16 signs you’re back home in Columbus, Ohio

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Columbus, Ohio is an exciting city to live in, particularly for young adults. But it hasn’t always been this way. For those of us who have lived here for awhile or have gone elsewhere only to return, we know that Columbus only gets better with time. But even time can’t rid our hometown of its charm and endless dedication to capturing ‘The Heart of It All’ mentality.

Here are 16 signs you’re back home in Columbus, Ohio:

1. You can’t get away from the Scarlet and Gray.

We all have to admit Ohio State football is the heartbeat of our lovely city. Fall social schedules are defined by games and Columbus is littered with Ohio State apparel. Admit it — you’ve secretly hoped for a successful Ohio State season simply so you can veg out on food prepared by someone else for one more night while everyone else is glued to the TV. Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me.

2. You miss public transportation.

If you’ve spent any time away from Columbus, particularly in a big city, you can understand the joys of public transportation. While Columbus does provide buses, their reach is… lacking. Once again, you have to drive everywhere.

3. Starbucks isn’t your first choice anymore.

Every time I return to Ohio, it seems like the coffee shop options are continually increasing. Fox in the Snow, Roosevelt, Mission, Stauf’s, and the list goes on. You can finally brush Starbucks off as you make your way toward a Guatemalan pour-over at your favorite family-owned shop.

4. You’ll probably run into a Presidential hopeful.

… especially if you’re back during election season. Potential White House inhabitants know our value. They love to leave their mark on Columbus.

5. Orange barrels are a surefire sign you’re approaching downtown.

Autumn, winter, construction, more construction, repeat. But it wouldn’t really feel homey without all the neon orange and traffic delays, now would it?

6. T.B.D.B.I.T.L.

No explanation needed. Script OHIO, commence.

7. Jeni’s ice cream is calling your name.

Finally, I can say I want gravel with my ice cream and no one will freak out.

8. Gay is more than okay.

While Ohio generally may be a bit conservative, Columbus is as gay friendly as it gets. A massive Pride festival, gay bars, and plenty of singles ready to tickle your fancy. And you know what I mean by fancy… get your mind out of the gutter.

9. O-H!!

You know what to do.

10. Twenty One Pilots is a big deal.

You love ’em or you hate ’em. But regardless, you recognize at least three of their songs. Even if you’re not a huge fan, you have to admit it’s pretty cool they hail from Columbus.

11. You forgot how much you missed the charm of the random brick roads.

After getting over the literal bumps in the road, you enjoy that familiar sound of the tires racing over each brick. They make our big city seem just a bit homier.

12. You actually want to go to the zoo.

Finally, a zoo that everyone wants to go to. Jack Hanna is a boss and our world-class zoo proves that. And I bet you know exactly why the Columbus Zoo is the perfect spot for a date in the winter.

13. Gold & blue mean something to you.

You fear for someone’s life if they’re caught wearing these colors on game day.

14. Your lexicon must be commensurate with those in your propinquity.

Columbus is insanely smart. It’s time to talk good again.

15. Saying Columbus takes too much time and effort.

C-bus, people.

16. You finally don’t have to explain that Columbus is indeed the capital of Ohio.

“No, it’s not Cleveland… No, it’s not Cincinnati either… Yes, Columbus is the capital. No, I promise you, it is. Yes, even though we don’t have a professional football team…”

Traveling out of Ohio? Here’s what you need to know

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)– Summer vacation still a go? Here’s what you need to know before traveling out of state during the COVID-19 pandemic.


More than half of US states have mandatory mask mandates either statewide or in certain cities. Ohio and all of its neighboring states have statewide mandates. Other states where a face covering is mandatory:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a travel advisory for all people who come into Ohio from outside states where there is a positivity rate of 15 percent or higher. The advisory also includes anyone from Ohio who visits outside states and comes back home. It is recommended that those visit the following states self quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Ohio:

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Arizona
  • Nevada
  • Idaho
(Image: Ohio Governor’s Office)


The CDC recommends wiping down before and after getting gas:

  • Use disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons before you touch them (if available).
  • After fueling, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when you get home or somewhere with soap and water.

Remember to protect yourself from #COVID19! While getting gas remember to use disinfecting wipes on handles & buttons of gas pump before you touch them. After you get gas & pay, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. For more tips, visit: https://t.co/8C3kouN5Hg pic.twitter.com/LXiCYTJETa

— Franklin County Emergency Management (@FCEMHS) July 23, 2020

The CDC also has a general guide for those traveling throughout the continental United States, as-well-as how to protect yourself from COVID-19 at a public pool, beach or park:

  • Clean your hands often.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after touching surfaces frequently touched by others, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and before touching your face or eating.
    • If soap and water are not available, bring and use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
    • Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Pick up food at a drive-thru, curbside restaurant service, or stores.

Things To Do

Wherever you're staying in Columbus, you're going to have a great trip. The world-class Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a delight at any time of year. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens brings horticulture and art together with a spectacular glasshouse, a stunning community garden campus and sculpture sprinkled throughout. The brand new Scott's Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden focuses on introducing and connecting children to the natural world. The Columbus Museum of Art offers sunny galleries with rotating exhibits and an outdoor sculpture garden. COSI mixes science and fun for kids and adults. Don't miss the new American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery. Parks like the Scioto Mile connect the city to nature, and dozens of miles of multi-use trails span Columbus.

Columbus Daytime Hotspots

Daytime hotspots from coffee to brunch and more.

Columbus Nighttime Hotspots

Nighttime hotspots from brews and bites to patios and more.

If you're more of a sporty type, you'll find professional and collegiate games and matches all year long. From Columbus Crew SC to the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets to the MLB AAA Columbus Clippers, you're going to find something to cheer for. Find great brand-name shopping at Easton Town Center and Polaris Fashion Place or peruse the boutiques of the Short North Arts District, Grandview, and German Village.

With a cultural scene to rival any in the nation, you have your pick of live music, art exhibitions, concerts, and theater. And be sure to grab a cup of coffee, because you're going to want to stay out late.

Have time to spare and not sure what to do? Check out our guide for things to do in Columbus!

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