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A view of downtown Marion, Ohio on W. Center St. looking west.
Warren G. Harding Memorial

Marion is a city in Mid-Ohio and is the county seat of Marion County, Ohio, USA. 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.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

  • Port Columbus International Airport (IATA: CMH), 4600 International Gateway, Columbus, PH: +1 614 239-4083, [1]. Port Columbus International Airport is served by all the major airlines, with direct flights to most major American cities.

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 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.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

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  • Harding Home and Tomb380 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.
  • Marion Palace Theatre and May Pavilion 7403832101. 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 Popcorn Festival, PO Box 1101 Marion, Ohio 43301, Tel: +1 740 387-FEST or +1 740 387-3378, annual event is held every year in downtown Marion in September, the weekend following Labor Day, [2].
  • Marion Palace Theatre276 W Center St (From 23 take 309W, go thru downtown, Palace is on right),  +1 740-383-2101. 9-5 M-F. Built in 1928 by legendary theatre architect John Eberson, this atmospheric theatre is the center for culture and the arts in central Ohio. Entertainment abounds at the Palace with everything from current films to ballet, comedians to musicals, and everything in between. Past performers to grace the Palace stage include America, Tim Conway, Bobby Darin, The Lettermen, Bob Newhart, Art Garfunkel, and many others. A full season each year brings a variety of options for all ages.


  • The Ohio State University at Marion, 1465 Mount Vernon Ave., Tel: +1 740 389-OSUM or +1 614 292-9133, [3].
  • Marion Technical College1467 Mount Vernon Ave +1 740 389-4636.
  • Tri-Rivers Career Center, 2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd., Tel: +1 740 389-4681, [4].


  • Marion Centre +1 740 389-5785fax: +1 740 389-4148. M-Sa 10:00AM-9:00PM, Su 12:00PM-6:00PM. Was formerly Southland Mall, 1509 Marion-Waldo Rd. Now in Bankruptcy.


Grocery stores[edit]



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



Visitor information[edit]

  • Marion Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1713 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd. Suite 110, Tel: +1-800-371-6688 or +1 740 389-9770 (Fax: +1 740 725-9295), [5].

Stay safe[edit]

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




  • Marion Public Library445 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.


  • The Marion Star is 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
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