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Columbus is the capital and largest city in the state of Ohio. It was founded in 1812 and named for explorer Christopher Columbus. It is the 15th largest city in the U.S. and houses more than 730,000 residents. The city is globally recognized as a center for education, healthcare and technology.

Columbus is divided into many distinct areas. The university area houses The Ohio State University and encompasses a college town atmosphere with many shops, bars and restaurants. The Victorian Village holds a large number of Victorian homes. The German Village is the largest privately funded historic district, recognized for its unique brick architecture.

Columbus has been named a great garden city, with more than 60 gardens and farmers markets. The most visited garden is the Franklin Park Conservatory, a botanical garden that contains more than 400 plant species and a Palm House. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to director, Jack Hanna, and more than 700 animal species.

The city also features many recreational attractions. Columbus' historical areas house many museums, including the Columbus Museum of Art and the Wexner Center for Arts.



Columbus Museum of Art The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium The Ohio State University
Franklin Park Conservatory