Bibliophiles take note!
James Thurber (author, humorist, cartoonist) was born and bred in Columbus. His home is a museum that has been restored to reflect the period that he lived there as accurately as possible. The house hosts such wonderful activities as "Evenings with Authors," where both famous and up-and-coming writers give fascinating lectures.
I used to volunteer there. It's worth a trip, especially if you are a Thurber fan or a fan of New Yorker magazine. And even if you just like early 1900's era houses...
The house is also said to be haunted (if you're a fan of Thurber, you should know this already...he wrote about it). But the entire time I worked there, I never once encountered the ghost!
Schmidt'z Sausage Haus, October 2004
Greetings from German Village, the largest, privately funded restoration project in the country. Schmidt's Restaurant and Banquet Haus located in a national registered historic sight, offers you traditional German-American fare served with Legendary Hospitality.
You can find Schmidt's in a historic brick livery stable at 240 E. Kossuth St. and Purdy Alley, (the jog in Kossuth St. follows and old stream bed). Schmidt's Restaurant und Sausage Haus is the culmination of an old German family business started in Columbus in 1886. Schmidt's specializes in original German and American dinners, sandwiches, mouth watering desserts, cocktails, and many German and micro brews by the bottle and on tap. We also feature beautiful upstairs banquet and meeting rooms as well as live German and American music on select nights
The NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets lifted Columbus out of our Cowtown low self esteem image. For once we didn't have to hear Ohio after Columbus. Take in a hockey game here. For you hated Red Wings fans we'd love to have you visit. There are plenty of restaurants and happenings in the Arena District. So come early for the food, go see some hockey, and then hit the area for some night life (including a movie theater). It's just a short trip to some galleries in the area as well.
Metro Park 1:Blendon Woods
It features 648 acres of gently rolling woods and open fields. With around 7 marked trails it makes for an ideal getaway for your mornign or evening walks/jogs. Birds are plentiful in the oak-hickory woods.
History of the place:
two major glaciers that entered Ohio about 25,000 years ago and lasted for abt 6000 years have affected the area. The movement of the ice had a smoothening effect on the topography resulting in the rounding of the hills and filling of the valleys.
Details of what you can find here:
A 118 acre Waterfol refuge at the heart of which is a 11 acre Thoreau Lake. You can see a variety of shoreline habitat. The refuge has 2 elevated observation shelters with spotting scopes that let you observe the waterfowl.
Rabbits, muskrats and deer are common.
There are many picnic areas, a nature center, cross country skiing in winter, ice skating also in winter, disc golf course, a 45 acre camp sugarbush.
April to Sept: 6:30 am to 10 pm
Oct -Mar- Closes at 8 pm
The Ohio State University is a very large university (over 50,000 students), which contributes a lot to the Columbus community. Some parts of Columbus aren't as lively during the summer as they are during the school year. However, there are many places to enjoy nightlife. The university area has numerous bars and clubs, but places such as the Arena District, Brewery District, and German Village offer entertainment for the older or more sophisticated crowd. But if you are college age, then Ugly Tuna Saloona, Skye Bar, Out 'R Inn, Bento, etc. are places to be on campus area. You'll find different crowds at different bars, though. Preppy, fraternity and sorority people tend to go to south campus area bars (4 Kegs, Panini's, Ugly Tuna Saloona, etc.) while not preppy, artsy people tend to be at north campus area bars (Larry's, The Library, etc.).
Columbus has Gallery Hop the first Saturday of every month. On these nights, the art galleries on the Short North of High Street open late. They usually close around 10 or 11 PM, I can't remember. It's fun to go eat dinner at a nice restaurant on the Short North, go visit some art galleries, and then go to a bar. The Arena District is nearby, and Spice and Brothers' are some good bars/clubs to check out.
There are usually plenty of concerts in Columbus. In 2005, I saw Lifehouse, Howie Day, Gavin DeGraw, Michael Tolcher, Rascal Flatts, and Switchfoot. Lots of big acts, such as the Rolling Stones, Blues Brothers, etc. come here a lot. Bands like Rascal Flatts and Saving Jane also include members from the Columbus area.