Bexley is a beautiful community near Columbus, with a great family-friendly atmosphere. You can find many great schools in the area, as well as plenty of fun things to do.
– Sandy Raines
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From its humble beginnings as a rural farming community to an affluent cosmopolitan enclave of Columbus, Bexley continues to thrive offering a vibrant and colorful community life. Bexley offers something unique to do every night of the week - experiencing live theater at Capital University, watching an international or independent movie at the Drexel Theatre, listening to jazz while enjoy a relaxing dinner at the Bexley Monk, admiring the architecture of the Ohio Governor's Mansion, attending one of the numerous synagogues or church services, or spending an afternoon enjoying the ambiance of the quaint downtown.Get Insider Info
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Bexley Arts and Culture
A center for the arts and culture, Bexley is also home to several churches and synagogues, numerous historic sites, outdoor sculptures and the original Drexel Theater, a showcase for independent films. Adjoining Bexley to the west is the beautiful Franklin Park Conservatory.The city also has its own library.
Dining in Bexley
Rubino's Pizzeria, a Bexley landmark, has been creating its famous thin crust pizzas since the 1950s. The old-fashioned pizza place does not deliver and accepts only cash or checks, but is considered to have some of the best pies in the Columbus area. Another long-standing family-run business is Johnson's Real Ice Cream, just east of the pizzeria.
Parks and Recreation in Bexley
When you’re ready to have fun, Bexley has plenty of opportunities. Jeffrey Park consists of nearly 40 acres, a large portion of which is a natural woodland threaded with walking trails. Alum Creek forms the park’s western boundary. The park includes a playground area for children, two tennis courts, picnic areas with grills, green space and a community pool. Recreation programs for children, adults and seniors are available year-round at Jeffrey Park as well as at the smaller Havenwood and Schneider parks.
Of course, the diversity found in Bexley didn't just spring up. Instead, it's the result of the community's willingness to commit to excellence. For example, Bexley residents actively support one of the most successful public school systems in Ohio. The Bexley City School District has achieved this reputation by focusing on its strategic mission to infuse the curriculum with instructional opportunities, focus on the social and emotional development of youth, leverage pedagogies to ensure that students are prepared for lifelong learning, provide professional development opportunities to teaching faculty and staff, utilize appropriate technology, and deliver all of this in clean, safe, and modern facilities. View the latest Public School District Report Card for Bexley. View Private Schools close to this community.
Bexley boasts several public and private educational institutions, including the highly-ranked Bexley City Schools, Columbus School for Girls, Saint Charles Preparatory School, Capital University, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary.
Things to Do & Places to See in Bexley
Just 20 minutes from Bexley is Ohio’s capital city, Columbus, with an incredible array of venues and activities for all ages. From the renowned Columbus Zoo to the National Hockey League Blue Jackets to fabulous museums and galleries, you’ll want to visit Columbus again and again. Bexley is also conveniently located 10 minutes from the Port Columbus International Airport.
Because of its proximity to Columbus, Bexley offers easy access to all communities within Central Ohio. Area residents are five minutes to Interstates 670, 315, 70, and 71, ten minutes to downtown Columbus, and fifteen minutes to The Ohio State University or Port Columbus International Airport.
As a whole, Bexley provides a diverse environment for those seeking all the benefits of a tightly woven community combined with trendy urban living just minutes from downtown Columbus.
Bexley, Ohio was named by early resident Col. Lincoln Kilbourne in honor of his family's roots in the London Borough of Bexley. By the 1890s, several large homes were established in the Bullitt Park area, one of which was the original campus of the Columbus School for Girls, a private school which still attracts students from throughout the Columbus area.
The village was incorporated in 1908 when prominent citizens of Bullitt Park, including industrialist and former Mayor of Columbus Robert H. Jeffrey, agreed to merge with the community of Pleasant Ridge near Capital University and the Lutheran seminary. The village reached the 5,000 population mark required by the state of Ohio to become a city in 1928 and, on New Year's Day 1932, Bexley officially became a city.
A walk along the well-manicured lawns beneath the 150-year-old oak and beech trees towering over the sidewalks of Bexley makes it easy to forget that this special community has taken root and prospers within view of the Columbus skyline. Bexley delivers it all - an award-winning community library, a nationally-recognized liberal arts college, an exclusive girls' school, an all-male preparatory school, a Lutheran seminary and homes that range from historic manors to quaint cottages. Individually, these are unique institutions. Collectively, their presence makes Bexley distinct. Few urban communities in the Midwest can boast of such a rich cultural diversity.