2013 Special Attractions and Activities
As a one-stop shop for everything related to travel, the Great Vacations Travel EXPO is a destination in itself. In 2013, favorite travel spots came alive with interactive events and experiences that were as entertaining as they were helpful and educational. Specific attraction areas within the EXPO included:
The Vacation Marketplace
The Great Vacations Travel EXPO is planned with you and your budget in mind. We’ve assembled an incredible lineup of the world’s top travel companies so you can explore the best travel packages, pricing, and deals available. Whether you are seeking a quick overnight road trip, an Alaskan cruise, or an exotic vacation an entire world away, the EXPO has something for every traveler’s interest. And the best part? It’s all under one roof!
The Paradise Pavilion, brought to you by Travel Impressions, will transport you right out of the cold to thoughts of soft sand on your toes and warm sun on your face! This is where you can find the tropical vacation destination of a lifetime from extraordinary resorts throughout the Caribbean and Mexico.
Lake Erie Shores & Islands Feature
Ahoy, Matey! You’ll love setting sail for Lake Erie Shores & Islands at this special feature area of the EXPO. From Cedar Point, to Put-in-Bay, this fun-filled beach environment boasts loads of interactive activities that bring the unique Lake Erie Shores & Islands experience to life. Find out how all the fun of a genuine shore vacation is closer than you think.
The Great Outdoors Adventure Area
Take a walk on the wild side. The Great Outdoors area, brought to you by Metro Parks, brings the outdoors inside. This beautifully natural area within the EXPO is a restful place where you can enjoy real pine trees, a covered bridge, water feature and fun activities for the entire family. Learn more about one of the region’s finest park systems, with each one being extraordinary - and extraordinarily close to home. And don’t miss the special stage presentations provided by Metro Parks, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Play In Your Own Backyard Pavilion
Of course the EXPO brings you the best possible deals on travel across Ohio, around the nation, and all over the globe. Yet, there are plenty of unforgettable experiences in your very own backyard. Experience Columbus presents the Play In Your Own Backyard Pavilion, featuring great deals, entertainment, and events that are close to home.
AAA Explore Store
The AAA Explore Store is the place to shop for the best pricing and dates on great getaways. It’s also the place to pick up everything you need for your trip. You’ve always relied on AAA to get you where you want to go, but never has everything been so easy to find in one great location. So come prepared. Bring your calendar and your checkbook or credit card, and be ready to book you next escape at the show. Only EXPO guests will have access to such unheard-of pricing and amazing selections.
Kids Day is Saturday, January 19th! It’s the best day to bring the entire family to the EXPO. You and your kids will experience an incredible line-up of activities, events and workshops designed just for parents and kids. In addition to everyone’s favorite mascots, junior guests will love meeting a host of interesting animals from The Farm at Walnut Creek. And the EXPO's "Passport for Prizes" activity will let the whole family take part in the fun as you get your EXPO Passports stamped at exciting EXPO attractions and exhibits, and are entered to win a fantastic Disney family vacation.
AAA Travel Stage presented by DIRECTV
With a non-stop line-up of entertainment, informational travel presentations, and tips-and-tricks about your next adventure, the AAA Travel Stage is sure to please. Be sure to check the Event Schedule page of this website for a complete listing of programs and activities.