41. GO BOWLING AT 2 A.M. AT COLUMBUS SQUARE BOWLING PALACE
5707 Forest Hills Blvd., North Side
Don’t be ashamed if you still have to use the bumpers. Columbus Square offers ample opportunity to practice your skills since it’s open 24 hours. During weekday early morning hours, unlimited bowling for three hours costs only $6.
42. SEE A CHEAP FLICK AT THE GATEWAY FILM CENTER
1550 N. High St., Campus
Get a group together and visit the Gateway to see both indie flicks and popular new releases at the reduced student price. The movie theater also has a cafe bistro with not-so-typical concession stand food like pizza and wraps.
43. SEE HOW PAINTINGS GROW AT DOWNTOWN’S TOPIARY PARK
480 E. Town St., Downtown
Georges Seurat’s famous painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” comes to life in the form of carefully pruned greenery. With people, animals and even boats created from topiary, we guarantee you’ve never seen anything like it.
44. EAT ONE OF THE BEST MEALS IN THE CITY ON THE CHEAP
595 S. Third St., German Village
G. Michael’s Bistro hosts one of the best happy hour deals anywhere. Items on the “small plates” menu (including the famous Shrimp and Grits) are just $6, and happy hour drink specials on martinis and wine are generous. Visit 4:30-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.
45. GET FROZEN CUSTARD FROM WHIT’S
841 N. High St., Short North
Need a sweet treat, but tired of the usual ice cream? Try Whit’s Frozen Custard, which is smooth, creamy and 90-percent fat free. While the original Whit’s is in Granville, locations can be found in the Short North, Dublin, Upper Arlington, Gahanna and other Columbus suburbs.
46. FIND OUT HOW BIG DELI SANDWICHES CAN GET AT KATZINGER’S
475 S. Third St., German Village
This German Village institution is known for its great pickles, sides and oversized sandwiches. Pick one of the dozens of signature creations or get ’em stuffed with your choice of meats and deli fixins.
47. BUY FIVE HOT DOGS WITH 50 PENNIES AT DIME-A-DOG NIGHT
330 Huntington Park Ln., Arena District
The Columbus Clippers’ Dime-A-Dog nights are so popular they’ve even spawned their own T-shirt. Hint: Grab a group of friends and hit beautiful Huntington Park early near the right field stands — there’s a five-dog limit per transaction and the lines are shorter than left field.
48. WATCH THE ZOO LIGHT UP THE HOLIDAY
4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell
Although some of the animals may be hiding from the cold, there’s still plenty to see at the Columbus Zoo over the holidays. Thousands of colorful LED lights bring holiday cheer, and if you’re lucky, you might even sneak a peek at Santa Claus!
49. HUNT FOR BARGAIN PHOTO GEAR AT COLUMBUS CAMERA GROUP
55 E. Blake Ave., Campus
If you’re into photography or just want to document the memories of your college years, this Clintonville shop can provide you with all of your camera needs. This is the place to go to locate parts and equipment for a wide range of cameras.
50. JOIN THE HOOLIGANS IN THE NORDECKE AT A CREW GAME
1 Black & Gold Blvd., North Side
By far the best supporters section in MLS, make your voice heard and cheer with the Nordecke at the next Columbus Crew game. This is where fans get serious and show their love for the Black & Gold.