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PARKS, SPORTS & RECREATION

PARKS & RECREATION
SPORTS
GOLF COURSES

 

PARKS & RECREATION

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
4850 West Powell Road
Powell, OH 43065
800-MONKEYS (666-5397)
One of the nation’s top zoos, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium boasts international recognition largely in part to Director Emeritus Jack Hanna. Home to over 5,000 animals, the zoo also operates the Safari Golf Club, Zoombezi Bay Water Park and Jungle Jack’s Landing.
Zoo & Aquarium Admission: Under 2, Free; Ages 2-9, $9.99; Ages 10-59, $14.99; Ages 60+, $10.99.
See website for Zoombezi Bay, Jungle Jack’s Landing and Safari Golf Club fees, as well as combination
tickets.
Hours vary by month.

Franklin Park Conservatory
1777 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43203
(614) 645-8733
Built in 1895, Franklin Park Conservatory is a premier horticultural and educational institution showcasing exotic plant collections, special exhibitions and a signature collection of work by glass artist Dale Chihuly. It is located within the 88-acre Franklin Park, just two miles west of downtown Columbus.
Mon, Tue., Thu.-Sun. 10am-5pm; Wed. 10am-8pm.

Topiary Park
480 East Town Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 645-0197
A seven-acre park in downtown Columbus, centering around topiary sculptures depicting a life size version of Georges Seurat’s famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte.  
Sunrise-sunset, every day of the year.

Goodale Park
120 West Goodale Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Columbus’ oldest pubic park, Goodale Park is an expansive green space located in the Short North, just north of downtown. This park has benches, updated playgrounds, and fountains, and is a great place for a picnic or to go on a bike ride.

Columbus City Parks
Relax in an urban oasis or take part in a festival or event at one of the many Columbus City Parks.

Park of Roses Floral Garden
3923 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43214
USA Today named this park one of the most pristine rose gardens in the United States because of its scenic and intricate rose arrangements. This is a great place to take a stroll at any time of the day, and certainly a beautiful place to take some photos.

Olentangy River & the Olentangy River Greenway
The Olentangy River is a 97-mile river that stretches through central Ohio, meeting up with the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. The 13-mile “Olentangy River Greenway” is a bike path that begins in downtown Columbus and heads north along the river to the Antrim Lake in suburban Worthington. Along the way, the trail passes by Ohio Stadium and along the edge of campus. Rent a bike at Handy Bikes (see below).

Handy Bikes Bike Rental
2489 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43202
(614) 267-0550
Close to campus, renting a bike from Handy Bikes will allow you to explore downtown Columbus, campus and the Olentangy River Greenway Bike Trail. Along with the campus location, bikes can also be picked up at 1055 West 5th Avenue.
Mountain/Trail Bike: $25 per half day $45 per day
Hybrid/Comfort Bike:
$25 per half day $45 per day
Tandem Bike
: $45 per half day $90 per day

Olentangy River Wetland Research Park
352 Dodridge Street
Columbus, OH 43202

Set on 50 acres on the north edge of campus along the Olentangy River, the Wetland Research Park works to study natural river and wetland habitats while conserving the local wildlife along the river. The park also researches ways to recreate the nearly 90 percent of original wetlands that Ohio has lost. Wander along the elevated paths through the bogs and marshes, keeping an eye out for the over 170 species of birds, as well as turtles, snakes, muskrats, beavers and white tailed deer. Enter through the main entrance off of Dodridge Street to the parking lot if you are driving; if you are walking or biking, a short pathway leading off the Olentangy River Greenway Bike Trail (see above) and across a small footbridge takes you into the park.
Tours
are offered throughout the year. Call (614) 292-9774  for more information and to reserve a space.

Columbus Commons
South High Street & East State Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Where once there stood City Center Mall now sits the Columbus Commons. Located on nine acres of land between South High and South Third streets, and East Rich and East State streets is the new destination spot to start the day off right by enjoying a picnic or wind down the evening in style by taking in a concert. Outdoor movie series, live concert series, and live theatre run through summer and fall. Kids programs, a hand-carved carousel, and outdoor fitness courses are also part of the park amenities. All activities are free. See website for complete event information.

OSU Ice Rink
390 Woody Hayes Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-4154
Home to the OSU women’s hockey team, the OSU Ice Rink offers public skating sessions throughout the year.
See website for current public skating schedules.
Admission: $5 per adult, $4 per child (17 and under). Skate rental $2 per session.

 OhioHealth Ice Haus
200 W. Nationwide Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 246-3380
Owned and operated by the majority owner of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, The Chiller has five locations throughout central Ohio. The OhioHealth Ice Haus is located in downtown Columbus inside Nationwide Arena. See website for current public skate times and fees.

Magic Mountain Fun Center
8350 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH
(614) 840-9600
For those with kids (or kids at heart) who love a challenge, Magic Mountain Fun Center is a great fit. Bumper cars, go karts, laser tag, mini golf, and batting cages.
Regular Hours: Mon-Thurs, 10am-12am; Sat, 10am-1am; Sun, 11am-12am. Times vary for certain activities.

 

 

SPORTS

Yes, it’s true, Columbus is a University football town.  And although the Buckeyes dominate a lot of the sports fans’ attention, Columbus is  also an NHL, MLS and MiLB town, too:

NHL Blue Jackets
Nationwide Arena
200 W. Nationwide Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43215
Front Office: (614) 246-4625
Tickets: (800) 745-3000

Home to the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets, Nationwide Arena also hosts a schedule of concerts and other events year-round. Call for arena tour information.

MiLB Columbus Clippers
Huntington Park
330 Huntington Park Lane
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Front Office: (614) 462-5250
Tickets: (614) 462-2757

MLS Columbus Crew
Columbus Crew Stadium
1 Black and Gold Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43211
(614) 447-CREW (2739)

Check out the Ohio State Athletics Department for the latest schedules for all of men’s and women’s collegiate sports. See here for a full list of athletic facilities.

Ohio Stadium
411 Woody Hayes Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Stadium Office: (614) 292-6330
Athletics Ticket Office: (614) 292-2624

Ohio Stadium Tours are scheduled Mon-Thurs between 9am-5pm. Call (614) 292-7687 to schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.
During the Chic Harley years (1916, ’17, 19), OSU’s first three-time All-American sent fans into a frenzy, and football became Columbus’s number one pastime. Game attendance demanded a large facility, and Ohio Stadium was completed in 1922.  The stadium was dedicated on October 21, 1922, during the game against Michigan where OSU suffered a loss of 19-0.  To view an eternal reminder of the loss, visit the Rotunda (north end, main gate of the stadium); look up, and you will see maize flowers on a blue background.   Nicknamed “The Shoe” for its horseshoe shape, the original 66,000 seat stadium has been renovated numerous times, bringing the total capacity to around 105,000.   In 2001, permanent seating closed in the open end of the  horseshoe, and in 2007, grass was replaced with Field Turf.  Ohio Stadium was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
2012-13 Football Schedule

The Schottenstein Center
555 Borror Drive
Columbus, OH 43210
Athletics Ticket Office: (614) 292-2624
(800) ARENA-01
Built in 1996, “The Schott” seats 17,500 for OSU men’s ice hockey, 19,500 for Buckeye men’s basketball and women’s basketball, and up to 20,000 for concerts.

St. John Arena
410 Woody Hayes Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Athletics Ticket Office: (614) 292-2624
Although not the most attractive building on campus, St. John has been an athletics icon since it was built in 1956. From then until 1998, basketball games at St. John were loud and electric. All OSU fans who experienced basketball at St. John Arena will tell you there was nothing like it, and unfortunately outshone the current environment at The Schott. Today, St. John Arena is still used for men’s volleyball and women’s volleyball, men’s gymnastics and women’s  gymnastics, and wrestling, as well as the OSU Marching Band’s football pregame “Skull Session”.

Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
2450 Fred Taylor Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Athletics Ticket Office: (614) 292-2624
Completed in 2001, the stadium commemorates the life and career of Olympic Legend and Buckeye Jesse Owens. Owens, while a student at Ohio State, traveled to the 1936 Berlin Olympics at a time of extreme racism and segregation, in Nazi Germany, when Hitler believed that the games would prove his belief that the “Aryan” people were a dominant race. Owens proved that theory incorrect by winning four gold medals, making him the first American in Track & Field history to win four gold medals in a single game. In the spring of 2011, OSU unveiled a statue of Jesse Owens clutching his four gold medals outside of the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Men’s Track & Field; Women’s Track & Field

 

GOLF COURSES

Safari Golf Club
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
4850 West Powell Road

Powell, OH 43065
(614) 645-3444
This 18-hole public course is located on 140-acres that are adjacent to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. The Club features a driving range, pro shop and the Safari Grill.
See website for current rates.
Golf course is open daily from dawn to dusk (weather permitting). See website for Pro Shop, Driving Range and Safari Grill times.