Just a block off the action of the Short North section of High Street, Goodale Park is an inviting place to sit back and relax. The pond, with its fountain and gazebo, is the centerpiece, with folks lounging along its banks and kids playing at the edge of the water. Winding pathways throughout the park see a lot of use as well. There are baseball diamonds and a basketball court for those in need of a bit of organized sport.
The main branch of the Columbus Metro Library is many things. First and foremost, it is a library, providing the people of the city with the material they need to better themselves. Second, it is a stunning historic building, worthy of placement in a period film about a smart-looking library. Finally, it is am inviting event space, hosting an array of programming throughout the year, some aimed exclusively at children, some aimed at the general public.
The Columbus Topiary Garden is a topiary garden unlike any other. Whereas the average topiary garden collects a bunch of random figures doing random things, this one is a unified work. It recreates Georges Seurat's classic painting ‘A Sunday on the Island of La Grand Jatte’ in three dimensional shrubberies. Each life-size (if not larger) figure plays the part of a figure in the painting, and it is marvelous. An on-site museum will fill you in on the history of the park, the Old Deaf School, and the surrounding neighborhood. Hours are daily from sunrise to sunset.
Home of the Columbus Clippers, Cooper Stadium is, perhaps, one of the best stadiums in the country for baseball. The seating arrangement is excellent thus giving fans a pleasurable viewing experience. Tickets for the schedule are also available online.
Its unique horse-shoe shape makes Ohio Stadium, home of the Ohio State Buckeyes, stand head and shoulders above its peers. Unarguably, this place is one of the best and most revered venues in the world of collegiate sports, and its been home to countless joys throughout the years.
The Franklin Park Conservatory is an institution. Serving Columbus residents and visitors since 1895, it's always been home to a premiere collection of exotic flora. The place has changed with the times, however, opening facilities for other educational and entertainment-oriented events. Today, it's famous not only for its plants, but for its James Turrell light installation and its Dale Chihuly glass exhibition. Throughout the year, the conservatory hosts an ongoing series of special events, some aimed at the science-minded set, others more like an unabashed party. See website for complete visitor details and events calendar.
Columbus Motor Speedway is an asphalt racing track located in Obetz near Columbus. The earliest motorcycle race was held at the speedway in 1946.
Come and visit the Highbanks Metropolitan Park Mounds I and II and view the outstanding examples of the beach maple, wood forests, oaks, hikes, parks, trails, an an overview of the native American history. Along with the natural beauties, the park feature burial grounds and observational trails. The place is serene and tranquil and features activities like fishing, canoeing, picnicking, and also nature programs.
The Muirfield Village Golf Course is located to the north of Columbus. This is renowned golfer Jack Nicklaus's dream project and he has spared no expense in turning it into a golfer's paradise. Various golf tournaments are organized throughout the year on this 18 hole course with 220 acres of space. The annual Muirfield Memorial Tournament has become a premier event here.