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.
- 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.
- 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 university helps drive urban progress, Ohio’s capital is much more than a college town. Its walkable downtown is home to 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 north lies one of the country’s best zoos, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium—its director emeritus is the famous Jack Hanna.