Give me a fishbowl, and take my car keys
For being a pretty laid back bar, they are kind of trendy and original for this area. They serve food late (mostly seafood), and a good place to drink beer, or what they call "fishbowls." Fishbowls are some kind of fruity concoction with a rummer alligator in them. The alligator is filled with 151. You get to kep the bowl (and it is a very large drink that people tend to share) and the alligator. Anything from Jimmy Buffet attire, to your fancy city-slicker-night-on-the-town uniform
Best pastries in town! A great little place that offers tortes, cookies, breads, and pastries. They also have soups, salads, and sandwiches. They have classical music on a grand piano on weekend evenings.
Appreciate the War Memorial: Veterans Plaza
Ohio Veterans Plaza honors all the Ohio men and women who served our country since World War II and those who will serve in the future. The Plaza was dedicated in 1998 and was the first veterans memorial erected on the Statehouse grounds in over 55 years! Schooley Caldwell Associates designed it.
This plaza represents the completion of the Ohio Statehouse restoration.
What a lovely memorial it turned out to be...simple yet complex with its two curved Columbus limestone walls that are engraved with letters sent to families, friends, and loved ones from members of the armed forces. Many of these people did not make it home alive.
I selected two letters that I thought represent the "spirit" of this memorial, and you will find them in the second photograph.
The limestone walls are separated by an expanse of ground, a fountain, and 88 flags representing the 88 counties in Ohio. As you can see from the photographs, it's quite impressive.
Ohio State House Museum
In the basement of the State House is a museum and gift shop. The whole museum can be browsed in a matter of minutes, and the best part is wandering lost in a labyrinth of underground stone arches built by 19th century hard labor prisoners. Much of this has been reinforced for the modern period, and the museum itself is well lit and clean, and the musuem shop well stocked. I bought a good history book on Ohio's frontier period there (see shopping tips). It was here that I realized for the first time that the Ohio state flag has a uniquely different shape from all the other states.
Columbus as family, its offers include downtown living, suburban retreats and strong community spirit. German Village, North Market, the Near East and the Arena District wrapped by suburban communities and metro parks. Historic districts abound, preserved to ensure their quaintness. It is welcoming to families of all types. Home town material for approximately 1,000,000 in the metro area but not me –but if not Columbus then where?
"OSU Wetlands Research Park"
In a bend of the Olentangy River, one of two rivers that flow through Columbus, Ohio State has created a wetlands park. The primary function is reasearch on two manufactured wetland to compare the development based on two different types of filtering basins. What has been created is a wonderful walk enfolded in a natural surrounding. It is located north of the main campus area.