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Columbus has always been a great city and with a population of around 730,000 people, it is growing everyday!

We have so many things to do here for a variety of people.  Weather you are a family looking for a Saturday activity or a group of girls wanting to let your hair down, Columbus has it all.

Columbus houses one of the most famous zoo and aquariums in the United States.  Recently, they just added a new polar bear exhibit called Polar Bear Frontier, bringing in two polar bear sisters as well as brown bears and artic foxes. Along with the Columbus Zoo we have The Wilds, which is a huge safari that you can tour, Zoombezi Bay Waterpark and Safari Golf.

The city also is the home of the Columbus Blue Jackets Major League hockey team, Columbus Clippers Minor League baseball, the Major League soccer team Columbus Crew, a newly Major League lacrosse team Ohio Machine, and of course every sport of the famous Ohio State University.

Our downtown is cultured with art, music and amazing food.  The Short North Gallery Hop is a famous, monthly event that takes place in the Short North.  It is a free event that includes entertainment, delicious food, creative art and shopping.

Coming in October is Hollywood Casino, which includes dining, entertainment and of course a casino.

Columbus, OH has a lot more to offer with museums, historical landmarks and even a hands-on science center.  We feel lucky to be living in a great city with everything it has to offer.

               

Here are some fun activities that are great for the fall weather coming up.  Your kids will surely enjoy the beauty and history that Columbus has to offer.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Situated in an urban park two miles east of downtown Columbus, this historic, botanical landmark features biomes representing global climates, bonsai, palm and exotic plant collections and 28 acres of outdoor botanical gardens. A signature collection of Dale Chihuly glass artwork is on view; with an accompanying working glass Hot Shop. Light Raiment II, a light installation by world-renown artist James Turrell, illuminates the John F. Wolfe Palm House every evening at dusk. Seasonal and new art and horticulture-based exhibitions are enhanced with educational programs and family activities. The Garden Cafe serves fresh, made-from-scratch fare and Botanica, the Conservatory’s gift shop, features gardening accessories, plants, books, artwork, and more. 



Blooms & Butterflies: March 19 – September 11, 2011

Hungry Planet: Local Food, Global View: August 20 – November 6, 2011

Holidays at the Conservatory: November 19, 2011- January 4, 2012 Orchids: January 14 – April 8, 2012 Blooms & Butterflies: March 10 – September 8, 2012 Holidays at the Conservatory: November 17, 2012 – January 6, 2013

Free Ohio Statehouse Tours

 The Ohio Statehouse is more than a monument to our past; it’s where history happens!  The Ohio Statehouse is located in the heart of downtown Columbus and is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Restored to its 1861 appearance, the Ohio Statehouse maintains its historic character as it continues to function as the center of state government in Ohio.  Enjoy the Capitol Cafe and Statehouse Museum Shop.  Convenient underground parking is available.

Free guided tours are offered Monday through Friday on the hour from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from noon until 3 p.m. Tours depart from the Third Street Information Desk. Groups of 10 or more are requested to call in advance to ensure a guide is available.

This itinerary was provided by www.consmer.discoverohio.com

Columbus Clippers image provided by http://www.baseballparks.com

Polar bear image provided by http://www.funfreeguides.com