Columbus Sights

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Ohio Statehouse

  • Government Building

The Ohio Legislature convenes in this 1861 Greek Revival building. The dome of the rotunda is painted with the state seal; the building...

Ohio Theater

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Across from the State House, the ornate 2,779-seat theater opened in 1928 to show movies and live stage shows. Saved from demolition...

Palace Theater

  • Arts/Performance Venue

When opened in 1929, this was a vaudeville house and movie theater designed to resemble Versailles Palace in France. The 2,827-seat Downtown...

Santa Maria Replica

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Moored in the Scioto River at Battelle Riverfront Park, two blocks west of the State House, the ship is a full-size reproduction of the...

Short North

  • Neighborhood/Street

The Short North arts district on High Street, north of Downtown and south of the expansive Ohio State University campus, is a hip, happening...

Southern Theater

  • Arts/Performance Venue

The city's first public building with full electricity, the 933-seat Victorian-era theater is the venue for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra,...

The Dawes Arboretum

  • Garden/Arboretum

Beman and Bertie Dawes founded the arboretum in 1929 to demonstrate the value of trees and shrubs. View the 1,700 acres of plants and...

The Topiary Park

  • Garden/Arboretum

Instead of stippled paint, the medium is shrubbery in a one-of-a-kind topiary replica of Georges Seurat's postimpressionist masterpiece,...

Thurber House

  • Museum/Gallery

James Thurber once reflected, "I have lived in the East for nearly thirty years now, but many of my books prove that I am never very...

Whetstone Park of Roses

  • Park/Playground

Once the American Rose Society Headquarters, the 13-acre garden within Whetstone Park has more than 11,000 rose bushes; an herb, daffodil,...


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