Ohio State, the University District and Clintonville
 

Patio Dining at South Campus GatewayGetting There/Getting Around

If you only know one thing about Columbus, we’d wager that it’s The Ohio State University. Just two miles north of downtown and accessible via CoGo Bike Share and COTA buses, the University District includes the massive campus of Ohio State, along with its sports venues, nightlife spots and restaurants.

University District 

Whether you’re a fan or not, you’ll want to make a quick stop at Ohio Stadium, known as “The Shoe,” which is home to the famed Ohio State Buckeyes football team. The 18,000-seat Schottenstein Center is host to Ohio State’s hockey and basketball teams, as well as concerts from national touring musicians. Golf fans will find a lot to love at the Jack Nicklaus Museum, dedicated to the hometown hero. Not far away, near the Ohio Expo Center is MAPFRE Stadium, home of Columbus Crew SC.

People at an exhibition at the Billy Ireland Cartoon MuseumDining options range from student-centric to upscale; find a variety of options around High Street and 11th Avenue. The Wexner Center for the Arts showcases rotating modern art exhibitions, and also hosts a huge variety of events, ranging from music, theater and dance performances to film screenings and artist talks. Across the plaza, the free Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum has the largest collection of cartoons and comics in the world, and features rotating exhibitions of historic, classic and modern comics. 

The Columbus Park of Roses in ClintonvilleClintonville

Stretching north from Ohio State to Worthington, Clintonville is a large neighborhood with many attractions, from the Park of Roses to the independently owned retail shops and restaurants that line High Street. Standout shops include modern decor purveyor Elm and Iron, fabric mecca Sew to Speak and all-locally made Wholly Craft. During warmer months, people flock to the Clintonville Farmers Market to get fresh produce and to the Olentangy River recreational trail to hike and bike. Arts venues like Wild Goose Creative and Studio 35 provide cultural opportunities year-round. Start your day with a cup of coffee at Cup O' Joe or Crimson Cup, both on the Columbus Coffee Trail. Dining choices veer toward farm-to-table, with Acre, Harvest Pizzeria, The Crest Gastropub and Angry Bear Kitchen as standouts. Get in line for world-class barbecue at the Ray Ray’s Hog Pit truck, at live music hotspot Ace of Cups. Learn some new skills amid a gorgeous setting at The Seasoned Farmhouse. Grab a delicious Viennese pastry from Mozart’s or a local beer and a hand-pie or two at Lineage Brewing.

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