Columbus. Also known as “Cowton” or “Cbus.”
Columbus is among the largest cities in the United States — both by area and population — and is also popular among tourists. The city’s rich history, increasing diversity, awesome food, amazing art, and numerous parks attract tens of millions of visitors every year.
If you plan to visit the city or are already there and thinking about exploring it, here are some of the best places to visit in Columbus.
Franklin Park Conservatory And Botanical Gardens
Located in the 88-acre Franklin Park (not far from downtown Columbus), Franklin Park Conservatory And Botanical Gardens is a horticultural and educational institution showcasing exotic plant collections and Dale Chihuly artworks.
The conservatory has four different biomes — Himalayan Mountain Biome, Rainforest Biome, Desert Biome, and Pacific Island Water Garden — and a seasonal showhouse, the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. Together they contain over 400 species of plants.
Then there’s the Palm House with over forty species of palms from around the world and the Bonsai Courtyard showcasing the conservatory’s bonsai collection.
There are also several beautiful outdoor gardens. Chihuly’s stunning glass artworks add to the beauty and charm of the place.
One of the major attractions of the Franklin Park Conservatory And Botanical Gardens is its annual Blooms & Butterflies exhibition when the Pacific Island Water Garden is transformed into a tropical haven for hundreds of butterflies.
If you are interested, they also offer classes, workshops and camps are offered in gardening, cooking, fine art, and wellness.
Columbus Museum Of Art
Located in downtown Columbus, the Columbus Museum Of Art focuses on collecting and showcasing American and European modern and contemporary art, folk art, glass art, and photography.
Among the museum’s most prominent collections are the Ferdinand Howald Collection of early Modernist paintings, the Sirak Collection of Impressionist and Expressionist works, the Photo LeagueCollection, and the Philip and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art. The museum houses the largest collections of works by local artists Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Elijah Pierce, and George Bellows.
Notable paintings include Nature morte au compotier by Pablo Picasso, Tiger Hunt by Henri Rousseau, The Mediterranean (Cap d’Antibes) by Claude Monet, and Portrait of a Young Woman by Mary Cassatt.
The museum also houses a number of impressive sculptures, including Hare on Ball and Claw, Intermediate Model for the Arch, Out of There, Ancestor II, The Mountain, Two Lines Up Excentric Variation VI, and Wasahaban.
Make sure you stop by the gift shop. It has plenty of cool stuff at reasonable prices.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Spread over 150 acres and with more than 10,000 animals from over 800 species, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is one of America’s largest and best zoos.
The zoo is divided into many regions, each themed for and housing animals from a particular region of the world. The regions include North America, Polar Frontier, Shores & Aquarium, and Heart of Africa.
Among the highlights of the zoo are the various Tours and interactive Experiences you can buy — Reindeer Encounter, Elephant Bath Experience, Chatting with Cheetahs, Twilight Tour, and more. These Experiences need to be purchased separately, and so it can get a bit pricey.
You can also enjoy the many rides and fun activities at Zoombezi Bay (a water park) and Rides At Adventure Cove (amusement park) — two parks owned by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
I would strongly recommend you visit the place if you are in the city.
So these were some of the places you must visit if you’re in Columbus. I must add that due to the pandemic, some sections might not be open, or there could be certain restrictions. So make sure you do the necessary research before visiting.
Also, please follow the guideline. Have fun but stay safe.