Travel the entire length of...
Travel the entire length of High Street to get your bearings Columbus has two main streets that divide the city into quadrants: Broad Street (east-west) and High Street (north-south).
The north-south axis of Columbus is the more interesting of the two. Beginning a few miles south of downtown and driving north, one travels through the westernmost portion of German Village- known as 'the Brewery District', through downtown, past the Statehouse, past the Arena Distict, the incongruous Peter Eiesmann designed Convention Center, the Short North, the Ohio State University, Clintonville, The Whetstone 'Park of Roses' and then, after a few miles of commercial blight, to charming Worthington; all of which are worth a look. If one were to keep going North, on and out of the city, one would eventually pass Perkins Observatory, and run into Delaware, Ohio. Hanging out with friends from all over the world brought to Columbus by Ohio State university or Columbus's service economy.
A Little Bit of Germany in America
This place claims to have been in this location since 1886, and given the historic nature of the building its not hard to believe. This place is famous because during the 2008 US Presidential Campaign humor was made when candidate John McCain dined with a handful of German town business leaders while Barack Obama delivered a speech in Berlin to a crowd size estimated at 300,000 live Germans, even larger crowd than gathered during President Reagan's famed "Tear Down These Wall Mr. Gorbachev" speech. Humor aside, the German music and food at this place is an ongoing Columbus, Ohio tradition.
Old world charm
Don't ask for the lite menu and wear pants with elastic waistbands. They serve authentic German recipes in a 113-year old landmark (a restored livery stable). All I can say is this: eat bratwursts, eat potato pancakes, eat cream puffs, drink beer.
Trinity Lutheran Church
Closer to downtown is the venerable old Trinity Lutheran Church, apparently dates back to 1856, according to exterior stonework, but the website for the church provides no history of the church or building architecture. There is however a fine image of the santuary interior.
Kids love the activities at the Columbus Zoo
Discovery Reef is an 110,000-gallon saltwater aquarium that uses over 1,200 pieces of man-made coral and special wave-producing equipment. The Tidepool Touch Tank allows visitors to touch coastal animals such as horseshoe crabs and sea stars. The naturalistic Humboldt penguin exhibit allows guests to see the penguins swimming underwater in their semi-circular 9,000-gallon pool or burrowing holes for nesting in the artificial rock. This region also includes a jellyfish exhibit, American alligators, flamingos and other colorful and active birds native to the southeastern United States/Caribbean region.
The Johnson Aquatic Complex is home to 300 species. Among the inhabitants are the endangered Lake Victoria cichlids that are currently part of the Zoo's internationally recognized, successful breeding program. The JAC also features an amphibian department with animals that live in water and on land, including the poison arrow frog and the Brazilian horned frog