As the biggest city in Ohio, there is a lot to do in Columbus. There is a variety of cultural, athletic, sports, and artistic attractions throughout the city. There are many reasons to leave the house to spend the day with grandkids, friends, or on your own exploring “The Discovery City.”
If you enjoy looking at beautiful pieces of art, Columbus has a lot to offer. The Columbus Museum of Art has a collection focusing on American and European art up to early modernism that includes extraordinary examples of German Expressionism, Cubism, and Impressionism. On the campus of the Ohio State University, you will find the Wexner Center for the Arts, which is a contemporary art gallery and research facility. The University Gallery’s permanent collection has roughly 3,000 artworks.
The Ohio History Connection is a non-profit organization based in Columbus that runs dozens of state historic sites across the state. Their headquarters is the Ohio History Center, which is a 250,000-square-foot Brutalist concrete structure. Ohio’s history, from the Ice Age to the present is covered with extensive exhibits. It is widely considered the finest museum in America devoted to pre-European history.
If being cooped up in a museum is not your idea of a good time, there are plenty of outdoor attractions in Columbus. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is known throughout the world for its collections of cheetahs, manatees, lowland gorillas, kangaroos, Siberian tigers, and polar bears. The zoo complex is also home to Zoombezi Bay amusement and waterpark. In nearby Westerville, you can observe the 2,000 plant species at the 37-acre Inniswood Metro Gardens.
Columbus is a hockey town. Their only major professional sports team is the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. The Blue Jackets play their home games at Nationwide Arena and attract over 15,000 fans on average. But really, the main sports attraction in Columbus is the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. They regularly compete for the BCS Championship, and their home games at Ohio Stadium are usually filled above capacity. It really is a sight to behold as 105,000 fans cheer on the Buckeyes.
In late July and early August, nearly a million people flock to Columbus for the Ohio State Fair, one of the largest state fairs in the nation. This twelve-day event first started in 1850 and takes place at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds. The Fair attracts world-famous musical acts and features camel rides, parades, pig races, petting zoos, pony rides, a tattoo competition, rib cook-off, a beauty pageant, games, classes, and much more.
Just reading about all of the opportunities for a good time in Columbus can be exhausting. There are several places throughout the city where you can just relax. In Upper Arlington, Nurtur The Salon offers facials and hair treatments. And, if you want a massage or to get your nails done, head to Open Sky Day Spa in Grandview Heights. This is a great way to spend the day on your own or with a friend.
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