Exciting things to do in Ohio during spring break

Spring break for Hilliard City Schools begins on Friday, March 17th after school. Many students travel during spring break or visit family, but for those who are stuck in Ohio with nothing to do, here are some activities to keep you busy.

  The Columbus Museum of Art, located in downtown Columbus, is a fun place to view art by local artists, as well as test your creativity and art skills through drawing and building. Current exhibits include Shakespeare in Prague, A Dangerous Woman, Bodies @ Work, Aminah’s Presidential Suite, and The Ohio Plein Air Society Show. Admission to the museum is free on Sundays, so this is an affordable option for everyone.

  One of the best locations to visit in downtown Columbus is the Short North thanks to its diverse restaurants and fun destinations. A popular spot to visit there is the North Market, Columbus’ only true public market that remains, which is home to 30 different vendors selling local fish, tea, and other delicious food. Those interested in antiques and shopping should take a look at Grandview Mercantile Antiques, Flower Child, Mary Catherine’s Antiques, and Revue. If you’re looking for thrifty clothing finds, the best place for you to shop is Out of the Closet, a unique thrift store. When you’re done shopping and have worked up an appetite, the best restaurants to visit are Melt Bar and Grilled, which specializes in grilled cheese, Biscuit Branch, a southern-style comfort food restaurant, Buns & Brews, Mikey’s Late Night Slice, and Northstar Cafe, which is perfect for breakfast and brunch. There is also a Jeni’s Ice Cream nearby if you’re still hungry for dessert.

  Shadowbox Live, a performance venue in Downtown Columbus will have its last showings of Broken Whispers, a production loosely based off of The Great Gatsby and Body Heat, a sketch comedy with rock and roll themes. Visit their website for more information.

  In celebration of the 30th anniversary of AZT, the first drug to combat HIV-AIDS, the garden theatre green room is holding a staged reading of Larry Kramer’s play, The Normal Heart. For 20 dollars, between March 16th and 19th those can hear the story of Ned Weeks, based off the writer’s life and struggles in the early outbreak of AIDS in New York City. Even if this event is too pricey or far, a nice somber, educational movie night in is easily done during break. The Normal Heart was adapted into a film in 2014, starring Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer.

  If you’re not afraid to spend some money there are many bigger events happening in Downtown Columbus. During break musical artists Bon Jovi, Regina Spektor, and Stevie Nicks will be performing in Columbus at various venues.

  If you’re looking for more of a thrill, ZipZone Canopy Tours may be the spot for you. ZipZone is the only zipline in central Ohio, located at Camp Mary Orton, and features five zip lines, as well as sky bridges and a QUICKjump, which is a smaller version of bungee jumping. Monday through Thursday, you can experience the Canopy Tour, which takes you through all of the ziplines and sky bridges, and costs 66 dollars per person. The Zip Rush Tour takes place on Saturday and Sunday, and features two ziplines, two sky bridges, and a QUICKjump or repel.

  The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is always a great place to visit in Powell. It is home to more than 7,000 animals and is widely regarded as one of the best zoos in the United States. COSI, center of S Wince and Industry and located on the Scioto river, is a hands-on science museum that also has a theatre and planetarium. Even though they may become expensive and repetitive, these classics are great if you’re looking for something new.

  The All Ohio Reptile Show is something more unique happening here in Hilliard with only a five dollar fee. Once a month, in March on the 25th, the last Saturday of spring break, it’s at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. Its intent is to sell reptiles, but looking, petting, and holding is probably easy to get away with without purchasing any of the exotic animals.

 These events and places around Columbus and throughout Ohio are sure to keep you busy this spring break, no matter your interests or budget.
Written by Olivia Deslandes and Madeline Capka

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