Check out the recap of my Columbus day trip!
When I’m describing where I live to people who have never been to Ohio (*ahem* me before moving here). I always say that I’m about one hour outside of Columbus and Cincinnati. I’ve been living in Dayton for about eight months now, and I realized, I had never actually spent a day in Columbus or Cincinnati. I’ve heard so many great things about both cities, and now that spring has decided to start doin’ it’s thing, I figured it’s the perfect time to take advantage and take a little day trip to Ohio’s capital.
Real talk: I was super sick when Kyle and I went on our trip. There was a bug going around the daycare I work at. I was convinced that I was just tired from drinking the night before, but now I’m 100% sure I caught the bug. I was sick in bed for the rest of the weekend, and it was awful. We still managed to cross off some fun things to do in Columbus, and I’m itching to go back for a redo when I’m not feeling like poo.
If you’re thinking about taking a day trip to Columbus, this is such a fun and easy itinerary to follow.
We originally planned to go to breakfast in Columbus, but we got a slow start to the day and ended up making it there in time for lunch. Kyle and I love visiting markets when we visit new cities, and North Market did not disappoint. There are so many food options that we were overwhelmed when trying to decide what to eat. They also had us scheming on dessert for later.
I didn’t have much of an appetite, but I sampled the food that Kyle got. We started with a raspberry hibiscus donut from Destination Donuts. They have a ton of interesting flavors, and Kyle practically inhaled this one when he got it. It also left him debating getting another after having lunch. For lunch, we went to Lan Viet Market. My appetite only allowed me to eat a summer roll, which was pretty good. Kyle had one of their noodle dishes with pork and said it was pretty good.
Besides having a lot of different lunch options, they also have all of the other things you would expect to find at a market – raw meats, spices, flowers, baked goods, wine, gifts. They also have a few places where you can buy a drink and walk around with it in the market. Jeni’s Ice Cream is super popular, and they have a location in North Market. My stomach wasn’t feelin’ it, but I fully plan to go back and see what all the hype is about. People rave about their ice cream.
WANDER THE SHORT NORTH
The Short North is a hip neighborhood in Columbus, and it’s within walking distance of North Market. They have tons of shops, restaurants, bars, etc. My biggest goal was to find some street art and take photos. The Short North did not disappoint. They apparently have some rotating street art artists that put up street art for a certain amount of time. There are also some permanent murals that call Short North home. I couldn’t resist snapping a few shots.
We actually found Goodale Park by accident when Kyle wanted to take a random turn. It has this elephant statue in the middle of a pond and lots of benches and grassy areas for you to sit. It looks like the perfect place for a picnic, to take your dog for a walk, or to unwind with a book. There were lots of ducks in the pond and lots of people just hanging out and enjoying the nice day.
FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
I love me a good botanical garden, and Franklin Park did not disappoint. The conservatory is amazing with each room introducing you to new plants. They have some rotating exhibitions, and when we were visiting, the tulips were in full bloom. They were absolutely gorgeous, and this was my favorite room.
They also had an exhibit called ‘Blooms & Butterflies’ and you could see a bunch of different butterflies flying around and hanging out all over the room. One of my favorite parts about the conservatory was the incorporation of some Chihuly pieces. I fell in love with Chihuly after visiting Seattle. They had a full Chihuly exhibition at Franklin Park in the past, but now, they just have a few pieces displayed in certain parts of the conservatory.
Franklin Park is definitely worth the visit if you enjoy seeing beautiful plant and floral displays. It’s such a pretty place to wander, and if you have kids, they have a whole kids park outside and a pretty neat kids area indoors.
Another interesting neighborhood to visit is the German Village. German Village is more of a historic neighborhood, and we encountered mostly residential areas, but it does have some shops and restaurants. During the summer, they apparently do some Shakespeare in the park, so I definitely want to go back and see that.
While we were in German Village, we visited the Book Loft, which has 32 rooms filled with books. It’s easy to get lost in there, but it is a book lover’s paradise. There are so many books, and they’re all discounted.
We had dinner in the German Village at a restaurant called Old Mohawk. Even though it got really good reviews on Google, we were both disappointed with our meals and thought it was pretty mediocre. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend eating there, but I’m sure there are lots of other great options in the area.
We cut our day trip short because I just wasn’t feeling great, but we did enough to make me want to go back and do some more exploring. I can’t wait to make another Columbus day trip and see what other things the city has to offer.
Where’s your favorite place to take a day trip?