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What to Experience in Columbus

Columbus is known for its thriving job market, high-tech companies, and world-class universities. But it's also famous for its unique lifestyle. Residents and visitors alike enjoy access to everything their hearts desire, from upscale shopping to championship golfing, and the list of things to do is virtually endless! Whether you're relocating to Columbus from across the state or across the world, use this helpful lifestyle guide to learn more about your new hometown.

Arts & Culture

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What to Do in Short North

Short North is a Columbus neighborhood that's well-known for its art galleries and beautiful residences. If you have your heart set on living in a community that truly embraces the arts, you'll love living in Short North! You can browse through available homes for sale in Short North here.

Go gallery hopping on the first Saturday of the month. The art equivalent of bar-hopping takes place in none other than Short North! Gallery Hop Saturdays bring hundreds of art aficionados to the streets of Short North for hours of browsing the latest exhibits, unique art galleries, and trendy restaurants. Gallery Hop officially runs from 4 PM to 10 PM.

Spend a night on the town. Short North's nightlife scene is as vibrant as the artwork hanging in the local galleries. Take your pick of dozens of upscale bars, local restaurants, and outdoor patios for a true night on the town.

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What to Do in the Discovery District

Another popular neighborhood in the heart of Columbus, the Discovery District is home to the Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Metropolitan Library, and other must-see attractions. If you're looking for a home in the Discover District, you can view all available homes for sale here.

Attend the International Film + Video Festival. Hosted by the Columbus College of Art & Design, the annual International Film + Video Festival showcases unique independent films from around the world. It has been a Columbus tradition since 1952.

Peruse the exhibits at the Columbus Museum of Art. This popular art museum keeps artwork from the 19th and 20th centuries in its permanent collection. Artwork by local artists, including George Bellows and Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, is also featured.

Fashion & Entertainment

Every year, Columbus hosts incredible events, live performances, and fashion shows. Thanks to the Columbus College of Art & Design and a plethora of entertainment venues, there is always something going on in the Greater Columbus area! But here are our top picks.

Attend Fashion Week Columbus. This event not only highlights emerging trends in the fashion world, it also supports up-and-coming designers and students.

Visit Columbus Commons. Named one of "The Five Coolest New Parks and Public Spaces in the US" by Gizmodo in 2014, Columbus Commons in the Uptown District is where the entire city gathers for outdoor events, including fitness classes, Food Truck Food Court days, and summer concerts.

Shopping & Dining

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From Easton Town Center and Polaris Fashion Place to Downtown Columbus itself, there are so many places to shop and dine in the Greater Columbus area! But if you want to try something truly unique, such as visit an award-winning green restaurant, you don't have to travel far — the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's Mapori Restaurant received a Four Star Certified Green Restaurant in 2014.

Parks & Recreation

With so many parks, golf courses, and outdoor attractions in Columbus, it's hard to pick where to begin! You can tee off at Worthington Hills Country Club, which features a par-71 course in addition to other amenities; you can explore waterfront parks on the Scioto Mile starting in the River South district; or you can use your green thumb at the Powell community garden.

Golfing, in particular, is a popular lifestyle in Columbus. Popular golf course communities include Ballantrae in Dublin, The Golf Village in Powell, Muirfield Village in Dublin, and Tartan Fields Golf Club in Dublin.  

Indoor & Outdoor Activities

Eager to stop and smell the roses? Craving a bike ride through the woods? Want to spend a rainy day out and about? In Columbus, there are plenty of things you can do — rain or shine — to stay active. Here are a few worth trying out.

Bike Around Columbus 

Take advantage of bike-friendly Columbus. Columbus has taken giant steps to make bicycling popular, and it has paid off. In 2009, it was named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, and in 2013, the CoGo Bike Share was named one of the best alternative modes of transportation.

Explore the Area's Museums

In Columbus, you can enjoy interactive and hands-on learning at COSIcatch a show at the Ohio Theatre, or cheer on the Columbus Blue Jackets at hockey games. You can also tour the Fletcher Coffman House in Dublinexplore several antique malls in Powell, and shop at Kingsdale Shopping Center in Upper Arlington.

Enjoy All That Columbus Has to Offer

Want to know more about living in Columbus? Eager to explore popular neighborhoods and find the one that you can't wait to call home? We're more than happy to provide you with resources you need to buy a home in Columbus. Call us and let's talk about your plans!