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Things to Do in Metro Columbus

Things to Do in Metro Columbus

We are conveniently located in Reynoldsburg, with easy access to Interstate 70, Columbus, and Ohio State University. Our pet-friendly community features beautiful, lush landscaping, ample parking, and generous living space in our oversized apartments. We invite you to come to tour our community and see why Creekside at Taylor Square is a great place to call home!


Widely recognized as one of the world’s best zoos, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is home to over 7,000 animals spanning over 800 species and 580 acres. With impressive exhibits spanning ecosystems from the Congo to the North Pole and everything in between, the Zoo has been a popular regional attraction for nearly a century. The famous animal expert Jack Hanna served as Zoo Director between 1978 and 1993 and previously served as Director Emeritus.

Adjacent to the Zoo, the facility also operates Safari Golf Club, Zoombezi Bay water park, and Jungle Jack’s Landing amusement park, featuring rides and attractions, including a beautifully-restored 1914 Mangels-Illions Carousel. The Zoo also runs extensive internal conservation and breeding programs, hosts educational classes and community events, and is available for rental for private parties and events throughout the year.

 4850 Powell Rd Powell, OH 43065

Home to the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, Nationwide Arena is an 18,000+ seat venue anchoring the Arena District on the northwestern edge of Downtown Columbus. The Arena also hosts concerts featuring music’s biggest acts, from Paul McCartney to Justin Timberlake, WWE wrestling and MMA events, NCAA March Madness, professional rodeos, monster truck rallies, conferences, political events, and more!

Columbus is also home to Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, Minor League Baseball’s Columbus Clippers, auto races at Columbus Motor Speedway, the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, and the annual Arnold Sports Festival, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s renowned bodybuilding, strongman, figure, cheerleading, fitness and bikini competition. For sports fans, Columbus can’t be beaten!

 200 Nationwide Blvd Columbus, OH 43215

Twelve miles east of Newark, Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve provides a relaxing escape from the city. The Preserve features nearly 1,000 acres of protected wilderness along the four-mile sandstone formation cut by the Licking River. Along with an incredible history of Native American civilization dating back to 13,000 B.C., in modern times, the gorge has also served as a bustling transportation hub connecting the area to Lake Erie and the Ohio River.

The area is heavily wooded with cottonwood, hickory, sycamore, oak, and Virginia pine. Blackhand Gorge, Quarry Rim, and Chestnut Trails wind through the park offering breathtaking views of the many waterfalls, lush vegetation, and dramatic bluffs that grace the park. For a view from the water, kayak through the gorge to see remnants of the canal, locks, railways, and roads that once ferried people and goods across central Ohio.

 2200 Gratiot Rd SE Newark, OH 43056

The Buckeyes have teams in 37 men’s and women’s varsity sports, competing in the NCAA’s Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes have one of the most successful athletic programs in collegiate sports, with National Championships in baseball, men’s basketball, and football, as well as golf, swimming, volleyball, fencing, and more. On game days, fans throughout the region can be seen donning the Buckeye’s signature scarlet & grey.

With a capacity of more than 100,000, Ohio Stadium is one of the world’s largest sporting venues. Watching The Best Damn Band In The Land “Dot the i” in The Horseshoe is a bucket list experience for any college football fan. The men’s & women’s basketball and ice hockey teams play their games at the 20,000-seat Value City arena. Ohio Stadium and Value City also host concerts and other events throughout the year.

 555 Borror Dr., Columbus, OH 43210

Covering nearly 2,000 acres, Dawes Arboretum includes a beautiful collection of natural habitats and perfectly manicured gardens. Take in the scenery via twelve miles of trails that crisscross the grounds or by car with a four-mile driving tour. Originally serving as a retreat for the Dawes family of Columbus, the site was eventually opened to the public in order to foster conservation and provide opportunities to experience and learn about nature.

The Arboretum houses over 15,000 flowers, trees, shrubs, and other various flora. The famous Japanese Garden includes a tranquil area for meditation and a gorgeous reflecting pond. A bald-cypress swamp, a wetlands ecosystem, and world-class collections of witch-hazel, buckeyes, maples, and dawn redwoods are also found throughout the Arboretum. The Visitor’s Center includes a gift shop, snack bar, Discovery Center, and the Daweswood House Museum.

 7770 Jacksontown Rd Newark, OH 43056




Best Pizza

From their location off Main Street in Downtown Reynoldsburg, Tyler’s Pizzeria & Bakery serves up made-from-scratch pizzas, pastries, and bread crafted from real, high-quality ingredients. Try one of Tyler’s signature pies, or create your own from dozens of fresh toppings. Beyond pizza, Tyler’s also bakes delectable cinnamon rolls, turnovers, croissants, muffins, cookies, pies, and much more!

 7516 E Main St Reynoldsburg, OH 43068


Best Steakhouse

Just down the road from Tyler’s, the Hickory House Restaurant turns out the mouth-watering slow-cooked barbecue, wood-fired steaks, and fresh seafood, as well as soups, salads, sandwiches, and more. Try a rack of baby back ribs, or choose from USDA prime and choice steaks in a variety of cuts. Don’t forget to save room for housemade pie, cake, or Crème Brulee.

 7051 E Main St Reynoldsburg, OH 43068


Best Mexican Food

A short drive south in Pickerington, La Fogata Grill is a local favorite for authentic south-of-the-border cuisine. Start with an order of bean dip, queso, or nachos, then choose from a wide selection of southwestern staples like fajitas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and more. Cap off your meal with fried ice cream, mango cheesecake, flan, churros, or sopapillas!

 1849 Winderly Ln Pickerington, OH 43147


Best Italian Cuisine

Adjacent to Blacklick Woods Park, Scali Ristorante Italiano features traditional Italian fare from restauranteurs Frank and Judy Scali. They serve shareable plates like bruschetta and stuffed mushrooms to Italian classics like chicken parmigiana, lasagna, fettuccine alfredo, and veal saltimbocca. Cap off your meal with decadent desserts like tiramisu, chocolate chip cannoli, panna cotta, or NY cheesecake!

 1903 State Route 256 Reynoldsburg, OH 43068


Best Asian Fare

A bit further down Hill Road, Thai Paradise is for Thai, Korean, Chinese, and pan-Asian cuisine. From Thai mainstays like pad ka pow, drunken noodles, pad thai, and a variety of flavorful curries to Chinese dishes like General Tso’s Chicken and fried rice, Korean Bulgogi, and Chap Chai, Thai Paradise has something spicy to please all palettes!

 1268 Hill Rd N Pickerington, OH 43147