Attractions

Delaware County offers big-time attractions and small-town charm just minutes north of Columbus, Ohio. With a wide range of activities and attractions, it's a playground for every generation to enjoy.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Phone:
(800) Monkeys or (614) 645-3550
(614) 645-3465 (Fax)

Address:
4850 West Powell Road
Powell, OH 43065

Acres and acres of animal exhibits and naturalistic wildlife habitats. Explore Asia Quest, the African Forest, Discovery Reef, Manatee Coast, North America, Australia, Voyage to Southeast Asia, and Polar Frontier. Open all year, the Zoo also features Wildlights, a sparkling light spectacular, late November through December. African Safari coming in 2014!

And, check out Jungle Jack's Landing and discover 14 fun rides, including a wooden rollercoaster and log flume!

The Zoo also offers facilities that make it possible for you to create your own special event. Call or check the website for hours.

Meeting Location Details:
10 Meeting rooms. Largest 7,246 sq. ft. 300+ capacity.
Other rooms theater and reception style - 1,000+ capacity; classroom and banquet style 300+ capacity.

View Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Website

Ohio Wildlife Center

Phone:
(614) 734-9453

Address:
6131 Cook Road
Powell, OH 43065

Hours:
Second Sunday of the Month Noon–4 p.m., Group program by arrangement

(parking off Dublin Road, Rt. 745)

The Ohio Wildlife Center is a leader in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation education situated on 20 acres. Visit the resident animals, take part in scheduled activities, explore the nature trails, browse the
gift shop, and enjoy unique wild bird-viewing stations.

View Ohio Wildlife Center Website

Olentangy Indian Caverns

Phone:
(740) 548-7917

Address:
1799 Home Road
Delaware, OH 43015

Formed millions of years ago by the tremendous force of an underground river, the Olentangy Indian Caverns were thought to have been used by the Wyandotte Indians as a haven from the weather and their enemies, the Delaware Indians. Descend 105 feet below the surface of the earth and explore the winding passages of this three level cave. Bring your climbing legs for this 30 minute tour which is a great way to beat the summer heat in the cave's constant 54 degree temperature. Local Indian lore, panning for gems, 18-hole miniature golf course, and gift shop are also part of the Olentangy Indian Caverns experience. Open April-October. Call or check the website for hours.

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Perkins Observatory

Phone:
(740) 363-1257

Address:
3199 Columbus Pike
Delaware, OH 43015

Gaze the galaxies, count the craters on the moon, and enjoy an entertaining, educational astronomy lesson along with an historical tour of this unique observatory built in 1923. The observatory is one man's dream, funded by income from raising pigs to feed the Union Army. The observatory's 32" mirror is the second largest telescope in the state. Even when Ohio skies fail to cooperate for the best possible star gazing, the Perkins experience is one not to miss. Public programs are most Friday nights (except some holiday weekends). Group tours and programs also can be arranged. Lodging facilities are conveniently located nearby. Call or check the website for hours and program times.

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Sky Zone (Indoor Trampoline Park)

Phone:
(740) 548-4004

Address:
459 Orange Point Drive, Suite E
Lewis Center, OH 43035

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park has created and built the world's first all-trampoline, walled playing courts. It's a playing court so original and unique, it was awarded a United States patent.

Sky Zone offers fun physical activities, games and entertainment for people of all ages, size and abilities. We host birthday parties for kids, corporate team building events for adults, SkyRobics fitness classes, high performance cross training for athletes at the high school and collegiate level to the professional level, intramural sports for colleges and more.

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Stratford Ecological Center

Phone:
(740) 363-2548

Address:
3083 Liberty Road
Delaware, OH 43015

Hours:
M-F 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., closed Sunday and holidays (Call ahead for group arrangements)

Stratford Ecological Center is a small, diversified, organic farm that blends ecology with agriculture. The center features a demonstration farm and nature preserve offering hands-on outdoor experiences for all ages. Discover an educational excursion, bird watching, gardening or pick your own farm produce.

Meeting Location Details: 1 large meeting room; 180 theater style or 90 classroom style with tables.

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Zoombezi Bay

Phone:
(614) 724-3600

Address:
3550 West Powell Road
Powell, OH 43065

Hours:
Open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day

Play in the water at Zoombezi Bay, a 22.7 acre water park! The park features state-of-the-art water slides, a wave pool, an action river, a lazy river, private cabanas, a kiddie play pool, and a whole lot more. Ride the slides with your family and friends! The 55 foot Cyclone features a four-person raft and the 55 foot Tahitian Twister features a five-person raft. Little tykes will enjoy the Katoomba Lagoon. Drip your way through the bay and experience all Zoombezi has to offer, including great refreshments.

And while you're at the Zoo or Zoombezi Bay, don't forget to buy your ride tickets for Jungle Jack's Landing!

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Black Wing Shooting Center

Phone:
(740) 363-7555

Address:
3722 Marysville Road
Delaware, OH 43015

Hours:
Sat.–Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Tues.–Fri. 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; closed Monday and selected holidays

Ohio's Premier Shooting Facility

A world-class, indoor-outdoor shooting facility, offering trap, skeet, pistol and rifle shooting. Registered trap and skeet shoots, leagues, options, calcuttas, bowling pin shoots, and others are offered throughout the year. Training and corporate/team outings are also available.

Meeting Location Details: 2 Rooms 25/100

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Lazer Kraze

Phone:
(740) 548-7788

Address:
459 Orange Point Drive, Suite B
Lewis Center, OH 43035

The Ultimate Laser Tag and Family Fun Center, home of over 19,000 square feet of "Out of the World Fun," features world class laser tag in the area's largest and only multi-level space themed laser tag arena, "Zero Gravity" inflatables room (with obstacle course, jousting, boxing, 20 ft. slide, bounce house and basketball), huge arcade, xbox gaming on HD video projectors, and snack bar with fresh made pizzas.

Conveniently located just 4 miles north of I-270 off of US 23 at 459 Orange Point Drive, Lazer Kraze is great for birthday parties, team events, group outings and corporate team building. Visit one of the most unique area attractions with fun for all ages and groups from 2 to 400 people.

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Magic Mountain Fun Center

Phone:
(614) 840-9600

Address:
8350 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH 43240

(close to I-71 and Polaris Parkway)

Magic Mountain at Polaris features eight indoor and outdoor attractions designed to appeal to all age groups. More than 100 video and skill games make up the Fun Center Arcade. Other places to play at the Fun Center include a kid's playland, as well as laser tag, miniature golf, go karts and bumper boats when weather permits. Call or check the website for hours.

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Ohio Machine

Phone:
(614) 754-1973

Address:
Ohio Wesleyan University, Selby Stadium
45 South Henry Street
Delaware, OH 43015

Experience the excitement of Major League Lacrosse! Fans flock to Selby Stadium at Ohio Wesleyan University to cheer on the OHIO MACHINE. The Machine will play seven home games May-July. Several games will end with a big blast off – a spectacular fireworks exhibit!

View Ohio Machine Website

Soine Vineyards

Phone:
(740) 362-7212

Address:
3510 Clark Shaw Road
Powell, OH 43065

Hours:
Fri. 5:30–8:30 p.m., Sat. 1–7 p.m. Check website for current hours. Tastings can be scheduled during off hours; please call ahead.

Soine (pronounced soy-knee) Vineyards, established in 2003, is situated on six acres located in Delaware County just four miles north of Powell. The winery produces approximately nine cultivars of grapes and offers quality, locally-produced red, white and blush table wines. Each wine is hand crafted to represent the natural characteristics of the grape and the stylistic preferences of the winemaker.

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Glass Rooster Cannery

Phone:
(614) 499-2958 or (740) 815-4324

Address:
1673 Ohio 605
Sunbury, OH 43074

Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm or By Appointment

The Glass Rooster Cannery is an inviting facility for novice and experienced cooks. The Glass Rooster offers classes on canning, preserving and cooking, using fresh produce and herbs grown organically on the farm and picked for the occasion. The Cannery offers an extensive line of canned goods and dry mixes, favorite vegetable seeds, heirloom plants and in-season produce than can be purchased on site.

The Art Gallery Barn is filled with antiques, transformed repurposed items, and unique and functional art. The Art Barn is busting at the seams with the perfect piece for your garden or family room.

Glass Rooster Cannery Offerings:

  • Canning and Preserving Classes
  • Cooking Parties
  • Teaching Kitchen for All Ages
  • Licensed Kitchen/Event Venue
  • Catering
  • Corporate Teambuilding
  • Private Events
  • Kids CAN Cook! Day Camp

Ch eck website for Class Calendar.

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A.D. Farrow Company

Phone:
740-965-9900
740-965-2463 (Fax)

Address:
The Shop at NorthStar
7754 State Route 37 E.
Sunbury, OH 43074

Our buildings house more than motorcycles. They are the foundation of the local Harley community, offering meeting space, historical exhibits, event hosting, riding classes, and interactive displays. Inside, the spirit of central Ohio motorcyclists comes alive.

Our newest location, NorthStar, opened on February 26, 2007, A.D. Farrow Co.'s 95 th anniversary. Located in Sunbury, Ohio on more than 18 acres, this 32,000 s.f. facility is a state-of-the-art landmark building that pays homage to the Harley factory headquarters on Milwaukee's Juneau Avenue. It features a modern main showroom, an 8,000 s.f. six-door service area that opens to the outside, and an expansive parking lot that allows for more than 200 cars, two rider training ranges and ample room for various gatherings.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/adfarrowco

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ADFarrowCo

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History

Delaware is home to Ohio Wesleyan University and the birthplace of Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th president of the United States. Hayes met his wife, Lucy Webb, when she was one of the first female students at Ohio Wesleyan.

Each September, Delaware County celebrates its agricultural heritage with the Delaware County Fair, which also features family entertainment and world-famous harness racing. The internationally renowned Little Brown Jug, one of the jewels in the triple crown of Grand Circuit harness racing, draws over 45,000 spectators. The Little Brown Jug has the uniqueness of being the only such race of its caliber to still take place at a county fair.

Rich in heritage, Delaware County has many buildings and areas listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including Historic Downtown Delaware. Downtown Delaware has been designated a Preserve America Community by the White House, a Best Hometown by Ohio Magazine , and also has the distinction of being a Main Street community.

Visitors can enjoy a self-guided walking tour of Sandusky and Winter Streets, using brochures prepared by the Delaware County Historical Society . Walking tour brochures are available at the Historical Society and the Delaware County Tourism Bureau.

The Old Towne Hall and Myers Inn in Sunbury are also on the National Register of Historic Places. Both are located on Sunbury's quaint village square. A majestic statue of Civil War General William Stark Rosecrans who hailed from Sunbury also adorns the village square. For a heritage exploration of the Sunbury, tour booklets can be borrowed from the Myers Inn Museum.

Discover the Arts

here is no need to go a big city to enjoy and appreciate the arts. Delaware County, Ohio offers a variety of artistic venues, including both performing and visual arts. You'll discover a superb symphony orchestra, an Arts Castle, Performing Arts Series, theater, dance and opera performances, movies, gallery shops, exhibits and more. In addition to the attractions listed below, the Delaware Arts Festival is held in Historic Downtown Delaware each May.

Central Ohio Symphony

Phone:
(740) 362-1799 / (888) 999-2676 for tickets

Address:
24 East Winter Street
Delaware, OH 43015

Hours:
Concerts: April, May, July, October, and December

Delaware is alive with the sound of music. The Central Ohio Symphony performs concerts in the distinguished atmosphere of Gray Chapel at Ohio Wesleyan University several times a year. This outstanding symphony orchestra is known for performances of favorite and unusual works. The annual Christmas Concert, performed twice in one day, usually occurs the first Sunday in December. The 4,522 piped Klais Organ, built in Germany for Ohio Wesleyan University, serves as an elegant backdrop for symphony concerts. The free 4th of July concert on the lawn followed by Delaware's fireworks display has become a popular holiday tradition.

View Central Ohio Symphony Website

City Arts Center

Address:
22 East Winter Street
Delaware, OH 43015

Hours:
Fri. 4-7 p.m.; Sat. 2-7 p.m.; and by appointment

View City Arts Center Website

Delaware Arts Festival

Phone:
(740) 363-2695

Address:
Historic Downtown Delaware

Delaware, OH 43015

Hours:
Weekend after Mother's Day

Over 170 exhibitor booths featuring juried works of local and regional artists and crafts persons.

View Delaware Arts Festival Website

Ohio Wesleyan University

Phone:
(740) 368-2000

Address:
61 S. Sandusky Street
Delaware, OH 43015

One of the nation's leading liberal arts universities, Ohio Wesleyan brings the Performing Arts Series to campus each year. Many performances are held in the elegant Gray Chapel where the Klais Organ with its 4,522 pipes serves as a spectacular backdrop. The program offers performances in music, theater, dance, and oratory. Ohio Wesleyan also offers other music, theater and opera performances and gallery exhibits throughout the academic year.

Meeting Location Details: 15 Rooms (various capacities), Banquet 389

View Ohio Wesleyan University Website

Performing Arts Series

Phone:
(740) 368-3629

Email:
paseries@owu.edu

Address:
Ohio Wesleyan University
61 S. Sandusky Street
Delaware, OH 43015

The Ohio Wesleyan University Performing Arts Series features visiting, professional artists. Performing artists may include dancers, musicians, actors, and more. The series usually offers six events in the Performing Arts Series during the academic year. Campus location for performance varies: Usually Gray Chapel, Chappelear Drama Center, or Jemison Auditorium.

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Richard M. Ross Art Museum

Phone:
(740) 368-3606

Address:
Ohio Wesleyan University
60 South Sandusky Street
Delaware, OH 43015

Hours:
Tues., Wed., Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. (Available for special events)

A new dimension in the arts in Delaware County! Located on Ohio Wesleyan University's campus, this newly renovated landmark building offers three display areas, and features excellent rotating exhibits. It's possible to book the museum as a place to host your special event.

View Richard M. Ross Art Museum Website

The Arts Castle

Phone:
(740) 369-ARTS

Address:
190 West Winter Street
Delaware, OH 43015

Hours:
M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

A stately home built as a wedding gift in the 1800's out of blue limestone from a nearby quarry, The Arts Castle serves as the Delaware County Cultural Arts Center. The Castle's name comes from the building's Romanesque architecture which includes turrets and arched windows. A gingko tree brought from China in the 1850's still stands tall in front of the Castle, and the famous Delaware grape was also cultivated there. Today, the Castle hosts classes in numerous areas of the arts. The ballroom, hallways, and parlors are adorned throughout the year with rotating art exhibits from the regional area and beyond. A stop in the Gallery Shop is the perfect ending to a Castle visit and features functional and decorative fine art and craft items (in a wide price range), including jewelry, glass, ceramics, handmade cards, and more.

Meeting Location Details: 2 Rooms 30/50

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The Strand Theatre

Phone:
(740) 363-4914

Address:
28 East Winter Street
Delaware, OH 43015

Built in 1916, the historic Strand Theatre shows new-release and classic movies on three screens. The Strand also hosts the Ohio Wesleyan University Community Film Series which features classic and foreign films. Enjoy a night out -- shop, dine and go to the movies in Historic Downtown Delaware.

View The Strand Theatre Website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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