Columbus isn't just home of the Buckeyes. There's so much more that makes the city great and enriches the student experience. Columbus is home to the No. 1 zoo, the No. 1 science center and even the No. 1 public library system in America. The captial of Ohio is a diverse city with more than 800,000 people who speak more than 100 languages and is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the country. It's a leading business hub-home to 15 Fortune 1000 companies such as Limited Brands, Amercian Electric Power, Nationwide Insurance and Wendy's International.
Columbus has grown into one of the country's most innovative foodie captials. Experts from all over the country are discovering the amazing food scene in Columbus, with the Washington Post naming Columbus "A Certified Food Lovers' Town." Start your love affair with the capital city's amazing food choices by enjoying a unique dining experience at the more than 50 locally owned member restaurants in Dine Originals Columbus.
Great arts and culture.
Columbus' arts scene is routinely named one of the Best Cities for Art by American Style. The city features world-class cultural attractions such as the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Columbus Museum of Art and the Thurber House, as well as unique entertainment options like Shadowbox Live, Available Light Theatre and MadLab Theatre and Gallery. The Short North Arts District distinguishes Columbus as a vibrant arts city and hosts the popular Gallery Hop and HighBall Halloween events that attract thousands of art lovers.
The historical Ohio Theatre and Palace Theatre in downtown Columbus hosts more than 100 shows a year-from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet and Broadway Across America to some of the world's best musicians and funniest comedians.
No matter your musical tastes you can experience it in Columbus. The city is a hub of great local music and routinely brings in today's best artists to the Express Live, the Newport Music Hall, Schottenstein Center, Nationwide Arena and more. The annual Community Festival is a three-day festival featuring the best in local music and arts. And just a short drive away you can experience the Nelsonville Music Festival in Southeast Ohio.
Not only do you have Buckeye football, basketball and 20 other men's and women's sports teams, Columbus has loads of professional and amateur sports to become a fan of. It's home to the Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Crew and Columbus Clippers, Triple-A-affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. You also can experience unique sporting events such as the Ohio Roller Derby, Ohio Machine or the Arnold Sports Festival, which draws thousands of people from all over the world to participate and take in the best of fitness and Olympic-sized competition.
Seventeen Metro Parks. More than 60 miles of bike paths networking Columbus. Endless outdoor possibilities. Central Ohio has a vibrant and expansive park system with more than 200 miles of trails and 27,000 acres of park land that is used daily for hiking, jogging, bird watching and taking in the beauty of nature.
Be sure to check out:
- Scioto Audubon featuring a rock climbing wall and obstacle course;
- Battelle Darby Creek where bison have been reintroduced into their natural habitat; and
- Inniswood Metro Gardens home to a majestic landscape covered with more than 2,000 species of plants and several themed gardens.
Being centrally located also makes it easy to expand the possibilities for outdoor adventures. A short drive from the captial city can take you to explore more of what makes Ohio great - Hocking Hills, the Wilds or Cuyahoga Valley National Park are just a few places you must visit.
Explore the city.
There are so many things that make Columbus great. These resources will help get you started to find your own adventure.
- Experience Columbus Offical website of the Greater Columbus Convention and Vistors Bureau.
- D-Tix Get discounted tickets from the Ohio Union.
- Greater Columbus Sports Commission Find out about all the professional and amateur sporting events hosted in Columbus.
- Greater Columbus Arts Council The Council supports the arts in Columbus and organizes programming to provide access to arts for all people.