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

The Centre 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 centre’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 theatre 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 programme or get them involved in workshops about design, engineering and programming. Live shows run daily in the centre 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 Centre 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.

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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Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center
2.5 out of 5
111 E. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$151 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
Located in Downtown Columbus, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of BalletMet Performance Center, Greater Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide Arena. ...
3.9/5Very Good! (988 reviews)
"Great for the price, clean, very close to downtown, would stay here again"

Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2021

Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center
Graduate Columbus
Graduate Columbus
4 out of 5
750 North High Street, Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$212 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Italian Village, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Greater Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide Arena. Ohio Theatre and COSI are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (355 reviews)
"Very cool, low frills place to stay. Rooms are OSU decor and staff is awesome!"

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2021

Graduate Columbus
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown
3 out of 5
50 S Front St, Columbus, OH
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$216 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
Located in Scioto Mile, this hotel is steps away from Palace Theatre and Capitol Theatre. COSI and Columbus Museum of Art are also within 1 mi (2 km).
3.9/5Good! (970 reviews)
"It was what we needed...It's older and that's not the biggest deal but holes in walls just spackled over and not even painted, Tub needs replaced, no trash cans in bathrooms but overall it was cool and worked for myself and wife. The size worked great and having a frige and microwave was really convenient. ..."

Reviewed on 16 Jun. 2021

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center
2.5 out of 5
111 E. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$151 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center
Graduate Columbus
Graduate Columbus
4 out of 5
750 North High Street, Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$212 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Graduate Columbus
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown
3 out of 5
50 S Front St, Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$216 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown
Sonesta Columbus
Sonesta Columbus
4 out of 5
33 E Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$236 per night from 2 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Sonesta Columbus
Courtyard Columbus Downtown
Courtyard Columbus Downtown
3 out of 5
35 West Spring Street, Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$175 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Courtyard Columbus Downtown
Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center
Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center
3 out of 5
88 E Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$214 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center
Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection
Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection
4.5 out of 5
50 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$316 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square
4 out of 5
75 E State St, Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$175 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square
Hyatt Regency Columbus
Hyatt Regency Columbus
3.5 out of 5
350 N High St, Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$200 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
Hyatt Regency Columbus
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.