Columbus Spring Getaways

Spring brings longer days, colorful blossoms and the first major travel season of the year as families hit the road for spring break getaways.

Ohio’s capital is known for its open attitude, smart style and entrepreneurial spirit. Columbus’ blend of neighborhoods, dynamic nightlife, noteworthy music scene, arts and culinary experiences, events, attractions and accommodations are all made unforgettable by the diversity of its outgoing locals who eagerly await and warmly welcome visitors.

Experience New Exhibits at Top Attractions  

One of the most highly anticipated new exhibitions coming to Columbus this spring is TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition. The Center of Science and Industry (COSI), named the best science museum in the country by USA Today 10Best for four consecutive years from 2020 to 2023, will display more than 200 authentic artifacts recovered from the wreckage site March 9 through Sept. 2, 2024. Upon entering the exhibition, guests will be taken back in time to April 1912 when the ship embarked on its first and final journey. Visitors will receive a replica boarding pass, assume the role of a passenger and follow a journey through life on Titanic—from the ship’s construction to life on board to the infamous sinking.

At the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM), the only museum in the country devoted to telling the stories of veterans from all branches of service, visitors can experience new exhibitions about World War II throughout the year as the museum gears up to recognize the 80th anniversary of D-Day in June. On view now through May 12 is Lost Man Blues: Jon Schueler-Art & War, which transports viewers into the beauty that Schueler, an esteemed, prolific American abstract expressionist, experienced as he flew among the clouds as a World War II B-17 navigator in the U.S. Army Air Corps. The exhibition of 26 oils on canvas showcases his war-themed paintings as a collective group for the first time.

Take in Beautiful Blooms Across the City  
Visitors can enjoy a variety of botanical beauty throughout Columbus this spring, including along the Scioto Mile riverfront downtown, named one of the 21 Best Urban Parks and Trails for City-Dwellers by Men’s Journal and the perfect place for biking, jogging or walking. Visitors can see more than 5,000 cherry trees in Columbus, with many of them in Franklin Park and Berliner Park. April 6-14 the city celebrates the iconic trees with the third annual Greater Columbus Cherry Blossom Festival. The culminating celebration takes place April 13 at Franklin Park and features food trucks, entertainment, exhibits and cultural displays.

Nearby, get up close and personal with hundreds of butterflies while also enjoying bright tropical blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The 30th annual Blooms & Butterflies event  is happening now through July 7.


Enjoy Discounts and Deals in Ohio’s capital  

See why TravelPulse named Columbus one of the Most Affordable U.S. Travel Destinations for 2024 by enjoying a spring getaway without breaking the bank. Starting March 1, when visitors book a two-night stay through experiencecolumbus.com/hotels, they can choose from either a $100 Delta voucher, two complimentary tickets to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, two tickets to the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens or a free Lyft credit. Another way to save more than 20% at the city’s top attractions is by taking advantage of the Columbus Attractions Pass.

Experience other unique military museums

National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Other Veterans Day experiences visitors can have while in Columbus include visiting Motts Military Museum, whose mission is to share artifacts and recount their history through the stories of those who witnessed them firsthand while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Exhibits range from ones focusing on the Revolutionary War to World War II and from the Vietnam War to Dessert Storm. Visitors can see uniforms, weapons, military aircraft, tanks, boats and armored vehicles from past wars up close in an intimate setting. In a hanger outside, visitors can see larger artifacts such as a fire truck from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Pay your respects at the Ohio Veterans Plaza

Not far from the National Veterans Memorial and Museum downtown is the Ohio Statehouse. On the Capitol grounds, visitors can stop by the Ohio Veterans Plaza, which honors Ohio veterans from World War II to the present. Limestone walls feature inscribed letters with moving messages from veterans who depict being at concentration camps, being injured during combat, missing their children’s milestones and spending holidays apart from loved ones.

The inspiration for the plaza is rooted in an act of civil disobedience. In 1981, two Vietnam veterans erected under the cover of night on the Capitol grounds a hand painted four-by-eight-foot sheet of plywood as a tribute to veterans of the Vietnam War. The two were to be charged with trespassing and destruction of state property until then-State Senator Richard Pfeiffer, intervened. Pfeiffer, also a Vietnam veteran, convinced officials to allow the handmade monument to stand for a period of time. Shortly after, the Ohio legislature passed a bill to install a permanent veteran’s monument.

To learn more about all there is to see and do in Columbus this fall, visit www.experiencecolumbus.com/fall.

 

 

 

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