Things to Do on the Near East Side
Olde Towne East and Franklin Park
Olde Towne East is host to interesting clusters of dining and nightlife along Parsons Avenue and Oak Street. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens lies just east, with an awe-inspiring glass house, lit by night with colorful installation by James Turrell, inside gardens representing many of the world’s biomes, and an outstanding community garden campus that also hosts cooking and horticulture classes throughout the year. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation's Children's Garden focuses on introducing and connecting children to the natural world.
King Lincoln District
The King-Lincoln District, just north of Olde Towne East, is the epicenter of the city’s African American heritage, and you’ll see that on display in murals along the Long Street Bridge. The King Arts Complex combines African American art and history with community events like free Summer Jazz Series on Thursday evenings in July and August. The Lincoln Theater is lovingly restored in its original Egyptian style, and you’ll find performances of all types gracing its stage. Grab a coffee at Zanzibar Brews.
East of Franklin Park, you’ll find the inner ring suburb of Bexley. Along East Main Street, you’ll find a collection of restaurants and the art-house movie theater The Drexel.