Hotel at a Glance: Fort Rapids Waterpark Hotel & Conference Center
It might be winter for a few more months, but it’s always 84 degrees inside the water park at Fort Rapids Waterpark Hotel & Conference Center. Inside, visitors can get drenched by a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, zoom down one of four water slides, and or relax in the lazy river. There’s also an adults-only hot tub where you can enjoy a more peaceful setting.
Water-park package: Some of this Getaway’s options come with two-day water-park passes for each guest and a 10% discount for breakfast. Click here for water-park hours.
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
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—The 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.
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