. German bands will perform every Fri-Sun throughout the event.

Fall Festival

OSU-OKC Campus

John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center

400 N Portland Ave

Oklahoma City, OK

405-945-3358

Hours: 8am-1pm

Call for exact date

Admission Free
Activities at the Fall Festival feature Oklahoma grown produce and Made in Oklahoma products, cooking demonstrations, door prizes and a vendor costume contest, along with a Tree Fest with representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry offering conservation tips and free trees.

November

OG & E Garden Lights

Myriad Botanical Gardens

301 W Reno

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-297-3995

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Charged, (The Crystal Bridge offers free admission every Sunday during the holiday season. Call for additional information)
The Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge are dressed to the nines as thousands of holiday lights illuminate everything from sidewalks to palm trees.

December

A Night Before Christmas Holiday Open House

National Cowboy Museum

1700 N.E. 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111

405-278-2250

The museum’s turn-of-the-century Western town, Prosperity Junction, comes alive with historical characters, a school house cakewalk and choirs singing traditional Christmas music.

Opening Night (December 31)

Downtown

119 N Robinson

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Hours: 7:00pm to Midnight

Call for exact date and hours

Admission Charged

Family fun and fireworks come alive in this enormous New Year’s Eve celebration.

Dayton, Ohio

A- Overview:
Dayton, Ohio is known as the birthplace of aviation. In their Dayton, Ohio, bicycle shop Wilbur and Orville Wright, self-trained in the science and art of aviation, researched and built the world’s first power-driven, heavier-than-air machine capable of free, controlled, and sustained flight. The Wrights perfected their invention during 1904 and 1905 in their hometown of Dayton before launching it at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Wilbur and Orville’s original laboratory has been moved to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan, but Dayton Aviation Heritage Park with its Wright Brothers Aviation Center and Wright Cycle Company Building continues to pay tribute to their monumental achievement.

Another native son, Paul Laurence Dunbar, is equally honored within the National Historical Park. This gifted and prolific writer produced a body of work that included novels, plays, short stories, lyrics, and over 400 published poems. His writings, which reflected much of the African American experience in America, contributed to a growing social consciousness and cultural identity for African Americans in the United States

Many original buildings still stand in one of the city’s first communities, now known as Dayton’s Oregon Historic District. This 12-block area is bordered by 5th Street, Wayne Avenue, US 35, and Patterson Boulevard. Christmas tours of the district take place the first Tuesday and Wednesday evenings of December; Spring garden tours are available, by reservation, in late May and June.

Dayton was first surveyed for settlement in November, 1795. Today, Dayton is home to more than 830 technology companies, to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and is known as an educational and cultural center.

Courthouse Square is the venue for many local events such as concerts and impromptu entertainment. At 130 Riverside Dr. is the Ohio Korean War Memorial and Veterans Walkway. Downtown Dayton features Metroparks’ RiverScape, an attractively landscaped park with gardens and reflecting pools. In winter visitors can skate on an outdoor ice-skating rink, enjoy festive light displays and other family activities

Dayton is home to the University of Dayton, known worldwide for its academic excellence. Ohio’s largest private university has an enrollment of over 10,000 students. Well known alumni include the late columnist Erma Bombeck, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll, and ESPN anchor Dan Patrick.

The cultural and creative spirit of the city is apparent in performances of the Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Benjamin and Marian Shuster Performing Arts Center. The Victoria Theatre presents a Broadway Series, and dance is offered by Dayton Ballet and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Downtown Dayton is the place to be for winter holiday fun! The excitement begins on the day after Thanksgiving with the 2005 Grande Illumination on Court House Square. This is followed by the month-long Dayton Holiday Festival, an annual celebration within the community for over 30 years. Other Dayton annual events include the Ohio Folk Festival held in Carillon Historical Park each May and extremely popular Dayton Vectren Air Show.

Sports and recreation, shopping and dining, cultural and scientific pursuits are all features of this city of progress with a down home, friendly atmosphere.

B- City Information:
Population: 166,179

Elevation: 740 feet

Time Zone: Dayton is in the Eastern Time zone. When it is noon in New York City, it is also noon in Dayton, Ohio, and it is 9:00 AM in California. Daylight saving time is observed from April through October.

Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
37F
22F

February
39F
23F

March
48F
30F

April
61F
41F

May
72F
51F

June
81F
62F

July
85F
65F

August
84F
64F

September
77F
56F

October
66F
45F

November
50F
34F

December
38F
24F

When to Visit: Winters are cold and summers are pleasantly warm in this region. Winter precipitation is usually light, and comes in the form of snow rather than freezing rain. Clear skies and lots of sunshine are a welcome feature of the weather year round in the Miami Valley of Ohio in which Dayton is located.

Holidays Observed:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

Washington-Lincoln Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Columbus Day 2nd Monday in October

Veterans Day Nopvember 11

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

Dayton International Airport

I-70 West, Exit #32

Dayton, OH

937-454-8200

Miami Valley Regional Transit Authority (RTA)

22 South Main St.,

Dayton, OH

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
United States Air Force Museum

Springfield Pike

Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

(937) 255-3286

The museum features some 300 aircraft and missiles over an area of more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space. The displays reflect the history of aviation from the days of the Wright Brothers to the present age. An IMAX Theater presents space exploration and aviation films.

Wright-Patterson AFB

1250 Kittyhawk Center

Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

(937) 255-6321

Huffman Prairie Flying Field is at gate 12A on the Base. This is the field used by the Wright brothers for test flying and perfecting their planes. A re-creation of their 1905 hangar and their catapult launch device are on the site.

Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North

Dayton, OH

(937)223-5277

The galleries are housed in an Italian Renaissance building and are extensive. There is a collection of African, American, Asian, and European art as well as photography, sculpture, furniture, and decorative art. The Experiencenter presents family oriented, participatory thematic shows. Guided tours are available.

Carillon Historical Park

1000 Carillon Boulevard

Dayton, OH 45409

(937) 293-2841

Open April thru Oct.

Tues.-Sat. 9:30am-5pm

Admission charged.

Carillon Historical Park’s mission is to celebrate and preserve the history of the Miami Valley and illustrate how it leads to the future. The Park is a 65-acre outdoor museum with 24 exhibit buildings and structures, and is the site of the 57-bell Deeds Carillon, Ohio’s largest. The highlight of the collections is the 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world’s first practical airplane, and a National Historic Landmark.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

2600 Deweese Parkway

Dayton, OH 45414

(937) 275-7431

9am – 5pm

Admission charged

This museum invites exploration of the wonders of the world by combining play and learning. Interactive exhibits cover an area of covers 90,000 square fee. It contains a science theater, labs, and a three story climbing tower. There is also a child friendly village. A small zoo houses animal species native to Ohio. Planetarium and light shows are also featured.

Sunwatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

2301 West River Road

Dayton, OH 45418

(937) 268-8199

Tues.-Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. noon-5pm

Admission charged

SunWatch currently combines experimental archaeological research, including the reconstruction of the Fort Ancient structures in their original 13th century locations, with an interpretive center that exhibits many of the artifacts that have been recovered from the site. There is also a picnic shelter and picnic tables overlooking the village and are available for visitors to relax.

Aullwood Audobon Center and Farm

1000 Aullwood Road

Dayton, OH 45490

(937) 890-7360

Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm, closed school holidays

Admission charged.

This environmentally based education center, wildlife sanctuary, and organic farm contains woods, streams, ponds, prairies, meadows, and hiking trails. Hands-on exhibits educate visitors about southwestern Ohio’s plant and animal life. Livestock are humanely tended and present another valuable lesson in the care and management of farm animals.

Carriage Hill Metropark and Farm

Highway I-70, Exit 38, 1 mile north on State Road 201, then .5 miles on E. Shull Road.

(937) 879-0461

Mon-Fri: 10-5; Saturday; Sunday: 1-5. Admission charged.

This is an 1880s working farm with draft horses, vegetable gardening and preserving of food, and a video presentation and interactive exhibits for the whole family.

Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial

219 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar Street

Dayton, OH

(937) 224-7061

Mon-Sat: 9:30-4:30. Sunday: 12:30-4:30. Admission charged.

The restored former home of poet, novelist, and civil rights advocate Paul Laurence Dunbar contains many of his personal belongings dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Gateway Sports Park

103 Gateway Drive

Dayton, OH 45404

1(937) 224-7529

Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-8pm

This is a multi-sport recreation facility that includes a golf driving range and 27,000 square feet of sports recreation space.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

2600 Deweese Parkway

Dayton, OH 45414

(937) 275-7431

9am – 5pm

Admission charged

This museum invites exploration of the wonders of the world by combining play and learning. Interactive exhibits cover an area of covers 90,000 square fee. It contains a science theater, labs, and a three story climbing tower. There is also a child friendly village. A small zoo houses animal species native to Ohio. Planetarium and light shows are also featured.

Sunwatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

2301 West River Road

Dayton, OH 45418

(937) 268-8199

Tues.-Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. noon-5pm

Admission charged

SunWatch currently combines experimental archaeological research, including the reconstruction of the Fort Ancient structures in their original 13th century locations, with an interpretive center that exhibits many of the artifacts that have been recovered from the site. There is also a picnic shelter and picnic tables overlooking the village and are available for visitors to relax.

Aullwood Audobon Center and Farm

1000 Aullwood Road

Dayton, OH 45490

(937) 890-7360

Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm, closed school holidays

Admission charged.

This environmentally based education center, wildlife sanctuary, and organic farm contains woods, streams, ponds, prairies, meadows, and hiking trails. Hands-on exhibits educate visitors about southwestern Ohio’s plant and animal life. Livestock are humanely tended and present another valuable lesson in the care and management of farm animals.

Carriage Hill Metropark and Farm

Highway I-70, Exit 38, 1 mile north on State Road 201, then .5 miles on E. Shull Road.

(937) 879-0461

Mon-Fri: 10-5; Saturday; Sunday: 1-5.

This is an 1880s working farm with draft horses, vegetable gardening and preserving of food, and a video presentation and interactive exhibits for the whole family.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Mid January

Miami Valley Home Improvement Show

Dayton Hara Arena

1001 Shiloh Springs Road

Dayton, OH 45415

(937) 278-4776

Established in 1982, this is the largest home show in the Dayton area. Offers exhibits, seminars and “Ask-An-Expert” sessions on all aspects of home improvement. Landscaped exhibits, model room additions, and much more.

Early-Mid March

Dayton Home and Garden Show

Dayton Convention Center

22 East Fifth Street

Dayton, OH 45402

(888) 823-7469

Fri and Sat 10 am – 9 pm, Sun 10 am – 6 pm

Admission charged.

Since 1996, this annual event has annually featured over 250 exhibitors displaying and selling home and garden products and accessories. Exhibits of professionally landscaped gardens offer audiences the latest ideas for home and garden.

May

Ohio Folk Festival

Held annually at Carillon Historical Park, the festival celebrates our American heritage with period costumes, reenactments, food, and entertainment.

Memorial Day weekend

Concert at the Town Greene

Carillon Historical Park

1000 Carillon Boulevard

Dayton, OH 45409

(937) 293-2841

Free. Bring family, friends and a blanket or lawn chair to celebrate music and history each Memorial Day weekend as the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents a patriotic performance on Carillon Historical Park’s Town Green. Rain date is Monday.

June

Summerfest at SunWatch Indian Village

Native American history and culture come to life with music, dancing, and storytelling at this summertime favorite event.

Mid-July

Vectren Dayton Air Show

Dayton International Airport

Dayton, OH

(937) 898-5901

Nearly 100,000 people turn out every summer to view the aerial displays of military and civilian aircraft. The Air Force Thunderbirds, the elite U.S. Army Golden Knight Parachute Team, and award winning acrobatic pilots are among the star attractions. The show provides displays of aircraft for spectator viewing, from the beginning of flight to modern jet aircraft. Also featured: the Kids Hangar program for young children, Students Open to Aviation Research (SOAR), a program promoting aviation to underprivileged children, and Aerospace Adventures (A2) providing interactive, hands-on activities including full-scale flight simulators.

Late August-Early September

Montgomery County Fair

Montgomery County Fairgrounds

1043 South Main Street

Dayton, OH 45409

(937) 224-1619

Since 1854, this annual event has featured fun for the entire family including exhibits, livestock, children’s activities, entertainment, rides, music, and a wide variety of food and attractions.

Late September

Octoberfest at the Dayton Art Institute

Live music, traditional German food, and a wide variety of beers are featured. Local artisans display pottery, jewelry, leather goods, and crafts.

Late October

Corvette Car Show

Montgomery County Fairgrounds

1043 South Main Street

Dayton, OH 45409

(937) 224-1619

Step back in time through the history of the incomparable corvette.

Late November

National Holiday Gift Show

Dayton Hara Arena

1001 Shiloh Springs Road

Dayton, OH 45415

(937) 278-4776

Fri and Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 12 pm – 5 pm

A tradition since1982, the show has become a Miami Valley holiday tradition. Hundreds of exhibitors offer a huge assortment of seasonal crafts, artwork, collectibles, ceramics, and personalized items. Santa is on hand to add to the festivities.

Early December

Flea-N-Tique

Montgomery County Fairgrounds

1043 South Main Street

Dayton, OH 45409

(937) 224-1619

A wide array of antiques, collectibles, and household items. Held in the Coliseum.

Arts and Entertainment

Ohio Performing Arts Institute

36 1/2 N. Center St.

Springfield, OH

(937) 324-7444

Dayton Ballet

140 North Main Street

Dayton, OH

(937) 449-5060

Dayton Playhouse, Inc

Dayton, OH

(937)333-SHOW

Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park N

Dayton, OH

937–223–5277

Sports

Dayton Bombers – Hockey

Ervin J. Nutter Center

Dayton, OH

(937) 775-4747

Dayton Dragons – Baseball

Fifth Third Field

Dayton, OH

(937) 228-BATS (2287)

Parks

For information about area parks contact

Five Rivers Metroparks,

1375 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, OH 45414

937-275-7275.

Columbus, Ohio

A- Overview:
Columbus is the largest city in the world named after the great explorer. It is fitting, therefore, that one of the city’s most popular attractions is a full-size replica of Columbus’s three-masted flagship, The Santa Maria, which is permanently moored downtown on the Scioto River and open to visitors.

This Ohio State capital city continues to lead the way to the future. State of the art is synonymous with Columbus, which ranks with Washington, D.C., as a center for scientific and technological information. More than 150 high-tech companies have a presence in Columbus.

These businesses made Columbus one of the first areas offering citywide cable television and introduced such technology as the 24-hour banking machine, interactive cable television and the electronic newspaper. The city is also a center for retail banking, insurance and real estate, and has emerged as a leading convention city.

It all began with the opening in 1873 of Ohio Agriculture and Mechanical College, (later renamed Ohio State University), which established a new outlook for the city. Education moved to the forefront, and the intellectual atmosphere helped contribute to the invention of the forerunner of the computer, the development of the xerography process, and numerous advancements in the medical treatment of physical disabilities. Current enrollment at Ohio State University is 48,500.

Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Visual Arts is housed in a castle like structure that is itself considered a work of art. Architect Peter Eisenman juxtaposed a red-brick armory with a modern glass-and-steel building, creating a stunning visual effect. The Center houses an extensive art collection, offering various collections and shows of interest to the serious art lover as well as the browser. There is also a film and video center and a performance theater. Tour guides acquaint visitors with the highlights of Ohio State, one of the largest and most significant university campuses in the country.

Columbus offers a perfect cross section of consumers for the testing of new products. Because so many fast-food chains develop their menus in Columbus, the city is often referred to as “Test Market, U.S.A”. However, the cuisine of Columbus is by no means limited to fast food. Dining choices include Asian, Irish, French, Italian, Cajun, German, Mediterranean, Mexican, Greek, Japanese, Indian, and vegetarian, to name a few! Many of the city’s restaurants have enjoyed success and have served fine food for decades.

A privately funded historic district, German Village, is made up of restaurants, shops and beer gardens that are housed in buildings from the 1800s. The nearby Brewery District has several old beer-making factories that have been converted into restaurants, microbreweries and specialty shops. German Village and the Brewery District are pleasant places to spend an afternoon or evening.

In nearby Westerville a replica of a German village from the 1800s can be seen. North of Columbus, in Marion, Ohio are the home and tomb of U.S. President Warren G. Harding. The Harding homestead is carefully appointed with its original furnishings. Southeast of Columbus, in Cumberland, visitors take a drive on the wild side at The Wilds, a conservation center that is home to roaming herds of rhinos, giraffes and zebras, among other species, all of whom can be observed from your automobile.

Greater Columbus is an arts and cultural mecca with a symphony orchestra, grand and light opera companies, one of the top 12 ballet companies in the U.S., and several noteworthy museums. A thriving theater scene is centered upon three historic theaters. Live music clubs offer everything from alternative rock and jazz to blues and country.

The Arena District surrounds Nationwide Arena, while the Short North Arts District houses what has been described as the best collection of art galleries between New York and Chicago.

The Short North, north of downtown Columbus, a strip of bars and restaurants, art galleries, clothing and antique stores is home to the funky, exotic and trendy. It offers up a once-a-month “Gallery Hop”, a combination sale and party that brings out artists, patrons, and revelers in force.

COSI, Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry, is a favorite with children of all ages, with four floors of interactive exhibits. Over 2.5 million visitors visit the Columbus Zoo annually. The Zoo has received national recognition for its success in breeding cheetahs, polar bears and lowland gorillas. Adjacent to the zoo, a favorite spot to spend a warm, summer day is Wyandot Lake, a water amusement park with water slides, rapids, and canyons.

The renovated and expanded Franklin Park Conservatory is a beautiful and serene showcase. Inspired by London’s Crystal Palace, the conservatory contains tropical gardens and exhibits of four of the Earth’s ecosystems. Also, plan a visit to the Ohio Historical Center, with its Ohio Village, a small Ohio town replication from the 1800s, with costumed interpreters.

Well worth seeing is Discovery Reef, a 100,000-gallon tank containing artificial coral and more than 1,000 species. Other “must sees” are the gracefully proportioned Statehouse, the beauty of the changing leaves in the fall, and the famous Ohio State Fair.

Sporting events are another major draw. Columbus is home to three major-league sports teams. The National Hockey League’s Blue Jackets and the Arena Football League’s Columbus Destroyers play downtown in Nationwide Arena, while Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew plays in the first stadium in the U.S. designed specifically for soccer. The Columbus Clippers is a minor-league affiliate of the New York Yankees. Columbus also hosts the National Champion Ohio State University Buckeyes.

When is the best time to visit Columbus and Franklin County? Anytime! Every season offers a host of recreational and cultural opportunities for individuals and families in this friendly city at the center of Ohio.

B- City Information:
Population: 711,470

Elevation: 800 feet

Area: 210.3 square miles

Location: Columbus is centrally located at the intersection of I-70 from the west, I-71 from the north, I-670 from the east and I-71 from the south. Conveniently located 111 miles NE of Cincinnati and 45 miles east of Springfield.

Nearest city with population over 1,000,000: Chicago, IL, 346.6 miles

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone, Daylight Savings Time observed.

Local Seasons: Columbus enjoys four distinct, colorful seasons of moderate weather. Spring brings colorful wildflowers and lush greenery throughout the city’s parks. Summer is warm and humid, with July’s average high temperatures peaking around 85 degrees. Evenings are cooler, dropping from even the hottest days into the low 60’s. Fall brings a dazzling display of color, perfect for a fall foliage tour. Sunny days with highs of 66 degrees are the norm for October and by November; the nights are cooling down to 33. Ski resorts in the region thrive on an annual 28 inches of snow, and cross-country skiing is popular in the city’s snow-covered parks.

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
28.1
32.0
42.1
52.1
62.4
71.1
74.8
73.0
66.3
54.7
43.6
33.3

High temperature (°F)
36.1
40.9
52.1
63.7
73.8
82.0
85.4
83.8
77.6
66.0
52.6
40.9

Low temperature (°F)
20.1
23.1
31.9
40.6
51.0
60.1
64.0
62.2
55.0
43.3
34.5
25.5

Precipitation (in)
2.5
2.2
2.9
3.5
4.1
4.2
4.4
3.9
2.9
2.5
3.3
3.0

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
13
11
13
13
13
11
11
9
8
9
11
13

Wind speed (mph)
9.8
9.6
10.1
9.6
8.1
7.2
6.5
6.2
6.4
7.4
9.1
9.4

Morning humidity (%)
78
77
76
76
79
81
84
87
87
83
80
79

Afternoon humidity (%)
68
64
57
53
55
55
56
57
57
55
63
69

Sunshine (%)
36
42
44
51
56
60
60
60
61
56
37
31

Days clear of clouds
4
4
5
5
6
6
7
7
9
10
5
4

Partly cloudy days
6
6
7
8
10
11
13
13
9
8
7
6

Cloudy days
21
18
19
17
15
13
11
11
12
13
19
21

Snowfall (in)
8.8
5.9
4.4
0.9
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.1
2.2
5.4

How to get there

By Air

Port Columbus International Airport

4600 International Gateway, Columbus 43219

614-239-4000 is 10 mi east of downtown Columbus.

Port Columbus International Airport is served by most national and some regional carriers.

By Car

Columbus is in the center of Ohio, at the intersection of I-70 and I-71.

By Bus

Greyhound (800-231-2222) provides service to Columbus from all U.S. destinations.

How to get around

Downtown is fairly compact and easily walkable. Some government buildings are connected to each other and to nearby buildings through underground walkways.

By Car

Two major interstates, east-west I-70 and north-south I-71, intersect near downtown. I-670 connects the airport to downtown, and I-270 loops around the outer boundaries of the city. I-70, I-71, and I-670 heading downtown are congested in the morning; in the evening they’re clogged heading out of downtown. The Short North area and High Street are also very busy. Traffic usually flows smoothly in outlying suburbs (you do need a car in these areas because bus service is infrequent).

By Bus

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (614-228-1776) operates buses within Columbus.

National Holidays

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day: 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day: last Mon. in May

Independence Day: July 4

Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Historic Capitol Square (includes the Statehouse and several statues and monuments).

Between State and Broad Sts, Third and High Streets

Columbus, Ohio

614-752-6350, 614-728-2695 or 1-888-OHIO-123

Ohio Statehouse

Desk at the Third Street entrance to the Statehouse Complex.

Columbus, Ohio

614-752-6350

Call for information

Hours: Weekdays 7am-7pm.

Weekday tours: 10am, 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Closed on national holidays.

Admission Free

The Ohio Statehouse was built between the years 1839 and 1861. Prison labor from the Ohio Penitentiary was used to construct the foundation and ground floors of the building. The Statehouse was built in the Greek Revival style, a style which emulates an understated elegance. It is a masonry building, consisting largely of brick and Columbus limestone. The limestone was taken from a quarry on the west banks of the Scioto River. The stone of the Statehouse foundation is more than 18 feet deep. . Learn about Ohio’s Statehouse, its history, architecture and legislative process in a free 45-minute tour. All tours begin promptly near the Information Desk.

Ohio Stadium

Ohio State University

Building 082
411 Woody Hayes Drive,

Columbus, Ohio

614-292-2661 (Call to schedule tours)

Tours can be scheduled year-round, Monday through Friday at any time between 8:00am and 3:30pm.

Admission Charged

Go behind the scenes at the Ohio Stadium on a guided tour that takes you inside the storied history of Buckeye Football. Tour must consist of 10 or more individuals and must be scheduled 2 weeks in advance. A typical tour last 1.5 hours and a large amount of walking is involved.

Dedicated in 1922, Ohio Stadium’s horseshoe shaped configuration makes it one of college football’s most recognizable landmarks. Ohio Stadium is the second largest stadium in the Big Ten and the fourth largest college stadium in America. Its’ fame and design make it a must-see when you visit Columbus. Take a day to experience scarlet and gray.

Columbus Museum of Art

480 E. Broad St.

Columbus, Ohio 43215-6801

614-221-6801

Hours: 10:00am-5:30pm, Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00am-8:30pm, Thursdays

Admission Charged

The Columbus Museum of Art houses an outstanding collection of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American and European modern art. This collection includes major works by Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Hopper and O’Keeffe and other spectacular examples of Impressionism, German Expressionism, and Cubism. Also recognized for extraordinary regional collections, the Museum boasts the largest public collection of woodcarvings by Columbus folk artist Elijah Pierce.

COSI Columbus (Center of Science and Industry)
333.W.Broad St.

Columbus, Ohio
888-819-COSI

Call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Science, technology, history and more come alive in this interactive, architecturally-unique museum. COSI features interactive, discovery-based and themed exhibit areas, three theaters, the outdoor Big Science Park, the country’s only high wire unicycle, a restaurant, and shop. The exhibition areas – Adventure, Gadgets, Life, little kidspace, Ocean, Progress, and Space – each provides experiences for all age levels that creatively combine science facts and learning through play.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

9990 Riverside Dr.

Columbus, Ohio

614-645-3400

Hours: 9am-5pm daily; Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day, 9am-6pm.

Admission Charged

The zoo is located along the banks of the Scioto River in Northwest Columbus. Sights include a 100,000-gallon coral reef exhibit, one of the largest reptile collections in the United States and the largest manatee exhibit outside Florida. The newest Southeast Asia exhibit brings Komodo dragons, gibbons, orangutans, Asian small-clawed otters, black swans, Javan whistling ducks, and cattle egrets to the zoo. Travel the world by viewing wildlife species from all corners of the globe.

The Santa Maria

The Santa Maria is located just north of the Broad Street Bridge, moored in the Scioto River, at Battelle Riverfront Park, at Marconi Blvd. and West Broad Street, 2 blocks west of the State House.

Columbus, Ohio

614-645-0351

April 5 – May 23, Wed-Fri: 10 am – 3 pm; Sat-Sun: Noon – 5 pm

May 24 – Aug. 31, Wed-Fri: 10 am – 5 pm; Sat-Sun: Noon – 6 pm

September 1 – October 26, Wed-Fri: 10 am – 3 pm; Sat-Sun: Noon – 5 pm

Memorial Day: Noon- 5 pm; 4th of July: Noon- 5 pm; Labor Day: Noon- 5 pm

Admission Charged

Visit the world’s most authentic, museum-quality replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship, the Santa Maria. Imagine what it must have been like more than 500 years ago to embark on a voyage that would forever alter the world in which we live. Imagine using only wind and current for propulsion and a crude compass, the sun and the stars for direction!

The Santa Maria’s tours dramatize the daring and determination it took for Columbus and his explorers to set out on their mission. Experience the lives they led, interact with replicas of the navigational tools they used and play the games they played to pass the time.

Jack Nicklaus Museum
2355 Olentangy River Rd.

Columbus, Ohio
614-247-5959

Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-5pm.

Admission Charged
The Jack Nicklaus Museum; located in the heart of The Ohio State University sports complex in Jack’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio, is a 24,000 square-foot educational and historical facility.

Kelton House Museum

586 E. Town St.

Columbus, Ohio

614-464-2022 or 800-228-3429

Hours: 10am-5pm, Mon-Fri., 1-4pm Sun.

Admission Charged

Beautiful Victorian home with focus on 19th century life in Columbus.

Ohio Craft Museum
1665 W. Fifth Ave.

Columbus, Ohio

614-486-4402

Hours: 10am – 5pm, Mon-Fri; 1-5pm Sun.

Admission Free

Located near Upper Arlington and Grandview Ave. Exhibitions featuring artwork created in the field of the American crafts.

Ohio Historical Center

1982 Velma Ave.

Columbus, Ohio

614-297-2300 or 800-OLD-OHIO

Hours: 9am-5pm, Mon-Sat; 10am-5pm, Sun. Call for holiday hours.

Admission Charged

Explores Ohio’s history, archaeology, natural history. Ohio Village represents a typical Ohio county seat during the Civil War era. In the Village’s 22 craft shops, residences, & civic building, interpreters share their knowledge of life in the 19th century.

Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame

145 S. Front St.

Columbus, Ohio

614-466-4496

Call for hours of operation

Admission Free

Display features the names of all of the members of the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame and photographs and biographies of the most recent year’s inductees. Also features a video, “Women in Ohio’s History”.

German Village Society

588 S. Third St.

Columbus, Ohio

614-221-8888

Call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Located six blocks south of the state capitol and south of I-70 (Third and Fourth St. exits)

Restored 19th century German community containing beautifully renovated homes, shops and restaurants.

American Whistle Corporation

6540 Huntley Rd.

Columbus, Ohio

877-876-2380

Hours: 10am-4pm, Mon-Fri.

Tours available by appointment (minimum 15 people).

Admission charged for tour (Includes one free whistle)

Visit the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the USA.

Anthony-Thomas Candy Company

1777 Arlingate Lane

Columbus, Ohio

614-748-8405

Tours: Mon-Fri. 9am-3 pm. Reservations required.

Admission Free

Visit one of the largest family-owned candy-making facilities in the US and shop for delicious chocolates.

Olentangy Indian Caverns

1779 Home Rd.

Columbus, Ohio

614-548-7917

Hours: 9:30am-5pm, Apr – Oct.

Admission Charged (Children under 7 free).

Cavern tours, Indian Museum, frontierland with gem mining, gift shop, snack bar. Cavern tours.

Shopping:

The North Market

59 Spruce St,

Columbus, Ohio

614-463-9664

Call for hours of operation

Admission Free

Fresh and prepared foods, flowers, ethnic cuisine, and unique gifts delight the senses at central Ohio’s only public market. Across from the Convention Center, the 30-plus merchant market sits on what was once the North Graveyard.

City Center Mall

111 S. 3rd St.

Columbus, Ohio

614-221-4900

Call for hours of operation

Admission Free

Major department stores.

Easton Town Center

I-270 and Easton Way

Columbus, Ohio

614-416-7001

Call for hours of operation

Admission Free

This outdoor village, complete with two town-square areas with fountains, is an entertainment enclave with a score of restaurants, bars, and bistros; a multiplex movie theater; the Funnybone Comedy Club; and Gameworks interactive games and attractions.

Mall at Tuttle Crossing
5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd.

Dublin, Ohio

614-717-9300

Call for hours of operation

Admission Free

Browse more than 125 shops and restaurants in the northwest suburb of Dublin. The mall is anchored by four department stores and has a children’s play area.

Polaris Fashion Place

1500 Polaris Pkwy.

Columbus, Ohio

Place is located near the Polaris Parkway exit on I-71, just north of I-270, about twenty minutes north of downtown.

614-846-1550

Call for hours of operation

Admission Free

At 1.5 million square feet, Polaris Fashion Place is Central Ohio’s largest mall. Polaris Fashion

Short North Arts District

Short North Business Association
120 West Goodale Street

Columbus, Ohio
614-228-8050

Call for additional information

Short North straddles the best known street in town – High Street. High runs straight through town from end to end, north to south.

An arts and entertainment area featuring galleries, shops, eateries and nightclubs.

Parks and Gardens

Metro Parks
1069 W. Main St.

Westerville, Ohio
614-895-6365 or 614-508-8000, 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week

Call for local park information

Admission Free

Metro Parks was established on April 14, 1945. Today, Metro Parks manages and operates 14 parks, comprising over 20,000 acres throughout seven Central Ohio counties. Metro Parks offers fun year-round. Each park has its own special and seasonal recreational facilities and activities, carefully balanced with the park’s natural environment.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

940 S. Hempstead Road

Columbus, Ohio

614-895-6216

Hours: Gardens: 7am-dark daily

Innis House: Tues. – Fri. 8 am – 4:30 pm; Sat-Sun. 11 am – 4 pm.

Admission Charged

A 92 acre botanical garden and nature preserve with theme gardens and nature trails.

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

1777 East Broad Street

Columbus, Ohio

614-645-TREE

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Voted “best landscape in the world” in 1992. Visitors enjoy earthly wonders of the Himalayan Mountains, Tropical Rain Forest, Desert, Tree Fern Forest, Bonsai, and Orchids, outstanding seasonal shows, café & gift shop.

Downtown Walking Tour

Admission Free

Follow this tour to see downtown and some near-downtown neighborhoods and suburbs.

Difficulty: Easy

Time required: from two hours to all day.

1. Start with a tour of the Statehouse at Broad and High in the heart of downtown. You can park underneath. Historic Ohio Theater is along the south side of the Statehouse grounds on State St.; the Ohio is connected to City Center Mall.

2. From the Statehouse drive east on E. Broad St. The Columbus Museum of Art will be on the left; then after about a mile you will pass Franklin Park, where Ameriflora was held years ago. Continue past Franklin Park and you enter Bexley.

3. Turn left at Cassady Av., and then left at Maryland Av., to pass elegant mansions. Continue to Parkview Av.; turn left and follow Parkview back across Broad St. to E. Main St. Turn left on E. Main; in two blocks turn left at Drexel Av.

4. Take Drexel back to E. Broad St. and turn left. As you pass the old mansions along E. Broad, envision that there was once a boulevard down the middle of this present-day six-lane street. Many of the mansions are now office buildings.

5. Return to downtown, continue past the Statehouse and across the Scioto River to the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), on the left side of W. Broad. (The ‘Santa Maria’ replica will be on the right as you cross the river.)

6. From COSI head back across the river on W. Broad St. and turn right on Civic Center Drive. Go three blocks to W. Main St. and turn left; then turn right on S. High St. The historic Southern Hotel and Theater is on the corner of S. High and E. Main.

7. Head south on S. High St. After you cross I-70/71 you are in historic German Village, a great area to park and walk. Turn left on Kossuth St. and go several blocks to reach Schmidt’s, an authentic German restaurant in a restored building.

8. After visiting German Village, go north on S. High St. back through downtown. After you pass the Statehouse and the Columbus Convention Center you will be in a neighborhood called the Short North.

9. The Short North is an area of art galleries and trendy shops. Look for a parking lot along N. High St. if you want to shop. Continue north on N. High to reach the Ohio State University campus.

10. The N. High St. campus strip is kind of run down right now, but renovation plans are in the works. The OSU campus is along the left; the avant garde looking building on the left is the Wexner Center for the Arts.

11. At the northern edge of the OSU campus, turn left onto Lane Av. Follow Lane Av. until you cross the Olentangy River, then turn left on Olentangy River Rd. The new Schottenstein Arena is on the corner.

12. Right after you turn onto Olentangy River Rd., turn left on Woody Hayes Dr. After you cross back over the river turn right on Cannon Drive. The famous Ohio Stadium where Woody Hayes coached will be on the left.

13. Follow Cannon Drive until it ends into King Av. Turn left; Battelle Memorial Institute–where photocopying, space shuttle tiles, and other innovations were developed–will be along the right side of King Av.

14. After five blocks on King Av., turn right on Neil Av. This will take you through restored Victorian Village. After you pass under I-670 you will enter the Arena District and pass Nationwide Arena, home of the NHL Blue Jackets.

15. When Neil Av. ends into Dublin Rd. (US 33), turn right. Turn right on Grandview Av. in about a mile. After you climb a steep hill, you will be in downtown Grandview Heights. Turn left on First Av. When you reach Marble Cliff, the tour ends.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Magic Mountain Fun Center/Polaris
8350 Lyra Dr.
614-844-4386

Admission Charged.

Call for hours of operation.

Come play! Attractions include Adventure Golf, video and skill games, a KidsGym playland, bumper boats, laser tag, go-karts, rookie karts, sprint karts, a virtual roller coaster and a pizza buffet.

Wyandot Lake (part of the Six Flags family of amusement parks)

Six Flags
10101 Riverside Drive, Powell
1-800-328-9283 or 614-889-9283

Admission Charged.

Call for hours of operation.

At Wyandot Lake, you’ll find over 60 thrilling rides, slides and attractions for all ages! And when you come to Ohio’s premiere family water and amusement park, you get your excitement’s worth because everyone in your group can enjoy all our attractions – wet and dry – for one price!

Hocking Valley Canoe Livery & Family Fun Center

31251 Chieftain Dr.

614-385-9764 or toll free 800 686-0386

Open April-Oct.

Call for hours of operation.

Admission Charged.

Take U.S. Rte 33 E to Exit 33A, left four miles. Ideal for families and group outings. Canoe, Kayak, raft, go-karts, driving range, miniature golf. Season – April – Oct.

The Wilds

14000 International Rd., Columbus

614-638-5030

9 am – 5 pm daily.

Admission Charged.

Located 90 minutes southeast of Columbus on St. Rte. 146.

10,000 acre endangered species preserve. See rhinos, zebras, camels and more.

COSI Columbus (Center of Science and Industry)
333.W.Broad St.
888-819-COSI

Admission Charged.

Call for hours of operation.

Science, technology, history and more come alive in this interactive, architecturally-unique museum. COSI features interactive, discovery-based and themed exhibit areas, three theaters, the outdoor Big Science Park, the country’s only high wire unicycle, a restaurant, and shop. The exhibition areas – Adventure, Gadgets, Life, little kidspace, Ocean, Progress, and Space – each provides experiences for all age levels that creatively combine science facts and learning through play.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

9990 Riverside Dr., Columbus

614-645-3400

9am-5pm daily; Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day, 9am-6pm.

Admission Charged.

Located along the banks of the Scioto River in Northwest Columbus. Sights include a 100,000-gallon coral reef exhibit, one of the largest reptile collections in the United States and the largest manatee exhibit outside Florida. The newest Southeast Asia exhibit brings Komodo dragons, gibbons, orangutans, Asian small-clawed otters, black swans, Javan whistling ducks, and cattle egrets to the zoo. Travel the world by viewing wildlife species from all corners of the globe.

Ohio Historical Center

1982 Velma Ave.

614-297-2300 or 800-OLD-OHIO

9am-5pm, Mon-Sat; 10am-5pm, Sun. Call for holiday hours.

Admission Charged.

Explores Ohio’s history, archaeology, natural history. Ohio Village represents a typical Ohio county seat during the Civil War era. In the Village’s 22 craft shops, residences, & civic building, interpreters share their knowledge of life in the 19th century.

American Whistle Corporation

6540 Huntley Rd., Columbus

877-876-2380

10am-4pm, Mon-Fri.

Tours available by appointment (minimum 15 people).

Admission charged for tour. (Includes one free whistle)

Visit the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the USA.

Anthony-Thomas Candy Company

1777 Arlingate Ln.

614 -74-8405

Tours: Mon-Fri. 9 am – 3 pm. Reservations required.

Admission Free.

Visit one of the largest family-owned candy-making facilities in the US and shop for delicious chocolates.

Olentangy Indian Caverns

1779 Home Rd., Columbus

614-548-7917

9:30 am – 5 pm, Apr – Oct.

Admission Charged. (children under 7 free).

Cavern tours, Indian Museum, frontierland with gem mining, gift shop, snack bar. Cavern tours.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

March

Arnold Fitness Week

Greater Columbus Convention Center and Veterans Memorial

614-431-2600

Call for schedule.

Admission Charged.

This may be the largest fitness expo in the world! It routinely draws 10,000 athletes and more than 70,000 spectators. The Arnold Schwarzenegger Fitness Weekend features international fitness and strength competitions, a world-class fitness expo and continuous entertainment. Weekend highlights include men’s and women’s bodybuilding, women’s fitness competition, martial arts, gymnastics, cheerleading and dance competition, a 5K pump and run race, World’s Strongest Man competition and arm wrestling.

Blooms & Butterflies (March-November)
Franklin Park Conservatory 1777 E. Broad St.
614-645-1802

Call for hours.

Admission Charged

Franklin Park Conservatory is a flutter with hundreds of butterflies at this popular annual event. Walk amid hundreds of the flying jewels–all different colors and sizes. You even can watch butterflies hatching from their cocoons.

May

Asian Festival

1777 E. Broad St.

614-463-1752

Call for exact dates and schedule.

Admission Free.

The sights, sounds, and tastes of Asia are captured at this event. Sample Asian cuisine from a gamut of countries, shop the Asian market, keep the kids active with hands-on activities, and be entertained by the stage performances and cultural booths.

June

Columbus Rose Festival

Whetstone Park of Roses

3923 N. High St.

614-645-3350

Admission Charged.

Call for exact dates and hours.

The 2 day festival is held when roses are at their peak. Take in the sights and smells, or attend a floral design workshop by a gardening expert, listen to live entertainment, or buy a few plants.

Festival Latino

Downtown Riverfront
Bicentennial Park, Genoa Park & Civic Center Drive

614-645-7995

Call for exact dates and times.

Admission Free.

Show off your salsa, banda, cumbia, merengue, mariachi, Afro-Cuban or Andean talents, or learn how you can acquire some at this two-day fiesta. Taste the culture at the local restaurants specializing in across-the-border fare.

Greater Columbus Arts Festival

Downtown Riverfront

614-224-2606
Call for exact dates and times.

Admission Free.

More than 300 of the nation’s best artists display their works at this annual 3-day street festival and show along the riverfront in downtown Columbus. Music, food, and art activities add to the festivities.

North Market Berries and Dairy Festival

59 Spruce Street, one block north of Nationwide Arena and one block one block west of
Greater Columbus Convention Center

614-463-9664

Admission Free.

Call for exact dates and times.

The day-long festival will feature berry and dairy related foods throughout the North Market and outdoors at the Farmers’ Market, as well as children’s activities, roving entertainers, music, recipes and samples.

July

Red, White and Boom

Downtown riverfront, Columbus

614-421-2666

Call for date and hours.

The annual Independence Day celebration is full of live music, a parade, and food and is topped off by one of the most extravagant fireworks displays in the Midwest!

The Doo Dah Parade

Goodale Park (Intersection of Park Street and Buttles Ave. in Short North)

Admission Free.

The Doo Dah parade is a satirical celebration of life and lunacy. There is no fee to enter just show up and show off.

August

OHIO STATE FAIR

State Fairgrounds, I-71 at 17th Ave. (Expo Center)

614-221-6623 or 800-345-4386

Call for exact date and hours.

Admission Charged.

It’s not summer until you see the life-size butter cow at one of the largest state fairs in the country. This 17 day fair features everything from star studded performers and heart stopping rides to livestock exhibits and exceptional displays for the whole family to enjoy. Nationally known musical acts, one of the world’s longest sky rides and the largest junior fair in the nation are highlights. Agricultural displays, children’s contests, tractor pulls, laser light shows, and, of course, the butter cow, are mainstays.

Buckeye Invitational

Palace Theater

614-459-0400

Admission Charged

Call for exact date and schedule.

International barbershop competition featuring both men’s and women’s choruses and quartets.

Dublin Irish Festival

Coffman Park

5600 Post Road

614-410-4545 or 800-647-1518

Call for exact dates and hours.

Admission Charged.

Celebrate all things Irish during the annual event, which showcases Irish dance, music and culture.

September

Columbus Family Fun Fest
Riverfront Amphitheater, Genoa Park, Washington Boulevard
614-645-4313

Call for exact dates and times.

Admission Free.

Celebrate family at Columbus’ most family friendly festival. Columbus’ downtown riverfront will host extreme sports entertainment, river rides, artistic adventures and an evening fireworks extravaganza, Stars and Stripes, over the Scioto.

Columbus Italian Festival
St. John the Baptist Church, 720 Hamlet St.
614-BYI-TALY

Call for exact dates and times.

Admission Charged.

Enjoy fun for the entire family including live entertainment, an open-air market and fabulous food and drink. Whether you’re Italian or not, the Columbus Italian Festival will make you feel like part of the family.

October

German Village Oktoberfest

Mohawk Alternative School Athletic Field

Northeast corner of South Grant and East Livingston Ave.

614-224-4300 or 614-221-8888

Admission Charged.

The German Village Oktoberfest is a celebration blending a time-honored German festival with the vitality and charm of a thriving urban neighborhood. More than 30 bands performing on three stages, a wide variety of authentic German food, as well as artisans and shops; Oktoberfest continues to brew a whole new tradition of fun.

Harvest Festival

North Market, 59 Spruce Street

614-463-9664

Call for exact date and time.

Admission Free.

Shop for crisp apples, flavorful squash, pumpkins and other autumn produce while enjoying an array of fall entertainment at the North Market’s Annual Harvest Festival. The day-long event features cooking demonstrations, amateur pie contest, music, free apple cider and pumpkin bread, roving entertainers, face painting, balloons and other children’s activities.

Columbus Marathon, Inc.
929 Harrison Ave. Suite 202

Downtown Columbus.

614-42-7866

Call for information.

Admission Charged.

Watch runners wind through a fast and friendly 26.2 miles of streets in the downtown area and surrounding suburbs during the 3 day event, which includes a free sports and fitness expo. The Columbus Marathon has no limit on the size of the field and requires no qualifying time to enter. Participants must be at least 18 years of age as of race day to enter.

November

Columbus International Festival
Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St.
614-421-4400

Call for dates and times.

Admission Charged.
The 49th annual Columbus International festival is an entertaining and educational event sponsored by the Columbus Chapter of the United Nations Association. Numerous countries will be represented through food, exhibits, education, shopping and entertainment.

December

Winterfair
Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave.
614-486-7119

Call for exact dates and times.

Admission Charged (seniors and children free).

Artists from across the nation will showcase their traditional and contemporary crafts including ceramics, wood, glass, painting, metal, jewelry, photography and sculpture. It’s the perfect place to pick up holiday gifts.