Let your trip to the heart of Ohio include a visit to Marion County.  Marion is conveniently situated just off State Route 23 and is a short drive north of Columbus.  If you’re looking for a location to meet-up with family and friends this holiday season, Marion offers excellent accommodations, engaging attractions, seasonal activities, and delicious dining opportunities.

Select comfortable accommodations at one of Marion’s hotels near State Route 23, or enjoy your stay in a newly listed Downtown Airbnb option.

Discover history with Marion roots and encounter its impact on our State and this nation.  Tour three Harding Presidential sites – the historic home, museum, and memorial.  Stroll the Marion County Historical Society, home to the Buckeye Telephone Museum collection, international children’s author Shary Williamson’s book display, and US Treasurer Mary Ellen Withrow’s career memorabilia.  Experience unique popcorn carts under the big tent at the Wyandot Popcorn Museum and enjoy a complimentary box of popcorn. 

While you’re here, experience the beauty of nature.  The Marion County Park District Naturalist offers guided winter hikes at the Marion Tallgrass Trail, or explore the trail at your own pace.  

Marion County

Holiday shopping awaits you in our reimagined downtown landscape with unique locally owned retail spaces, a hands-on art studio, clothing boutiques, an art gallery, and a yarn shop.  Experience delightful dishes served-up along the “Eaterarian Trail” – Memphis-style BBQ, southern soul food, tasty seafood, Italian cuisine, woodfired pizza, ice cream, and more!  Sip a cup of tea or coffee at locally owned shops or experience an English tea service at Marion’s tea room. 

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Celebrate the holiday spirit with a drive through Christmas by Candlelight at the Marion County Fairgrounds or take in an evening of live, local theatre with Christmas at the Palace. Come for the annual Lighted Truck Parade and stay for the tree lighting and pictures with Santa in Founders Park.

When traveling this winter, we invite you to our community.  Come encounter, experience, and explore Marion County, Ohio!