Ohio’s largest city is home to nearly a million people, but it has a decidedly small-town feel. Top Columbus attractions include boutiques, microbreweries, world-renowned museums, and one of the biggest zoos in the country. If you’re visiting Arch City or looking for something to do, give these recommendations a try.
Columbus Food Adventures and Columbus Brew Adventures are two of the city’s most popular tours. For a more adventurous view of the city, try a zipline tour of Columbus at ZipZone Canopy Tours.
Columbus is a football town through and through. The Ohio State University Buckeyes are so popular that neighborhoods transform into ghost towns during home games. Watch them play at Ohio Stadium.
With more than 7,000 animals and 800 species, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is regularly listed among the top five zoos in the country. Special exhibits include an Africa-themed “Congo Expedition” and an arctic “Polar Frontier.”
Established in 1876, the North Market is the oldest public market in Columbus. More than 30 merchants sell organic produce, locally roasted coffee, artisan cheeses, and diverse ethnic dishes.
The Wexner Center for the Arts features both visual and performance art. Another artistic attraction is the Columbus Museum of Art or Shadowbox Live, the largest residential theater company in the country.
Short North and the German Village are some of the best shopping and dining neighborhoods in Ohio. For more retail therapy, check out Polaris Fashion Place, Ohio’s largest shopping destination.
Columbus has more than 230 recreational areas. The Columbus Park of Roses is a 13-acre rose garden with more than 12,000 flowers, while Glen Echo Park is perfect for bird watching.