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Founded expressly to be the capital of the Buckeye State and named after the famous explorer, Columbus today is a dynamic city with a metro population approaching 2.5 million.
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Settled along the banks of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, the city is anchored by The Ohio State University and the grand Greek Revival statehouse. Ohio State is home to nearly 60,000 students and has world-class research facilities and one of the nation’s best sports programs. The statehouse, built in stages beginning in the 1830s but not completed until 1861, is one of the most unique capitols in the U.S.
The university and statehouse set the tone for a city where people work hard and blow off steam in style. Folks here love the Ohio State Buckeyes, who field top-ranked football, basketball, and hockey teams. Try and snag tickets to a home game played at Ohio Stadium, which is one of the largest football stadiums in the country. The National Hockey League’s Blue Jackets play at Nationwide Arena and the Triple A Clippers play in Huntington Park.
You’ll discover a wealth of well-regarded institutions. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra offers classical and pops performances, and plays outdoors in the summer. BalletMet hosts performances and a popular training academy. All summer long the Actors’ Theatre of Columbus offers free Shakespeare performances.
Columbus honors its history and heritage in a long list of captivating museums. The Center of Science and Industry has events and programs tailored to both children and adults – fancy an adult slumber party? The Columbus Museum of Art has a renowned permanent collection and riveting rotating shows. Nearby, the Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum has not just a huge collection of historic autos but also has plenty of auto heritage memorabilia. The Jubilee Museum and Catholic Cultural Center has been called a hidden treasure – it preserves Catholic Church art and traditions, some of which were salvaged from bygone places of worship.
Columbus may be a big city, but it’s also a green one. Home to the Central Ohio Park System, the city and its surroundings have parks big and small which are suitable for families or aerobic masters and popular in all four seasons. Grab a racquet and head to Schiller Park or lace up your shoes for a jog through Antrim Park.
Regardless of why you are here, Columbus has plenty to make you want to stay.