School is back in session, fall is upon us, and the weekends are begging for something a little more exciting than the traditional movie night. If you're new to the area, you might not realize that Columbus is home to more than Buckeye football and Wendy's. There's also a great art scene, and many venues offer discounts for students.

School is back in session, fall is upon us, and the weekends are begging for something a little more exciting than the traditional movie night. If you're new to the area, you might not realize that Columbus is home to more than Buckeye football and Wendy's. There's also a great art scene, and many venues offer discounts for students.

Franklin Park Conservatory

From butterflies in the spring to poinsettias during the holidays, a trip to Franklin Park Conservatory is a celebration of the natural world. You'll find botanical gardens, exotic plant collections and art exhibitions. Through March 2010, the conservatory is hosting glass creations by artist Dale Chihuly in the Chihuly Reimagined exhibition. Franklin Park Conservatory offers a reduced student rate of $8 with a valid ID.

Web: fpconservatory.org

Wexner Center for the Arts

Situated on High Street in the heart of Ohio State's campus, the Wexner Center offers free gallery admission to any college student with a valid ID. The always-changing offerings include shows from up-and-coming musical groups, contemporary and classic film screenings, dance and theater performances, and acclaimed gallery shows. It's all stuff you won't find anywhere else in town. Don't skip the Wexner Center Store for books, jewelry and gifts.

Web: wexarts.org

BalletMet

Columbus' dance company dazzles audiences with their performances of new works and classic favorites. Along with the beloved Nutcracker in December, this year's offerings include Swan Lake in October and A Midsummer Night's Dream in February. BalletMet offers a special student rush option - bring a valid ID to the venue up to two hours before the performance to purchase a ticket for only $15.

Web: balletmet.org

Columbus Museum of Art

Located in the art-centric Discovery District, the city's art museum boasts everything from permanent works by Picasso and Monet to traveling exhibits to major special exhibitions. Head there after a trip to Franklin Park Conservatory to see a continuation of Dale Chihuly's work in the Chihuly Illuminated exhibition, opening Friday and running through the spring. Students can visit the Columbus Museum of Art with a valid ID for a reduced rate of $8.

Web: columbusmuseum.org

Gallery Hop

For a taste of the capital's hippest neighborhood, make plans to attend a Gallery Hop, held the first Saturday of every month in the Short North. From 4 to 10 p.m., revelers stroll High Street to explore art galleries, fashion boutiques and gift shops, plus catch special exhibits and performances. Best of all, it's free! (Unless you buy a piece of art.) After the Hop, hang out at one of the neighborhood's many bars and restaurants. It's a great way to get acquainted with Columbus' arts scene.

Web: shortnorth.org

Heather Weekley is a junior at Otterbein College majoring in Broadcasting.

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