Hotel at a Glance: Fort Rapids Waterpark Hotel & Conference Center
At 60,000 square feet, the water park inside Fort Rapids Waterpark Hotel & Conference Center is the largest in central Ohio. Visitors can get drenched by a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, zoom down 12 water slides, and take a dip in an adults-only hot tub.
- Water-park package: Some options of this getaway come with water-park passes for each guest, daily breakfast, and a souvenir mug.
- Extended hours: The water park opens early (10 a.m.) for overnight hotel guests.
- Dining options: a buffet with seafood and grilled meats, a sports bar, a coffee shop, and a concession stand located inside the water park
- Gold Rush Arcade: Air hockey, skee-ball, and Pop-A-Shot are among the classic games here.
- In-room amenities include 27-inch TVs and high-speed Internet in Wyatt Earp rooms, and microwaves and mini fridges in Oak Creek Canyon and Bryce Canyon suites.
- Pick up souvenirs at a Western-themed gift shop.
Columbus, Ohio: OSU, Acclaimed Museums, and One of the Country’s Best Zoos
In 2012, Columbus made Business Week’s list of America’s 50 best cities, thanks in part to the city’s best-known institution—Ohio State University. Though the school contributes a youthful air and helps drive urban progress, Ohio’s capital is much more than a college town. In the walkable downtown you’ll find trendy restaurants and bars as well as a groundbreaking interactive science museum, COSI, and the highly acclaimed Columbus Museum of Art. The Scioto River bisects the city, flowing past public parks and miles of walking and biking paths. A half-hour drive north will take you to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, one of the finest institutions of its kind, perhaps best known for its affiliation with director emeritus Jack Hanna.