A few of the Roadside Attractions worth stopping for in Columbus


A few of the Roadside Attractions worth stopping for in Columbus

During a trip to Columbus, we decided to leave a few hours of our fate in the hands of our smartphones. We researched a place to eat and a few unique attractions to see before arriving at our destination of COSI.

Schmidt's Sausage Haus

The restaurant that we chose was Schmidt’s Sausage Haus.

Schmidt's Sausage Haus

It’s been featured on the Food Network, has a sausage buffet and giant cream puffs.

buffet at Schmidt's Sausage Haus

Schmidt's Sausage Haus

Basically, this restaurant was the perfect storm. My husband loves sausage and I love dessert and who doesn’t love to see a waiter in Lederhosen.

waiter at Schmidt's Sausage Haus

There have been 5 generations dedicated to perfecting the art of sausage making.

Schmidt's Sausage Haus

The location of the restaurant is also a treat because it is in the heart of the historic German Village.

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National register of historic place Schmidt's Sausage Haus

inside Schmidts Sausage Haus

We each ordered the German Autobahn Buffet. It was a great way to sample the different types of sausage. The original Bahama mama was my favorite.

Bahama Mama Schmidt's Sausage Haus

This was manfood heaven for my husband. During our multiple trips to the buffet line, we somehow missed the obvious display of mustard and horseradish that was available at our table. By the time I discovered our condiment oversight, I had already mentally moved on to dessert.

mustard options Schmidt's Sausage Haus

I enjoyed the sausage but the Giant Cream Puff was the main attraction in my book.

creme puff Schmidt's Sausage Haus

We split one puff between the four of us and it was everything I had hoped it would be.

Schmidt's Sausage Haus creme puff

While in Columbus, you can also stop by a few Roadside America attractions that might not be as well known.

Giant gavel

The World’s largest gavel can be seen just to the south of 65 Front Street, near the intersection of Front and State streets.

Topiary park Columbus

The Topiary French People can be seen at Topiary Park- Old Deaf School Park located at 480 East Town St.

topiary park

This unique attraction was a little harder to visualize because of the snow during our visit.

topiary park winter

snow covered topiary park

The inspiration for this park was brought to life by Columbus artist James T. Mason who drew inspiration from Georges Seurat’s impressionist painting, A Sunday Afternoon On The Island of La Grande Jatte. 

topiary park plaque

topiary park snow covered

I definitely want to come back and see this park in the spring.

If you are going to take a visit to COSI, you might as well stop by and gaze a moment at the nearby Arnold Schwarzenegger statue that commemorates his 1970 Mr. World title. The statue is located at 300 W. Broad St.

Arnold Schwarzenegger statue

Arnold Schwarzenegger statue Columbus

Arnold Schwarzenegger statue flexing

Arnold Schwarzenegger statue with view of Columbus

These Columbus sites are a fun stop to check out and are easily accessible for a short visit with a few hours or for a longer roadtrip.  Check out the Roadside America app for more unique places of interest.





2 thoughts on “A few of the Roadside Attractions worth stopping for in Columbus”

  1. Schmidt’s has been around forever! Never saw some of the other attractions. Not sure they were there when I lived there eons ago.

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