As heartland cities go, Columbus may be among the most underrated. Often dismissed as being part of “flyover country,” this centrally located city actually features a wide range of attractions. Here is a quick look at some of what the capital city of the Buckeye State has to offer.
- Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: The staff of these colorful gardens and beautiful conservatory work very hard to bring to life its 88 acres of landscaped grounds. They are especially glorious to visit in the spring when visitors will see hundreds of vibrantly hued bulbs start to show their pretty heads to the world. No season is without its own advantages though, and in the winter an evergreen tree display and lush winter foliage are the name of the game. This is a super place for anyone to enjoy having a stroll around.
- North Market Farmer’s Market: This is one of the largest Farmer’s Markets in Central Ohio and also one of its oldest! The array of fresh produce that the local growers put out on display is absolutely awesome, with more than 20 farmers selling their appetizing home cultivated fruit and vegetables, plants, flowers, honey and aromatic herbs. There are also amazing cuisine options for those who want to stop for a bite to eat and drink which cover food selections from various global regions, and all delicious. The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m.
- Ohio Theater: This wonderful, 1928 historic theater was luckily saved from demolition and completely restored to its old glory in the 1980s, with the theater’s stage modernized to allow for the fabulous performances it now puts on, which include anything from musicals to ballet and opera, and from lectures to fun presentations like the summer Movie Series and Broadway Series held every year. Whether a visitor adores the symphony, Nutcracker performances or old movies, a visit here should tick all the boxes.
- Ohio Stadium: Fondly referred to as “the Horseshoe,” this is Ohio State University’s football stadium—and home to the Ohio State Buckeyes football team as well as the Ohio State University Marching Band. Besides all of that, it is also a popular concert venue, with famous bands like Metallica and The Rolling Stones drawing in the crowds with their exuberant performances. With a seating capacity of just under 105,000, it’s the third-largest football stadium in the United States.
- Short North Arts District: This is a really interesting neighborhood to visit, take a stroll and stop for a coffee or a bite to eat. Because of the university influence, the area is often described as offbeat and just that little bit out of the ordinary, with lots of quirky specialty shops, pubs, art galleries and cafés to explore. The architecture of the buildings is worthy of note too; most of the brick buildings dating back to the early 20th century, which blend nicely with the colorful murals painted on their side walls. The area is all within easy walking distance and very close to downtown.
- German Village: German Village is named after the large number of German immigrants who moved to the area in the mid-19th century and seemingly brought a piece of home with them. At one time it was made up of a third of the city’s population. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and draws an abundance of visitors who relish the taste of something a little “European” from one of the area’s many coffee shops, confectionaries, groceries and restaurants such as Sausage Haus and Katz’s Deli.
- Whetstone Park: This renowned park has been in existence for more than 60 years, its aromatic 13-acre Park of Roses displaying more than 11,000 roses, and showcasing an amazing 350 different assortment of beautiful varieties of this splendid flower. The best time to appreciate these glorious flowers is mid-June through to mid-September, when the roses are in full bloom. But there is still plenty to see at other times of the year too, of course; there are lots of trails to walk and run through as well as plenty of space to kick a few soccer balls.
Columbus is truly a great place to visit for a whirlwind of fun, attractions and activity. Don’t miss it!
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