Marion Is A Haven for Summer Fun

Looking for the perfect location for your next getaway weekend or a simple one-day road trip? Marion, Ohio, offers a variety of activities that make it the ideal destination for a day trip or a multi-day stay. Situated in a convenient location in the heart of Ohio, Marion sits along State Route 23, just a short drive north of Columbus, offering multiple overnight accommodations options.

Looking for a quiet getaway? The Red Barn Loft (Bed and Breakfast) is nestled among farm country and a nearby local vineyard. It bids you to come enjoy a glass of wine, listen to music, and take in the view of a beautiful, country sunset.

Maybe it’s a family weekend for you. Marion offers both putt-putt and disc golf courses. Cooper’s Bowl and Bluefusion Entertainment are the perfect hangouts to bowl a few games and enjoy some arcade fun. Let the little ones burn off some extra energy at the Lincoln Park Aquatic Center, Marion Tallgrass Trails, and the newly constructed Marion Rotary Club Centennial Playground. You’re bound to work up an appetite, so grab an old-fashioned root beer float or visit one of Marion’s many ice cream specialty shops for treats.

Rich in history, Marion is the perfect destination for the history buff. This community offers the opportunity to stand in the spot a president made famous when you visit Harding’s renovated home and newly opened Presidential Museum.  Grab a map of the Cultural Corridor to visit historic locations like Heritage Hall, home to the Marion Historical Society and Wyandot Popcorn Museum; Union Station, a unique experience for train enthusiasts; and the 1928 Eberson-built Marion Palace Theatre where you can enjoy live entertainment in a unique atmospheric theatre.

Marion’s reimagined Downtown is the perfect spot for a road trip.  Its local dining options are a welcoming setting for sharing laughs with friends while enjoying local favorites. Enjoy a taste of Marion all along the Eaterarian Trail; hop between breweries and specialty bars to enjoy an adult beverage; shop in unique retail stores like Charleston Place, Hope Crossing, and Paisley Peacock; or enjoy a hands-on art activity at Sweada Mae Art Café or Stitch and Skein.

While in downtown Marion, stroll the streets to experience Marion’s newly installed public art display, The Cardinal Project. Celebrate Ohio as the seventeenth state to join the Union at the 17 statues throughout the downtown area. Each features a State Bird uniquely designed and hand-painted with a story to tell.

If you enjoy the outdoors, you’ll be delighted as you make your way along the many walking/biking trails. Enjoy the sights and sounds as Mother Nature comes to life. Find enjoyment in a round of golf with beautiful views, including the picturesque King’s Mill Covered Bridge.

Experience the celebration of the all-American apple at Lawrence Orchard’s Applefest and Harvest Weekends.  Don’t miss the Blues & BBQ Festival in August.  Be sure to bring your appetite and pack your lawn chair for a full day of fun. Visit in September to experience the Popcorn Festival, a street fair celebrating Marion’s history as the popcorn capital of the world.

It’s all waiting in Marion, Ohio, an excellent destination for your next memory-making moment! For more information on these exciting opportunities, visit the Marion Area Convention and Visitors Bureau website at

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