Fun Things in Columbus and Ohio State

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The Following Websites Offer Information About Columbus

Official City of Columbus website: http://www.ci.columbus.oh.us/ There’s lots to do in this town!

Metro Parks: http://www.metroparks.net/ There are many beautiful parks surrounding Columbus, and they are free so take advantage! Many offer miles of walking trails, picnic shelters and playgrounds.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: http://www.colszoo.org/ Ever see a manatee up close? Here’s your chance. Go spend the day wandering around the zoo and aquarium, and be sure to feed the Lorikeets!

COSI Columbus A hands-on science center, with lots to do, and an extreme screen theatre. http://www.cosi.org/index.asp

Franklin Park Conservatory A must-do in the winter! Come inside when it’s cold outside, and tour the beautiful tropical gardens. In the spring, don’t miss the butterfly exhibit, and the Asian festival (typically held over Memorial Day Weekend) features wonderful food and dancing! http://www.fpconservatory.org/

Sports Columbus is home to many sports teams, including the Blue Jackets (hockey), Columbus Crew (soccer), Columbus Comets (women’s professional football), Columbus Destroyers (arena football), and the Columbus Clippers (AAA baseball). http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/event-calendar.cfm

Of course, we also have a football team and lots of other sports on campus. Becoming an OSU Buckeye is an important part of the graduate experience for many students.

And Now for Something REALLY different¦

The Topiary Garden If you are an art lover (if you are, Columbus has a great art museum http://www.columbusmuseum.org/) and an outdoor lover, then the topiary garden is right up your alley! Located at The Old Deaf School Park, the garden is a topiary interpretation of Georges Seurat’s A Sunday On The Island Of La Grande Jatte. It is the only topiary interpretation of a painting in existence, and it is a fun and unusual treat! http://www.topiarygarden.org/

American Whistle Corporation Did you know that Columbus is home to the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the USA? Tour the factory and get a whistle! http://www.americanwhistle.com/

The Santa Maria Well, after all, it is Columbus, so why not have a replica of one of Columbus’s ships? The Santa Maria docks downtown during the summer and you can take a tour (nope, it doesn’t leave the dock€¦not quite the exploration aspect that Columbus had, but you can climb around this working wooden tall ship). http://www.santamaria.org/index.php