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Top 10 Things to Do in Franklinton

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Top 10 Things to Do in FranklintonUrban Scrawl, an annual event in Franklinton. Photo by Walker Evans.
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Every second Friday of the month, Franklinton artists, creatives, and community members host Franklinton Fridays, a local event showcasing the artistic work and talent Columbus has to offer.

The event spans 15 venues, making Franklinton Fridays the neighborhood’s hallmark event. But there’s much more to do throughout the month, including special events at COSI, the Idea Foundry, and others.

Read on to find more things to do in Franklinton:

6. Breakfast at Tommy’s Diner

Tommy’s Diner has a classic diner feel, and the OSU decor is sure to remind you where’s home. The stuffed french toast and gyro omelette are worth the wait on weekend mornings, or stop by during the week where you may even be waited on by Tommy himself.

Visit the Tommy’s Diner website for a full menu and hours.

7. Learn something new at the Idea Foundry

Photo via Columbus Idea Foundry Facebook page.

You may not expect the Columbus Idea Foundry is a great place for family outings or date nights, but the coworking and networking space offers more than just meetups and lectures. Add on to that list programming and art classes, jewelry and glass making, photography courses, Maker Date Nights, and much, much more.

Visit ideafoundry.com for more events and activities.

8. Visit COSI

Beloved science center COSI has made recent changes that both locals and visitors are sure to appreciate, including the addition of an underground garage and park, and plans for a science festival starting in 2019. For the 21 and over crowd, the center also hosts COSI After Dark, complete with themed activities, concessions, and a cash bar.

9. Skate and Swim at Dodge Park

Photo via Dodge Pool Facebook page.

For the active Franklinton visitor, Dodge Recreation Center features a wide variety of amenities, including a community pool, skate park, boxing center, ceramics, fitness, game rooms, and a library.

Entrance into Columbus’ recreation and community centers requires a leisure card, which can be obtained at various dates and times for just $1. Click here for more information.

10. Explore the Riverfront

Photo by Taijuan Moorman.

Last but not least, the Scioto Mile riverfront, stretching along both Downtown Columbus and Franklinton, is likely the most scenic backdrop in all of Columbus. Follow the trails and visit the fountain or free outdoor climbing wall.


Can you think of more activities in the Franklinton area? Leave a comment!

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