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10 Fun and Unusual Things to Do in Columbus

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Looking for a fun way to spend your weekend? Columbus is a city filled with tons of things to see and do.

From enjoying the outdoors along the beautiful riverfront to interesting museums filled with history, here is a list of exciting places to check out in Columbus.

Step into an immersive art experience at Otherworld

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This 32,000 square foot art installation in Chantry Square features 47 different rooms filled with unique interactive art, secret passageways, and playgrounds. From infinity mirrors, to glow in the dark caves, be sure to take your camera because you'll want to snap all the pics in these surreal looking exhibitions. Otherworld is open every week from Wednesday until Monday and reservations are required.

Become a firefighter for the day at the Central Ohio Fire Museum

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Central Ohio Fire MuseumLeah Groves/Unsplash

Founded in 1983, the Fire Museum in Columbus is dedicated to celebrating the life and work of firefighter’s past, present, and future. Located inside a historical firehouse from 1908, the museum feature collections of hand-drawn, horse-drawn, and motorized fire apparatus. Visitors also have the chance to learn about the day-to-day lives of fireman in the engine house through an interactive experience.

Spend the day exploring the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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Known as one of the best botanical gardens in the entire state, if you haven't yet spent a day exploring the gorgeous exotic plants at Franklin Park you are seriously missing out. The park is home to a glass conservatory, exotic palms house, bonsai tree collection, outdoor garden, and a series of rotating exhibits. This season's exhibit is the Chihuly Glass Exhibit, a colorful collection of vibrant glass artwork.

Enjoy a walk through the Scioto Mile

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An urban oasis near the riverfront, the Scioto Mile has everything you need for a fun filled day. This strip of pathway is filled with fountains, sculptures, and scenic views. You could also catch a free concert at Bicentennial Park in the summer here.

As We Are Display

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Located inside the Columbus Convention Center, the As We Are Display is an interactive photo booth that will scan a picture of your head and display it on a 14 foot LED sculpture. Known locally as the "giant head" this 3D display is open to the public during business hours and on weekends.

Learn more about railroads at the Ohio Railway Museum

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Located just outside of Columbus in Worthington you'll find the Railway Museum, an impressive collection of antique rail cars and artifacts dating back as far as the 1800s. The exhibits at the museum are all very interactive which means guests can climb right into the vintage rail cars and explore. The museum even offers a ride in their steam engine, a train pulled by a small diesel engine from World War II. This museum is open from May until December.

Spend a day at the Short North Arts District

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Known as the ‘art and soul of Columbus’, the Short North Arts District offers a ton of different activities including street festivals, live music, eclectic shops, and tons of art galleries. This month the district will host Pride events, parades, and even food tours. Be sure to check their calendar of events before heading there.

Play at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center

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There are over 12 different unique experiences to try at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Columbus. Blast skeletons on the Kingdom Quest ride adventure, see your favorite characters on the LEGO 4D Theater, or build LEGO creations alongside master builders. The discovery center also features a Lego Cafe that serves Starbucks and snacks.

Go on an Anthony-Thomas chocolate tour

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Experience candy making from start to finish in this hour long chocolate factory tour at Anthony-Thomas. Observe nine lines that produce up to 30,000 pounds of chocolates per shift. Tour guides will walk you through each process step by step. You'll even get to leave with a free sample.

Drift around in a go-kart

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Columbus is home to one of the best go-karting venues in Ohio and Buckeye Raceway is the perfect spot to head to if you're looking for an adrenaline rush. This indoor course offers individual races as well as team-building challenges for groups of friends looking to get competitive.

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