It's starting to feel like summer! If you are staying in the Columbus area for the warmer months, there are a million things to do. As someone who grew up in Columbus, it wasn't until friends who were new to the city started suggesting places to visit that I really started to appreciate what Columbus has to offer. In celebration of this, I have compiled a list of our favorite spots in Columbus. Check it out and let share with us your favorite places.
1) Scioto Audubon Park
Do you like walks with beautiful scenery or trying something new with your workout? Located on the Scioto river, this park features attractions like rock climbing, nature centers, bike trails, and fishing. It even has an obstacle course featuring balance beams, monkey bars, cargo climb, and an 8 ft wall.
2) The Columbus Commons
Looking for an urban oasis? Look no further! The Columbus Commons is Columbus' version of central park complete with a stage featuring free shows throughout the summer. The Commons regularly schedules fun and exciting events, the majority of which are free for the public! Check out there event calender. My personal favorite is the Food Truck Court every Thursday throughout the summer!
Love science? Then COSI is the place for you. Originally created to be a museum of science and industry, COSI has evolved to become a place where science comes to life. COSI classics include a planetarium, a giant screen theater, and a unicycle two stories in the air, and COSI regularly brings new exhibits in. This means no matter how many times you visit, there will always be something new and interesting to learn and explore! Also, check out COSI after dark!
4) Franklin Park Conservatory
Featuring nature and art based exhibits, the Conservatory is a wonderful place to visit all year round. From March through September, at 1 pm and 3 pm, they feature daily butterfly releases. If art is more your style, the Conservatory features Dale Chihuly's second ever botanical garden exhibit.
5) Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Ranked one of the top ten zoos in the US by US City Traveler, the Columbus Zoo is something you have to visit. Featuring polar bears that you can watch swim through an underground glass wall, giraffes you can feed lettuce, and our state treasure, Jack Hanna, the Columbus Zoo is our happy place. Don't forget to visit the Aquarium while you are there as well, the manetees are beauitful and the turtles come right up to the glass to say hello!