If you work and play in Cap City but would like to get a taste of new surroundings– take some time to venture out to one of Columbus’ twenty suburbs. In just 30 minutes or less, you can travel to the many distinct neighborhoods that make up the central Ohio community. While there are many places to choose from, here are 5 that are definitely worth the visit.
Grandview: Dine and Unwind
With a great dining scene that includes a variety of sidewalk/patio seating options, Grandview is a great place to grab a bite—and it’s just a short drive from downtown. Restaurants range from upscale eateries to bars and breweries, with a pleasant mix of ethnic specialties. When you’ve had your fill, spend some time walking through the boutiques and resale shops sprinkled around town which offer everything from clothing to refurbished furniture. And when you want to hit up the night scene, check out some live music from new bands and artists playing around town, or the weekly trivia night at the Grandview Cafe.
Powell: Animals & Antiques
Home to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (not to mention the stomping grounds for Jungle Jack Hanna), this notable landmark and frequent contender on the national best zoos list is reason enough to spend some time in Powell. But aside from this attraction, Powell has many other things to offer. Surrounded by the beautiful Olentangy countryside, the historic downtown area is quaint and inviting. This destination appeals to visitors with its many antique shops, local artisans and merchants. If you would like to do some one-of-a-kind shopping and antiquing, this is a great place to spend the afternoon.
Gahanna: The Creekside Experience
A short drive from Port Columbus International Airport, Olde Gahanna offers a unique Creekside experience. Positioned along the Big Walnut Creek, visitors can meander the paths of Creekside Park, find a variety of locally-owned shopping and dining options or take a relaxing paddleboat ride through the creek. Celebrated as the Herb Capital of Ohio, Gahanna’s Herbal Trail is known for quality and quantity herbs that can be tasted at restaurants through town. If you are interested in shopping, Easton Town Center, the indoor/outdoor shopping complex, is just a short drive away and offers high-end shopping, restaurants, fountains and storefront parking.
Dublin: Festivals & Irish Flair
Named the best suburb to do business, Dublin is known for its highly regarded school district and its desirability as a place to raise a family. What stands out most about Dublin from a traveler’s perspective is that it is host to a variety of special events throughout the year. If you would like to explore your Irish roots or simply enjoy the Irish culture, don’t miss the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade held in March or the Irish Festival held the first weekend in August. Both events offer cultural festivities all in the spirit of Ireland. For golf fans, Muirfield Village, founded by golfer Jack Nicklaus, is home to the Memorial Tournament (a stop on the PGA tour) held each spring. In addition to the tournament, the event holds a yearly induction ceremony to honor past golfers.
Granville: A Nod to New England
Tucked away past New Albany and heading towards Newark, this New England-style community has small-town charm. Home to Dennison University, Granville is characterized by stately buildings, historic homes, churches and beautiful tree-lined streets and gardens. You can definitely feel the New England influence established in the village by early settlers from Massachusetts and Connecticut. If you plan to stay the night, reserve your room at The Buxton Inn, Ohio’s oldest continuously-operated inn. Antique lodging, elegant gardens and dining make this a highlight worth checking out.
No matter which Columbus suburb you decide to travel to, you’re sure to find something new. Take some time to venture out—and tell us where you went!