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Entertainment District

• Recently, the public and private sectors have partnered to invest more than $200 million in the revitalization of the Columbus Entertainment District, located in downtown Columbus.

• The new Columbus Entertainment District

reinforces the existing physical fabric of Downtown to better communicate a sense of place including a stronger definition of districts, gateways, gathering places and relationships to surrounding neighborhoods.

New projects within the Columbus Entertainment District include:

• The new Commons mall, containing an indoor playground, entertainment and performing arts venues, street-front retail, an extended-stay hotel, restaurants, a corporate conference and training center and an office complex housing more than 500 professional employees.

• Two new parking garages providing more than 1,100 parking spaces.

• A 125,000-square-foot indoor sports complex for soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball and workout training.

• Hotel Indigo—a unique boutique hotel experience bringing metropolitan style to Columbus’ historic beauty.

The Arts

• “Columbus is the nation's finest example of how enlightened corporate titans and local citizens have discovered that the place of art is at the root of, not just the expression of, economic vitality.”—Worth Magazine

• Did You Know: Columbus was named one of “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America.”

• Columbus, Indiana’s world-class public art complements the collection of modern architecture for which the city is known. The newest installation of public art is Dale Chihuly's bold and colorful Sun Garden Panels in Suspended Circle located at the Columbus Learning Center. In addition to these masterpieces, loaned sculptures bynationally-known artists are on display throughout the downtown area.

• Columbus has not one, but two symphony orchestras with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. The Philharmonic has thrived on a partnership of the best musicians from Columbus and the surrounding region, as well as talented students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. It also hosts guest artists that are rated among the top talent in the world. The group has been broadcast nationwide many times on National Public Radio's “Performance Today” and on Public Radio International's “Pipedreams.”

Other Play Delights

• Retail shopping districts are abundant in the area, including Edinburgh Premium Outlets where you can shop 85 stores featuring famous brand names like Coach, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein and Ann Taylor at discounted prices. Nearby, peruse Indiana’s biggest antiquing destination, Exit 76 Antique Mall. Just minutes away, you’ll discover distinctive shops in downtown Columbus. Enjoy seasonal and outdoor markets for the freshest locally grown fruits and vegetables. To top it off, shop under one roof at two indoor malls

Fair Oaks Mall and the new Commons mall.

• Columbus is also just 30 miles from Nashville, Indiana. The quaint village of Nashville is a great place for a romantic getaway, with hundreds of unique craft, specialty and antique shops, and great music and theatre venues. Visitors enjoy watching artists in galleries and craft studios throughout Brown County, Indiana, which is known as the "artist colony of the Midwest."

• kidscommons is a children's museum providing a vibrant and safe setting full of hands-on learning and fun. Spend time in the Childhood Garden, enjoy the state-of-the-art computer lab in the Power Outlet, scamper up the17-foot-tall climbing wall or hang out in the bubble room. Don’t miss museum favorites ExploraHouse, home of our world famous giant toilet, and Kids on the Move, a healthy lifestyles exhibit. Find out more:

• Zaharakos has been serving sundaes, sodas and smiles since 1900. Step inside Zaharakos to find an ice cream parlor of stained glass, carved oak and marble. Look for the Tiffany-style lamps and the double soda fountains. Listen to the rich, full sound of the Welte orchestrion and learn about soda fountains and mechanical music when you visit the new museum. Find out more:

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