Central Ohio is anchored by Columbus, the state capital and 15th largest city in the country. The youngest sibling of Ohio’s major cities known as the three C’s (Cleveland and Cincinnati), Columbus has an appropriately young, vibrant feel. It’s a cultural town, a cerebral place where art, numerous universities and the outdoors inspire ingenuity. Make the most of your college visit and stay to see the sights!
Walk through the Short North Arts District for an expression of the “Art and Soul” of Columbus. The Short North is home to 300 businesses, 14 of them art galleries that feature all types of mediums and artists. Grab a latte at Mission Coffee Co. or a bite to eat at Forno Kitchen + Bar and hit the local shops! Browse through Red Giraffe Design’s handcrafted jewelry and pick up a graphic tee from the designers at Clothe Ohio. Don’t miss out on the unique shops, unconventional food, and unforgettable people.
Nestled between Columbus’ Historic Short North and the Arena District exists an incredible and eclectic foodie’s paradise: The North Market. The market is truly representative of the diverse cultures that make up Downtown Columbus. Featuring everything from the worldly cuisine at Flavors of India, to the smoked creations at Market & Boar, the market is the ideal location to dine on great grub or simply hang out and peruse the many vendors.
Franklin Park Conservatory
Explore the 88-acres of beauty that is Franklin Park Conservatory. Two miles east of downtown Columbus, this historic, botanical landmark offers beautiful indoor and outdoor gardens, dynamic exhibitions, and world-renowned artwork. A signature collection of Dale Chihuly glass artwork is on view, with an accompanying working glass Hot Shop. Stop by the Garden Cafe for fresh, made-from-scratch fare and Botanica, the Conservatory’s gift shop, which features home decor, gardening accessories, plants, books, artwork, and more.
Book Loft in German Village
Featuring an amazing 32 rooms dedicated to a wide variety of interests, The Book Loft is the place to go if you’re a bookworm looking for the ultimate book-buying thrill. Located on German Village’s main drag, Third Street, The Book Loft is the one-stop shop for authors from Jane Austen to Tina Fey.
Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and head north to Marion. Marion is an eclectic place for sightseers: From history buffs to popcorn fanatics (and really, who isn’t?) the city promises to be a fascinating trip for just about anyone. Hungry? Devour your way through the eleven incredible eateries that make up the Eaterarian Trail. Visit Wyandot Popcorn Museum to satisfy your snack craving or stop by the home of former President Harding and his wife, and end the day with an ice-cold root beer float from Stewart’s Drive-In. From the food to the history, this quaint community can serve as a surrogate home town or show you how to slow down and relax for an afternoon.
Imagine: Beautiful rolling hills and country roads so quiet you can hear the occasional clip-clop of a horse drawn buggy. From cozy bed and breakfasts to delicious food and hand-crafted furniture – spending a few days among the Amish is just what the doctor ordered. Be sure to stop by the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center first to enrich your understanding of this unique culture. Attend an auction or discover life “unplugged” at Lehman’s Hardware. There are plenty of opportunities to bring the less complicated, honest Amish way of life home with you. Browse stores of all sorts, from Heini’s Cheese Chalet to Keim Lumber – you can’t beat the quality!