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For other places with the same name, see Columbus (disambiguation).
A view of downtown Columbus' skyline from street level.

Columbus [2] is the capital of the American state of Ohio and is located centrally within the state in the Mid-Ohio region. It is the home of The Ohio State University. The combination of Ohio Government and Ohio State University has fueled amazing growth both financially and physically in Columbus. It has created a business and research enviroment that has provided substantial employment opportunities to the diverse ethnic and local graduates of Ohio State University, and other academic institutions in Columbus. The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), is projected to be one of the top 50 supercomputers in the world and among the top 10 supercomputing academic centers. Columbus is evolving into a less formal City than days past, the blue suits walking the downtown streets on hot August days are giving way to open collars and more comfortable attire. On warm evenings the downtown eateries are bursting with outside diners and the sidewalks are bustling with activity. All in all, Columbus is a great American City!

Columubus, located at the Heart of Ohio, is truly the horn of Ohio's Cornucopia, visitors will appreciate the vast inventory, and choices of fruit, vegetables, grains, locally raised beef, lamb, goat and just about any other meat you can think of, as well as many choices of fresh and frozen seafood available throughout the year. Ohio has strict inspections of all meat sold for commercial purposes, and you can be assured of a fresh safe source. Visitors to this area will appreciate a plentiful supply of clean water, clean air and unlimited choices of plentiful food supplies. This is reflected in the hundreds of restaurants in the area, offering something for everyone from vegan to roasted goat. Likely, included in your memories of your visit to Columbus, will be the fine foods you experienced while here.

Districts

Understand

Named after the Italian explorer who sailed under the Spanish flag (In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue), this city is the largest in Ohio in terms of population with 730,657 (1.7 million in the metropolitan area, which is third in size in Ohio behind Greater Cleveland and Greater Cincinnati) and the 15th largest in the country. A lot of growth has been fueled by government jobs (as the state capital), The Ohio State University (the largest student population in the nation) and numerous Fortune 500 companies headquartered here (Cardinal Health, Nationwide Insurance, Limited Brands, etc.). It is a day's drive from one half of the U.S. population and is located at the intersection of I-70 and I-71.

Generally arranged in a really big wheel, Columbus is the central hub to many nearby cities including (clockwise from the north):


Get in

By plane

  • Port Columbus International Airport (IATA: CMH), 4600 International Gateway, +1 614 239-4083, [1]. Port Columbus is served by all the major airlines, with direct flights to most major American cities. Aside from rental cars, the airport can also be reached by the #92 bus, or by taxi. A taxi ride to downtown is only 10 minutes and will cost approximately $25. Depending on your schedule and where you are connecting to, it may be worthwhile to check flights to Dayton as well, as they are often cheaper.
  • Rickenbacker International Airport Passenger Charter Terminal/2241 John Circle Dr. +1 614 239-4000. [3] Charter flights.
  • Skybus [4] is a low-cost airline that flies non-stop out of Columbus to many cities across the US. They offer 10 seats for $10 (one-way) on every flight. If you use any service beyond your seat and carry-on luggage, you must pay for it in addition to the ticket price ($5 per checked-in bag, $2 per soda/juice, etc.). Skybus ceased all operations on April 5th.

By car

  • Major highways include I-71 & Rte. 315 (north and south), I-70 & I-670 (east and west), and the outer-belt, I-270. US Routes 33, 23, and 40 also converge downtown.

By bus

  • Greyhound Station, 111 East Town St, +1 614 228-2266, [5]. Hours: 24 hours a day.
  • Megabus, +1 877 462-6342, [6]. Service to Columbus from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Chicago. Fares start at $1. Buses arrive and depart downtown Columbus at the COTA Express Transit Terminal, located at West Spring Street and North Wall Street. Buses also serve Ohio State University from a stop at the north side of the Neil Drive loop next to the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Neil Drive is located northwest of Neil Avenue and West 12th Avenue.

Get around

By bus

The COTA bus service [7], while not by any standard one of the greatest in the nation, can take you to most important places in the city, which should be about 5 blocks away from any conceivable location you need to go to. This service costs $2.00 for an express bus and $1.50 for a normal bus. Transfers are free; ask for one from the bus driver when you pay your fare.

By foot

The entire corridor of High St (US Route 23) from Clintonville in the North to Merion Village in the South is extremely pedestrian-friendly, though it does pass through some less-than-scenic areas, particularly the few blocks between campus and the short north. Downtown Columbus is a walkable city with most attractions located within a 20 minute walk of each other. The Columbus Landmarks Foundation conducts walking tours, too. [8]

By car

True to the Midwest spirit, Columbus is built to be car-friendly. Parking is extensive (and reasonably priced) at almost all major destinations. Downtown is the only place where things may be a little tight. Try the parking beneath the City-Center Mall for reasonable day rates if you don't mind a short walk, or small independently-owned surface lots throughout the city. If you are coming from airport to downtown, go straight out of airport to 670.

See

  • Adena Conical Burial Mound. AKA Campbell Mound State Memorial. 20 feet high - 100 feet in diameter. Close to 270 W and I 70 intersection in Columbus OH on Montgomery St. Woodlands Period about 1,000 BC - 700 AD.
  • Columbus Crew Stadium, Adjacent to Ohio Historical Society of of I-71. Home ot Columbus Crew Soccer and as of 2008 a $2 million dollar new stage has been installed to host big-name concerts. Great location.
  • Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad St, +1 614 221-6801 ([email protected]), [9]. Free on Sundays. Has a good restaurant.
  • The Greater Columbus Convention Center, [10]. Located downtown between the Arena District and the Short North, this convention center houses gaming cons, Sci-Fi cons, teachers association meetings, fitness expos and almost any kind of large gathering you can imagine. A Hyatt Regency hotel is built into the structure and several other hotels are connected by skyway tunnels.
  • The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 9990 Riverside Dr. +1 614 645-3400, [11]. The zoo has a great collection of endangered species, including manatees, cheetahs, kangaroos and lowland gorillas. They recently opened the Asia Quest exhibit with Siberian tigers, sun bears and Pallas cats.
  • COSI, 333 West Broad St, +1 614 228-COSI, [12]. COSI is an amazing museum, where kids will want to stay forever because of the cool and interactive science and technology exhibits. Adults love it, too. The building itself is a massive elliptical building, directly across the Scioto River from Downtown. It was built around Central High School.
Franklin Park Conservatory
  • Franklin Park Conservatory Beautiful sculpted gardens and indoor biomes make up this spectacular site. The conservatory hosts various exhibitions (such as Blooms & Butterflies each spring with live releases) and has a collection of Chihuly glass. General William Tecumseh Sherman gave his famous 'War is Hell' speech here.


  • Ohio Craft Museum [13], 1665 West Fifth Ave, +1 614 486-4402, . M–Sa 10AM–5PM Su. 1PM–4 PM. Closed Sa. Five major exhibitions each year.
  • Ohio Statehouse, downtown at the intersection of Broad and High streets, +1 614 728-2695, [14]. This is the Ohio Capitol building, built in pre-Civil War time. It still houses the state legislature. It's open for browsing and they offer free tours daily.

Do

  • Franklin County Veterans Memorial Auditorium 300 W. Broad St. +1 614 221-4341 [15]
  • Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High St. +1 614 827-2500. [16] Attached to Hyatt Regency. Parking for Convention Center is adjacent to Hyatt. Food Court and shopping. More shopping and restaurants across High St. Most amenities for convention visitors are to the North on High St.
  • Ohio Stadium 411 Woody Hayes Dr. [17] Home to OSU foootball.
  • Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center 55 Arena Dr. [18] (Take Lane Ave across Olentangy River.) OSU Basketball, concerts, monstor trucks. Great facility!!!! All tickets through ticketmaster [19]
  • Wyandotte Winery - 4640 Wyandotte Dr., Columbus, 43230, http://www.wyandottewinery.com. Wyandotte Winery is a family run winery located in a cozy neighborhood setting in northeast Columbus. Wyandotte has produced fine grape and fruit wines on premises for over 30 years. Visit the wine shop and tasting room, enjoy a taste of the current wine offerings, and browse the wine related items in the gift shop.

Festivals/Events

These are a few of the larger/major events in Columbus, all are sizable and located close to good parking areas. You have to understand, Columbus likes to party, the festivals reflect this as well as anything in Columbus and are a major part of the City. Visiting during any of these events will give you a better feel for the City.

  • All American Quarter Horse Congress, Ohio Expo Center/Fairgrounds, Oct. [20]
  • The Arnold Fitness Classic Held once a year in early March at the Columbus Convention Center. Tons of competitions ranging from martial arts to cheerleading to bench press, plenty of "fitness babes" and free supplement samples, and speeches from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. [21]
  • Asian Festival At Franklin Park. Annual Event. May. Food, games, market place, health screening. Great location! Free. [22]
Asian Fest
  • Columbus Arts Festival, [email protected] Downtown Riverfront. June (annual event) Arts, crafts, food, music, entertainment. Big event. [23]
  • Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest, River Front downtown, July. Expect 500-700,000 people at this fun food and music event held each year.
  • ComFest, the Columbus Community Festival, at Goodale Park in June. Music, arts, culture, shopping, fair food, beer & bare feet. Who's who of Columbus musicians and those from elsewhere! [24]
  • Festival Latino, is held on the downtown River Front in the middle of June each year. Billed as "The largest Hispanic/Latino event in Ohio". Lot's of food, fun, entertainment and feista. Free admission. [25]
  • German Village Oktoberfest, South Grant & East Livingston Ave September.
  • Good Guys Columbus Ohio State Fairgrounds, Over 6,000 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, street machines and trucks thru ’72. July. [26]
  • Ohio Expo Center. 717 E. 17th Ave. [27] Home to The Ohio State Fair. Each month, a variety of shows, expositions and competitions are held at the Ohio Expo Center, over 175 events per year. These range from shopping for antiques to boxing, there is something for everyone at the Ohio Expo Center.
  • Origins International Game Expo Origins is run by The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) as one of their two shows for the adventure gaming industry. (The second show, the GAMA Trade Show, is for game manufacturers and retailers only.) Origins is specifically chartered to serve adventure gaming in general, including wargames and miniatures gaming, which tend to be less well represented at Gen Con and Dragon*Con. Board games, trading card games, and role-playing games are also popular at Origins. It is usually compared in size with E3 and GenCon, and is famous for it's Origin Awards. The Origins Award is commonly referred to as a Calliope, as the statuette is in the likeness of the Muse of the same name. Academy members frequently shorten this name to "Callie."
  • Red, White & BOOM, downtown, river front. Take a bus, traffic is as bad as it gets in Columbus for this event. Billed as The biggest and best Independence Day fireworks celebration in the Midwest. July. [28]

Sports Teams

  • Columbus Blue Jackets - NHL Hockey [29]
  • Columbus Clippers - MLB AAA Baseball [30]
  • The Ohio State University - NCAA College [31]
  • Columbus Crew - Major League Soccer [32]
  • Columbus Destroyers - Arena Football [33]

Factory tours

  • The American Whistle Factory 6540 Huntley Rd. +1 614 846-2918 [34] The only manufacturer of metal whistles in the United States
  • Anthony-Thomas Candy Co. 1777 Arlington Gate. +1 877 226-3921. [35] Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am. to 2:30 pm.
  • Graeter’s Ice Cream Factory 2555 Bethel Rd. +1 614 442-7622 [36]
  • The Krema Nut Company 1000 W. Goodale Blvd. +1 614 299-4131. [37] One of the oldest peanut butter makers still manufacturing in the United States today! And PB & Jelley Sandwich shop.

Mature audiences

  • Gentlemen Clubs Gentlemen Clubs are scattered throughout Columbus and are open to those 18+, and are considered by most to be acceptable entertainment. Some offer alcohol, some are BYOB, some are alcohol free. Most all are open to both male and female, however most only offer male or female entertainers. Expect to pass through metal detector and provide some form of identity. Current law does not allow total nudity after mid-night.
  • Scioto Downs Two miles south of Route 270 on Route 23 South (High Street). [38] Harness racing and betting.

Learn

Columbus College of Art & Design
  • Capital University, 1 College and Main. +1 614 236-6011 [39]
  • Columbus College of Art & Design, 107 North Ninth St +1 614 224-9101 [40]
  • Columbus State Community College, 550 E. Spring St +1 614 287-5353 [41]
  • DeVry University Columbus, 1350 Alum Creek Dr +1 614 253-7291 [42]
  • Hondros College, 4140 Executive Parkway, Westerville. +1 614 508-7277. [43] Nursing, real estate, appraisal, insurance and other subjects.
  • Ohio State School for the Blind, 5220 N High St., +1 614 752-1359 [44] K-12 grades. Excellent resident school for the blind.
  • The Ohio State University, 154 W. 12th Ave (132 Enarson Hall), +1 614 292-OHIO, The largest university in the nation. OSU is home to one of the most storied football programs in history. See The Horseshoe (The Ohio Stadium), The Oval, Mirror Lake. [45]
  • Ohio Dominican University Campus, 1216 Sunbury Rd, +1 614 473-9003. [46] One of Ohio’s oldest and most respected accredited universities.

Work

To provide an idea of the diverse mix of Columbus-based business activity, the following Fortune 500 headquarters are in Columbus:

  • Cardinal Health
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • American Electric Power
  • Limited Brands, women's and girl's apparel
  • Hexion Specialty Chemicals
  • Big Lots, discount retail stores

Buy

High St.
  • The Short North is neighborhood of galleries, restaurants and cafes lining High Street, which is the main north-south thoroughfare in the downtown. The Short North lies just north of the downtown on the north side of I-670. The Short North runs until about Third Avenue. In 2005, the overpass of I-670 was finished with shops making a "cap" over the freeway with restaurants and shops. Check out the Gallery Hop the first Saturday of every month when the galleries stay open late and the streets and bars are definitely hopping.
  • Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center, [47]. This is one of the finest shopping experiences. It is clearly modeled after the streets of European cities such as Paris, Venice, London, and Athens. Filled with a beautiful atmosphere, upscale stores, restaurants and entertainment.
  • Lennox Town Center Olentangy River Rd., next to State Route 315 just west of the Ohio State University. Theaters, Target, Bath and Body Works, Barnes & Noble, restaurants.
  • Polaris Fashion Place 1500 Polaris Parkway. West of of I-71 @ Polaris. +1 614 846-1500 [48] One of the new commercial shopping areas, loaded with popular stores and restaurants.
  • The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, Tuttle Crossing Blvd. at I-270, A 980,000 square foot mall with over 120 stores and a food court.

Groceries

  • Krogers Throughout Columbus. Ask for discout card!
  • Giant Eagle Throughout Columbus. Ask for discount card.
  • Whole Foods Market 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. +1 614 760-5556

Eat

The City of Columbus issues approximately 6,000 licenses for a variety of types of food vendors, Franklin County issues about 3,000 for the remainder of the County and the suburban area. When you consider this and other food events like festivals, The Ohio State Fair and sporting events (tail gate parties), you have to be convince, they do like to eat here. Columbus can be a real gastronomical adventure for even the most discerning diner. You can sample local specialties like fried sauerkraut balls or the variety of busters, which are breakfast plates smothered in gravy. Columbus has an extremely diverse ethnic base, reflected in its variety of restaurants that rivals cities like New Orleans for culinary treats, price and variety.

Food Safety – In Columbus, starting late May of 2007, all 6,000 local restaurants must post color coded signs that reflect the results of the most previous inspection by the Columbus Public Health Dept. Green = passing most recent inspection. Red, yellow or white suggests you probably may want to reconsider your options. The law applies to public pools, tattoo parlors, spas, campgrounds as well as food markets. The sign must be obvious, within five foot of an entrance.

Budget

  • City Barbeque, [49]. Chain that is primarily in Columbus, with locations in a few of the suburbs. Incredibly good pulled pork, with tastes for anyone interested in BBQ cooking.
  • Yau's China Bistro This is an unpretentious, but incredibly good Chinese restaurant located on North High Street, part of the campus area. Very authentic and reasonably priced.
  • Udupi Cafe Excellent inexpensive South Indian restaurant, located on 161 between I-71 and Cleveland Ave.
  • Wendy's headquartered in nearby Dublin, Ohio. The original Wendy's restaurant was located downtown on Broad Street, but has closed.
  • Aladdin's Eatery, Grandview, High St, & Dublin locations, Mediterranean fusion. Healthy, fresh, and priced well.
  • El Arepazo, Corner of Gay and Pearl. Venezuelan faire. Delicous and cheap.
  • Yanni's, Cleveland Ave. and I-270. Huge portions, cheap, good Greek food. Unbelievable desserts.
  • Lunch Wagons called loncheras, or lovingly refered to as "roach coaches" which cater to a Latino labor force, are becoming a common sight around town and are very popular with those in the know. Simlar to the lunch wagons so popular in Hawaii, but with a Latino twist. They are subject to inspection by the health dept. and should not be feared but enjoyed.
  • White Castle Scattered throughout Columbus, you will find the popular White Castle burger franchise. Fries, burgers, shakes, breakfast. Most are open 24/7 and offer some of the most inexpensive eats in town.

Mid-range

  • Thurman's, 183 Thurman Ave (about a block east of High St. at Greenlawn Ave). A bar with the absolute best burgers in town in the nice German Village area. The Thurman Burger is loaded with all types of meat, including ham and bacon and globs of all of your favorite garnishings. The wings are also rumored to be excellent, but it's difficult to go there and not order one of their fantastic burgers. Be prepared to wait for a table, though: the restaurant is extremely small.
  • Schmidt's Sausage Haus, also in the German Village area, head south on High St from downtown, turn left on Kossuth St. Authentic German sausage, schnitzel, red cabbage, etc. Don't leave without trying their microbrewed beer, as well as the fresh-baked vanilla cream puffs (one is enough for two people).
  • Max & Erma's, [50]. The quintessential 'burgers and stuff' sort of place got its' start here, and you can find one almost anywhere in town, including the original restaurant in German Village. Adventurers are recommended to try their Garbage Burger, while those with a sweet tooth should get a pan of cookies made fresh for them, or try the sundae bar!
  • My Momma's Sweet Potato Pies, 813 East Livingston Ave. +1 614 444-4282 [51] Authentic sweet potato pie.
  • Columbus Brewing Company, just west of the Brewery District. Fine food at a good price.
  • Hunan House or Hunan Lion, Two of the best Chinese places in the Midwest. The Hunan House in the north side of town off SR 161/Dublin-Granville, was featured on the Food Network, though both rest restaurants serve mostly the same food.
  • Akai Hana Columbus' most authentic source of excellent Japanese food and sushi. Located at Henderson & Kenny, it's a bit hard to find, tucked in a strip mall behind 'The Ski Shack'. Also provides carry-out. This restaurant is formerly known as Restaurant Japan.
  • Buona Pasta, 2962 McKinley Ave., +1 614-481-8105.[52]. Authentic Italian food. Pastas/sauces made fresh. Great food and outstanding service.

Splurge

  • Dragonfly, [53]. A nationally known, upscale, 100% vegan restaurant on King Avenue near campus.
  • Haiku is an excellent Sushi/Japanese restaurant in the Short North. Parking is extremely limited, but they offer free valet service. Food can get pricey, especially if you order a good bit of fresh sushi, but more than worth what you spend.
  • Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse 569 North High St., +1 614 224-2204, [54]. Fine Aged Steaks and Chops, Fresh Seafood and Creative Chef Specialties.
  • The Refectory, 1092 Bethel Rd. about 7 miles North of downtown, [55]. Known in Columbus as the height in fine dining. Elegant, attention to detail and outstanding service.


  • Alana's, 2333 North High Street, ..just north of The Ohio State University, +1 614-294-6783. [56]. is the best place to indulge in a nice bottle of wine with dinner, as the mark-up on her amazing selection is practically non-existant. With a new menu hand-picked by Alana herself every night and an on-site sommelier (her husband), Alana's is a great place to enjoy fine food in a non-pretentious atmosphere.
  • Cameron Mitchel Restaurants, [57]. For better or for worse, a majority of the fine dining in Columbus is owned by the same parent company. For a predictably pleasant (if unadventurous) night out you can choose from Molly Woos, The Columbus Fish Market, M (high-end), Cameron's (steak), or Cap City Diner.
  • Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe, [58]. Submerse yourself in the culture of Ohio State Athletics. Part restaurant, part museum, part shrine, this place exemplifies how seriously central Ohioans take their college sports, and offers a surprisingly upscale dining experience to boot. Situated (appropriately) near campus.
  • Spagio, [59]. 1295 Grandview Ave. European and Pacific Rim Cuisine. They have excellent wood-fired pizzas.

Dives

For the mid-west, Columbus has its share of ethnic and domestic eateries that shelter culinary artists throughout the city and offer outstanding meals at somtimes bargain prices, in locations that may be carry-out only, limited seating or maybe small bars that offer outstanding food. Places that are well worth the effort to find, which is part of the adventure.

  • The Blue Danube, 2439 North High St., +1 614 261-9308. An Ohio State University institution, it's a cheap bar/diner with a wide variety of food/drinks, open late. Try the gravy fries.
  • Chef Butcher's Creole Kitchen, 777 E Long St., +1 614 228-7588. Creole for the lunch crowd.
  • Ena's Caribbean Kitchen, 2458 Cleveland Ave., +1 614-262-0988. Limited seating, great food, family operation. Daily specials.
  • Paradise Foods, 3180 E. Main St., +1 614-236-1599. International dishes for every taste. Restaurant. Caribbean jerk/curry/brown stew chicken with red beans and rice; fried, steamed or blackened whiting, perch, catfish, red snapper, scallops and more (shrimp is also available by the pound). Choose from full or half slabs of long, center and short bone beef or pork barbeque ribs. Outside seating only.

Drink

  • The Winking Lizard in Worthington and on Bethel sport a good beer selection.
  • Victorian's Midnight Cafe at the corner of 5th & Neil avenues. Non-smoking, a great selection of beers, very casual. Live music most nights.
  • The Arena District, home of The Columbus Nationwide Arena. Bars include Frog Bear Wild Boar, Brother's, Gaswerks, and the Lodge Bar, each containing a different personality and young 20-somethings atmosphere. Cabs are easy to flag down, parking is cheap, and each bar has incredible happy hour specials. Don't miss Brothers $1 Thursday mug night, an Ohio State student favorite.
  • The Char Bar across the street from the Greater Columbus Convention Center is a nicely low-key place to get good drinks, many different types of beer, and relax.
  • The Short North area, on N High Street above Goodale street combines art galleries with bars. First weekend of the month is "Gallery Hop" and places are open later.
  • Barley's is a microbrewery in the Short North that is known for its high-quality beers.
  • Wyandotte Winery - 4640 Wyandotte Dr., [60] A family run winery located in a cozy neighborhood setting in northeast Columbus. Wyandotte has produced fine grape and fruit wines on premises for over 30 years. Visit the wine shop and tasting room, enjoy a taste of the current wine offerings, and browse the wine related items in the gift shop.

Music

  • Newport Music Hall, 1722 North High Street (in the University Area). [61] Has a rich history where up-in-coming acts play along side with national headliners.
  • Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave. (formerly the Promowest Pav.) in the Arena District. [62] A mid-sized venue seating 2,200 patrons indoors and 4,500 outdoors.
  • The Basement, 391 Neil Ave. Known for showcasing local bands.[63]
  • Bernie's/The Distillery, 1896 North High St in the University Area.

Sleep

Columbus is a convention city, with a large well established business and manufacturing base, as well as an education foundation that attracts many visitors. Downtown accommodations tend to be a little more expensive than those scattered near the interstate exits. But, there usually is lodging available in most price ranges.

Cope

Newspapers

  • The Columbus Dispatch - Daily Newspaper [64]
  • The Other Paper - Alternative/Entertainment newspaper [65]
  • Columbus Alive - Entertainment newspaper
  • The Lantern - Student Newspaper [66]

Religous Services

Columbus, like all of Ohio and the USA provide a right to all citizens, of free expression of religion and worship. This also applies to one who has no beliefs or does not believe in a higher power. As in most countries, there is a presence of those who have a fanatical form of belief that they would like to impose on you or introduce you to. It may be in your best interest to avoid discussions of religion with those who you are not familiar with.

Stay Safe

Dial 911 to get emergency (police/medical/fire) help.

Although down somewhat in recent years, crime is still a problem in certain areas of the city. Most violent crime occurs in areas that would not be frequented by tourists. Visitors to the area should be aware that the theft of laptop computers and other items from automobiles is a common occurrence. Always store valuables in the cargo compartment of one’s car and make sure it is locked.

Motorists who drink and drive will face stiff penalties if one’s blood alcohol concentration is above the legal limit (0.08). Police routinely set up checkpoints along major roads where all drivers must pass through and show their license and registration to check for intoxicated people.

Vehicles are required by law to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. However, the law is not universally followed. Take care to watch for turning traffic when crossing streets.

Hospitals

Due to the outstanding care, research and reputation of the Columbus Medical facilities, Columbus has thriving medical tourism business that attracts domestic visitors and visitors from all over the world. Those who accompany patients can expect assistance from the facilities (if you are insistant and have a little patience) in the form of long term discount lodging and local transportation to and from the facility to see the patient.

  • Center for Eating Disorders & Psychotherapy, 445 E Dublin Granville Rd. +1 614 293-9550.
  • Childrens Hospital. 700 Children's Drive. +1 614 722-2000. [67] Mre than six square city blocks with 1.5 million square feet of space on its downtown hospital and research campus, and is regarded at the nation’s 5th largest free-standing children’s hospital.
  • Columbus Arthritis Center, 1211 Dublin Rd. +1 614 486-5200 [68] Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromylagia, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Polymyositis, Sjogrens syndrome, Scleroderma, Vasculitis, Gout and Osteoporosis. Top and one of few Ohio facilitities!
  • Columbus Community Hospital, 1430 S High St. +1 614 437-7800.
  • Doctors Hospital, 1087 Dennison Ave. +1 614 297-5917.
  • Grant Medical Center, 111 S Grant Ave. +1 614 566-9000.
  • Ohio Hospital Of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 880 Greenlawn Ave. +1 614 449-9664.
  • Ohio State University Medical Center 410 W. 10th Ave. (Towards Olentangy River) +1 800 293-5123. [69] Ohio State University Medical Center is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country.
    • Dodd Hall 480 Medical Center Dr. (at west side of University) +1 614 293-5123 [70] Ranked among the top 10 for rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report. The place for recent brain injuries and muscle atrophy treatment.
    • James Cancer Hospital 300 W. 10th Ave. +1 800 293-5066. [71] Rated as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.
    • Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital 452 W. 10th Ave. +1 614 293-5123. [72] Adjacent Ohio State University Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute.
  • Mount Carmel, 793 W State St. +1 800 225-9344.
  • Riverside Hospital. 3535 Olentangy River Rd. +1 614 566-5000. [73] Consistently named the hospital of choice by central Ohio residents.

Law Enforcement

In the Columbus area, you will find a variety of Law Enforcement that includes Ohio State Patrol, Columbus Police, Franklin County Sheriff, local Police depts., in Dublin, Westerville and other local municipalities to name a few. Usually, they are what one would expect from law enforcement as far as being professional, polite and helpful. They are well trained and compensated, very good at crowd control and traffic control. Be polite, respectful and you will have few problems with them. Most have cameras in cars, do not offer any bribes of anything and keep in mind you are likely being video recorded.

Smoking

Ohioans passed "SmokeFree Ohio" ballot measure in 2006 banning smoking in most public areas with very few exceptions. Hotels that have designated smoking rooms in hotels, motels, and other lodging facilities may still allow smoking in smoking rooms under the new law. Restaurants and bars are forbidden from allowing smoking or ashtrays on their premises unless they have an outdoor patio.

Contact

Visitor Information

  • Experience Columbus is the visitors bureau. [74] 1-866-EXP-COLS. They have a Visitor Center at Easton Town Center where you can pick up brochures and get directions and recommendations from staff.

WIFI Access

  • Stauf's:, Grandview Village [75] Possibly the best coffee place in Columbus.
  • The Coffee Table, North High St, near Goodale Park in the Short North.
  • The Waiting Room, North High St, near 1st Ave.
  • Cafe Kerouac, North High St, near Northwood Ave. A funky neighborhood coffee shop that also has books and magazines.
  • Cup O' Joe, Several locations throughout the city including North High St, German Village, Bexley and Olentangy River Rd. Coffee roasted by Stauf's.
  • The ShiSha Loungue, 2367 N. High St, Cafe, hookah bar, live music, DJs
  • Panera, the nation's largest free WiFi provider, has many locations in malls, on High St, and in the suburbs.
  • Scottie MacBean's, location in Worthington on High St.
  • Arena District, [76] Anywhere in the green spaces of the Arena District.

Local Media

  • WSYX-TV Channel 6 - ABC [77]
  • WCMH TV Channel 4 - NBC [78]
  • WBNS TV Channel 10 - CBS [79]
  • WWCD Radio 101.1 FM - Alternative [80]
  • WCBE Radio 90.5 FM - NPR [81]
  • WOSU TV Channel 34 - PBS and WOSU Radio 89.7 FM Classical and 820 AM NPR [82]
  • Columbus FM stations [83]
  • Columbus AM stations [84]

Get out

  • Deer Creek State Park and Resort & Conference Center, 3,100 acres of nature within a 45 minute drive from downtown, 22300 State Park Rd. No. 20, Mt. Sterling, +1 877 678-3777 or +1 740 869-2020, Fax: +1 740 869-4059.
  • Wayne National Forest is a 45 minute drive to the southeast.
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is about a 2 hour drive. Go north on I-71 and then go east on US-30 into Canton.
  • Cleveland is about a 2 hour, 15 minute drive north on I-71.
  • Cincinnati is about a 1 hour, 30 minute drive south on I-71.





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