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Cabin fever? 6 fun, obscure roadside attractions

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Sick of TV? Sick of cooking? Sick of being cooped up in your house all the time? Cabin fever has reached an all-time high.

Ohio winters are enough to drive you crazy. Get ahead of the lunacy by venturing out on a little road trip to 6 unique attractions right here in Columbus!

King Gambrinus, King of beer

Brewery District

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The drunken royalty was hoisted above the entrance of the August Wagner Brewery at 605 S Front Street for many years. August Wagner was a native of Bavaria and chose to use Gambrinus as his mascot because it pays homage to an old Bavarian king. After the brewery closed in the 1970s, the building was demolished but the king was preserved.

Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum

476 E Kossuth St., Columbus

Did you know since last summer, the No. 1 attraction in Columbus on TripAdvisor is the Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum? Thanks, Columbus Alive. This unassuming spot on the south side is one of Columbus’ best hidden gems!

Annabelle the Praying Mantis

Chadwick Arboretum

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Standing at an intimidating 15′ tall, Annabelle can be found at the corner of Olentangy River Road and Woody Hayes Drive.

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Gates of Hell

Clintonville

Photo courtesy of Ohio Exploration

The Gates of Hell is a legendary drainage tunnel beneath High Street in Clintonville. The big graffitied mouth leads to two gates that angle in. It’s said that these gates open up to willing skateboarders who dare ride through the tunnel. Jury’s still out on that one but it’s a neat, creepy spot to check out nonetheless.

Giant cement corn cobs

Dublin

This field of corn cobs has a dual purpose; pay homage to the farmer who once labored over the land and also remind residents and passersby of Dublin’s rich agricultural history. Plus, everyone’s got a soft spot for a super obscure roadside attraction to make all your social media follows wonder, “Where the hell are you?”

Early Television Museum

Hilliard

This is our only exception to the height rule of roadside attractions. But parents are always looking for ways to get their children to realize how good they have it and what better way to cultivate gratitude than a museum full of ancient TVs? They’ll really appreciate their iPhones once you get back to the van.

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“It’s a-me, Mario!” Buy tix now for video game-inspired racing in Columbus

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You’ve played Mario Kart and you’ve probably played Beerio Kart, but have you played Mushroom Racing?

This live-action go karting experience is coming to Columbus Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30.

Eventbrite tickets are still on sale.

The $55 experience includes costumes, 20 laps, DJ and after party, games, activities and more.

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If you’ve got your drifting and shell-throwing down to a science, you could win yourself a place in the Mushroom Racing in Las Vegas.

There will be 20 spots in the final with three ways in which racers can win a place on the grid in Las Vegas:

  1. Having the fastest lap time in your city.
  2. Collecting the most stars in your city (Top 3 in the country will go to Vegas!)
  3. A lottery – Every person that purchases a ticket to the event , will be entered into a lottery.

There will also be prizes for collecting the most stars throughout the Mushroom Rally series!

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FREE Boyz II Men concert will bring you down “On Bended Knee”

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One of the most iconic “man bands” of this generation will be gracing us with a FREE concert this summer! It’s far from the “End of the Road” for Boyz II Men, who will be performing live at Columbus Commons on Thursday, August 8.

Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman will be bringing you down “On Bended Knee” with their smash hits from the 90s like “I’ll Make Love To You,” “A Song For Mama,” and “Motownphilly.”

None of those songs sound familiar? Maybe you’ll recognize the latter from this scheme in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia:

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While the tickets are free, you must still acquire them to attend. Early access tickets will be available to Columbus Commons newsletter subscribers on Tuesday, June 25 at 10 AM. A limited number of additional free tickets will be released on Thursday, June 27. Sign up for the Columbus Commons newsletter for early access to tickets at columbuscommons.org.

See below for additional details.

  • Gates will open at 6 PM.
  • Ticketholders will not be permitted to access the park before gates open at 6 PM.
  • Easy and convenient $5 parking for this event is available at the Columbus Commons Main Garage, located at 55 East Rich Street.
  • Food trucks and bars will be available.
  • Folding chairs and blankets are welcome.
  • Coolers and outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
  • Free tickets are required for entry.
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I…Declare…an Office Trivia Bar Crawl in Columbus!

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Start a new series on Netflix, or re-watch The Office for the 100th time? We already know which option you’ve chosen, so why not put the countless hours you’ve spent with the Dunder Mifflin gang to work?

The “That’s What She Said Trivia Bar Crawl” is the perfect way to face off against other Office Super fans, putting your knowledge of all things Scranton to the test. The crawl will take place over multiple bars on Saturday, June 1, with registration running from 4-6 PM at Park Street Cantina.

This is not a drill! Free Dunder Mifflin souvenir t-shirts will be available for those who sign up early, as well as a souvenir D.M. ID card, lanyard and crawl guide for all participants.

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Food and drink specials – hopefully chili – will also be available to participants as they take on 3 rounds of 25 questions about everyone’s favorite workplace docu-comedy TV show.

“Dundies” and other prizes will be awarded for for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trivia winners, as well as prizes for the best costumes in individual and group categories.

This event is 21, and please note that you will need a cell phone with data to take part. For more info, visit the event page here.

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