Posing with the deer sculpture in front of the city skyline on the Scioto Mile
An outdoor performance by BalletMet, the city’s world-class dance company
“The Journey” mural on the side of The Graduate Hotel in the Short North Arts District
Rock climbing at the world's largest free outdoor climbing wall, located at the Scioto Audubon Center just south of downtown
A gorgeous day for shopping and dining at Easton
Viewing a colorful piece at the Columbus Museum of Art
Family browsing the North Market public market
Feeding a giraffe at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Waterfall spotting at Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills State Park
Fascinating, fun-filled and sophisticated Midwest city
Delightfully Diverse Neighborhoods
Several neighborhoods are within walking distances of Columbus’ lively downtown. Admire the 19th century brick buildings and browse shops lining the streets in historic German Village and nearby Brewery District. Take a sweets break and try cream puffs and pastries at local eateries, and end the visit listening to music and sipping locally made beer. Enjoy visiting arts collectives, sampling spirits and soaking up the industrial vibe of nightlife in Franklinton, just west of downtown on the banks of the Scioto River. In the Short North Arts District, walk along High Street, stopping in eclectic boutiques and art galleries, then enjoy drinks and dinner at one of the acclaimed restaurants. You’ll see more than 30 murals in this neighborhood; use the Journey AR Mural mobile app for a virtual reality experience while gazing at three murals on the Graduate Hotel. Columbus’ neighborhoods host festivals nearly every summer weekend, and there are light displays in the winter, so there’s always something fun to do.
Indulge in Great Food
Embark on a tour with Columbus Food Adventures to discover why Columbus was named one of “32 Places to Go (and Eat)" by Food & Wine Magazine. You’ll find a culinary scene with international influences from Somalia, El Salvador, Mexico, Yemen, Vietnam and more. Enjoy farm-to-table fare and dishes created by inventive chefs. There’s a bourgeoning focus on new flavors offered by Columbus’ distilleries; try the bourbon, vodka, whiskey, gin and mead. Sip local brews at stops along the Columbus Coffee Trail and Columbus Ale Trail. You’re likely to encounter a food truck while you explore; stop at one and order a tasty snack, perhaps tacos, barbecue or a hot dog. It’s part of the culture here. In August, vendors from throughout Ohio converge for the three-day Columbus Food Truck Festival. Shop local at the North Market, a public market featuring more than 30 butchers, bakers, grocers and restaurants. Craving dessert? The original location of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is at the market; try the Brambleberry Crisp or Goat Cheese with Red Cherries.
Amazing Activities and Attractions
From family-friendly excursions to an outstanding performing arts scene, visitors of all ages will enjoy an array of activities in Columbus. Shopping is a big draw in Columbus – from local and international brands at Easton, dubbed the Rodeo Drive of the Midwest, to independent boutiques and shops throughout the city. View nature’s beautiful creations in addition to Chihuly glass artwork at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where youngsters will enjoy the Children's Garden. At the Columbus Museum of Art, discover an outstanding permanent collection and sculpture garden. See the museum’s prized contemporary art at the newly acquired Pizzuti Collection, which is about a five-minute drive away. COSI (the Center of Science and Industry) features 300 interactive exhibits and a life-size T. rex display. See more than 9,000 animals at the acclaimed Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, which also includes a water park and 18-hole golf course.
Columbus’ nickname "Arch City" comes from the early 20th century arches that used to stretch over the city’s streets and provide electricity for streetcars and streetlights.
Columbus has the third-highest concentration of fashion designers in the USA, behind only New York City and Los Angeles.
Famous people from Columbus include R.L. Stine, author of the best-selling Goosebumps children’s novels, celebrity chef Guy Fieri and pop music duo Twenty One Pilots.
Photo: Rainer Ziehm