These are the destinations that are tops on many central Ohio families' lists for family fun. Best of all, they're fun to visit throughout the year, thanks to imaginative programming and/or the changing seasons.

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These are the destinations that are tops on many central Ohio families' lists for family fun. Best of all, they're fun to visit throughout the year, thanks to imaginative programming and/or the changing seasons.

We have written about many of these destinations in Columbus Parent - click on the links below the listings to read more:

Bicentennial Park and North Bank Park in the Scioto Mile (Bicentennial Park is located at 233 Civic Center Drive (Downtown), Columbus 43215, North Bank Park at 311 W. Long St. and the Scioto Mile runs along the east side of the Scioto River from Scioto Audubon Park north to the Arena District; 614-332-5205; With its 15,000 square-foot interactive, splash-pad fountain (operating April-October) and outdoor amphitheater, Bicentennial Park is the centerpiece of the Scioto Mile, an urban park with more than 145 acres of riverside land. The North Bank Park and Pavilion on the north end also features an interactive spray fountain. The area lights up every December with the Grand Illumination and throughout the year hosts numerous festivals and concerts. Bicentennial Park fountain hours (new in 2015): 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily in warm weather. North Bank Park fountain hours: 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily (but can be restricted because of special events). Cost: free.

Columbus Commons (160 S. High St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215; 614-227-3788; Opened in 2011 on the 7-acre site of the former Columbus City Center mall, the Commons has quickly become a focal point for family fun and entertainment in central Ohio. The park features a carousel, gardens, a performance stage for world-class entertainment and a large lawn for concert seating, an outdoor reading room, life-size chess set and food service. The Commons for Kids programming on Fridays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (late May-late August) offers free activities and games. Food Truck Thursdays are a popular summertime lunch destination. Hours: Dusk to dawn. Cost: free (except for some concerts).

Columbus Museum of Art (480 E. Broad St. (Discovery District), Columbus 43215; 614-221-6801; The CMA has, in recent years, expanded its mission far beyond that of housing works of art. Its Center for Creativity, which includes the child-focused Wonder Room, provides education and interactive arts for all ages. The museum is in the midst of a major expansion that is scheduled to finish in October 2015. Extensive education and summer-camp programs for children and teens. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays thru Sundays, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, closed Mondays. Admission: $12 adults, $8 seniors 60+ and students 18+ with ID, $5 ages 6-17, free 5 and under. Cost: Free admission on Sundays. Parking free behind museum. An annual household membership costs $75; an annual reciprocal membership costs $120 and includes discounts and early registration for education programs.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (4850 Powell Road, Powell 43065; 614-645-3400; Consistently voted one of the best zoos in the country, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium attracts more than 2 million visitors each year. Its 582 acres are divided into six geographic regions of the world, including the Heart of Africa, the Polar Frontier and North America. The complex also includes the Zoombezi Bay water park (see separate listing). Extensive year-round education programs. The Wildlights display in mid-November through early January is a highlight of the central Ohio holiday season. The Zoo is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours vary by season. Current admission costs: $14.99 ages 10-59, $10.99 ages 60+, $9.99 ages 2-9, free under 2. Parking $8. Annual family membership $99 includes free or reduced admission to 100+ U.S. zoos.
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COSI (333 W. Broad St. (Franklinton), Columbus 43215; 614-228-2674; The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) has been a part of Columbus families' lives since 1964. It has occupied its spacious current home on the west bank of the Scioto River since 1999. Highlights include permanent exhibits on Space and Life, the "little kidspace" for infants through kindergarten age, traveling exhibits from around the world, the National Geographic Giant Screen and the newly reopened planetarium. Hours and open dates vary by season. Extensive education and summer-camp programs. Current general-admission costs: $19 ages 14+, $14 ages 2-12, free under 2. Parking $5. A basic annual family membership costs $115 and includes free or discounted admission to 350+ science centers and children's museums around the world.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (1777 E. Broad St. (Olde Towne East), Columbus 43203; 614-715-8000; Since the opening of the Palm House greenhouse in 1895, this organization has expanded to include indoor gardens representing different global regions and an outdoor garden campus. The annual Blooms & Butterflies exhibit (March-September) is a favorite with families, as are the holiday decorations and traveling exhibitions. Extensive education and summer-camp programs. Hours: Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $13 adults, $10 seniors and students with ID, $6 ages 3-17, free 2 and under. Parking free. Annual family membership $80 includes reciprocal privileges at 270+ gardens nationwide.

Ohio History Center (800 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus 43211; 614-297-2300; Housed in an iconic building just off I-71, near the State Fairgrounds and Crew Stadium, the OHC features permanent and traveling exhibits devoted to Ohio history, including the "1950s: Building the American Dream" recreation of life in the mid-20th century, which will be on display until 2018. The Ohio Village, which presents a working mid-19th century Ohio town, also is situated on the OHC's campus and is open Memorial Day-Labor Day. OHC hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Cost (includes Ohio Village): $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 ages 6-12, free 5 and under.

The Ohio Statehouse (1 Capitol Square (Downtown), Columbus 43215; 614-752-9777; Apart from grade-school visits, not many families think to visit the seat of state politics, but this majestic Greek Revival building, built in 1861, is loaded with interesting history and art, and well worth re-visiting. There's a museum of Ohio history, a well-stocked gift shop and the Capital Café in the basement/crypt, and you're free to wander the upper floors where our elected officials work. Free programming throughout the year, including a popular visit from Santa at the beginning of December. Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Closed all major holidays. Cost: Free, including guided, 45-minute tours on the hour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays and 12 noon-3 p.m. weekends. Free self-guided audio wand, brochure and podcast tours also available.

Zoombezi Bay (10101 Riverside Drive, Powell 43065; 614-724-3600; Opened in 2008, the Zoombezi Bay water park quickly became one of central Ohio's favorite summertime destinations. Spanning 23 acres adjacent and connected to the Columbus Zoo, the park features a wide range of water attractions including wave pools, lazy-river rides, waterslides, plunges and more. Wide range of food services. Open from May 16-Sept. 7 in 2015. Hours vary. Cost: General daily admission rates start at $24.99 and season passes at $69.99/$99.99 for children/adults. Parking $8.