Smack dab in the middle of the country, Columbus, Ohio, is often considered the heart of the midwest, where cosmopolitan meets country charm.
Ohio’s high-tech capital city is known for its vibrant style and blend of unique neighborhoods. It’s a place about culture and cultures, where variety is a way of life.
Columbus is home to Ohio State University, the largest single campus in the United States. It’s also the headquarters for mega-businesses like Victoria’s Secret and The Limited.
There is an abundance of parks, trails, and other outdoor and fitness activities and events. A favorite is Park of Roses, consisting of 13 acres of manicured gardens. A 20-mile walking/bike trail guides you from south Columbus into downtown, and on to the city’s northernmost suburbs through parks, the OSU campus and neighborhoods along the scenic Olentangy River.
Arena District, a 95-acre planned development, is located in the heart of downtown, close to attractions and hotspots. There are restaurants, nightclubs, the Arena Grand Theatre, an upscale first-run movie theater, and the PromoWest Pavilion, an indoor/outdoor music hall.
Germantown, dominated by the brewery industry in 1839, is now the largest privately restored neighborhood in the United States. Although many of the old brick houses have been restored, the Schlee brewery is the only survivor in its entirety. It is the last structure of its type that accurately reflects the way the families owned and operated the breweries during the 19th century.
Short North Arts District along High Street has the city’s largest and most eclectic concentration of art galleries, featuring works in glass, ceramics, prints, paintings and more, by local, national and international artists.
Things to Do
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden is a horticultural institution showcasing more than 400 exotic plant species, special exhibitions, and artwork. The Conservatory features a wide variety of climate zones, as well as large bonsai and orchid collections, and special exhibits include an annual living butterfly display. The original glass structure from 1895, known as the Palm House, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to more than 40 species of exotic palms.
Columbus Museum of Art established in 1878 houses a collection of late 19th and early 20th century American and European modern art. This collection includes examples of Impressionism, German Expressionism, and Cubism.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, made famous by zoo Director Emeritus Jack Hanna’s TV appearances, lets you experience a world of pure natural form. North America, the zoo’s largest region, is home to wolves, bears, otters, bald eagles, wolverines, cougars and bobcats.
Ohio Statehouse, a National Historic Landmark and a masterpiece of the 19th century Greek revival architecture, was completed in 1861 and restored in 1996. Built of Columbus limestone, the Statehouse contains a collection of historical documents and portraits.
It may be in the middle of America, but Columbus, Ohio, has much to see, do and enjoy!