Today is the Ohio Blogging Association‘s All State Blog Swap where bloggers from all around the state are swapping posts. This guest post is by Rachel from Hounds in the Kitchen, a earthy homemaker in Columbus Ohio. Visit Poise in Parma today to read the rest of the All State Blog Swap posts and check out my post on Six Tips for Planning Summertime Fun.
Columbus, Ohio is a short day trip away from Northeast Ohio. It's a city full of awards – #1 library, #1 science center, and #1 zoo. When you visit central Ohio, I hope you'll try some of my favorite fun, low cost, family activities.
1. The Ohio Statehouse is infused with history and character. Standing on the marble floors in the rotunda, one looks up to the find beautiful stained glass. Walk down the marble stairs to the lower level and enjoy the free museum about Ohio's political history. Open Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM; Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM at 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215
2. A short .4 mile walk south on High Street and west on West State Street will land families at the Scioto Mile. This recently renovated mile-long park features flowers, art, swings and benches along the Scioto River. Follow the path south to Bicentennial Park to view or play in the beautiful fountains. Visit their calendar for free concerts and events.
3. While you are downtown, be sure to stop at the Columbus Main Library. This historic building is home to art collections, a charming children's area, and a large collection of books for browsing. 96 S. Grant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215 Open Mon-Thur: 9 AM – 9 PM, Fri: 9 AM – 6 PM, Sat: 9 AM – 6 PM, and Sun: 1 – 5 PM
4. Just behind the library is the whimsical Topiary Park. Settled on seven acres, the Topiary Park features shrubs sculpted to look like Georges Seurat’s famous Post-Impressionist painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte, a small pond, walking paths, and picnic tables. 480 East Town Street Columbus, Ohio 43215 Open daily sunrise – sunset
5. Franklin Park Conservatory‘s Edible Garden campus is an inspiring destination for gardeners. Simply drive through the park to the rear (south) side to wander around the edible gardens. Kids can enjoy a small playground. A summer farmers' market will open Wednesdays June 6 – October 17. Note: Admission required for entrance to the Conservatory's indoor exhibits including a glassblowing hot shop, travelling exhibits, bonsai collection, and permanent biome exhibits.
6. The North Market is our city's oldest public market. 35 vendors offer prepared and fresh food under one roof. On the weekends, farmers and artists populate outdoor stands with their wares. Browse through the market to watch meat being butchered, pretzels folded, waffles baked, and award-winning ice cream scooped. Looks are free but most families will want to spend a little cash tasting the artisnal foods. 59 Spruce Street Columbus, Ohio 43215 Open Monday: 9am – 5pm (select), Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 7pm, Saturday: 8am – 5pm, Sunday: Noon – 5pm
7. Hungry, brave families will want to plan a stop at one of Columbus' many food trucks. Our city is home to over forty authentic taco trucks from various parts of Mexico and South America. If tacos aren't your thing, surely one of the trucks profiled on Street Eats Columbus will feed your family. The adventure of hunting down a truck costs nothing but you'll need a few bills to feed your family.
Where do you like to go when you visit Columbus?