Hotel at a Glance: Fort Rapids Waterpark Hotel & Conference Center
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 1 of 12 water slides, and 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 2-day water-park passes for each guest, a 10% discount for breakfast, and souvenir mugs good for $0.99 refills. Click here for water-park hours.
- Dining options: a buffet with seafood and grilled meats, a sports bar, a coffee shop, and a concession stand located inside the water park
- In-room amenities include 27-inch TVs and high-speed Internet in Wyatt Earp rooms and microwaves and mini fridges. Large families can choose an Oak Creek Canyon, Bryce Canyon, or Bright Angel Point Grand Canyon villa.
- 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—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.