TourismOhio provided some addtional travel destinations for University at Buffalo basketball fans traveling to Columbus' Nationwide Arena for this weekend's NCAA games, including:
- Beer and Spirits: Located just a couple of blocks from High Street, Middle West Spirits is known for its small-batch OYO Vodka (try the Honey Vanilla Bean) and OYO Whiskey, both made from local, soft red winter wheat (public tours/tastings offered for $15/person most Friday nights). There’s also the nearby Brothers Drake Meadery, with mead sourced from local wildflower honey and sold only in Ohio. The tasting bar is open every night except Monday (tours/tastings are available on weekends for $10/person) and often includes live music.
- The Short North Arts District: Known for its public art, historic architecture and vibrant green spaces, Columbus’ Short North is a vibrant cultural community. Named the “Artistic Hub of Columbus” by The Huffington Post, visitors can explore the area with a convenient, looped walking tour in one to four hours.
- German Village: As on of the preeminent historic districts in the U.S., German village welcomes basketball fans with an incredible sense of place highlighted by structures dating from the mid to late 1800’s. Visitors can stop for a traditional German dinner at Schmidt’s or challenge themselves to The Thurmanator at The Thurman Café
- Hocking Hills: Less than an hour Southeast of Columbus, the Hocking Hills’ dramatic landscape was created by glacial activity more than 100,000 years ago. The Hocking Hills State Park welcomes more than 3 million visitors each year. Basketball fans with an open day on March 21, can venture to the Hocking Hills region for hiking, zip lining, canoeing and more!
- Amish Country: Just a couple hours Northeast of Columbus (on your way from Buffalo!) is one of the world’s largest Amish communities. Visitors hoping to slow down from the frenetic pace of March Madness basketball, can head to Holmes County, Ohio to enjoy beautiful scenery; partake in delicious homemade Amish foods; and wander amongst handmade quilts, antiques and locally made furniture.