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About Columbus and Ohio

Links to information about life in Central Ohio and beyond.

Columbus - General Information

Experience Columbus
Provides information on events throughout Columbus, including entertainment, attractions, sports, shopping, an events calendar, and much more.

City of Columbus
The City of Columbus' official website. A clearinghouse of links to city services, government offices, FAQs and extensive information about Columbus.

Data about Columbus
A large amount of information and statistical data about Columbus.

Columbus Recreation & Parks
Information on Columbus' extensive recreation and parks system.

Best of the Web--Columbus
Provides links to a wide range of Central Ohio businesses, from entertainment to employment.
Columbus' primary local newspaper is The Columbus Dispatch. This site provides daily information about the Central Ohio area, along with statistics and data about Columbus.

Columbus map

Columbus map
Online map provided by Google Maps.

Public transportation

COTA home page
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) provides public transportation for the greater Columbus area. Visit the COTA website to find detailed route information and schedules. 

Time & Climate

Current Columbus time
Columbus - and all of Ohio - is on Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5) and observes Daylight Saving Time (i.e., during DST the time zone for Columbus is EDT (GMT-4)).

Columbus has a moderate climate with four distinct seasons. Average annual temperature is 53°F with the average monthly temperature in January at 36°F and July at 86°F. Annually, the city receives an average of 37 inches of rain and 28 inches of snow.

National Weather Service Columbus forecast 
Short-term forecast for the Central Ohio region.

Average weather statistics for Columbus
Average temperatures by month as well as average monthly precipitation.

Sports in Columbus

The Ohio State University Athletics Department
Links to the collegiate sports at Ohio State

Ohio State University Recreational Sports
Many intramural sports are available for Ohio State students

Columbus Crew soccer
The Columbus Crew, a Major League Soccer team

Columbus Clippers baseball
The Columbus Clippers, a Minor League farm team for the Cleveland Indians

Columbus Blue Jackets hockey
The Columbus Blue Jackets, a National Hockey League team

Franklin County

Franklin County government
Columbus is the largest city within Franklin County, one of Ohio's 88 counties.

Ohio & the U.S.A.

Ohio Tourism
Information about attractions in Ohio, from symphonies to tractor pulls!

State of Ohio
State of Ohio government website with links to various state agencies as well as events, tax information and more.

Obtaining an Ohio driver's license
Link to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Listing of State Agencies
Alphabetic listing of State of Ohio agencies and contact info.
Clearinghouse of state and regional travel info for all 50 U.S. states.

U.S. National Park Service
Information about the more than 400 National Parks found throughout the United States.

National Scenic Byways Program
The U.S. Department of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities.

Self-guided tours of campus (Columbus)

The Buckeye Stroll
Take a self-guided tour of the Columbus campus using this map