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Glass Art Appreciation in Columbus

Meander along the Glass Trail in Columbus - a cultural hot spot.

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Columbus Visitors Center , Columbus Learning Center, Exit 76 Antique Mall, Zaharakos (Since 1900), kidscommons, columbus' community children's museum
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Columbus, a unique section of the Indiana Glass Trail , boasts works by famous glass artists, a variety of glass trinket shopping opportunities, cultural activities and many dining experiences. Whether you take a cultural getaway for two or bring the whole family, Columbus promises to be an educational and enjoyable destination.

Amazing Art
First stop on the trail is the Columbus Visitors Center to see one of two Dale Chihuly glass scluptures in the city. The Yellow Neon Chandelier and Persians hangs in the window staircase giving off a fiery illumination. This sculpture is 9 feet long, up to 6 feet wide and weighs an amazing 1,200 pounds. Original Chihuly glass artwork and prints are available in the gift shop. In addition, Columbus is ranked 6th in the nation in architecture falling just behind city greats like Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. The Visitors Center provides an architecture trolley tour of the city's landmarks.

View Chilhuly's Sun Garden Panels at the Columbus Learning Center . These quilt-patterned, painted panels create a magnificent display when backlighted by the sun.

Great Gifts
Discover a wealth of glass decorations and gifts at the Exit 76 Antique Mall in nearby Edinburgh. With 600 booths and displays, the mall features everything from antique artwork to creations designed by today’s artisans. You might find that perfect gift for someone you know or that hard-to-find collectible.

Family Favorites
Be sure to experience two of Columbus’ most unique offerings - Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and kidscommons . Zaharakos has been serving up yummy goodness since the early twentieth century. It's glass detailing makes it a wonderful treat along the trail. Try a Green River Float made the old-fashion way a speciality of Zaharakos. If you brought the kids along, a visit to kidscommons is also a treat. This interactive children’s museum offers three floors of learning fun. Here the kids can have their own cultural experiences drawing at the art creation center, creating music and videos in the computer technology lab and stepping across the border at a child-sized house that demonstrates another culture.

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Columbus Visitors Center
800.468.6564 | columbus.in.us
Columbus Learning Center
812.314.8500 | educationcoalition.com/ColumbusLearningCenter
Exit 76 Antique Mall
812.526.7676 | exit76antiques.com
Zaharakos (Since 1900)
812.378.1900 | www.zaharakos.com
kidscommons, columbus' community children's museum
812.378.3046 | kidscommons.org
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