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columbus ohColumbus is the capital of Ohio and the home of the Ohio State Buckeyes.  Columbus has been in the shadows of Cleveland and Cincinnati even though it is the largest city in Ohio.  There are many things to do in and around Columbus from the OSU collegiate games to zoos, aquariums and museums, from the performing arts to shopping and fine dining and from lush botanical gardens to exploring unique neighborhoods.  Columbus has something for everyone.

OSUOhio State University offers its students the highest quality education in the nation.  It is a clean and safe place to receive an exemplary beginning to your chosen career.  The Buckeyes are consistently ranked at the top in collegiate sports.  Columbus boasts two popular museums – Columbus Museum of Art and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) which is a hands on learning experience for the young and old alike.

The refurbished, historic Ohio Theater in downtown Columbus hosts Broadway shows and lectures.   The Wexner Center for the Arts is a modern structure that hosts travelling exhibits such as Ann Liebovitz and Andy Warhol, film festivals, and live art events.

The first Saturday of each month, Columbus’ Short North Arts District just north of downtown hosts a “gallery hop.”  The eclectic art galleries, clothing boutiques, and restaurants stay open later and and offer food and music.   Street performers and merchants line the streets with a local radio station providing the ambiance.  It is a pleasant atmosphere for socializing and exploring the city.

North Market Farmer’s Market offers fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, fishes, cheeses, and baked goods.  There are also craft booths, beer and wines, and kitchen gadgets for every food related task.  Picnic tables are provided for relaxing and enjoying your food.

BookLoftA stop at the Book Loft will find you in one of the largest bookstores in the country with 32 rooms and over 750,000 books.  I could spend a week’s vacation in this one store alone.  It is huge!!  Many other unique shopping experiences can be had in Columbus with the Chocolate Shops, Craft Stores, and a Vintage Decor Shop.  You will not be disappointed with the shopping opportunities in Columbus.

Downtown Columbus is filled with both historic and modern government buildings including the State Capital Building and the Ohio State Supreme Court Building.  A replica of the historic tall ship, The Santa Maria, offers costumed tour guides.  A fun way to learn about life on a ship.  The   Rickenbacker Air National Guard base is also located in Columbus.

Columbus is “the” place to be in Ohio.  No matter your age or interests, Columbus has something for you.

Have you been to Columbus, Ohio?  What was your impression of the city? What was your favorite thing in Columbus?