Things to do in Columbus

Welcome to Ohio's capital and largest city, Columbus! Columbus is known to be one of the Midwest's best cities to live in and to visit, and Vinnie agrees. Here are some of his favorite spots you need to check out while you're in town.





Columbus has festivals almost every weekend! Here are a few that you absolutely cannot miss.


Jazz and Rib Fest

Every July, join thousands in downtown columbus for hot ribs and cool jazz. This summer festival on the riverfront is always hotly anticipated — get there early!


Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair is known far and wide to be one of the best around. Visit for agricultural exhibitions, rides, and musical performances all week! Bring your friends and family and chow down on some festival food in the Ohio Expo Center.


Columbus Food Truck Festival

Every August, Scioto Mile becomes packed with more than 70 food trucks from cuisine from all over the world, as well as some local favorites. There's also tons of live music performances and arts & craft activities for children of all ages.



Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

This non-profit zoo houses more than 7,000 animals making up more than 800 species, and is known worldwide. It was ranked as the best zoo in the country several times, and promises a day of fun for all ages.

Address:
4850 Powell Road
Powell, OH 43065


Franklin Park Conservatory

The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a Columbus gem that you have to explore while you're in town. With scores of exotic plants, artworks, and special exhibitions this conservatory has kept Columbus locals coming back again and again since its opening in 1895.

Address:
1777 E Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43203


German Village

This neighborhood is amongst the oldest in the area. Settled in the early 19th century by German immigrants, this village is known for its meticulously preserved architecture and its lively local culture. Stop by for boutiques, restaurants, bars, and beautiful public parks. You can't leave Columbus without visiting this neighborhood!



Ohio Stadium

Ohio Stadium, also known as "the Shoe" and "the House that Harley built", is an outdoor football stadium on Ohio State University's campus. There's no better place to capture college football spirit!

Address:
411 Woody Hayes Drive
Columbus, OH 43210



Whether you prefer walking, biking, or bus, there are so many ways to see the city. For historic neighborhood walking tours, check out Columbus Landmarks Foundation's website, where they list several low-cost options. If you'd prefer something self-guided, and free, Experience Columbus offers several self-guided experiences on their site. Columbus Food Adventures also offers a culinary tour throughout the German Village's famous cobblestone streets.



The Light of Seven Matchsticks

This speakeasy is secretly tucked away in the basement of Worthington pizza joint. Uncover the secret cocktail menus in the leather-bound books, and many more hidden tricks. This is truly a unique experience, just a shuttle ride from downtown Columbus.

Address:
5601 N High Street
Worthington, OH 43085


Watershed Kitchen & Bar

For an upscale spot to take a date or business colleague, check out this rustic American eatery. Reservations are necessary, as this is one of the most popular spots in town.

Address:
1145 Chesapeake Ave
Columbus, OH 43212


Momo Ghar

The best food in the city isn't always where you'd expect. This no-frills food stand inside Saraga International Grocery on the Northeast Side of the city has some of the best Nepali and Tibetan homestyle food around. Head there early — the secret's out about this spot.

Address:
1265 Morse Road
Columbus, OH 43229


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