Easton Town Center
Easton Town Center is a shopping, dining and entertainment complex located in Columbus, Ohio. Best of class retail, movies, live theater, comedy and fine dining are available with regularly scheduled open-air concert events and festivals. Opened in June of 1999, Easton Town Center contains 750,000 square feet of 'best of class' restaurant, retail and entertainment operators, including thirty which are new to the Columbus market. Casual to formal
Fresh, contemporary and consistently outstanding
A chain of restaurants around the country that serves authentic chinese food. I've been to the restaurants in Manhattan Beach and San Diego, CA as well as the restaurant in Columbus, OH. The atmoshpere is casual, although you can take that special someone to this place and find a nice little nook to cuddle. By the way, if you visit the restaurant in Columbus, ask for Jeanne. She's a great waitress (very knowledgeable and energetic)!!! Everything is excellent...I've had the Mongolian Beef dish, Pan Fried Noodles (combo) and the Chang's Spicy Chicken. Lot's of food for not a lot of money. Also try the Lettuce Spicy Chicken Wrap (under Appetizers)...um, um, good!!
The Columbus Zoo/Wyandot Lake
These are not one and the same. The Zoo and the amusement park are two separate places, but they are right next to each other and are a good way to spend the day.
The zoo has a fantastic manatee exhibit. Quite possibly the best exhibit in the entire zoo. But the zoo as a whole is arguably one of the best in the nation. They just recently added on an Australia section that is really cool. You can go into a dark building to see their nocturnal animals. I only get to go every couple of years or so, but it's constantly growing and changing and getting better and better.
Wyandot Lake has mostly water rides, but a roller coaster and some other dry rides too. I think it'll appeal more to kids than adults.
Update: Wyandot Lake was sold to the Columbus Zoo in 2006, and is closed throughout 2007. I believe they are going to be merging the two parks together, and the zoo is going to renovate some of the rides, which are getting a bit old.
Established in 1945, Metro Parks features 15 outstanding natural area parks and protects more than 24,000 acres of land and water in seven Central Ohio counties. Open 365 days a year, Metro Parks offer free educational and recreational experiences that will excite your senses and rekindle your spirits.
One of AJ's colleagues here enlightened us on the existence of these parks and ever since we have been addicted! We spend weekday evenings and weekends in one of the parks around Columbus and each outing seems better than the one before! We caught some of the best of fall colors in them as well as our latest passion of capturing birds on our SLR! More than 6 million people visit these parks every year and for good reason too! There are trails for hiking enthusiasts, picnic areas for children, lakes for fishing and some allow gaming as well. Every park has little pamphlets giving you the map of the park as well as details of all the activities you cna expect to do while here. Volunteers also conduct some great programs such as bird watch hikes, owl watch camps and many more for preschoolers and toddlers making for a very active and fun getaway every week.
i shall post a tip for each of these metroparks as we visit them. hope you have a good time going thru the same!
Middle American Metropolis
Columbus is in the middle of Ohio, which itself is about as "middling" a part of the US as you can get. It's one of those midwestern cities which is home to both a state capital and a large and influential mega-university. I've been to Columbus several times, most recently for a conference in the autumn of 2003. I don't have any strong feelings about Columbus - maybe I'm missing some ultimate truth about the place which will someday reveal itself to me. Until then, I'll continue to think of Columbus as a pretty normal place of moderate interest with some good aspects and not so good aspects.
The State Capitol was built in the 1840s and 1850s, and is somewhat unusual in that it has a rotunda without a dome. (Compare it with the Wisconsin State Capitol, as shown on my Madison page.) The statue in front of the colonnade is William McKinley, one of Ohio's many Presidents. (Let me see, how many others can I name? There was Ulysses Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, William Howard Taft, Warren Harding - am I missing any?)
"Columbus as a Brewing City?"
Columbus has a rich German heritage and was once a major brewery center of the beer industry in the U.S. It's a little odd that it doesn't rank up there with Milwaukee or St. Louis in the national beer consciousness. Columbus is probably better known for being the HQ of several large national restaurant and retailing franchises. It's also a place where a lot of test-marketing is conducting. Columbus is essentially a cross-section of the U.S. - if you can sell something here, you can probably sell it anywhere in the U.S.