county seat of Marion County, Ohio, United States

Marion is a city in West Central Ohio and is the county seat of Marion County, Ohio. It is home to the Marion Popcorn Festival, an annual event that is held in September, the weekend following Labor Day every year in downtown Marion.

Understand Edit

Downtown Marion, on W. Center St. looking west.

Visitor Information Edit

Get in Edit

By plane Edit

  • John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH IATA) in Columbus has direct flights from most major American cities.
  • 1 Marion Municipal Airport (MNN IATA). A General aviation airport.    

By car Edit

  • U.S. Route 23, Marion can be accessed by U.S. Route 23 which provides access to Delaware and Columbus to the south and Toledo to the northwest.
  • Ohio State Route 4 runs through Marion and its historic downtown business district. It provides access to Richwood, Marysville, Springfield and Dayton to the southwest and Bucyrus and Sandusky to the northeast.
  • Ohio State Route 95 runs through the city of Marion and its historic downtown business district. It provides access to the village of La Rue to the west and Mount Gilead and Interstate 71 to the east.
  • Ohio State Route 309 runs through the city of Marion and its historic downtown business district. It provides access to the cities of Galion and Mansfield to the northeast and the cities of Kenton and Lima to the northwest.
  • Ohio State Route 423 runs through the city of Marion and its historic downtown business district. It provides access to the village of Waldo to the south and U.S. Route 23 near Morral to the north.
  • Ohio State Route 739 begins in the city of Marion at Ohio State Route 4. It provides access to Honda of America and Marysville to the southwest.

By bus Edit

Greyhound provides service to Marion. The bus station is located at 137 S State St.

Get around Edit

See Edit

Warren G. Harding Memorial
  • 1 Harding Home and Tomb, 380 Mount Vernon Ave, toll-free: +1-800-600-6894. (Home), Vernon Heights Blvd. (Tomb) The Warren G. Harding home contains almost all original furnishings owned by the 29th President of the United States. Seasonal hours.    
  • 2 Marion Palace Theater and May Pavilion, +1 740 383-2101. This rare jewel's architecture is just as fascinating as the acts on stage. The Palace Theatre is a must-see site in central Ohio and on the National Register of Historic Places. With Spanish architectural designs, guests are transported into an outdoor palace courtyard. The original 1928 cloud machine and blue sky with twinkling stars gives an open-air feel. Eberson's masterful technique for the atmospheric style is on full display throughout the theatre. You can learn all about the Marion Palace, its designer, John Eberson, and the unique architectural design of the atmospheric theatre--a movie palace. A book that explores the design of the Palace, the life of John Eberson and his theatres, written by Scott Hoffman, "A Theatre History of Marion, Ohio--John Eberson's Palace and Beyond," is on sale in the Palace box office.    
Marion Cemetery
  • 3 Marion County Courthouse. Historic sandstone courthouse building built in 1884.    
  • 4 Wyandot Popcorn Museum (Heritage Hall).    
  • 5 Marion County Historical Society. Operates several historical sites and small museums.    
  • [dead link] The Huber Machinery Museum, 220 E Fairground St, +1 740 387-9233. Sa 1-4PM.
  • 6 Caledonia Bowstring Bridge. A historic, but abandoned and overgrown iron bridge in nearby Caledonia. An interesting site for Urbex. If you go to visit, do not touch or use the bridge.    
  • Marion Cemetery Merchant Family Grave. A grave with a mysterious rotating sphere.

Do Edit

Palace Theatre
  • 1 Marion Popcorn Festival (downtown Marion), +1 740 387-3378. Annually the weekend following Labor Day in September.    
  • 2 Marion Palace Theater, 276 W Center St (from 23 take 309W, go thru downtown, Palace is on right), +1 740-383-2101. M-F 9AM-5PM. Built in 1928, the theatre was designed by John Eberson. Renovated in 1975 and 2015, this atmospheric theatre is the center for the performing arts in central Ohio. The Marion Palace presents an annual season of 3 to 4 touring artists, small concerts in its pavilion venue, and a 4-program educational theatre series for schoolchildren. During the off-season and at other times during the year when the theatre would otherwise be dark, amateur theatre and high school productions use the venue. The theatre, designed as a movie palace, also exhibits digital motion pictures. The pavilion venue is also available for rent for weddings and meetings.    
  • 3 Marion County Fairgrounds & Veterans Memorial Coliseum.    
  • Groundhog day with Buckeye Chuck. February 2nd. Marion hosts Buckeye Chuck, a groundhog used to predict the arrival of spring. A smaller event than the one in Punxsutawney.    

Learn Edit

OSU at Marion

Buy Edit

There are a number of branded outlets north of the Ohio State Marion.

Eat Edit

  • 1 Carlyle's.

Drink Edit

There are plenty of choices for alcohol. Most grocery stores carry it, as well as the gas stations, drive-throughs and convenience stores.

  • 1 Ralphies Sports Eatery.

Sleep Edit

Connect Edit

  • 4 Marion Post Office, 230 Barks Rd. W, +1 740 389-4621. M-F 8:30AM-5PM, Sa 9AM-1PM. Package and shipping price varies.
  • 5 Marion Public Library, 445 E. Church St, +1 740 387-0992. M-Th 9AM-9PM, F Sa 9AM-5:30PM. The main branch of the Marion Public Library offers free internet access, although you may have to obtain a library card first.

Stay safe Edit

Dial 911 from any telephone for emergency police, medical, and fire services.

Cope Edit

Hospitals Edit

Newspapers Edit

  • The Marion Star. The only daily newspaper published in the Marion area.    

Go next Edit

  • Delaware is about 35 minutes south on U.S. Route 23.
  • Columbus is about an hour south on U.S. Route 23.
Routes through Marion
ToledoUpper Sandusky  N   S  DelawareColumbus
END ← Jct W   E  W   E  → Jct N  Mount GileadWooster
LimaKenton  W   E  GalionMansfield

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