Columbus City Tourism

Ohio's capital and largest state has a little under two and a half million people, counting the metropolitan area. It's thought of as a business and commerce driven city, great to kickstart a career. It is located on the confluence of Scioto and Olentangy River. A glacier during a past ice age scoured most of the land to flatness.

In ancient times, the city was inhabited by the Adena people, of whom almost nothing remains. The first Europeans in the area were the French; other traders, mostly in fur, followed. Relationships with the natives in the area were turbulent and violent, with the French, and later with the newly formed USA. The city was formally formed as a municipality and a capital in 1812. The establishment of major railroads in the 19th century made the city an important volunteer Union Army base, and later, a major prison. The image of the city is tied to steel, buggy factories, and the literary wonder James Thurber. A sizeble German population, now declined somewhat, left the charming brewery district and the German Village.

A diversified economy helped the city weather The Great Depression better than its counterpart. The downtown area, once kind of slummy, has been incredibly revitalised, and is where most of the tourism goes down. Now, while not a major tourist destination, it is definitely a satisfying and enriching one in every way - natural beauty, heritage, science and technology and culture.

Essential travel information and Columbus City tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (UTC-05:00). Switches to Daylight Saving.
  • Currency: USD
  • Electricity and Internet: Plugs type A and B 120V, 60Hz AC
  • Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, French, Arabic
  • Security: 911 is the common emergency number.
  • Off-Beaten Path: Shroom Mound, Hayden Falls Park
  • Tipping: 15-20% is customary for service staff; 10% for taxis.
  • Tourist Traps: Easton Town Centre, Scioto Mile

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Columbus City

  • Save 4% Area 51 Part 2 Escape Room
    Area 51 Part 2 Escape RoomNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 1 Hrs

    This is a family friendly escape experience without the dark and scary themes. Your group starts in two separate rooms. One g...

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  • Save 4% Egyptian Escape Room
    Egyptian Escape RoomNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 1 Hrs

    This is a family friendly escape experience without the dark and scary themes. Recover the treasure left behind by archeologi...

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  • Self-Guided Columbus Scavenger Hunt
    Self-Guided Columbus Scavenger HuntNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Experience this self-guided scavenger hunt in Columbus. You get fifteen clues and 2 hours, where you'll race against the cloc...

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  • Pour-Your-Own Custom Scented Candle Experience
    Pour-Your-Own Custom Scented Candle ExperienceNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 30 Mins

    The Candle Lab has been helping people discover the magic of custom fragrance for more than ten years. Pouring your own custo...

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  • Know the pollution level of Columbus City before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 21.95 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 38.24 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 16.43 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 16.91 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 13.51 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 16.18 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Columbus City for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Columbus City.

    • Burglary and Theft 31.98 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 42.26 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 33.14 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 33.72 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 47.09 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 29.07 (Low)
    • Drug offense 55.81 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75.57 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 47.16 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 42.44 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 29.65 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 49.39 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Columbus City is 194.59 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 57.64 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 71.29 (High)
    • Pollution Index 24.82 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28.49 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 66.33 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 75.28 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.18 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 128.75 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Columbus City

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.41 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 80.58 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 47.95 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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