Ohio State Football
Ohio State football is more than a game, it is life. This is the best place in America to watch college football. 99% of Buckeye fans are great people and know how to celebrate football and treat opponents with respect. On Saturdays during football season, everyday life stops and the entire city focuses on the Buckeyes.
Ohio Stadium, or The Horseshoe, is the home of the Buckeyes. It opened in 1922 and seats over 100,000. It is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. This is the best stadium in the Big Ten, if not all of college football (sorry, Michigan).
During the game, take in the atmosphere and look over the sea of red in the crowd, listen to the crowd noise, hear all 100,000 fans sing the school song in unison. I have never been more impressed by a football crowd than I was at OSU. These people eat, sleep, and breathe the sport.
After the game, the celebration spills out onto the streets north of the stadium. Good tickets are hard to find. Scalpers are all over the grounds on gameday, but it will cost you. Ticket brokers are also expensive. The best way to get a good ticket is to know someone or off Ebay. OSU is a member of the Big Ten Conference, so all home games are usually good.
Watch the weather forecast. It can get cold in those upper level seats when the wind is blowing. Dress accordingly.
Engine House No. 5
The resteraunt is located in an old firehouse in historic German Village. When it's a special occasion, the waiter brings you a cake by sliding down the old engine house pole.
Be sure to let them know if you're having a birthday or something.
(PS Dress nice) menu varies- lots of EXCELLENT seafood and steaks. Very pricy, but well worth it.
German Village--St Mary's Church
At the close of the Civil War in 1865, Columbus was about 1/3 German immigrant, and there arose a need for a church for the German Catholics. The church building was completed in 1893 with a towering 197 foot high steeple over the gothic style brick architecture. The building has a finely restored interior of stained glass windows, finely carved woodwork, and large pipe organ. The interior was dark, and so getting sharp images was not easy.
TITANIC exhibit is wonderful
We went mainly for the TITANIC exhibit but was pleasantly surprised with the rest of the museum. The children want to go back again.
We definitely will.
This is a flag in the lobby of the TITANIC
also a model enclosed in glass of the TITANIC steamship
A Walk Along High Street in the Ohio State Capitol
"City of Inspiration--Old and New"
Columbus was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and in 1816 became rededicated as state capitol with a street grid plan for development. Although the sport franchise and industrial cities of Cleveland, to the northeast on Lake Erie, and Cincinnati, to the southwest on the Ohio River, are perhaps more famous Ohio urban cultural enclaves, centrally located Columbus is nevertheless the most populated city in Ohio, and the home of the largest student body within the United States--Ohio State University. As the political center of the old crucible of the northwest, Columbus politics have produced several of the 7 American presidents born in Ohio. Today, the capitol building and grounds are well worth a stroll because Ohio does indeed have much to be proud about.
The restored 19th century German Village is worth a visit on foot. It was at a restaurant here where Presidential Candidate John McCain rubbed elbows with German-American voters. On the same day, Barack Obama delivered a speech to some 300,000 Germans in Berlin. So, when I visited town, I started here, just a month after McCain did, and then wandered along the streets of downtown in a northward direction toward Ohio State University. Thus, the things to do tips follow the route of my jog with a friend who had relatives in town, from German Village, through downtown and capitol grounds area, to the fashionable Short North district where I dined on a pizza.
Near the highrise civic downtown, Columbus has a pleasant river front park with a replica of the Santa Maria. This area is popular with joggers in the afternoon. We ended our walk in the Short North district, an uptown part of High Street filled with Brew Pubs, upscale restaurants, and trendy pizza joints. In any case, the downtown area of Columbus is much of what I cover here, often in some detail, so feel free to skip around my long list of things to do. These tips are placed not in order of importance, but in order of when I came across them in my jog through the city. Many of these tips try to document in some detail, so only technophile travel nuts like me or devotees to Columbus would find interesting in every tip here.