Marion, Ohio, located along State Route 23 and a short drive north of Columbus, is a must-visit location for the perfect day trip getaway or a multi-day stay.

Select accommodations at hotels near the highway, or enjoy a short-term rental situated in a growing, active Downtown.

Downtown is an inviting spot for dining, shopping, sipping, and celebrating.  Outdoor patios offer spaces for sharing a laugh.  Sample a taste of Marion at locally owned eateries.  Hop between drinkeries for beverages.  Enjoy unique shops, and tap into your creative side with art activities.  Not creative?  Try throwing axes. 

Experience Marion’s public art display, The Cardinal Project, with 17 statues honoring Ohio as the seventeenth state to join the Union.  Each statue is uniquely designed and hand-painted.

Heritage enthusiasts can visit the Warren G. Harding Home to stand in the spot Harding made famous during his Front Porch Campaign.  The Presidential Library and Museum offer memorabilia from Harding’s time in office, and the Harding Memorial pays homage to the life of President and Mrs. Harding.  Enjoy an itinerary to unique sites such as Heritage Hall, Union Station, and the 1928 Eberson-built Marion Palace Theatre.


Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a round of golf boasting beautiful views such as the picturesque King’s Mill Covered Bridge.  Hike, bike, or jog the Marion Tallgrass Trail, a 12-mile paved path through wooded areas and wildlife or experience additional activities such as hunting, fishing, kayaking, or wandering wooded nature preserves.

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Lawrence Orchards, a pick-your-own apple orchard, hosts family-friendly Applefest and Harvest Saturdays from August-October.  Bring your appetite and a lawn chair for the Blues & BBQ Festival in August.  Hang out Downtown at Third Thursdays May-September for music, food trucks, inflatables, and more.  In September, experience the Popcorn Festival, celebrating Marion’s history as the popcorn capital of the world.

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