by Ketki Hanamshet Updated on 15 Oct 2018
1. Know more about Science in the Center of Science and Industry
The COSI (Center of Science and Industry) was built in the city of Columbus in the year 1964. Since then, it has spread the knowledge of science and its inventions, which helped the people to learn about the necessity of science. The center is spread in an area of 320,000 square foot. People of different ages come here to enhance their knowledge. For the kids, this place is just a fun place to visit. There are literally a lot of events done every year. The best thing about the events is that the visitors can also be a part of it. People like it so much here and the reason for that is they will give you knowledge about stuff but in a fun way.
Let's explore Columbus City points of interest and 15 best things to do in Columbus City:
2. Be relaxed at the Downtown Columbus
One of the nicest places to stay in the whole city of Columbus is the Downtown. You can enjoy here to your fullest and nobody will be stopping you. Here you will find the Pearl market, a great place to check out and buy the local stuff. Nearby is the Scioto Mile, which is one of the best places for watching the birds in Columbus. Some of the best restaurants in the world are at downtown so you can taste world’s best food here. The famous baseball and hockey team Columbus Clippers and Columbus Blue Jackets are from this place. Along with the theatres and concerts, you will be able to check out some of the coolest games in summer like downtown kickball and sand volleyball. You will never have to sit idle in the Downtown area of Columbus.
3. Nature Lover? Visit the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
World famous botanical garden Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is located in the eastern parts of Columbus. The total area of this huge garden is 88-acre. You can roam around here and adore the beauty of the garden. There are some social, cultural, and educational events, which are organized here. The nature-based exhibitions, the plant collection, and the seasonal art are just a treat to watch here. There are indoor gardens here, which have some rare plants. The artwork here is done by some of the world’s biggest artists. The tourists can also join the classes here to learn fine arts, gardening, and cooking.
4. Shop at the North Market
Different people like the artisans, entrepreneurs, and foodies from all around the globe visit the market. The North market gives chance to all to buy the things they love like amazing painting, homemade preserves, or handmade jewelry. The people who visit here are served by the community of Ohio merchants and farmers. This is going on since 1876. They can learn about the culture of Ohio from those people. There are cooking classes, open houses, festivals, entertainment programs, and live music. Visitors can also take part in these activities.
5. Find the German Culture in the German Village
Germans migrated to Columbus in the middle part of the 1800s and settled here. The area where most of the Germans settled down is known as the German village. You will find here the German culture all along. In the houses, churches, buildings, schools, and shops, people use the German language. People can not only learn about the German culture from here but they can also taste the German food, which is really very delicious.
6. The Short North Arts District is Place to Look out For
This is one of the best and amazing places in Columbus, which attracts a lot of tourists every year. Here in the market, you will find some of Columbus’s best dining, home décor, unique gifts, fashion, and art. The nightlife here will take you on a joyride. More than 300 businesses are run in this place. There is a Gallery Hop event once every month to showcase the best art for the local people and the tourists. There are a lot of galleries here. Not only you will find art here but there are some of the best shops and restaurants here too. The 17 lighted steel arches is one of the best architectural features of the place.
7. Make Some Noise at the Ohio Theater
Built as a movie house, the Ohio Theater is known for hosting more than a hundred events per year. The building was built in the year 1928. Some of the best national and international artists perform here like the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the BalletMet, Broadway Across America, and the CAPA performances. You can take your beloved on a romantic date here at the Ohio Theater. The capacity of this theater is around 2,791 seats. So, a large number of audiences can enjoy a performance at the same time. There are some things here, which you must watch and appreciate like the 21-foot chandelier, great stage facilities, excellent acoustics, lush interior, and Spanish architecture. The cost of the furniture is more than the cost of the building as they are collected from all over the globe.
8. Love the Greenery at the Topiary Park
Previously known as the Old Deaf School Park, the Topiary Park is one of the most renowned tourist spots in Columbus. The idea of this park came to the mind of Elaine and James Mason. They thought of creating a topiary garden for the Ohio School of Deaf. The main attraction of the Topiary Park is different topiaries, which are located all around the park. You can know the detailed history of the garden from the staff there. There are no charges to enter in this garden. Kids certainly like the place a lot.
9. The Artistic Columbus Museum of Art
For the people who love art and have an interest in it, this the best place in Columbus to visit. The place attracts all those art lovers as they can come here and discuss their different ideas with other art lovers and in that way, they learn a lot about different forms of art. There are some fine works by some of the best artists of the era inside the Museum. There are is a huge community of artists here.
10. The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University has a campus, which is third largest in the world. It was established way back in 1870. They have some great student programs like sports programs, club, sororities, fraternities, and media organizations. There are some great exhibitions and museums like the Museum of Classical Archeology, Historic Costume and Textile Collection, Hopkins Hall Gallery, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library, and Jack Nicklaus Museum.
11. The Historic Ohio Statehouse
This is one of the most amazing buildings in Columbus. It has some great features like the cupola and recessed porch. Both of them are a beautiful example of the amazing Greek Revival Style. Art lovers are in love with this architecture. There are many old portraits in the house. A lot of historic memories are connected with the place.
12. Watch Ice Hockey at the Nationwide Arena
The Columbus Blue Jackets belong from here. A lot of events are hosted every year in the arena, one of them even by the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Arnold Classic. There is an ice rink in the arena too. There are some good theatres, clubs, and bars in the neighboring areas.
13. Spend an evening at the Schiller Park
The park was first named as the City Park. Later the name changed to the Schiller Park. It is one of the biggest parks of the town on an area of 23 acres. The German poet Friedrick von Schiller’s name was taken as the name of the park. In the park, there is a stage, a pond for fishing, picnic areas, and recreation centers. It also has a basketball court, a playground, and a gazebo.
14. Shopping at the Easton Town Center
Not only shopping but you can dine here as well. The restaurants here provide some of the most delicious food in Columbus. There are even art fairs and comedy shows in the Easton Town Center.
15. Cheer teams at the Ohio Stadium
One of the biggest stadiums of the country, the Ohio stadium has a capacity of 104,944 people. It was built in the year 1922. People from all over the globe visit the stadium every year.
There are some more nice places to visit in Columbus which every tourist tends to visit like Polaris Fashion Place, Mapfre Stadium, Ohio History Connection, Arena District, Ohio Expo Center and State Fair, Scioto Mile, Park of Roses, and Huntington Park.