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COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

There’s always more to discover in this innovative science adventure center, complete with giant 3-D digital screen and hundreds of fun-filled activities.

The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) is a large and interactive science museum with over 300 exhibits in a range of themes. Discover Ocean, Space, Gadgets, Life, Energy Explorers, Little Kidspace, Progress, Lily Pad and an outdoor Big Science Park. Kids and adults of all ages and abilities will have fun learning and exploring the wonders of science through the museum’s diverse exhibits.

COSI has been promoting science education and inspiring young scientists since 1964. The center’s extensive exhibition rooms are filled with games, displays and films so exciting and interactive that kids forget they’re learning! The mysteries of biology, the physical world and outer space are explained through imaginative activities. Drive a Mars Rover, hold a meteorite or see what life was like for our prehistoric ancestors. Play basketball with rats and watch a hydrogen balloon explode.

The Extreme Screen in COSI’s theater makes science larger than life. See a prize-winning documentary film on the biggest digital screen in Ohio with incredible surround-sound audio. The Extreme Screen delivers the full-screen experience in 3-D with educational films sourced from around the globe. 

Kids can easily spend a full day exploring COSI and its 10 themed sections. Sign your children up for COSI’s day-camp program or get them involved in workshops about design, engineering and programming. Live shows run daily in the center and provide an entertaining learning experience for many different ages. Grown-ups can also engage with science at COSI’s lectures, events and panel discussions geared just toward adults.

The Center of Science and Industry is located on the Scioto River’s west downtown bank. Value packs are available for Exhibition, Movie and Adventure combination tickets. Make your visit any day except Mondays and Tuesdays and some public holidays. Visit the website to confirm holiday opening hours and purchase tickets to avoid lines. Parking is available at the site for a fee. Alternatively you can catch a bus to COSI; stops are along the nearby West Broad Street.


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Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection NZ$314
Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection

Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection

50 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Scioto Mile, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palace Theatre, COSI, and Ohio Theatre. Nationwide Arena and Greater Columbus Convention Center are also within 1 mile (2 km).

    Hilton Columbus Downtown NZ$243
    Hilton Columbus Downtown

    Hilton Columbus Downtown

    401 N High St, Columbus, OH
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Arena District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greater Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide Arena. COSI and Palace Theatre are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Courtyard Columbus Downtown NZ$169
      Courtyard Columbus Downtown

      Courtyard Columbus Downtown

      35 West Spring Street, Columbus, OH
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Scioto Mile, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palace Theatre, Nationwide Arena and Greater Columbus Convention Center. COSI and Ohio Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

        Hyatt Regency Columbus NZ$196
        Hyatt Regency Columbus

        Hyatt Regency Columbus

        350 N High St, Columbus, OH
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Scioto Mile, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greater Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide Arena. Palace Theatre and Ohio Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

          Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center NZ$153
          Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center

          Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center

          111 E. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Columbus, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of BalletMet Performance Center, Greater Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide Arena. Palace Theatre and Ohio Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

            Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center NZ$215
            Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center

            Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center

            88 E Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Columbus, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greater Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide Arena. Palace Theatre and Ohio Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

              Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown - Columbus, Ohio NZ$196
              Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown - Columbus, Ohio

              Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown - Columbus, Ohio

              33 E Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Columbus, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greater Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide Arena. Palace Theatre and Ohio Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

                Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU NZ$187
                Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU

                Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU

                795 Yard Street, Grandview Heights, OH
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Grandview Heights, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, Nationwide Arena and Greater Columbus Convention Center. Ohio State University and COSI are also within 3 miles (5 km).