Columbus’ East Side encompasses a number of great central Ohio communities and is home to John Glenn Columbus International Airport, named for the astronaut, senator and renowned central Ohioan. This area offers living, dining and cultural options so convenient and diverse that you’ll never run out of things to do.
If you’re looking for a new home, Columbus’ East Side has a lot to offer. There’s an affordable selection of homes and luxury retreats in many attractive neighborhoods. Gahanna boasts a strong community and family homes with a focus on quality of life. If you’re looking for a retreat from the city, Reynoldsburg sits right on the edge of Columbus and is surrounded by farmland with plenty of parks to explore.
If the school system is important to you, Pickerington Local School District consistently achieves an Excellent in Education ranking and maintains a notable sports program with numerous state championships. Have a taste for historic housing? Bexley is known for its historic and close-knit neighborhoods and great community living, and has one of the most desirable public school districts in Ohio. No matter what kind of home and community you’re looking for, you can find it on Columbus's East Side.
Have a craving for something delicious? The East Side has a plethora of options to choose from no matter what you're in the mood for. Enjoy waterfront eateries and international cuisine at Gahanna's Creek Side. Try the fresh crepes at C'est Si Bon Cafe in Bexley for an authentic taste of French cuisine. For a more laid-back environment, savor the slow-cooked ribs at Reynoldsburg's Hickory House. And if a bit of ambiance is what you need, Thai Paradise in Pickerington will inspire you with the traditional and fresh cuisine of Thailand. And that’s just the beginning. With many more options to choose from, you’ll never want for a delicious meal on the East Side.
The East Side is great for shopaholics, too. Not only is it home to Easton Town Center, a unique indoor and outdoor shopping complex with over 240 shops, but it also has great locally owned shops in each community. Gahanna has a nice mix of boutiques, galleries and stores filled with one-of-a-kind items. Antiques and arts-and-crafts fans will be drawn to Olde Town Reynoldsburg's quaint historic area and intimate shops. You could also start most any home decorating project at Bexley Fabrics.
Columbus’ East Side is big on culture, too. Gahanna is recognized as the Herb Capital of Ohio because of the quality and quantity of its locally grown herbs, public herb gardens and trails. Fans of tomatoes will enjoy Reynoldsburg’s annual Tomato Festival, celebrating its history as the "birthplace of the tomato." Bexley offers premier arts and cinema with independent, international and Hollywood films at the historic Drexel Theatre.
History buffs can explore structures from the 1900s at the Gahanna Historical Society Settlement. You can also immerse yourself in Reynoldsburg's rich Scottish heritage during Tartan Day. Presented by the Scottish American Society, the event features pipers, Scottish highland and country dancers, Scottish games, athletic demonstrations, weaponry displays and more.
Parks and Paths
With an abundance of green space, the East Side is a great place to explore the great outdoors as well. Gahanna's Creekside Park wraps around the Big Walnut Creek and offers waterfalls, paddle boats, fishing and wading. At Geroux Herb Gardens, you can stroll through six themed gardens. Blacklick Woods Metro Park is a 632-acre recreational facility with nature trails, winter sledding, and even a golf course! Bexley is a proud green community and a designated arboretum with a tree walk featuring the diverse species growing in the city. And bikers can enjoy the Metro Parks Greenway Trails network with its 50 miles of bike paths that connect the East Side to every corner of central Ohio.
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