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Top 10 Things to Do in Victorian Village

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Victorian Village, known for its historic Victorian homes, Goodale Park, and proximity to the Short North, was one of Columbus’ first neighborhoods. The Village has experienced various periods of urban decay and revitalization over the past 100 years, but in the 1970s new life was brought into the neighborhood thanks to the Victorian Village Commission.

Today, Victorian Village is a top neighborhood to live, as well as a top destination for hangouts and attractions like the annual ComFest and Doo Dah Parade.

Continue reading for more of the top 10 things to do in Victorian Village:

1. Visit Goodale Park

Second to Bicentennial Park, Goodale Park is one of Downtown Columbus’ most popular parks. A little oasis in the middle of the city, the park is also home to ComFest, among other festivals.

The park itself has an open layout and features a shelter house, small playground, and a little gazebo where musicians often play during festivals. The Friends of Goodale Park, a non-profit organization, also hosts a Walks and Talks series where educators and instructors discuss interest facts about the parks’ trees and various wildlife.

For more information about Goodale Park, visit goodalepark.org.

2. Dine on the Patio at Basi Italia

Photo via Basi Italia website

Columbus residents love their local patios, and Basi Italia boasts one of the best in the city. Cozied in between neighboring Victorian Village homes, Basi is charmingly quaint, perfect for intimate evenings and date nights. Order the fried oyster or try out the very popular short ribs over sweet corn mash.

For more information visit basi-italia.com.

3. Swim at the Columbus Aquatic Center

Photo via Columbus Aquatic Center website

Though the center does not offer an open pool schedule, the Columbus Aquatic Center on Hunter Avenue does have water fitness, competition youth swimming programs, and swim classes for all age groups throughout the summer. Classes are offered to children and adults 3 years and older.

Find more information about classes and fees at the Columbus Recreation and Parks website.

4. Check out the Pizzuti Collection

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

The Pizzuti Collection is a non-profit organization and art space, featuring the family collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti. The organization is dedicated to presenting diverse voices through a variety of special events, exhibits, educational programs, lectures, and artist talks. Past exhibits have featured the contemporary works of Indian, Chilean and Cuban artists. Admission is $12 ($10 for seniors), and is free for members, students, and children.

Find more information here: pizzuticollection.org.

5. Play Board Games at Kingmakers

Photo by Jenna Taylor

Board game parlor Kingmakers offers something different on your Friday night out. This bar/cafe is stacked wall to wall with board games, from the classics to the super random, with a cover fee that’s just $5.

Kingmakers is tucked away from the Short North, however it’s a pretty popular spot for those who know where to look. For more information, check out kingmakersfun.com.


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