Columbus is the capital of Ohio with an approximate population of 900,000, as of 2015. Its first inhabitants were tribes known as the Mound Builders, who, over a period of 5,000 years, constructed earthen mounds of various styles for religious, ceremonial and burial purposes. The first permanent white settlers moved into the Midwest around the 1700s and elected to name the capital after the famous explorer Christopher Columbus.
Columbus is famous for rather a lot; firstly for having one of the largest universities and (famous) football schools in North America, as well as being home to one of the country’s top zoos. It is also known for its best municipal park systems in the country, comprising of 16 parks spread over an area of 24,000.
There’s a lot more to find out about this interesting city so let’s read on and learn about the best things to do in Columbus!
1. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
The staff of these colorful gardens and beautiful conservatory work very hard to bring to life its 88 acres of landscaped grounds. They are especially glorious to visit in the spring when you will see hundreds of vibrantly hued bulbs start to show their pretty heads to the world. No season is without its own advantages though, and in the winter an evergreen tree display and lush winter foliage are the name of the game. This is a super place for all the family to enjoy having a stroll around. The kids will love seeing the pretty resident butterflies and fish pond. There is also a nice café on the grounds too, together with a gift shop for you to buy some mementoes of your visit.