Columbus: Warm Hearted Spirit
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Columbus is known as the Heart of Ohio. It’s the perfect description for a friendly, welcoming city located right in the middle of the state. Named after Christopher Columbus, Ohio’s capital city consists of a patchwork of vibrant communities, each with its own distinct character and offerings, bound together with a warm-hearted Midwestern spirit.
Ranked as the 15th largest city in the United States, Columbus offers a wealth of diverse experiences. From its top-of-the-line entertainment and world-class shopping to professional sports and a flourishing arts scene, this multi-faceted city has plenty to offer.
Much of the city's excitement is found in its downtown districts, while its thriving music scene has led some to call Columbus “the next Seattle”. Today, German Village, a restored community south of the downtown core, where a large contingent of German immigrants settled more than 150 years ago, is one of the most desirable areas in the city. Its 233 acres of tree-lined streets, red brick cottages and flower-filled parks offer a slice of living history where old meets new and the legacy of a bygone era lives on. The adjacent 27-acre Brewery District, one of the city’s top entertainment districts, is chock full of microbreweries, restaurants and specialty shops.
The city’s many educational institutions— including Ohio State University, Otterbein College and Ohio Wesleyan University—contribute greatly to the cultural, intellectual and athletic life of the state capital, while at the same time, lending a youthful look and feel to historic Columbus. No matter what your age, though, the optimism and warmth of The Heart of Ohio will make you feel like you belong here!
Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau
Get detailed information about Columbus, its neighborhoods, history, attractions, entertainment as well as maps and directions.
Find out about the latest events and happenings in Columbus, get the scoop on music, nightlife, restaurants, concerts and the city’s most popular attractions.
This handy guide is filled with everything you need to know about nursing in Ohio, including state nursing associations, CE requirements, salary information and more.
The Columbus Dispatch
This daily newspaper features local and international news, classifieds, entertainment, sports and yellow pages.
An award-winning alternative newspaper covering news, arts and culture in central Ohio.
This unique historical neighborhood features more than 230 acres of quaint red brick garden homes, antique stores, bookstores and fine restaurants.
Attractions at this highly-rated zoo include the Islands of Southeast Asia where you can view Komodo dragons, orangutans and white-handed gibbons, the African Forest exhibit and Manatee Coast, a rehabilitation center modeled after Florida’s wildlife area.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden Parks
Explore different regions of the world in one location. From the mountain slopes of Tibet to the rainforests of South America to the tropical foliage of the South Pacific, it can all be found within this elegant conservatory and park.
Owned and operated by Ohio Wesleyan University, the Perkins Observatory is known as the “place for space.” When you visit to check out the stars, you'll also get a lecture on astronomy as well as a chance to hear about the history of the observatory itself.
With sprawling parks and woodlands throughout the city, there’s no shortage of places to take a hike in Columbus.
Want to skip town and pitch a tent? Check out these nearby camping spots that offer top amenities amid pristine natural surroundings.
Columbus Museum of Art
This museum’s fine art collection is particularly strong in early modernist paintings, modern American paintings and impressionist and expressionist works.
The Santa Maria
Tour the world's most authentic, museum-quality replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship and meet costumed historic interpreters portraying real people from the voyage.
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