Top Ten Things to do in Columbus, Ohio
Hey! This list is *way* out of date! It was created in 2007, but you likely landed here due to a google search looking for things to do in Columbus Ohio! Well, you’ve come to the right place, and a much more updated (and photo-centric) list can be found here:
If you still want to look at the old list from 2007 though, it’s intact, below:
Ok, here’s the deal. You’ve got a visitor from out of town. They’ve never been to Columbus. You want to show them a good time. Where do you take them, and what do you suggest they do while they’re here?
You’ve made your suggestions, and here’s the results!
The Top 10 Things to do While Visiting Columbus, Ohio
1) Stroll Through the Short North – Everyone seems to universally agree. The Short North is THE neighborhood to visit when you’re in Columbus. Go during a Gallery Hop if possible (first saturday of every month) but any day or night is a great time in the Short North. Be sure to hit a few of the art galleries, a few of the stores, and a few of the restaurants and bars. Special mentions go to Betty’s Fine Food and Spirits, The Surly Girl Saloon, the Bristol Bar, Skully’s Music Diner, Rosendale’s, and Goodale Park.
2) Lunch at the North Market – A short walk south of the Short North you’ll find the North Market. A great spot to shop for food, gifts, and try a variety of ethnic foods for lunch or to go. Special mentions to go Jeni’s Ice Cream and Pure Imagination Chocolatier.
3) Stroll Through German Village – This historic community on the southern end of downtown Columbus is filled with beautifully restored homes as well as a few well placed shops, stores, restaurants and more. Special mentions to go the Bookloft, Schiller Park, Banana Bean Cafe, and First Watch.
4) Tour the Franklin Park Conservatory – Located on Broad street a few miles east of downtown, the Park Conservatory is a great stop on any afternoon. Botanical exhibits feature a mix of plant-life and modern art. Attend during the summer months if possible for the annual butterfly exhibit.
5) Visit Easton Town Center – This shopping destination pioneered the “Lifestyle Center” concept and is still one of the most prime examples of it’s type anywhere in the country. Located just a few miles east of downtown, Easton combines standard shopping mall stores with a pedestrian-friendly outdoor setting. A mix of dining options, entertainment venues, and outdoor performance art during the summer makes it one of a kind stop in Columbus.
6) Tour the Ohio State University Campus – Columbus is home to one of the largest universities in the nation, and the campus is full of interesting activities for non-students and visitors. The commercial strip along High Street is famous for it’s stores, shops, and food options. Special mention also goes out to the Wexner Center for the Arts, where you can attend an event or view an exhibit while on campus.
7) Visit the Columbus Zoo – The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is located approximately 20 miles north of downtown, but well worth the drive. Many of it’s exhibits have received national acclaim, and current expansion plans will increase the size of the zoo to make it one of the largest in North America.
8) Bar Hop in the Arena District – If you can visit Columbus during the winter hockey season you can take in a Blue Jackets game at Nationwide Arena, but the bars and restaurants in the Arena District are hopping all year long. All flavors of nightlife can be found through this area including sports bars, dance clubs, lounges, summer patios, local breweries, cocktails, DJs, live bands, national acts, local talents, and everything in between.
9) Visit the Columbus Museum of Art – The Art Museum is located right downtown and features a large collection of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American and European modern art. There are also rotating exhibits featured as well.
10) Go Out to Eat Constantly – Dining in Columbus gets it’s own special mention. Columbus may not be known for specific types of cuisine, but the sheer variety of options (most of which are very affordable) means that you should never been dining at home while visiting this city. The results of this poll showed that everyone’s got some pretty strong favorites. Some were already mentioned up above, and some others include M, Cap City, Spagio, Basi Italia, Northstar Cafe, Jack & Benny’s, Due Amici, and Latitude 41. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.