7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio

Having just returned from a wonderful trip to Columbus, Ohio, I thought it was the perfect time to write a blog post about the city.

We spent seven days in Columbus as part of a convention. Before this trip, we had never been to the city.

In preparation for our trip, we linked to many websites and looked up all of the information that we could find about the place, the people, the food, the main attractions and more.

I’m not sure what we were expecting, but we ended up having a wonderful time in the city. It was a great overall experience.

With that in mind, I’d like to share with you the list that my husband and I compiled as we were driving back home.

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

These are SEVEN (7) great reasons to visit Columbus, Ohio:

Reason One – It’s FLAVORFUL!

THINK – great food.

In our family, food is a pastime, a sport, a hobby and something to be celebrated. We love a great meal at a great restaurant.

And, we got to enjoy many of them in Columbus.

A few restaurant highlights from our trip:

~ Lindey’s – We had brunch at Lindey’s, and it was absolutely fabulous.

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

Link to Lindey’s to discover more HERE.

~ The Refectory Restaurant – Yum!

One of the very best meals I’ve ever had! Pork tenderloin cooked in this amazing sauce. Creme Brûlée for dessert. Wow!

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

For more on The Refectory, click HERE.

~ Bakersfield in The Short North.

This is the coolest, hippest little taco place located near Downtown and Ohio State University. Wonderful and reasonably priced.

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

For more about Bakersfield, click HERE

~ El Arepazo Latin Restaurant Downtown

This little spot is in an alley amongst many office buildings. They had wonderful, fresh, inexpensive food.

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

For more about El Arepazo Latin Restaurant, link here: http://www.elarepazolatingrill.com

A few other places that we really enjoyed: (all are linked so you can click them)

Reason Two – It’s BEAUTIFUL!

THINK – parks and tree-lined streets.

Driving in through the hills of Kentucky, I wasn’t expecting Ohio to be as pretty as it was. Having never been there, I had a certain image in mind.

Coming in to Columbus, it really looked like I would have imagined – farms and farmland…but…

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

In the city, it was a whole different deal:

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

Columbus is a thriving city with beautiful streets, neighborhoods and communities.

We were especially struck by the tree-lined streets, the flower buckets on the light poles, and gorgeous scenery.

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

We also ventured out and found a lovely park near the Sciota River in Downtown.

This park is named Sciota Park and hosts all sorts of races, children’s events and concerts. You can find out much more about Sciota Park HERE.

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

For more about parks and green belts in Columbus, check out these links:

http://columbus.gov/RecreationandParks/

http://www.metroparks.net/parks-and-trails/

https://foursquare.com/ryanpratt/list/top-10-parks-in-and-around-columbus

 

Reason Three – It’s CULTURAL!

THINK – art, diversity and people from all over the world.

We met and talked to some of the most interesting people from all sorts of cultures and nations while we were in Columbus.

Also, cultural art is huge in the Columbus area.

This is not a high priority for our family, but I thought some of you reading this article might enjoy and greatly appreciate the cultural arts.

I’ve provided some art/cultural links just for you:

~ http://consumer.discoverohio.com/whattodo/arts-and-culture.aspx?z=1&a=4&o=10000&gclid=CK6mo5_ZtcYCFU4vgQodVE8MjQ

http://www.columbusmakesart.com

http://www.columbuspartnership.com/community-impact/arts-culture/

 

Reason Four – It’s HISTORICAL!

Think – museums and more museums.

There are many amazing museums you can visit in the Columbus area.

Included in that list are:

Center Of Science and Industry – this is a science and exploration museum perfect for children of all ages. Link to their site: http://www.cosi.org/home/

Columbus Museum of Art – filled with many wonderful art collections, this is must-see for those who love art. Find out more at their site: http://www.columbusmuseum.org

Franklin Park Conservatory – According to their site, this place is: 

“Ninety acres of outdoor green space, 400 plant species, 100 butterfly species, 800 feet of model railroad track, 7,000 panes of glass, and 100 years of tradition make Franklin Park Conservatory a unique destination. Visitors can explore a cool Himalayan Mountain, a tropical rainforest, or an inviting Pacific Island Water Garden.”

You can link to the Franklin Park Conservatory HERE.

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum – with interactive exhibits and features. You can find out more at this link: http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org

For more information about exhibits, educational attractions and museums, check out this site: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g50226-s410/Columbus:Ohio:Museums.And.Attractions.html

 

Reason Five – It’s EVENTFUL!

THINK – lots to see and do.

This is an energetic, active and busy place. Much is going on all the time.

We found wonderful shopping, malls, stores and markets.

For more about shopping in Columbus, click on one of these links:

http://www.grandatpolaris.com/5-best-places-to-shop-in-columbus/

There are many great concerts and sporting events.

For more about concerts and events, click here: https://www.experiencecolumbus.com/recreation

Also, college students and young adults are everywhere because Ohio State University is right in the center of town.

You’ll see walkers, joggers and groups of kids everywhere.

For more on Ohio State, click here: https://www.osu.edu.

 

Reason Six – It’s ARCHITECTURAL!

THINK – beautiful buildings and old churches.

Gorgeous old buildings and structures were everywhere in the downtown area where we stayed. We found ourselves looking up and staring quite often.

Here are a few of the pictures we took:

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

For more information about some of the architecture in Columbus, you can link here: http://www.archdaily.com/130709/architecture-city-guide-columbus

 

Reason Seven – It’s AMICABLE!

THINK – friendly, down-to-earth folks.

The people were great – at the hotel, in restaurants and out and about. We met many amazing folks and experienced warm hospitality.

We were a little skeptical at first, not knowing whether or not Columbus would be a friendly city, but we found the people to be great!

In fact, during one of first meals in town, we liked our waitress so much that we took a picture with her. This is Jennifer with us:

7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio - Melanie Redd

If you’d like to know more about the City of Columbus, I’ve provided several of the main city links below:

~ http://www.columbus.gov

http://www.experiencecolumbus.com

http://consumer.discoverohio.com/whattodo/?gclid=CIGu-uDetcYCFUc8gQodAm4NCQ

http://www.columbusunderground.com/the-top-20-things-to-do-in-columbus-ohio

We also found a couple of blogs during my preparation that we found to be very informative and helpful. 

They are linked here:

http://www.columbusfoodie.com

http://girlaboutcolumbus.com

~ http://www.afewofmyfavoritethings.us/columbus-bloggers-follow/

That’s it for my 7 great reasons to visit Columbus, Ohio.

What did you think?

Have you been?

What was your experience like?

I always look forward to hearing from you~

Melanie

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11 thoughts on “7 Great Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio

  1. That was a great trip – you really captured the essence of the city well in your post. Made me want to eat at some of those places again! This will be helpful to anyone making a trip to Columbus or driving through!!

  2. I knew if it had anything to do with food Randy would really enjoy it. Our neighbor came from up there, I’m looking forward to telling her about you trip & showing this to her. Glad you had a great time.

  3. Thanks for sharing my blog – looks like you had a great trip. Arepazo is delicious – definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Columbus!

    1. Hey Lauren,

      Thanks for sharing the blog. We checked it before we made our trips. And, I love that little Latin place. One of our hotel staff members mentioned it to us!

      We think you live in a great place!
      Blessings,
      Melanie

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