For those of you who are new and visiting my blog for the first time, allow me to tell you a little bit about myself. I grew up and still live in central Ohio, near Columbus...home of THE Ohio State University Buckeyes. My husband and I are both proud graduates of Ohio State. We are raising our 3 children near a small town that is close to the outer northwest suburbs of Columbus. We like that we are away from the hustle and bustle of city life yet are still able to reap the benefits and conveniences. Columbus offers a great deal of cultural, ethnic, athletic and dining opportunities.
So, here goes. It was very easy for me to quickly come up with ten places that my family enjoys experiencing here in the Buckeye State. These are listed in no particular order.
1. The Columbus Metropolitan Library: I will admit, we visit only one of the many suburban branches of this library, voted the #1 library in the nation. I hope to get my 3 kids to the main branch downtown sometime this summer so they can experience the architectural beauty of the building, not to mention the expanse of resources available. The computerized system is second to none and I am certain my children truly have no idea how fortunate they are to have so much, so easily, just a click away.
2. The Ohio State University: Alma mater aside, this place is simply amazing. I am so happy to have Dr. E. Gordon Gee back at the helm as president of the university. "Time Magazine" named Dr. Gee the #1 college president! GO BUCKS!
Nothing compares to tailgating prior to a big Buckeye victory!
3. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium: Our family has held a season pass to the Columbus Zoo since my 10 year old was only 1 year old! So, I guess you could say we have visited the zoo many times over the last 9 years! We have seen the zoo change and grow and improve in ways we could never have imagined during that time. We very happily welcomed two polar bears to a new exhibit in the spring. They are truly a treat to see. And, not to continue bragging or anything, but...The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium was voted the #1 zoo in America!
Up close and personal!
4. Columbus Children's Theatre: I have taken my children here to see several fun productions (Schoolhouse Rock Live was our favorite). I think it's good for children to experience live theater and this is such an appropriate environment. The actors and audience are very forgiving to the occasional loud whispering four year old who "needs to go potty."
I hope you have enjoyed this mini-tour of my corner of the world. There is so much more to Columbus, Ohio than the 10 places I have mentioned here. But after reading all of these reviews, I think it's safe to say..."We're #1!"