Thank you DiscoverOhio and Experience Columbus for the complimentary gift cards, hotel stays, and activities to help facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
On days 14 and 15 of our 30 day road trip we drove from Indianapolis to Columbus, stopping in Dayton and a few other stops along the way. This was one of our favorite portions of the road trip! It was a blast, educational, entertaining, tasty, and fun!
Of course, we had so much fun that I can’t fit it all into just one post, so I am going to break the days up into activities, and share all the fun, tips, advice, and a glimpse into how you absolutely SHOULD spend time if you are in the Columbus area.
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Our first stop was in Dayton, at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. This museum is a children’s museum full of science and discovery. They offered various areas, from animals that are live, to play recycle centers, a climbing tower, classes, and more.
My kids spent a couple hours happily playing and learning, and can’t wait to try some of the Science@Home experiments they offer.
Young’s Jersey Dairy
We then drove a half hour east to Young’s Jersey Dairy, which is an operational dairy, restaurant, and family fun destination! I can’t say enough good about Young’s Jersey Dairy.
You guys, we had the BEST time here. My kids literally did not want to leave, and so we stayed, and stayed, and stayed. We left at 10 PM when they were starting to close everything up. You might be asking why my kids would want to stay at a dairy, so I will give you a hint: to play! There is a lot more to Young’s Jersey Dairy than the cows! So be sure to read the post in a few days!
Drury Inn & Suites Convention Center
We drove into Columbus, and we stayed at the Drury Inn and Suites 2 nights while in Columbus. It is the ideal family friendly hotel with a huge breakfast, and even a dinner offered in the lobby. Popcorn and fountain drinks offered daily from 3-10 pm, comfortable beds, plenty of space in the room, and more.
We loved our stay, so be sure to check out all the reasons I recommend this hotel, including a little story about some drama with another guest! Good stuff.
Experience Columbus hooked us up with the Roar & Explore Package, which includes tickets to COSI hands-on science museum and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Being a big aquarium and zoo lover, and only having one day, I thought we would pop into Cosi for a few minutes, then head to the zoo. That “few minutes” turned into several hours packed full of fun and learning. COSi is a MUST SEE destination, well worth the trip to Columbus!
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
We then headed to the Zoo and Aquarium, and oh yeah…waterpark! Yep, you read that right, it is a 3 in 1 destination with great water slides, lazy river, and wave pool, an aquarium, including a Rays exhibit where the kids can touch the rays, and of course, a huge, impressive, and very nice zoo.
The zoo portion has incredible offerings such as the Heart of Africa, Polar Frontier, Australia, the Congo Expedition, and more! My only regret is not having more days to spend there because with how hot it was my kids just wanted to swim, but you do NOT want to miss the zoo and aquarium parts!
As you can see, we had some action packed days of family fun, and loved exploring and experiencing Columbus. I had no idea how much that city has to offer, and we are already trying to figure out when we can go back and spend more time there!