Ohio State Football Buckeyes
If you like college football, a must see on your short list has to be Ohio State football on a fall Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio. A newly renovated stadium that holds 106,000 fans( mostly dressed in Scarlet and Gray) is the ticket for a day you will talk about for years to come. One can be more interested in people watching, and talk about it for years to come!
Boasting arguably the World's largest tailgate party, one can choose from a variety of venues, from numerous Buffets, the elegant, to walking around sampling of a wide array of street vendors.
The season starts in late August, consisting of 6 or 7 home games, all building to the final game of the year with the University of Michigan(Maize and Blue). It is held every other year in Columbus. In 2004 the Buckeyes will entertain the U of M in Columbus. Many years the Big Ten Championship is decided on a cold, chilly 3rd week of November. The games in August, and September are generally in the 70's.
TBDBITL (The Best Damn Band in the Land), an all Brass Band, with silver horns is a must see. They warm up in St. John Arena(numerous trophies) just north of the 'Horseshoe'. They usually perfrom 'Script Ohio' either before, halftime, or after the game.
Many websites are devoted to OSU Football, and the world renowned University. The Basketball and Hockey Buckeyes play in The Scottenstein Center, just across the Olentangy River at Champions Lane. And with the new Jack Nicklaus Museum, The new Jesse Owens Track and Field Center, the new Bill Evans Baseball stadium, and the must see Woody Hayes Athletic Center (indoor football facility with numerous trophies).
All are less than a 15 minute walk to see some of the richest tradition in College Atlhetics. Tickets may be purchased from a number of online ticket agencies in Columbus, Ohio. You may buy tickets just before the game from a scalper, but the best prices are just after kickoff, and you will have missed TBDBITL perform march out of the tunnel, and down the field playing "Buckeye Battle Cry" .
Depending on where your seats are, weather may or may not affect you. From Luxury boxes to a cold November day to 80 degrees in the sun, one should pack everything when travelling in Ohio during the fall months.
elegant 100 year old restaurant with good beer
Stopped here for a beer between three other brewpub visits but was amazed by the interior! Most of the interior is restored to its glory from the late 1800's. Normally I only see such elegance in Europe!
The description from their website includes: "The Elevator Brewer and Draught Haus finds its home in the historic Columbia building, built in 1897 by the Bott family to house the Bott Brother’s Billiards and a gentleman’s saloon. The beautiful hand-carved, hand-split Philippine mahogany bar was created to serve the whiskey distilled on the second floor. The saloon enjoyed a brisk business from the turn of the century until the advent of prohibition in 1920. The building, rich in history, is on the national registry of historic landmarks and has been restored to much of its original grandeur. "
I can say... WOW. Had already eaten (I WILL eat here someday) but they lined up nine beer samples for us to try! The beer was delicious and there were many seemingly satisifed restaurant customers. I do want another trip to enjoy this place.
While I can always find a favorite couple of beers (remember, I was in town to judge beer for the Ohio State Fair) I must say that most of their beers were very tasty and followed the original intended style. For one of the highest alcohol beers around try their icebock when they have it.
Franklin Park Conservatory
This is one of the finest collections of plants that I've visited--and that's saying a lot. If you see just one thing in Columbus, this is the best choice.
The place has too many features to show here, including several hundred plant species from all kinds of habitats, as well as the Victorian-era Palm House, and a lovely 88-acre park surrounding it. There's an amphitheater for special presentations.
Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
baZooka at American Aviary
This aviary had all the colorful birds that we kept seeing in the community, parks and everywhere we went in the USA, finally we got our fotos of these. Awesome foliage reallY!
The Ohio state bird- The cardinal is a beautiful bird, the crimson is unmistakable and in the winter it is a rare dash of color in the otherwise grey scenery! The aviary trip was our first brush with birds here in Ohio, ever since we have started visiting the metro parks in search of these birds!
The Heart of Ohio
The capital of Ohio, Columbus is in many ways an average midwestern city. Not the kind of place where everyone goes on vacation, but certainly worth visiting for a few days. The city has a fine zoo, some great gardens, and (for its size) a lot of good music. Each part of the city has its own features, so take some time to explore at least a few of them.