Top 10 Reasons to Move to Columbus
Are you thinking about finding a new home in Columbus, Ohio but wondering if there are fun and exciting things to do? Read on to find out why the Biggest Little Town in America is considered not only a hot spot for food and entertainment but the top relocation destination for new homes in Ohio, and indeed the Midwest.
Things to Do in Columbus, Ohio
If you like art, good food, fresh air, friendly people, and green grass you’ll love Columbus. These are our ten picks for things to do for all ages.
#1 Local Art Scene
Columbus is one of the coolest artsy cities in the entire Midwest and its Museum of Art, which features late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American and European modern works of art, is committed to showcasing contemporary art, folk art, glass, and photography. Its ever-changing exhibits and events mean there’s always something new to check out and admission is free on Sundays!
#2 Beautiful Parks
Franklin Park Conservatory, started by the Franklin County Agricultural Society almost 150 years ago, is one of the most popular parks in all of Columbus. It’s located very close to downtown and features beautiful indoor and outdoor exhibits, as well as a colorful butterfly display. The Franklin Park Conservatory is one of our favorite family-friendly destinations in the city.
Columbus Park of Roses features one of the largest public rose gardens in America with 2,000 roses of 400 varieties. It’s the perfect place for a romantic picnic, a leisurely walk or bike ride. For many locals, it’s become a favorite place to relax with family, or just to read a good book.
#3 Zoo and Aquarium
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has over 6,300 animals. No wonder animal expert Jack Hanna calls this zoo his home. Some of the animals you’ll see are kangaroos, monkeys, elephants, lions, tigers, and bears of all types, as well as crocodiles, turtles, snakes, flamingos, and lizards. You can spend an afternoon here and not see everything. A few of the newest exhibits include manatees and polar bears.
#4 Ohio State University
One of the largest universities in the United States, Ohio State University, was established in 1870. Close to downtown, the campus is absolutely massive at over 1,765 acres. Besides catching a college football game, be sure to take a walk by Mirror Lake, visit the beautiful historic buildings, and enjoy a stroll on the Oval. The campus is a fun place for both kids and seniors and the staff is super friendly and will show you around.
#5 Ohio State Buckeyes
If you’re a college football fan, you’ll be in heaven with the scarlet and gray Buckeyes. In fact, this team is so popular that when there’s a home game, you’ll find the freeways eerily deserted because everybody is at the game. Make sure you get there in time to see their incredible marching band which is a treat in itself.
#6 Tailgating is a BIG Deal
Along with football comes tailgating, which is serious business in Ohio. If you’re new to tailgating be prepared to enjoy beer, mixers, barbeque, along with cornhole toss and horseshoes. With dozens and dozens of tailgates and vendors, you’ll have a fun time making the rounds. Part of the enjoyment of tailgating is meeting people and making new friends. Be sure to sure you wear scarlet and grey to show your spirit.
The Best Restaurants in Columbus, Ohio
Along with all the fun stuff to do, this Buckeye town is packed with delicious restaurants for every taste bud and budget.
#7 German Village
Just south of downtown, you’ll find the charming German Village. Dating back to the early 1900s, it’s full of quaint brick buildings, cobblestone streets, and German eateries. If you’ve ever been to Berlin, you’ll recognize many of the same styles of architecture, traditions, and food. There are numerous bars, coffee shops, and family-run restaurants sprinkled throughout the village. Be sure to check out Schmidt's Sausage House if you’d like a delicious meal in a casual setting.
#8 The North Market
Take a shopping mall and mix it with a huge grocery store and what do you have? That’s right - The North Market. Either explore the market by yourself or select a guided tour. Plan to spend a good part of the day there. Located in the trendy arts district of Short North this is one of the most popular destinations for dining in the entire city. From sushi to BBQ and handmade artisan baked goods you’ll find just what your taste buds desire. Parking can sometimes be a hassle so you might consider Uber.
#9 OH Pizza and Brew
Everybody loves pizza and OH Pizza and Brew is the perfect place for lunch or dinner. Since its downtown location is close to so many attractions, it’s a convenient spot to fill up at before a busy afternoon of exploring or grab a bite on your way back to your hotel after a late night. In addition to their mouthwatering pizza, they have some incredibly tasty wings, too!
#10 Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
The name says it all – the ice cream is splendid. Jeni’s offers flavors you can’t find anywhere else like Brandied Banana Brulee and Brambleberry Crisp. Jeni’s is a fun place to visit at the end of a long day of shopping and sightseeing.
Columbus Moving Forward
Although the world keeps changing, the community of Columbus remains a fun place to live with its vibrant and eclectic culture. If you're considering moving to Columbus and you'd like to see what new home communities are available, visit Pulte Homes in Ohio.
Contributed to Your Home blog by Carol Youmans
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