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Columbus is modern, hip, and happening, with a contemporary arts scene and booming technology industry. Ohio's state capital is famous for having one of the largest college campuses in the country, an institution that adds youthful energy to this historic city.

The best way to take in the stunning scenery and architectural treasures of downtown Columbus is to walk or cycle along The Scioto Mile. A huge network of parks and trails follows the Scioto River on both sides, covering more than 175 acres. You can play in the 15,000 sq ft interactive fountain or scale the country’s biggest outdoors climbing wall. Events including free music concerts are also held here in the summer. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is an award-winning wildlife enclosure renowned as one of the top zoos in the country. It houses a 100,000-gallon tank filled with coral reefs and one of the biggest collections of reptiles in the US. Other highlights include red pandas, Mexican wolves, bald eagles, and Amur tigers. When seeking some art and culture you can admire an Edward Hopper, Monet, or Picasso at the Columbus Museum of Art. Then head to The Center of Science and Industry if you want to learn more about outer space and the ocean. To enjoy a musical, ballet, or opera check the programme at the historic Ohio Theatre. For a more family-orientated excursion, LEGOLAND Discovery Center is dedicated to all things Lego and the perfect place for children. The historic German Village is popular for both shopping, refreshments and its traditional architecture. You can eat in German-themed eateries like Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, and enjoy a drink in beer halls and gastropubs. North Market Farmer’s Market here is the perfect place to go to buy local fresh produce. The residents of Columbus love tacos and hold a Taco Festival every May. Taco trucks can be found all over the city offering you their Mexican delights. With its University influence, the Short North Arts District is a great place to explore at night. Spend the evening strolling around its boutique shops, pubs, art galleries, and cafés.