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Columbus, OH

The Buckeye State’s capital city, with one-of-a-kind attractions, a surprising food scene, and affordability, is a gift to traveling families.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Franklin Park Conservatory
Stunning botanical gardens in an 1895 palace-shaped greenhouse. Wild glass sculptures by world famous artist Chihuly abound. Fpconservatory.org

COSI
Mind-blowing! Ride the country’s only high-wire unicycle, learn about undersea exploration, and more at this larger-than-life hands-on science center. Cosi.org

Columbus Zoo
Our favorite part: The glass enclosure you can stand in while polar bears swim around you and over your head. Colszoo.org

Day Trip to Dayton

The center of the aviation history universe — and just an hour’s drive away — this city is where the Wright brothers completed their first official flight and the home of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Daytoncvb.com

GOOD EATS

North Market
Belgian waffles, pastries (hit up the Omega Bakery stand), Polish food, and more fill this indoor smorgasbord. Try the zany flavors like salty caramel and Bangkok peanut at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Northmarket.com

Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace

Who knew there were so many ways to dress a hot dog? Veggie versions available. Dirtyfrankscolumbus.com

German Village Coffee Shop

A cozy little diner in the heart of the city’s historically German neighborhood. Great prices! 614-443-8900

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Samantha Brody is the senior editor of Scholastic Parent & Child.

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