29 Reasons to Explore Columbus, Ohio
Exploring Columbus: Family
Center of Science and Industry (COSI) COSI fuses playground and museum (left), with more than 300 interactive exhibits and a movie theater. Admission charged (614/228-2674; cosi.org).
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium More than 700 species reside at this top-ranked zoo; the new Polar Frontier brings polar bears here for the first time since 1994. Zoombezi Bay water park and Safari Golf Club fund the zoo's conservation efforts. Admission charged (800/666-5397; columbuszoo.org).
The Wilds Rhinos, giraffes and other exotic animals roam a 10,000- acre nature preserve 70 miles east of Columbus in Cumberland. Safari tours and overnight stays available; admission charged (740/638-5030; thewilds.org).