Explore the Short North!

Columbus Art Walks are a great way to explore the Short North and 12 other neighborhoods with wonderful displays of public art. The audio tour guide is downloadable to your phone or mp3 player, printable maps are also available for download, and the walks take you through interesting corners of our city. You’ll see old favorites, new treasures, and get many of your daily recommended 10,000 steps!

Beginning with the Garden Mural, this Art Walk shows you one of the biggest murals of a series created by an artist collective working together without boundaries. There are other murals on the tour, including a graffiti mural of Uncle Sam. Also included are historic buildings, signs, architecture, and the iconic Short North arches. The tour includes the historic Short North neighborhoods of Italian Village, Harrison West, and Victorian Village.

Remember the smell of fresh bread wafting through the Short North neighborhoods years ago? Revisit those memories or make some new ones with a walk by the iconic Wonderbread factory here. Did you know it used to produce steel wool? Included on the tour is a haunted bed and breakfast, with stories from guests and owner alike. Also seen on the tour (from the street) are a dozen or so private homes with historic and architectural value.

St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church is an especially lovely stop with all its statues. Nearby is Christopher Columbus Square, the city’s smallest park with an ironic triangle shape, and a further on is a great spot for viewing the Columbus skyline. Other parks visited include Poplar Park, Chase Park, Harrison West and Harrison Parks, Side By Side Park, Battelle Greenspace, Goodale Park, and Italian Village Park.

From the Short North arches, past the mosaic totem pole, and on to the Garden Theater, and ending at Goodale Park, you’ll get a taste of the vibrant, bustling, art-filled neighborhood of The Short North. Long enough that you may want to break the tour into two parts, the tour is certainly still walkable in a single day.

The Columbus Team knows Columbus well, and we invite you to come and enjoy the Columbus Art Walks tour of The Short North to get to know your city, its art, and its history a little better!

Enjoy the Five Best Gardens in Columbus Area

You can enjoy the five best gardens in Columbus with our list of favorites. Pick one that appeals to you, or spend time over the spring and summer months exploring them all! Gorgeous, interesting, educational, and sometimes sentimental, these gardens should not be missed by those who love flowers, foliage, and the outdoors. We even provide links and addresses to make your expeditions easy and fun.

Explore your city, Columbus, and enjoy the best gardens in Columbus today!
Franklin Park Conservatory
1777 E Broad St, Columbus OH, 43203 614-715-8000
Admission to indoor gardens is $19 Adults / $16 Seniors  / $12 Children 3-12
Columbus OH Franklin Park Conservatory
Located in downtown Columbus, near German Village, the indoor gardens in the conservatory are beautiful and bloom all year round. The outdoor gardens begin to bloom with beautiful bulbs and budding trees in April and come into their full glory by June. Outdoor gardens include community vegetable garden projects, walking trails, and an outdoor amphitheater, too.

With smooth paths, ramps, and accommodations for disabilities, these gardens are accessible to all. There are art installations both indoors and out, which means children should be supervised.

Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville OH 43081
This Metro Park beauty is located in Westerville, and it’s 123 acres feature theme gardens with a rose garden, herb garden, woodland rock garden, and children’s garden. There is a garden here to everyone’s taste, and this is a gem not to be missed! From an enormous hosta collection to a little moss garden in the rock garden area, there is something here for everyone who’s heart goes pitty-pat for gorgeous landscapes.

With smooth, paved paths over almost all of the grounds, these gardens are very accessible. There are some steeper grades in the rock garden, and narrower paths in the children’s garden that could be a challenge. Most of the gardens are completely away from all traffic, and are perfect places for small children to run and play. The children’s garden has been designed for the joy of youngsters, and lovers of children’s literature.

Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens
Next to Howlett Hall at 2001 Fyffe Court on the OSU Agriculture campus in Upper Arlington/Campus Area.
Free and open to the public during daylight hours, the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens are a part of the Agriculture Department at OSU. Beautiful and peaceful, spring, summer and autumn, these gardens have wonderful plant collections, benches, short and easy walking paths, and a contemplative labyrinth for meditation. Most plants and trees are labeled, and perfect for educating young and old about these lovely gardens.

Mostly accessible, there are some shallow steps, a few stone paths, and the labyrinth can be enjoyed from, but not travelled in a wheelchair. While great for all ages, it is not fenced and is bordered by busy streets. Small children should remain under direct supervision.

Whetstone’s Columbus Park of Roses
3901 North High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Whetstone Park of roses
Located in the heart of Clintonville, this is one of the largest and most famous rose gardens in the U.S. Thirteen acres, with three unique rose gardens, an herb garden, perennial garden, and an Ohio prairie. Housing 11,500 roses and over 400 varieties, there are roses for everyone here. Included are the ancient wild roses, floribundas, grandifloras, miniatures, climbing, and shrub roses. They even have a garden filled with low-maintenance Earth-friendly roses in an informal garden setting. The roses are best seen in June and July, with the most roses in bloom at once. The scents and sights are truly amazing.

Very accessible, the gardens are planted on a slight hill which may be a mild challenge to wheeled visitors, but with wide smooth paths throughout. Away from traffic, this is a wonderful park for children, with wide lawns on which to run and play.

The Topiary Park
480 E Town Street, Columbus OH, 43215
Columbus OH Topiary Garden
Open during daylight hours, this astonishing park is a Georges Seurat painting come to life in topiary! A landscape designed to mimic a painting of a landscape, it’s a beautiful example of living art. Come walk among the visitors to “A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte” in Columbus!

Contact the Friends of Topiary Park, and arrange a docent tour of the beautiful landscape. Perfect in any season, as the evergreen topiaries are all visible and enjoyable even in winter. Although we do recommend warmer temperatures for full enjoyment, the park is lovely any time of the year.

Fully accessible to everyone.

Visits with Santa around Columbus! 2019

Where to visit with Santa - Santa and girlIs your little one eager to visit Santa and whisper holiday wishes into his ear? Are you hoping to get a great Christmas photo with the jolly old elf himself? Here’s a list of places around town where Santa is making himself available for boys and girls of all ages to have a quick chat and a photo!

Columbus Symphony Pops Series: Holiday Pops

Friday, December 6, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 3 p.m.

* Kids can take their picture with Santa after the 3 p.m. concerts

39 E. State St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Columbus Zoo, Wildlights

November 16, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Sunday – Thursdays (5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Fridays and Saturdays (5:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.)

* Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

* Santa’s Holiday Home in North America section at Battelle Ice Bear Outpost. Professional photographs available for an additional fee. The Claus’ not available after December 23.

Franklin Park Conservatory

Candlelight dinner, family crafting fun, decorating cookies, and visits with Santa!  There are several holiday events throughout the month of December.  Check their event page for more.  Breakfast with Santa is sold out.

1777 E. Broad St
Columbus, OH 43203

Eastland Mall

Breakfast with Santa – Sat, December 21, 10:00am – 11:30am
Santa Photos – Sun, December 22, 12:00pm – 02:30pm

Easton Town Center

Daily – November 22 – December 24, 2019
Monday – Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Breaks: 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. / 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sundays (11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Break: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
December 24 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

* “Reserve your spot in line on site, at home, or on your phone! Both reservations and walk-up appointments will be available, however, reservations are strongly encouraged.”

Hilliard Ohio Historical Society

Sunday, December 8 (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.)

* Weaver Park

Polaris Fashion Place 

Santa’s Schedule
Thursday, December 5 (10:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
Friday, December 6 (10:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
Saturday, December 7 (10:15 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
Sunday, December 8 (11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
Monday, December 9 (10:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
Tuesday, December 10 (10:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
Wednesday, December 11 (10:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.)

Please check out their website to see all the fantastic Holiday events they have planned in addition to the events listed below.

Santa’s Stories with Mrs. Claus – Wednesday, December 11th at 4:30 – 6:00 pm  FREE at Santaville in Center Court.

Cookies & Claus – Friday, December 20th at 4:30 – 6:00 pm  FREE at Santaville in Center Court. Decorate your own Cheryl’s cookie with frosting and holiday sprinkles, complimentary of Polaris Fashion Place.