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Experience all there is do in are around Gahanna—from the many options at Creekside Park to the rich historical treasures and rambling bike/walking trails that are integrated throughout the city. Create your own Herbal Trail adventure, kayak down the lazy Big Walnut Creek, visit a restored 1860s era school house, pour your own soy candle, visit a winery or shop one of the Midwest’s most popular shopping destinations. Below are some of our most popular area attractions. For itinerary ideas and more information, contact the Gahanna OH Convention & Visitors Bureau 614/418-9114.
Gahanna’s beloved one-room brick school house was saved from demolition and lovingly restored to its former glory by community volunteers who were guided by an 1899 photo of the site. Today, the site serves as a museum to teach students and visitors about rural education during a simpler time. Call for hours.
View spectacular examples of Impressionism, German Expressionism, and Cubism, with works by Degas, Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Cassatt, Bellows, Demuth, Hopper, Marin, and O'Keeffe. The Museum boasts the largest public collection of woodcarvings by Columbus folk artist Elijah Pierce, as well as the world’s largest repository of paintings and lithographs by Columbus native George Bellows. Explore the Museum’s Center for Creativity and experience the Wonder Room.
The world-class Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been named the #1 Zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide. North of Gahanna, the Zoo is home to Director Emeritus Jack Hanna and 650 animal species. Explore Polar Frontier, Asia Quest, Australia and the Safari Africa exhibits. Zoombezi Bay, the Zoo’s 22-acre water park, offers state-of-the-art water slides, wave pools and warm weather fun during the summer.
Named the #1 Science Center in the country by Parents magazine, COSI features more than 300 exhibits including Space, Gadgets, Energy, Oceans, Life, Progress, and a working TV/radio station. Located in downtown Columbus, you can see a movie in the 7-story Extreme Screen Theater, have a hair-raising experience at the Electrostatic Generator Show or ride the country’s only high-wire unicycle.
The breathtaking Creekside District is Gahanna’s crown gem. Beautiful fountains and stone architecture blend into nature along the banks of Big Walnut Creek providing dramatic views. The district offers 12 restaurants (many with patio dining), shops and meeting space, creating urban excitement that sets the stage for a variety of year-round events. Explore 5-acres of boardwalks and woodland paths ideal for picnicking. Enjoy paddle boating, fishing, wading and quiet relaxation.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers art and nature based exhibitions, botanical collections and gardens, as well as 83,000 square feet of greenhouses. The Conservatory is featured in the 88 acre Franklin Park, which features botanical gardens, art sculptures and a one mile walking loop.
This historic destination rediscovers a bygone era through its tours and demonstrations. Visit the 1840s Log House, the 1860s John Clark House, 1900s Lily Stone Bed & Breakfast, Goosefoot Garden and the National Wildlife Sanctuary designated by the National Wildlife Federation. To learn more, download the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau's Historic Walking Tour Guide of Gahanna. Call for a tour.
Take a respite from the chaotic pace of life at this delightful park filled with herbs and botanical delights. Stroll through a variety of herbal gardens within the Geroux Herb Gardens, namely, the Culinary Garden, Scented Garden, Shade Garden, Rock/Biblical Garden, Pond Garden and Medicinal Garden.
Where do Central Ohio’s top chefs acquire their herbs? Jorgensen Farms! This breathtaking 65 acre farm offers organic vegetables, lamb, beef, honey, wool products and flowers and 100 varieties of herbs. Check the website for hours and special events, including the popular summer “Sunday Suppers.” This breathtaking private farm is a popular wedding and event destination.
Located on N. Hamilton Rd behind Autozone (about 1 mile north of Morse Road), this location combines the exhilarating competition of World Class Laser Tag with the intense physical fun of the Indoor Trampoline Park, the exciting new Cyber Sport, huge Arcade with redemption and video games, and a snack bar with fresh made pizzas.
The Ohio History Center is headquarters to the Ohio Historical Society and a museum showcasing Ohio’s history from the ice age to today and described by the 1989 Smithsonian Guide to Historic America as "probably the finest museum in America devoted to pre-European history." Exhibits include the Civil War, natural history, glass, pottery, and interactive children’s activities. The Ohio Village, a recreated 19th-century Ohio town, is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and for special events.
Experience the peaceful serenity of an ecological ministry and private refuge owned by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. This 160-acre natural oasis offers a fascinating educational experience, a haven for wildlife and native flora and spiritual refreshment for harried humans. Visit the 100+ year old barn that has been converted into offices/program space, meet Fernando the Llama and the other farm animals, learn about sustainable agricultural practices and a variety of ecosystems, walk the beautiful Labryrinth or relax along the Meditation Trail.
Meet Robin and Valerie Coolidge, Chief “whiners” and proprietors. Tour the winery and sample a flight of their award-winning wines. Wyandotte offers wine tastings, small plates, gourmet wine cakes, custom labels, a lovely patio, and wine shop. Special events include barbecues, Murder Mysteries, Food & Wine pairings and Women who Wine. Free tours on Saturdays. (Call for reservations.) Open Tues–Sat, 1-7 p.m.
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