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Columbus, Ohio

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Learn more about Columbus, Ohio using the City Guide below. Plan a trip, find local shopping centers, or just discover what makes Columbus, Ohio so great!

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City Guide

Columbus is the capital of the American state of Ohio and is located centrally within the state in the Mid-Ohio region. It is the home of The Ohio State University. The combination of Ohio Government and Ohio State University has fueled amazing growth both financially and physically in Columbus. It has created a business and research enviroment that has provided substantial employment opportunities to the diverse ethnic and local graduates of Ohio State University, and other academic institutions in Columbus. The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), is projected to be one of the top 50 supercomputers in the world and among the top 10 supercomputing academic centers. Columbus is evolving into a less formal City than days past, the blue suits walking the downtown streets on hot August days are giving way to open collars and more comfortable attire. On warm evenings the downtown eateries are bursting with outside diners and the sidewalks are bustling with activity. All in all, Columbus is a great American City!

Districts

  • Olde Towne East
  • Brewery District
  • Short North
  • University Area
  • German Village
  • Downtown

Understand

Named after the Italian explorer who sailed under the Spanish flag (In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue), this city is the largest in Ohio in terms of population with 730,657 (1.7 million in the metropolitan area, which is third in size in Ohio behind Greater Cleveland and Greater Cincinnati) and the 15th largest in the country. A lot of growth has been fueled by government jobs (as the state capital), The Ohio State University (one of the largest student populations in the nation) and numerous Fortune 500 companies headquartered here (Cardinal Health, Nationwide Insurance, Limited Brands, etc.). It is a day's drive from one half of the U.S. population and is located at the intersection of I-70 and I-71.

Generally arranged in a really big wheel, Columbus is the central hub to many nearby cities including (clockwise from the north):

  • Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

Newspapers

  • The Columbus Dispatch - Daily Newspaper

The Dispatch is Columbus' daily newspaper, and has the standard News/Sports/Arts/Classifieds mix. Perhaps due to the fact that Columbus is the state capitol, the Dispatch usually carries more news about state politics than most of the other Ohio dailies. In addition to the standard vending machines, the Dispatch can also be purchased on some COTA (public) buses by depositing an extra $0.50 into the fare box.

  • The Other Paper - Alternative/Entertainment newspaper

The Other Paper is probably the best source for information on the music and arts scenes in Columbus. It is geared towards a younger (or at least more liberal) audience and can usually be found free in coffee shops and restaurants.

  • Columbus Alive - Entertainment newspaper

While not as colorful or notorious as The Other Paper, Columbus Alive is another good source for entertainment schedules, and may be less jarring to those with conservative sensibilities. It is also provided free at local businesses and libraries.

  • The Lantern - Student Newspaper

The Lantern is the student newspaper of The Ohio State University, and can thus be found in and around the University's campus. The writing found in the Lantern is sometimes of questionable quality, causing some students to nickname it The Latrine.

Get in

By plane

  • Port Columbus International Airport (IATA: CMH), 4600 International Gateway, 614-239-4083. Port Columbus is served by all the major airlines, with direct flights to most major American cities. Aside from rental cars, the airport can also be reached by the #92 bus, or by taxi. A taxi ride to downtown is only 10 minutes and will cost approximately $25. Depending on your schedule and where you are connecting to, it may be worthwhile to check flights to Dayton as well, as they are often cheaper.

By car

Major highways include I-71 & Rte. 315 (north and south), I-70 & I-670 (east and west), and the outer-belt, I-270. US Routes 33, 23, and 40 also converge downtown.

By bus

  • Greyhound Station, 111 East Town Street, +1 614 228-2266, Hours: 24 hours a day.
  • Megabus, +1 877 462-6342. Service to Columbus from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Chicago. Fares start at $1. Buses arrive and depart downtown Columbus at the COTA Express Transit Terminal, located at West Spring Street and North Wall Street. Buses also serve Ohio State University from a stop at the north side of the Neil Drive loop next to the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Neil Drive is located northwest of Neil Avenue and West 12th Avenue.

Get around

By bus

The COTA bus service, while not by any standard one of the greatest in the nation, can take you to most important places in the city, which should be about 5 blocks away from any conceivable location you need to go to. This service costs $2.00 for an express bus and $1.50 for a normal bus. Transfers are free; ask for one from the bus driver when you pay your fare.

By foot

The entire corridor of High Street (US Route 23) from Clintonville in the North to Merion Village in the South is extremely pedestrian-friendly, though it does pass through some less-than-scenic areas, particularly the few blocks between campus and the short north. Downtown Columbus is a walkable city with most attractions located within a 20 minute walk of each other. The Columbus Landmarks Foundation conducts walking tours, too.

By car

True to the Midwest spirit, Columbus is built to be car-friendly. Parking is extensive (and reasonably priced) at almost all major destinations. Downtown is the only place where things may be a little tight. Try the parking beneath the City-Center Mall for reasonable day rates if you don't mind a short walk, or small independently-owned surface lots throughout the city. It has been joked that the Orange construction barrel is Ohio's real state flower (they do seem to pop up every spring), so be prepared for them to line the freeways for most of the summer. Current hot spots are 161 heading East past 270, and the north edge of 270 North 315 & 23.

See

  • Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad Street, PH:614-221-6801 (info@columbusmuseum.org), Free on Sundays. Has a good restaurant.
  • The Greater Columbus Convention Center, Located downtown between the Arena District and the Short North, this convention center houses gaming cons, Sci-Fi cons, teachers association meetings, fitness expos and almost any kind of large gathering you can imagine. A Hyatt Regency hotel is built into the structure and several other hotels are connected by skyway tunnels.
  • The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 9990 Riverside Dr., Powell, Phone: 614-645-3400, The zoo has a great collection of endangered species, including manatees, cheetahs, kangaroos and lowland gorillas. They recently opened the Asia Quest exhibit with Siberian tigers, sun bears and Pallas cats.
  • COSI, 333 West Broad Street, +1 614 228-COSI, COSI is an amazing museum, where kids will want to stay forever because of the cool and interactive science and technology exhibits. Adults love it, too. The building itself is a massive elliptical building, directly across the Scioto River from Downtown. It was built around Central High School.
  • Franklin Park Conservatory Beautiful sculpted gardens and indoor biomes make up this spectacular site. The conservatory hosts various exhibitions (such as Blooms & Butterflies each spring with live releases) and has a collection of Chihuly glass. General William Tecumseh Sherman gave his famous 'War is Hell' speech here.
  • Goodale Park, just north of I-670, west of High Street, Great for kids. Home to Comfest every June. Jazz in the park on Sundays in the summer.
  • North Market, 59 Spruce Street, one block north of Nationwide Arena one block west of Greater Columbus Convention Center. Shop for meats, cheeses, fish, baked goods, produce, ethnic foods, gourmet products, flowers and unique gifts, while enjoying some of the best people watching in the city. Inside dining 2nd floor as well as outside tables. Great food choices at reasonable cost.
  • Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 West Fifth Avenue, PH:614/486-4402, . M–Sa 10AM–5PM Sun. 1PM–4 PM. Closed Sa. Five major exhibitions each year.
  • Ohio Historical Center, 1982 Velma Avenue, PH:614-297-2300.
  • Ohio Statehouse, downtown at the intersection of Broad and High streets, Phone: 614-728-2695. This is the Ohio Capitol building, built in pre-Civil War time. It still houses the state legislature. It's open for browsing and they offer free tours daily.
  • Ohio Village, 1982 Velma Ave., ph.419-297-2300 A re-created 19th-century village next to the Ohio Historical Center.

Festivals/Events

These are a few of the larger/major events in Columbus, all are sizable and located close to good parking areas. You have to understand, Columbus likes to party, the festivals reflect this as well as anything in Columbus and are a major part of the City. Visiting during any of these events will give you a better feel for the City.

  • All American Quarter Horse Congress, Ohio Expo Center/Fairgrounds, October 7, 2007 - October 28, 2007.
  • The Arnold Fitness Classic Held once a year in early March at the Columbus Convention Center. Tons of competitions ranging from martial arts to cheerleading to bench press, plenty of "fitness babes" and free supplement samples, and speeches from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger himself.
  • Asian Festival At Franklin Park. Annual Event. May 26, 27, 2007. Food, games, market place, health screening. Great location! Free.
  • Columbus Arts Festival, festival@gcac.org Downtown Riverfront. June 7-10, 2007 (annual event) Arts, crafts, food, music, entertainment. Big event.
  • Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest, River Front downtown, July 20-22, 2007 Expect 500-700,000 people at this fun food and music event held each year.
  • ComFest, the Columbus Community Festival, at Goodale Park in June. Music, arts, culture, shopping, fair food, beer & bare feet. Who's who of Columbus musicians and those from elsewhere!
  • Festival Latino, is held on the downtown River Front in the middle of June each year. Billed as "The largest Hispanic/Latino event in Ohio". Lot's of food, fun, entertainment and feista. Free admission.
  • German Village Oktoberfest, South Grant & East Livingston Avenue in Columbus, OH 43215 September 28-30, 2007
  • Good Guys Columbus Ohio State Fairgrounds, Over 6,000 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, street machines and trucks thru ’72. July 7/8/9, 2007.
  • Ohio State Fair Largest fair of its kind in the world each August at the Ohio Expo Center. Famous for its yearly butter sculpture and all sorts of food "on a stick."
  • Origins International Game Expo Origins is run by The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) as one of their two shows for the adventure gaming industry. (The second show, the GAMA Trade Show, is for game manufacturers and retailers only.) Origins is specifically chartered to serve adventure gaming in general, including wargames and miniatures gaming, which tend to be less well represented at Gen Con and Dragon*Con. Board games, trading card games, and role-playing games are also popular at Origins. It is usually compared in size with E3 and GenCon, and is famous for it's Origin Awards. The Origins Award is commonly referred to as a Calliope, as the statuette is in the likeness of the Muse of the same name. Academy members frequently shorten this name to "Callie."
  • Red, White & BOOM, downtown, river front. Take a bus, traffic is as bad as it gets in Columbus for this event. Billed as The biggest and best Independence Day fireworks celebration in the Midwest. July 3rd, 2007.

Sports Teams

  • Columbus Blue Jackets - NHL Hockey
  • Columbus Clippers - MLB AAA Baseball
  • The Ohio State University - NCAA College
  • Columbus Crew - Major League Soccer
  • Columbus Destroyers - Arena Football

Learn

  • The Ohio State University, 154 W. 12th Avenue (132 Enarson Hall), +1 614 292-OHIO, The largest university in the nation. OSU is home to one of the most storied football programs in history. See The Horseshoe (The Ohio Stadium), The Oval, Mirror Lake.
  • Columbus College of Art & Design, 107 North Ninth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 PH:614-224-9101.
  • Columbus State Community College, 550 E. Spring Street Columbus, OH 43215 PH:(614) 287-5353.
  • DeVry University Columbus, 1350 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, OH 43209-2705, PH:614-253-7291.

Work

To provide an idea of the diverse mix of Columbus-based business activity, the following Fortune 500 headquarters are in Columbus:

  • Cardinal Health
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • American Electric Power
  • Limited Brands, women's and girl's apparel
  • Hexion Specialty Chemicals
  • Big Lots, discount retail stores

Buy

  • The Short North is neighborhood of galleries, restaurants and cafes lining High Street, which is the main north-south thoroughfare in the downtown. The Short North lies just north of the downtown on the north side of I-670. The Short North runs until about Third Avenue. In 2005, the overpass of I-670 was finished with shops making a "cap" over the freeway with restaurants and shops. Check out the Gallery Hop the first Saturday of every month when the galleries stay open late and the streets and bars are definitely hopping.
  • Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center. This is one of the finest shopping experiences. It is clearly modeled after the streets of European cities such as Paris, Venice, London, and Athens. Filled with a beautiful atmosphere, upscale stores, restaurants and entertainment.
  • Ohio State Buckeyes souvenirs!
  • Chocolate Buckeyes: this local candy favorite is composed of a peanut butter filling partially dipped in chocolate so as to resemble its namesake. Don't try eating any real buckeyes, though: they're poisonous!
  • Used Kids Records, 1980 N. High St., Phone: (614) 294-3833. This used CD and record store has been a Columbus staple for over 20 years.

Eat

The City of Columbus issues approximately 6,000 licenses for a variety of types of food vendors, Franklin County issues about 3,000 for the remainder of the County and the suburban area. When you consider this and other food events like festivals, The Ohio State Fair and sporting events (tail gate parties), you have to be convince, they do like to eat here. Columbus can be a real gastronomical adventure for even the most discerning diner. You can sample local specialties like fried sauerkraut balls or the variety of busters, which are breakfast plates smothered in gravy. Columbus has an extremely diverse ethnic base, reflected in its variety of restaurants that rivals cities like New Orleans for culinary treats, price and variety.

Food Safety – In Columbus, starting late May of 2007, all 6,000 local restaurants must post color coded signs that reflect the results of the most previous inspection by the Columbus Public Health Dept. Green = passing most recent inspection. Red, yellow or white suggests you probably may want to reconsider your options. The law applies to public pools, tattoo parlors, spas, campgrounds as well as food markets. The sign must be obvious, within five foot of an entrance.

Budget

  • Hound Dog's, North High Street / Campus / Clintonville , great pizza, open 24-hours.
  • The Blue Danube, North High Street / Campus / Clintonville , An Ohio State University institution, it's a cheap bar/diner with a wide variety of food and drinks, open late. Try the gravy fries.
  • Buckeye Donuts, North High Street / Campus, Open 24-7, this is another Ohio State University institution. As their name suggests, they have a wide selection of donuts and crullers, as well as inexpensive gyros and falafel.
  • City Barbeque, Chain that is primarily in Columbus, with locations in a few of the suburbs. Incredibly good pulled pork, with tastes for anyone interested in BBQ cooking.
  • Yau's China Bistro This is an unpretentious, but incredibly good Chinese restaurant located on North High Street, part of the campus area. Very authentic and reasonably priced.
  • Wendy's headquartered in nearby Dublin, Ohio. The original Wendy's restaurant was located downtown on Broad Street, but has closed.
  • Aladdin's Eatery, Grandview, High Street, & Dublin locations, Mediterranean fusion. Healthy, fresh, and priced well.
  • El Arepazo, Corner of Gay and Pearl. Venezuelan faire. Delicous and cheap.
  • Yanni's, Cleveland Ave. and I-270. Huge portions, cheap, good Greek food. Unbelievable desserts.
  • Katzinger's Deli, German Village. Enormous sandwiches, salads, et al made of premium deli meats, gourmet cheeses shipped from all over the country, and delicious homebaked breads.

Mid-range

  • Thurman's, a bar with the absolute best burgers in town. It's in the nice German Village area at 183 Thurman Avenue (about a block east of High St. at Greenlawn Ave). The Thurman Burger is loaded with all types of meat, including ham and bacon and globs of all of your favorite garnishings. The wings are also rumored to be excellent, but it's difficult to go there and not order one of their fantastic burgers. Be prepared to wait for a table, though: the restaurant is extremely small.
  • Schmidt's Sausage Haus, also in the German Village area, head south on High Street from downtown, turn left on Kossuth Street. Authentic German sausage, schnitzel, red cabbage, etc. Don't leave without trying their microbrewed beer, as well as the fresh-baked vanilla cream puffs (one is enough for two people).
  • Max & Erma's, The quintessential 'burgers and stuff' sort of place got its' start here, and you can find one almost anywhere in town, including the original restaurant in German Village. Adventurers are recommended to try their Garbage Burger, while those with a sweet tooth should get a pan of cookies made fresh for them, or try the sundae bar!
  • Columbus Brewing Company, just west of the Brewery District... fine food at a good price.
  • Hunan House or Hunan Lion, Two of the best Chinese places in the Midwest. The Hunan House in the north side of town off SR 161/Dublin-Granville, was featured on the Food Network, though both rest restaurants serve mostly the same food.
  • Akai Hana Columbus' most authentic source of excellent Japanese food and sushi. Located at Henderson & Kenny, it's a bit hard to find, tucked in a strip mall behind 'The Ski Shack'. Also provides carry-out. This restaurant is formerly known as Restaurant Japan.

Splurge

  • Dragonfly is a nationally known, upscale, 100% vegan restaurant on King Avenue near campus.
  • Haiku is an excellent Sushi/Japanese restaurant in the Short North. Parking is extremely limited, but they offer free valet service. Food can get pricey, especially if you order a good bit of fresh sushi, but more than worth what you spend.
  • L'Antibes is an intimate French restaurant with a great menu and great service. 772 North High, Short North.
  • The Refectory is known in Columbus as the height in fine dining. Elegant, attention to detail and outstanding service. 1092 Bethel Rd. About 7 miles North of downtown.
  • Rigsby's in the Short North has been an anchor restaurant in that neighborhood for 20 years. Excellent food and service. It's not quite as hip and trendy as it once was. Nevertheless, the Mediterranean-inspired menu rarely disappoints.
  • Alana's is the best place to indulge in a nice bottle of wine with dinner, as the mark-up on her amazing selection is practically non-existant. With a new menu hand-picked by Alana herself every night and an on-site sommelier (her husband), Alana's is a great place to enjoy fine food in a non-pretentious atmosphere. 2333 North High Street, just north of The Ohio State University. 614-294-6783.
  • Cameron Mitchel Restaurants For better or for worse, a majority of the fine dining in Columbus is owned by the same parent company. For a predictably pleasant (if unadventurous) night out you can choose from Molly Woos, The Columbus Fish Market, M (high-end), Cameron's (steak), or Cap City Diner.
  • Smith & Wollensky is an excellent steak house located in the Easton Town Center (aprox. 5 miles east of downtown).
  • Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe submerse yourself in the culture of Ohio State Athletics. Part restaurant, part museum, part shrine, this place exemplifies how seriously central Ohioans take their college sports, and offers a surprisingly upscale dining experience to boot. Situated (appropriately) near campus.

Drink

  • The Winking Lizard in Worthington and on Bethel sport a good beer selection.
  • Victorian's Midnight Cafe at the corner of 5th & Neil avenues. Non-smoking, a great selection of beers, very casual. Live music most nights.
  • The Arena District, home of The Columbus Nationwide Arena. Bars include Frog Bear Wild Boar, Brother's, Gaswerks, and the Lodge Bar, each containing a different personality and young 20-somethings atmosphere. Cabs are easy to flag down, parking is cheap, and each bar has incredible happy hour specials. Don't miss Brothers $1 Thursday mug night, an Ohio State student favorite.
  • The Char Bar across the street from the Greater Columbus Convention Center is a nicely low-key place to get good drinks, many different types of beer, and relax.
  • The Brewery District, located just south of downtown, will get you torn up. Many establishments in a small area.
  • The Short North area, on N High Street above Goodale street combines art galleries with bars. First weekend of the month is "Gallery Hop" and places are open later.
  • Skully's Music Diner is a trendy, but unassuming bar in the Short North.
  • Barley's is a microbrewery in the Short North that is known for its high-quality beers.

Music

  • Newport Music Hall is located in the University Area. Has a rich history being the first venue that small bands play at that later become bigger names. Acts that have played the Newport in the past have been U2, John Lee Hooker, The Pretenders, and Blink 182.
  • Little Brother's, 1100 N. High St., Phone: (614) 421-2025. An even smaller venue with budding acts. Formerly Stache's.
  • Lifestyle Communities Pavilion (formerly the Promowest Pavilion) is located in the Arena District. A mid-sized venue seating 2,200 patrons indoors and 4,500 outdoors.
  • The Basement, 391 Neil Avenue. Known for showcasing local bands.
  • Bernie's/The Distillery is located at 1896 North High Street in the University Area.

Sleep

Budget

  • Comfort Inn North, 1213 E. Dublin Granville Rd., Phone: (614) 885-4084, Fax: (614) 885-9280.
  • Comfort Suites, 1690 Clara St I-71, Exit 111. Phone: (614) 586-1001. Fax: (614) 586-1002.
  • Comfort Suites, 5547 Keim Circle, Phone: (614) 870-7658, Fax: (614) 878-8366. Easy access to downtown Columbus, shops, restaurants and movie theater within the area. Secure Online Reservations.
  • Comfort Suites - near Port Columbus Int'l Airport CMH on Sawyer Road, 4270 Sawyer Rd. Phone: (614) 237-5847, Fax: (614) 231-5926.
  • Comfort Suites, 5944 Scarborough Blvd., Phone: (614) 552-2525, Fax: (614) 552-2526. Peaceful setting conveniently located off I-70 exit 110. All suite hotel with indoor pool and free continental breakfast bar.
  • Econo Lodge Brice Road, 5950 Scarborough Blvd., Phone: (614) 864-4670, Fax: (614) 864-3404.
  • Econo Lodge North Columbus, 6125 Zumstein Drive. Phone: (614) 436-0800, Fax: (614) 436-0833.
  • Microtel Inn Columbus (Worthington), 7500 Vantage Drive, Phone: (614) 436-0556, Fax: (614) 436-2205.
  • Microtel Inn Columbus West, 5655 Feder Road, Phone: (614) 851-1745, Fax: (614) 851-9787.
  • Microtel Inn Columbus/Grove City, 1800 Stringtown Road, Phone: (614) 277-0705, Fax: (614) 277-0706.
  • Quality Inn & Suites North Columbus, 1001 Schrock Rd., Phone: (614) 431-0208, Fax: (614) 433-9766.

Mid-range

  • Clarion Hotel & Suites Conference Center Columbus, 900 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Phone: (614) 888-7440. Fax: (614) 888-7879. An upscale hotel providing affordable accommodations to both leisure and business travelers visiting Columbus - conveniently situated near Historic Worthington and downtown Columbus. Secure Online Reservations.
  • Hawthorn Suites Columbus West, 5505 Keim Circle, Phone: Tel: (614) 853-6199. The Hawthorn Suites, Columbus West, is designed to make your stay more comfortable. Each tastefully appointed suite has a living room area which features a pull-out twin sofa sleeper, a television, a VCR, an ergonomic chair and voice mail plus a work desk and data lamp.
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus OSU, 3031 Olentangy River Road, +1 614 267-1111, Fax: +1 614 267-0904.
  • Doubletree Columbus Worthington, 175 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43235.The Doubletree Columbus - Worthington is a newly renovated accommodation with 17,000 square feet of banquet & meeting space located in the cosmopolitan Crossroads Complex.

Splurge

  • Columbus Marriott Northwest, 5605 Blazer Pkwy, 43017, +1 614 791-1000, Fax: +1 614 791-1001.
  • Columbus Airport Marriott, 1375 N Cassady Avenue, +1 614 475-7551, Toll-free: +1 800 491-5717, Fax: +1 614 476-1476.
  • Columbus Marriott North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, +1 614 885-1885, Toll-free: +1 800 228-3429, Fax: +1 614 885-7222.
  • Arena District Hyatt Regency, 350 North High St., Phone: +1 800 233-1234 or +1 614 463-1234, Fax: +1 614 280-3040.
  • Hyatt Capitol Square, 75 E. State St., Phone: +1 800 233-1234 or +1 614 228-1234, Fax: +1 614 469-9664, across fromt the state capitol building.
  • The Lofts Hotel, 55 E. Nationwide Blvd., Phone: +1 614 461-2663 (Fax: +1 614 461-2630). The Lofts is a renovated urban apartment building tuned exclusive hotel. Beware that anyone under 21 cannot stay at the hotel or the sister Crowne Plaza hotel with out an accompanying 21+ year old adult.
  • Westin Great Southern, 310 S. High St., Phone: +1 800 WES-TIN1 or+1 614 228-3800, Fax: +1 614 228-8820.
  • The Columbus, A Renaissance Hotel, 50 North 3rd Street, +1 614 228-5050, Fax: +1 614 228-2525.
  • The Blackwell, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, +1 614 247-4000, Fax: +1 614 247-4040. Located directly on Ohio State's campus, the Blackwell offers top amenities at an unbeatable location.

Contact

Visitor Information

  • Experience Columbus is the visitors bureau. 1-866-EXP-COLS. They have a Visitor Center at Easton Town Center where you can pick up brochures and get directions and recommendations from staff.

WIFI Access

  • Stauf's:, Grandview Village. Possibly the best coffee place in Columbus.
  • The Coffee Table, North High Street, near Goodale Park in the Short North.
  • The Waiting Room, North High Street, near 1st ave.
  • Cup O' Joe, Several locations throughout the city including North High Street, German Village, Bexley and Olentangy River Road.
  • The ShiSha Loungue, 2367 N. High St, Cafe, hookah bar, live music, DJs
  • Panera, the nation's largest free WiFi provider, has many locations in malls, on High Street, and in the suburbs.
  • Scottie MacBean's, locations in Beechwold and Worthington on High Street.
  • Arena District, Anywhere in the green spaces of the Arena District.

Local Media

  • WSYX-TV Channel 6 - ABC
  • WCMH TV Channel 4 - NBC
  • WBNS TV Channel 10 - CBS
  • WWCD Radio 101.1 FM - Alternative
  • WCBE Radio 90.5 FM - NPR
  • WOSU TV Channel 34 - PBS and WOSU Radio 89.7 FM Classical and 820 AM NPR
  • Columbus FM stations
  • Columbus AM stations

Get out

  • Deer Creek State Park and Resort & Conference Center, 3,100 acres of nature within a 45 minute drive from downtown, 22300 State Park Rd. No. 20, Mt. Sterling, Phone: +1 877 678-3777 or +1 740 869-2020, Fax: +1 740 869-4059.
  • Wayne National Forest is a 45 minute drive to the southeast.

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