The Best Things To Do in Columbus City

Columbus is a convention town. Most visitors here tend to be coming for corporate events, or families tagging along with their parents for corporate events. It's not the sort of place back-packers or honeymooners visit. Aware of this, the city has gone to great lengths to make what tourist appeal it does have count for everything.

Multiple excellent attractions are based on local history and culture. The best of these are the charming German Village neighborhood, the Columbus Museum of Art, and the lively and unique Short North Arts District. Do not miss the Victorian Village at the Ohio History Centre. The Kelton House Museum is a unique insight into the history of Underground Railroad.

The city loves the outdoors. Nowhere is this better expressed than at the wonderful Scioto Mile, a greenway coursing alongside the river that passes many parks, historical monuments and the bird-haven Grange Insurance Audubon Center. The ZipZone Canopy Tour combines nature with adventure and festivals. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is one of the best such attractions in the country.

Shopping is par excellence. The Easton Town Centre is the most visited attraction in the city. The Polaris Fashion Place is slick. Bookworms may want to never leave the Book Loft in the German Village. And nowhere is the spirit of the city better witnessed than at the North Market Farmer's Market.

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  1. Easton Town Center

    #1 of 77 Things To Do in Columbus City
    Easton Town Center

    Tags: Mall, Shopping Center

    Address: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

    Timings: 10:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    With nearly 250 stores not including the plethora of terrific restaurants, this shopping mall is the city's most popular hangout. Over 25 million people visit annually. It's laid out to look like a se...Read more

  2. Franklin Park Conservatory

    #2 of 77 Things To Do in Columbus City
    Franklin Park Conservatory

    Tags: Botanical Garden

    Address: 1777 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43203

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    This historic attraction, built in 1895, is probably the most beautiful place in the city. It's amazing just how much floral variety they've managed to stuff in here. There are 400 species of plants,...Read more

  3. Cosi

    #3 of 77 Things To Do in Columbus City
    Cosi

    Address: 333 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    This science education centre is one of the most popular in the country, with over 18 million visitors annually. Its broad topics are divided into: Ocean: Marine exploration and the mythology of...Read more

  4. Ohio Stadium

    #4 of 77 Things To Do in Columbus City
    Ohio Stadium

    Tags: Stadium

    Address: 411 Woody Hayes Dr, Columbus, OH 43210

    Timings: 09:00 am - 03:00 pm Details

    Known by various affectionate names such as "The Horseshoe" or "The Shoe" or "The House that Harley built", the historic stadium is one of the nation's most popular sports landmarks, and hosts footbal...Read more

  5. German Village

    #5 of 77 Things To Do in Columbus City
    German Village

    Tags: Village, Walking Area, Neighborhoods

    Address: 631 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43206

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Established in the early 18th century, the neighborhood was settled by a large influx of Germans between 1840 and 1860, at a time when the word 'squalor' would have been the polite way to describe the...Read more

  6. The Chamber Escape Room

    #6 of 77 Things To Do in Columbus City
    The Chamber Escape Room

    Tags: Games

    Address: 1415 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43229, United States

    Timings: 02:30 pm - 11:30 pm Details

    You're trapped in a room with 11 other people you may or may not know. Clues are hidden in every imaginable location inside. These will take you through the personal tragedy of a man, and you must und...Read more

  7. Short North Arts District

    #7 of 77 Things To Do in Columbus City
    Short North Arts District

    Tags: Neighborhoods

    Address: N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The trendiest neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio is all about art. The best way to understand the vibe of this place is during the monthly Saturday Gallery Hop event. Beginning in the 1980s, the event see...Read more

  8. North Market

    #8 of 77 Things To Do in Columbus City
    North Market

    Tags: Market

    Address: 59 Spruce Street · Columbus, Ohio 43215

    Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    Visited by over one million people yearly, this is one of the nation's top farmer's markets. It has been in operation since 1876, and there are over 35 vendors - butchers, greengrocers, fishmongers an...Read more

  9. Nationwide Arena

    #9 of 77 Things To Do in Columbus City
    Nationwide Arena

    Tags: Arena

    Address: 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215

    Timings: 10:00 am - 03:00 pm Details

    Home of the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets, this stadium is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Depending on the event (basketball, hockey, arena football, concert...Read more

  10. Hollywood Casino Columbus

    #10 of 77 Things To Do in Columbus City
    Hollywood Casino Columbus

    Tags: Food And Drinks, Casino, Restaurant, Entertainment

    Address: 200 Georgesville Rd, Columbus, OH 43228

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is a simple but large casino of 180,000 feet. There are over 2200 slot machines, eventy gaming tables and three dozen tables dedicated to live poker. The game prices and buy ins are competitively...Read more

  11. Ohio Statehouse

    #11 of 77 Things To Do in Columbus City
    Ohio Statehouse

    Tags: Historical Site, Architecture

    Address: 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215

    Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    Completed in 1860, this beautiful Greek Revival has been the state of Ohio's centre of government since 1857. It has some impressive artworks and monuments. The Statehouse has been the centre of some ...Read more

  12. Columbus Museum Of Art

    #12 of 77 Things To Do in Columbus City
    Columbus Museum Of Art

    Tags: Museum

    Address: 480 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215

    Timings: 10:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    Established in 1878, the museum has expanded its focus from European and American art in the early modern period to include contemporary art and photography. The pride of the museum is its permanent e...Read more

  13. Whetstone Park

    #13 of 77 Things To Do in Columbus City
    Whetstone Park

    Tags: Park

    Address: 3923 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214

    Timings: 06:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    This large community park was founded as one of the hundreds of Victory Gardens all over the country after World War II. As a place of locals to kick back their heels, it is excellent - full of paths ...Read more

  14. Scioto Mile

    #14 of 77 Things To Do in Columbus City
    Scioto Mile

    Tags: Waterfront, Park

    Address: 233 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Scioto River bisects the city of Columbus. The area around the river, especially close to downtown, used to be seedy and run down. To save it, local businessmen partnered with the city to give it ...Read more

  15. Polaris Fashion Place

    #15 of 77 Things To Do in Columbus City
    Polaris Fashion Place

    Tags: Mall, Shopping Center

    Address: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240

    Timings: 10:00 am - 09:30 pm Details

    This two story fashion mall's chops are bolstered mainly by the presence of five heavyweight chains - Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Von Maur, JCPenney and Sears. That said, the other independent stores a...Read more

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  • Shrum Mound

    3141 McKinley Ave

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Green Lawn Abbey

    700 Greenlawn Ave

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Station 67

    379 W Broad St

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Harrison House

    570 W Broad St

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Ohio Statehouse

    SE Cor

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Central High School

    75 Washington Blvd

    Historic and Protected Sites
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  • Olentangy River Trail

    Lakes
  • Mirror Lake

    410 W 10th Ave

    Lakes
  • Antrim Lake

    Lakes
  • The Pond At Liberty Crossing

    Lakes
  • Alum Creek Lake

    Lakes
  • St Brigid Pond

    Lakes
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  • Columbus Museum of Art

    480 E Broad St

    Museums
  • Kelton House

    586 E Town St

    Museums
  • Pizzuti Collection

    632 Park St

    Museums
  • Central Ohio Fire Museum

    260 N 4th St

    Museums
  • Orton Geological Museum

    155 S Oval Mall

    Museums
  • Ohio Craft Museum

    1665 W 5th Ave

    Museums
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  • Shaffer Services

    1350 Oxley Rd

    Amusement Parks Arcades
  • Scarefactory

    2905 E 4th Ave

    Amusement Parks
  • Galaxy Games & Golf

    3700 Interchange Rd

    Amusement Parks Arcades
  • Magic Mountain Fun Center - Polaris

    8350 Lyra Dr

    Amusement Parks
  • ScareATorium

    2605 Northland Plaza Dr

    Amusement Parks
  • Sports Barn

    3599 Chiller Ln

    Amusement Parks
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  • World of Beer

    1568 N High St

    Bars
  • Smokehouse Brewing Co.

    1130 Dublin Rd

    Barbecue Bars American
  • Little Rock Bar

    944 N 4th St

    Bars American
  • Grass Skirt Tiki Room

    105 N Grant Ave

    Bars International American
  • Crazee Mule Saloon

    6188 Cleveland Ave

    Bars American
  • The Ohio Taproom

    1291 W 3rd Ave

    Bars Restaurants Breweries
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  • Scioto Downs

    6000 S High St

    Casinos and Gaming Diners Breweries
  • Hollywood Casino Columbus

    200 Georgesville Rd

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Vfro

    3080 Westerville Rd

    Casinos and Gaming Restaurants
  • Westgate Athletics Bingo

    3090 Fisher Rd

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Pkthree Lottery Machine

    753 E Broad St

    Casinos and Gaming
  • CTA Bingo

    181 Noe Bixby Rd

    Casinos and Gaming
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  • John Bishop Park- soccer fields

    Natural Parks
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  • Goodale Park

    120 W Goodale St

    Dog Parks
  • Godown Dog Park

    6099 Godown Rd

    Dog Parks
  • Wheeler Park

    725 Thurber Dr E

    Dog Parks
  • Three Creeks Dog Park

    2748 Spangler Rd

    Dog Parks
  • Scioto Audobon Dog Park

    395 E Whittier St

    Dog Parks
  • Scioto Woods Park

    1605 Bendelow Dr

    Dog Parks
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  • Alum Creek State Park Beach

    Beaches
  • Gambier Islands

    Beaches
  • The Wedge

    Beaches
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  • Hocking Hills

    Hiking
  • Lincoln Enterprises

    Hiking
  • Scioto Run Nature Trail

    Scioto Run Blvd

    Hiking
  • Verdegy Ohio

    5173 Tralee Ln

    Hiking
  • Darby Park Trails

    1775 Darby Creek Dr

    Hiking
  • Orange Township Bike Path

    Hiking
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