Columbus Travel Guide

  • THE SIGN
    THE SIGN
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    FANS WALKING ACROSS CAMPUS
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Columbus Things to Do

  • Columbus Zoo

    One of the best zoos we have ever visited! From what we were told the zoo was not that great until Jack Hanna moved to Columbus, because his son was being treated for a rare disease at Ohio State University Hospital, and took over the zoo. He completely renovated it into what it is today. We really like the way the animal exhibits were set up....

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  • Ohio Statehouse

    Very unique looking building. Unlike many statehouses this one is crowded right into downtown Columbus

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  • Visit the OSU Student Union

    This is a beautiful student union located on the edge of campus; this makes it a lot easier to find a parking space just off campus.

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Columbus Restaurants

  • Delicious food and inexpensive

    Asked the personnel at the front desk (Columbus Airport Marriott) for a breakfast recommendation and they said we should go to Café Creekside. Headed out the door and five minutes later we were at the restaurant. There isn't any parking out front, but there is in the back (enter at the Wendy's sign). Nice location next to a creek and during the...

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  • Enjoy a relaxed and comfortable...

    At Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, you can always feel comfortable pulling some tables together with your friends and staying as long as you like to play trivia on the NTN system or watching your favorite games on one of the many big-screen TVs (it's a fun, edgy, high-energy and easygoing restaurant). The food is excellent and if you like the...

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  • Hollywood Noir

    I visited the few blocks of bustling Grandview Heights and decided to find a place for a drink. This was the most glamorous restaurant of the entire trip. Perfect for dating couples, married couples and soon-to-be-separated couples! Everyone looks good in a place like this courtesy of the noirish lighting. Wines were delicious. The wine selection.

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Columbus Nightlife

  • Waiting for the bus

    I stayed nearby and only just went in for one, quick drink in advance of catching the bus on my way up to OSU. Very depressing looking place with an even more depressing clientele. Staff very perfunctory- the main action seems to be outside. Casual

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  • And the verdict is...

    Average! An old timer that has recently be taken over by new management. A very female-centric staff gets the basics done. I stopped-by to watch the Womens' soccer and did so but T.V did not have great reception(bartendress even less enthused). Overall, a blah experience. Business casual

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  • Drinks on High

    A place with a bit more character than most other Short North destinations. 2nd floor location with a nice pool area. Ended up there on the late side and it was still alive and kickin'. Casual or nice casual

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Columbus Transportation

  • And now the "COTA" to my travel story

    Now I will explain the good, bad and ugly about the COTA public bus system. The good news is the buses were very nicely air-conditioned, the drivers helpful overall and most are equipped with a automated system for telling riders what stop they are at and the next one after that. The bad is that is a tremendous lag time between buses as well as...

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  • A word about taxis...

    Taxis are expensive in Columbus. However, especially as the evening wears on, you may need to bite the bullet and use them. It is helpful to make friends with a driver if you are staying awhile and get their number directly since dispatchers are not overly helpful with cabs on short notice, especially for shorter distances.

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  • To and From the Airport

    As mention in my COTA saga, there is no direct way to go from the Airport to Downtown Columbus. Best to take a cab ($15-$20) or a super shuttle. The ride is very quick. It took less than 15 minutes from the Hyatt Regency at the Convention Center to the Airport.

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Columbus Shopping

  • Internet access

    I never did find any internet cafe during my entire trip! I settled for this This FedEx Office location; it's in the heart of the Downtown and offers the usual "menu" of services. Print, copy and internet services.

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  • Cookies & Candy

    Cheryl & Co is a cookie store located right on the Ohio State Medical Center property. The store carried a variety of cookies, candy and brownies that are loose and gift boxed. We like to stope here when we visit to get some of the delicious cookies and some Buckeye candies. The cookies here are very good and I love their frosted cinnamon pumpkin...

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  • Spices that are familiar to an Indian!

    We Indians cannot live on just salt and pepper, so one of the first places we went to as soon as I got here is this Indian Store in Gahanna :) I shopped for every thing here- right from jeera to dania pwder! :)) Now we are enjoying our meals everyday with the curries I am making :D All the MTR powders, the coriander powder, the chat masala and...

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Columbus Local Customs

  • Festival Latino

    Do you like spicey foods, hot dancing ala cha cha cha, great latin rythyms. Well if you answered yes, and you happen to be in Columbus is Mid-June. Then come on down to the riverfront area of downtown for the annual Festival Latino. A huge variety of mexican dishes, reasonable price (for a festival) and a general good time if you like Latin music...

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  • Tipping in general

    As a student I have had many jobs around Columbus.... One of them is as a server, serving can be a very demanding and stressful job, so leaving the right about of cash for you server is essential. Remember that servers make $3.34 and hour... they count on their tips to pay bills. In a restaurant you should tip about 20%: 20% is AVERAGE, it doesn't...

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  • Doodah Parade

    Every 4th of July, if you are in Columbus, and if you want to laugh out loud and be very entertained, check out the annual Doodah Parade at Goodale Park. This is a crazy parade where the participants are basically making political and cultural statements by the way they dress and how outrageous their dress and cars are decorated. This is pretty...

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Columbus Warnings and Dangers

  • Its not a bad place

    Yes there are people murdering and raping young women and all, but its nothing terrible. You get that mess everywhere. Ive lived here for 10 years. The only bad things that have happened to me was I was almost killed once. But that was it. Its a beautiful place, especially in the spring and summer. We have nice food places, coffee shops and all. I...

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  • It is not as bad as you think

    I have lived in Columbus ALL MY LIFE. I have found it a decent place to live. The Short North, and around Campus is where it's very lively, and filled with people during day and night. Downtown is very much awesome to go out, walk around go to club, and restaurants. The "bad parts" of Columbus are like don't start nothing, nothing won't happen. I...

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  • south campus and beyond can be scary

    My son was robbed at gun point between 8th and 11th aves. and campus area especially south campus, I've heard a lot ofcrime happens there. There is a huge drug area there. Be careful especially at night.

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Columbus Tourist Traps

  • Olentangy Indian Caverns

    The caverns consist of 4-5 chambers about 75 feet underground. Only one has a few formations of any kind. On top of this is built a fifties style tourist trap. For 8 dollars you get a 30-45 minute tour of the cave.

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  • Columbus,Ohio traps you with its...

    As a native of Columbus,OHIO(Clintonville township, the best blue-collar suburb anywhere) I can once anybody visits they'll be back ta visit and ta liveI cant wait until my lease is up in my apartment in the middle of a cornfield and get back too the best city in america Columbus and rent a cheap apartment for 300 dollars in Columbus,Ohio that...

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  • COSI. Hyped by the city...

    COSI. Hyped by the city fathers as one of Columbus's 'premier destinations', the Center of Science and Industry, A.K.A. COSI in its current incarnation is not much more than an overpriced video arcade masquerading as a science museum. Possbily the shallowest science museum I know of- kind of like Nickleodean TV on steriods. The former location had...

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Columbus What to Pack

  • These are the musts...

    Rubber soled shoes- especially for walking in German Village. Must have a hat and sun screen/block during hot weather months. Not too many tall buildings to shield you from the sun! One of the best guide books to any where I have read is, fortunately, the one-and-only in-print guide to Columbus: "Insider's Guide to Columbus" by Shawnie Kelley....

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  • Packing Light

    Our trips to Columbus are usually just for a weekend or a night so a smal overnight bag is perfect. CAsual wear is fine just a pair of jeans and some button down shirts for me. Bring an umbrella though in case it rains. Shampoo, hair gel, contacts, eye glasses, eodorant, tooth brush, tooth paste, hairbrush and lotion.

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  • pretty general..

    pack as little as possible, i'd suggest that for any trip :) warm clothes from october through march, cooler clothes from april to september. a first aid kit could always be helpful. there are plentry of places in columbus to buy film, cameras, etc, stop by any grocery store. a raincoat or poncho could come in handy.

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Columbus Off The Beaten Path

  • German Village - no German spoken here!

    German Village is a historic neighborhood south of downtown Columbus, which was settled by contemporary German immigrants in the 19th century. In the 21st century the 19th century German immigrants are no longer contemporary. In fact, most of them no longer speak any German, so don't be disappointed if you just want to visit there with the...

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  • The bridge is out!

    Have always wanted to visit the Columbus suburb of Westerville and nearby Otterbein College. After surviving almost an hour local trip on the #1 line to Westerville, I got off at the bus stop and learned that the bridge to the center of town was under repair!! Ducking into a nearby dry cleaner I called for a taxi. Nearly 1 1/2 later a cab...

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  • Maybe next time...?

    I had wanted to but couldn't figure out how, without a car, to visit the Barber Museum- which is located in Canal Winchester, Southeast of Columbus. Hopefully, you will figure a way since it sounds like a very tonsorial-centric place!

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Columbus Sports & Outdoors

  • Sciota River Bikeway

    Columbus has a nice set of bike trails that criss cross the city. The main trail follows the Sciota river

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  • OSU football

    Let's face it, we all love buckeye football (don't smirk, I know you have an inner nut), but the prices for a football game are ridiculous! (not to mention kind of difficult to get a hold of), but I have a solution if you can't make it to a real game.The atmosphere is fun, feeling almost like a real game.It's called the OSU Spring game, and it is a...

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  • Nationwide Arena

    Blue Jacket's Hockey palace - a beautiful (thankfully privately funded) arena located in the downtown area. The arena also provides a location for concerts in the off-hockey season. There are lots of restaurants and bars in this area, as well as some new residential housing.

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Columbus Favorites

  • Read the freebies

    Freebie, weekly events papers are easily available from kiosks all around the city. "Alive" is the most useful and there is a really nice glossy mag "614". I also used "Columbus Cuisine" for restaurant info as well "Short North Gazette". "The Other Paper" is a very alternate and may appeal, too. Stop by the OSU Union building on campus to pick up...

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  • Annual Hempfest - High Hippies on campus

    Every first weekend in June at the South Oval on the OSU campus is the annual Hempfest. You can find this area by following your nose to that sweet aroma of the wacky weed which I am sure people use for 'medical purposes'. it is really pretty cool, with a very laid back, trouble free vibe. If you are a uptight conservative you might want to stay...

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  • Asian Fest, a cultural tradition

    If you happen to wonder into Columbus on Memorial Day weekend, you might want to head out to Franklin Park for the Asianfest. This is a pretty cool festival with an oriental theme. There are many booths displaying Asian artwork, clothes and jewelry. There is also a good selection of food booths, mostly Chinese and Vietnamese food, but also some...

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Down by the Riverside...
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Head North to the Market
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First the Union then the Library
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German Village trek
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Cold beer...hot place!
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Not an ounce of Surly
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A great view from the hotseat
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I saved the best for last
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Locals know best
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Worth the wait
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North by Northstar- just stay in the line!
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Eat, drink and be Blue
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Man vs. Meat!
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Sushi & style
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Late night cravings satisfied!
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Columbus Zoo
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ART MUSEUM
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Food was delicious
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you guys are dumb
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Skybus
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Jimmy Buffet theme and lots of fun
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American cuisine in Old Dublin
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Great Italian Charm
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Watch the Game & Eat Great
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Tex-Mex done right
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World's Greatest Hamburgers
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Yellow Springs, Ohio Hippes Haven!
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Philo Unit 6 Steam Turbine
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German Village--Neighborhood Preservation
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Foriegn Movies or Comedy at the Drexel
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The Topiary Garden
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German Village in Columbus, October 2004
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Ohio Statehouse
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A better place to eat
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every place has a bad night.. but nice atmosphere
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Very nice bartender with good beer
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elegant 100 year old restaurant with good beer
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The OLD bar... and still popular
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