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Columbus is a big city and there are plenty of hidden gems lurking right around the corner. We do our best to help expose some of these “best kept secrets” to the general public and show off all of the great things that are just off the beaten path. If you have a recommendation for an upcoming feature, send it our way: info@columbusunderground.

Best Hidden Gem of 2012: The Topiary Park

Walker Evans Walker Evans Best Hidden Gem of 2012: The Topiary Park

Columbus is a big city with lots of things to do and places to explore. Even long-time residents often have a checklist of places that they’ve never been, or sometimes never even heard about. When we ask our readers to share their favorite “hidden gem” its because we want them to share their passion and […]

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The Topiary Park: A Best Kept Secret

Walker Evans Walker Evans The Topiary Park: A Best Kept Secret

Prior to 2010, The Topiary Park was hands down the nicest green space to be found in Downtown Columbus. This one-of-a-kind space is the only park in the world based on a painting (George Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte”) and illustrated through topiary. But in the two years since 2010, we’ve […]

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Cultural Arts Center: A Best Kept Secret

Walker Evans Walker Evans Cultural Arts Center: A Best Kept Secret

The Cultural Arts Center has been a downtown institution for over three decades. Run by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, this facility offers a wide variety of unique classes, regular gallery exhibitions and other special events in a beautiful historic building located on Main Street near the recently renovated Bicentennial Park. We recently spoke recently to […]

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Best Hidden Gem of 2011: Frank Fetch Park

Walker Evans Walker Evans Best Hidden Gem of 2011: Frank Fetch Park

If there’s one easily identifiable theme in the results of our “Best Hidden Gem” question in this year’s reader survey, it’s that people love outdoor spaces. Seven of the ten most popular responses were parks, trails and other natural elements of our landscape. At the top of the list, for the second year in a […]

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OSU Surplus Store Offers Great Deals

Anne Evans Anne Evans OSU Surplus Store Offers Great Deals

Are you looking for office furniture and don’t have a lot of money to spend? The OSU Surplus Store may be a place for you to check out. It offers lots of great items at extremely low prices. Plus you get the added bonus of buying locally and second-hand without all of the hassles of […]

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Davis Performing Arts Center: A Best Kept Secret

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Tucked away on a quiet strip of Franklin Avenue, the Davis Performing Arts Center may be one of the most well hidden arts venues in the City of Columbus. This quiet tree-lined street sits behind the Topiary Park and offers an almost strangely serene environment for an arts venue that is located within Downtown. The […]

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Meat Packers Outlet: A Downtown Best Kept Secret

Walker Evans Walker Evans Meat Packers Outlet: A Downtown Best Kept Secret

If you happen to stroll down a quiet portion of South Fifth Street, you might have already discovered the Meat Packers Outlet. If not, you may never have known that this establishment was right under your nose. The Meat Packers Outlet is a family owned business that has been around for over 53 years, and […]

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