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The Columbus neighborhood of Clintonville is located just south of Worthington and north of Ohio State’s University District, situated on the north-central side of Columbus. Historically, Clintonville has been the home of Columbus’ first zoo (in operating for just four short months in 1905) and Olentangy Park, an amusement park once boasted as the largest in the U.S.

Present-day destinations in Clintonville are much more understated but equally as notable. Popular vinyl record stores like Elizabeth’s Records and vegan hotspots like Portia’s Cafe and Pattycake Bakery have made Clintonville one of the hottest hipster neighborhoods in the U.S, while the Park of Roses continues to be seen as one of the best parks in Columbus. Continue on for more of the Top 10 things to do in Clintonville:

1. Catch a Movie at Studio 35

Photo provided by Studio 35.

Studio 35 is a single-screen independent theater and draft house perfect for those looking for a night out, rather than to just catch a film. With 40 draft beers at its disposal, themed events like Bad Movie Nite and BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby), beer tastings and cult film showings, there’s something here for everyone. For more info visit www.studio35.com.

2. Stroll Through the Park of Roses

Located in Whetstone Park, the Park of Roses is a popular destination for weddings and photo ops given its large rose gardens, archways and rose-lined paths. And though the roses tend to be the main attraction for visitors, there’s also the Olentangy Trail for biking or jogging, and space for activities and gatherings. And if you’re in town for the Fourth of July, the park hosts one of the many fireworks displays in the city. For more visit www.parkofroses.org.

3. Shop Local at the Clintonville Farmer’s Market

Photo by Randi Walle.

Coming up on its 16th season, the Clintonville Farmer’s Market has it all, from bison and sausage to certified organic fruits and vegetables. Unlike other farmer’s markets, Clintonville’s producers are mostly food based, but there are a few craft vendors here and there. Catch the market between late April and early November for one of the most lively markets in the city. Visit www.clintonvillefarmersmarket.org/ for more details.

4. Hike Through the Ravines

Photo by Walker Evans.

A unique feature of Clintonville are the six glacial ravines that cut through Clintonville, including Glen Echo, Overbrook and Beechwold. The area encompasses a surprising range of wildlife for the city, with barred owls and eastern red-backed salamanders calling Columbus home. Visit www.clintonville.com to learn more about the area’s history.

5. Shop Vintage at Local Stores

For great antique and vintage finds, look no further than Clintonville. According to Yelp, Vintage Toast is a top five vintage clothing store in the city, while Elm & Iron, Boomerang Room and Bundle represent some of the best second-hand stores Columbus has to offer. Each are easily within walking distance of each other, and just a few blocks up from the University District’s vintage clothing shops.

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