Meet In Marion
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 perfect 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, making it the perfect “meet in the middle” location for friends and family across the Midwest.
If family fun is on the agenda, Marion offers 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 Max Aiir, an inflatable event space, or the Lincoln Park Aquatic Center. Marion Tallgrass Trails is perfect for wandering, biking, fishing, or birdwatching, and the newly constructed Marion Rotary Club Centennial Playground offers all-inclusive access to kids of all abilities. 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 shops along the Marion County Ice Cream Trail.
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 Warren G. Harding’s renovated home and Presidential Museum. Make your way along 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 perfect for dining, shopping, sipping, and celebrating. Outdoor spaces offer a welcoming setting for sharing a laugh or conversation with friends. Try a taste of Marion at locally owned eateries all along the Eaterarian Trail; hop between drinkeries that offer various adult beverage options; shop in unique retail stores and boutiques; and enjoy a hands-on art activity or try your hand at throwing axes.
While in downtown Marion, stroll the streets to experience Marion’s public art display, The Cardinal Project. Celebrate Ohio as the seventeenth state to join the Union by featuring 17 statues throughout the downtown area. Each State Bird is uniquely designed and hand-painted with a story to tell.
Golf enthusiasts will enjoy a round of golf with beautiful views, including the picturesque King’s Mill Covered Bridge. Marion’s County Parks provide additional outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, kayaking, or wandering the woods.
Experience the celebration of the all-American apple at Lawrence Orchard’s Applefest and Harvest Weekends. Visit in September to experience the Popcorn Festival, a street fair celebrating Marion’s history as the popcorn capital of the world. Enjoy the Blues & BBQ Festival in August. Be sure to bring your appetite and pack your lawn chair for a full day of fun. Hang out on Third Thursdays from May to September and “take it to the streets” with live entertainment, food trucks, a kids’ zone, and more.
It’s all here waiting for you in Marion, Ohio. For more information on these exciting opportunities, visit the Marion Area Convention and Visitors Bureau website: www.visitmarionohio.com.