Hear about travel to Columbus and central Ohio as the Amateur Traveler talks to Matthew Caracciolo from matthewcaracciolo.com about what to do in the Buckeye State.
Matthew says of Columbus, “I know Columbus isn’t the most obvious choice for most people but the two words that come to mind are variety and value. There’s a surprising variety of things to do, both in the city and an hour and a half to two-hour radius in any direction around the city. I say two hours mostly to include Cedar Point. An hour and a half is going to get you everything else.”
Matthew starts us at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium which is not only one of the larger urban zoos in the U.S. but also includes a waterpark. Some families make a two-day event of their visit.
We get inside of some of the neighborhoods of Columbus like German Village where you can go for some good bratwurst or the Short North Arts District. We stop at North Market for some unusual ice cream flavors like Churro or Gooey Butter Cake and for some fried chicken.
We talk about the art museum a number of festivals and a science museum where you can leave the kids at home for an adults-only night program.
You may encounter Somalis in its large expat community or Amish from rural Ohio. You will encounter Ohio State football fans… everywhere.
As we get out of the city on side trips Matthew recommends a visit to the Hocking Hills area, as well as a visit to the Wilds conservation park which he describes as “like Jurassic Park but without all the carnage”. We also talk about the theme parks of Cedar Point and Kings Island. Nearby Dayton, Ohio celebrates its aviation heritage as the home of the Wright Brothers and not coincidentally the home of the National Air Force Museum.
Come hear what Ohio, my home state, and its capital Columbus have to offer.
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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Valters at The Maennerchor
Jazz & Rib Fest
Columbus Arts Festival
The Columbus Food Truck Festival
The Scioto Mile
COSI After Dark
Columbus Blue Jackets
Hot Chicken Takeover: Nashville Hot Chicken in Columbus
The Ohio State University
Jeni’s Ice Creams
The Columbus Book Project
Wexner Center for the Arts
Hocking Hills Ohio
National Museum of the USAF
Yellow Springs, Ohio
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park – The Wright Cycle Company and the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center
Two follow-ups. I noticed as we got to Keys Ranch, we mentioned two restricted areas. We didn’t mention the second. The park has several Day Use Areas which are sunrise to sunset. Check the park for a map. These are areas around desert water sources. The restriction allows the native wildlife to visit these watering holes without human presence and vital to their survival.
The other item we can mention is the park is doing a two year trial on a shuttle bus from both Joshua Tree and 29 Palms visitor centers with stops at certain locations in the park along the loop road. I think the service runs about every two hours. This just started January 31st, 2018.
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