Overview of Columbus
Your morning drive will take you past the Scioto Audubon Metro Park, across the river and into the heart of Columbus. Going to work won't seem so bad when you've got such a beautiful commute. Plus, the return trip is even better, since the park sits on your side of the river.
Have relaxing weekends
Your two-bedroom apartment in Columbus is a paradise for lovers of the great outdoors. Franklin Park Conservatory has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974 and boasts gorgeous walking paths that you'll be visiting every weekend. Wind down after a long week by surrounding yourself with some of Mother Nature's most beautiful palettes at the conservatory's Botanical Gardens. With over 400 plant species, every trip will reveal something new and exciting.
Frequent visits to the conservatory won't get dull over time. There are year-round seasonal and special exhibitions that you'll be keeping your eyes on. Additionally, the Franklin Park Conservatory is home to a permanent collection of glass artwork by none other than Dale Chihuly. You'll love watching the sunlight dance along the reflective surface of beautifully colored glass pieces.
If you prefer more high-energy pastimes, look no further than Alum Creek, where you'll find the Alum Creek Multi-Use Trail. This great pathway accommodates walkers, bikers and inline skaters. Ever thought about taking up horseback riding? Well, forget about having to do it on a ranch far from the city, because Alum Creek offers horseback riding trails. Why confine yourself to a fenced-in area when you can traverse a pathway on a horse? It's one of several trails in the city of Columbus, but it's the one you'll love most, with its breathtaking views of the river and tall trees that frame the trails.
At Alum Creek, you can spend some quality time with Mother Nature. There's a campground, where you'll be able to pitch a tent, turn off the cell phone and spend the weekend either alone or with friends, admiring the serene surroundings. If you prefer sleeping on a bed and having solid walls between you and the wildlife, fear not, because there are eight cabins available for rent. It's a great option for weekend getaways with friends or loved ones.
You can head further away from your two-bedroom apartment in Near East for other nearby trails, including the I-670 Bikeway, a short pathway that's perfect if you've got a tight schedule but want to fit in some scenic exercise. You can also drop by Jeffrey Park Nature Trail, located in Jeffrey Park, a 34-acre expanse where you can admire the historic Jeffrey Mansion and jog along the wooded trails.
Meet like-minded individuals
The Chadwick Arboretum, located on the grounds of Ohio State University is the perfect place for nature-lovers looking for like-minded neighbors. Here, the mission statement of "using plants for educational enjoyment" means that everyone you meet will share your appreciation for the astounding beauty of Mother Nature and the importance of preserving it.
You'll have everything and more in Near East - exercise opportunities, outdoor amenities, friendly neighbors and more. The great outdoors are never far away when you move into your two-bedroom Columbus apartment.