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Varsity Inn South

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Two Great Locations minutes from
The Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio Area Guide

Explore all the fun and excitement that Columbus has to offer when you stay at the Varsity Inn North or the Varsity Inn South. Both of our budget-friendly hotels provide comfortable accommodations that are close to the campus of Ohio State University and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. For a hotel near the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, or if you're looking for hotels near the Nationwide Arena, you've found what you seek at Varsity Inn. Additionally, the Port Columbus International Airport is only ten miles from our hotels for your maximum convenience.


Welcome to the brand-new pride of Columbus, TheSciotoMile! This state-of-the-art, years-in-the-making promenade and park surrounding a mile of the Scioto River celebrated its grand opening in July of 2011. Complete with a beautiful place to stroll the grand esplande and green corridor stretching along Civic Center Drive from Broad Street to Rich Street connecting the current Battelle Rivefront Park with TheSciotoMile's 4.7 acre John W. Galbreath Bicentennial Park, The SciotoMile brings incredible beauty and greenspace to the city, not to mention fun! The Bicentennial Park features a 15,000 square-foot water fountain, cafe and gorgeous band-shell. Summer events include Rhythm on the River concerts, Movies on the Mile film screenings as well as Fountain Side, where you'll enjoy free children's activities and live music.

Arts & Culture in Columbus

From the quaint shops and scenic parks of the German Village Society to the acres of landscaped gardens at the Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus is home to many attractions that are sure to delight our visitors. Adults and children of all ages are sure to enjoy a day spent at the interactive Center of Sciences & Industry or the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. The Short North Arts District is only four miles from our hotel and features hundreds of unique galleries with one-of-a-kind pieces that you won't find elsewhere. Be sure to check the schedule of events at the Wexner Center of the Arts so that you don't miss out on a great exhibit during your visit.

Fun in Columbus

Whether you're in town to ride the thrilling rides and see the exciting shows of the Ohio State Fair at the Ohio Expo Center or you want to spend an afternoon at the Ohio Union where students, alumni and visitors meet for great food and good times, the Varsity Inn has you covered for accommodations close to where you want to be. With our Ohio Expo Center hotel's great rates, you'll save on accommodations so that you can have more fun during your Columbus vacation, and because our hotels are near Ohio Expo Center, as well as the Ohio Union, you won't be far from all the excitement.

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Sporting Events in Columbus

The Buckeyes of Ohio State University and Ohio Staduim are less than one mile away for the Varsity Inns.  Nationwide Arena, home of the Blue Jackets, hosts many sporting  events and concerts each year. The Varsity Inns provide the best in value-rich accommodations whether you are attending  events at the Columbus Crew Stadium or the Schottenstein Center. Be sure to get a jump on things and reserve a room early if you're planning on attending the most popular sporting events in Columbus, Ohio.

NOTE:  Images provided by The Ohio State University and Randall L. Schieber

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