As there's limited visitor parking on campus, public transit options may be a better choice if you're staying nearby. Bus line 1 from downtown Columbus to campus stops at several places along Olentangy River Road.
You don't need to be a golf expert to enjoy the Jack Nicklaus Museum, which displays trophies and photographs from Nicklaus's career, alongside personal mementos from his childhood in Columbus.
Just a few blocks east of OSU is the huge Expo Center, which hosts the state fair each July and August and variety of other events throughout the year.
See an extensive collection of plants from around the world at these gardens, displayed in manicured beds and the huge Palm House. There are regular horticultural exhibitions, a large children's garden area, a gift shop, and food trucks. It's the perfect oasis of calm in the busy city.
One of Columbus's most historic neighborhoods, German Village takes its name from the immigrants who settled here in the early 19th century. Along with the nearby Brewery District, this is the city's best area for independent craft shops, artisan breweries, and quirky coffee shops and restaurants.