Travel to Marion means a visit to the heart of Ohio.  Situated along State Route 23 just a short drive north of Columbus, Marion offers the ideal spot to “meet in the middle” with friends and family from across the Midwest.

Marion’s vibe is captured in its reemerging Downtown.  Taste the unique flavors of Marion’s iconic local eateries. Hop between drinkeries where you can grab a cup of your favorite coffee, tea, or adult beverage and then explore all the DORA has to offer.  Spend the day shopping at unique retail stores and antique shops. Stroll the Cultural Corridor’s “Cardinal Project,” celebrating Ohio as the seventeenth state to join the Union with 17 uniquely hand-painted statues.

A tour of Marion’s rich history includes the opportunity to experience history right where it happened. Stand in the spot a president made famous when visiting Harding’s renovated home and Presidential Museum.  Tour the Cultural Corridor’s 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 for live entertainment in a unique setting. Beyond the Corridor, explore the Huber Home and Machinery Museum and visit the Historic Women’s Club Home.

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Family fun awaits with putt-putt, disc golf courses, bowling alleys, bounce house spaces, and arcade fun. Wander, fish, bike, or birdwatch along the Marion Tallgrass Trail or find enjoyment in a round of golf with beautiful views including the picturesque King’s Mill Covered Bridge. You’re bound to work up an appetite, so grab an old-fashioned root beer float or find your favorite frozen treat along Marion County’s Ice Cream Trail.

Celebrate the all-American apple at Lawrence Orchard’s Harvest Weekends June-October.  “Take it to the Streets” for Third Thursdays with live music, vendors, and food trucks. The Blues & BBQ Festival in August means a full day of music and delicious BBQ. And September’s Popcorn Festival brings nationally known performing artists center stage.

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