Among one of the fastest growing cities in the US, Columbus, Ohio is a hub of creativity and innovation. The capital city is teeming with art, music, theatre, museums, culture, and sports. The best part? Compared to metro areas of similar size, Columbus is very close to the national average for cost of living.
Throughout the year, there is always something to do. The city lives and breathes Ohio State football throughout fall, the various parks and museums are open year-round, and the Short North Arts District is packed full of restaurants, shops, bars, and art galleries.
Columbus has plenty of family friendly attractions to keep any family excited about Columbus. Downtown along the Scioto Mile is Cosi, an interactive science center with something for all ages. Just outside of the 270 loop is the award winning, #1 rated Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. The zoo’s sister park, Zoombezi Bay, is a 23 acre modern waterpark.
When it comes to Columbus, most people think of the Ohio State Buckeyes, but Columbus has even more to offer. Located downtown in the Arena District is Nationwide Arena, home of the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets, and Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers, the Cleveland Indian’s AAA team.
If art and culture are more your speed, gravitate toward Columbus’s historic Short North Arts District. The Short North hosts Gallery Hop, a community art exhibition the 1st Saturday of every month. While you’re at Gallery Hop, consider hitting up any of the area’s local fare and shops.
Columbus Downtown Parks
Part of the Columbus downtown revitalization, the Scioto Mile, a pedestrian-friendly park, stretches along the downtown riverfront that includes local fine dining, a public park, and original sculptures. The Columbus Commons is an open air green space with unique carousel and an eye-catching performance pavilion to celebrate the city’s bicentennial.
Food and Microbrew Scene
Columbus is also known as America’s test market so we get food from national chains before anyone else. The city is renowned for its wide variety of locally-owned restaurants, serving every kind of food. If you’re a craft beer lover, Columbus has over 35 crafter brewers and 150 beer bars serving microbrews.
Columbus is home to some of Ohio’s best smaller music venues including the Basement, Ace of Cups, and Skully’s Music-Diner. For larger shows, head to the Newport, EXPRESS LIVE! Pavillion or either of the Columbus’s music festivals, Rock on the Range and Fashion meets Music Festival.
COLUMBUS QUICK STATS
Here are some stats about what makes Columbus a great place to live and work:
Columbus was named the most intelligent city in the United States in a 2013 list released by the Intelligent Community Forum