Posing with the deer sculpture in front of the city skyline on the Scioto Mile
An outdoor performance by BalletMet, the city’s world-class dance company
“The Journey” mural on the side of The Graduate Hotel in the Short North Arts District
Rock climbing at the world's largest free outdoor climbing wall, located at the Scioto Audubon Center just south of downtown
A gorgeous day for shopping and dining at Easton
Viewing a colorful piece at the Columbus Museum of Art
Family browsing the North Market public market
Feeding a giraffe at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Waterfall spotting at Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills State Park
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The biggest small town in America
Where the Locals Go
Columbus’ lively neighborhoods are bursting with shops, galleries, eateries, parks and markets. Start at the Short North Arts District, where you can visit dozens of art venues and see street entertainers during a “Gallery Hop.” In historic German Village, you’ll find loads of Old World charm and stately architecture, plus social gardens and brew houses where you can drink German beer and eat bratwurst. For sports events and concerts, head to the Arena District, where both Nationwide Arena and Huntington Park (home of the Indians baseball team) are located. Explore downtown and Franklinton districts by bike, visiting the Topiary Garden and North Market, which features dozens of independent merchants and farmers.
Attractions and Entertainment for All
Take a guided tour of the Ohio Statehouse, a complex which comprises the Statehouse Museum and a Christopher Columbus monument. Nearby is the Columbus Museum of Art, where you’ll see an outstanding collection of late 19th and early 20th century works. Get an insider’s look at life in the 1890s at Ohio Village. Catch a musical or dance performance at the opulent Ohio Theatre. The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is packed with exhibits, such as the exotic plants greenhouse and an 1895 Victorian glass house. Kids love the Center of Science and Industry, where they can visit the planetarium and enjoy an IMAX film.
Ohio State University football is a huge part life in the city. Catch a Buckeyes game if you visit in season. If sports aren’t your thing, head to the award-winning Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, which features 10,000 animals. For outdoor recreation, hit the Scioto Mile, a promenade by the Scioto River, and take a walk, go paddling, or see a free concert. Shopaholics should not miss the Easton Town Center, a unique indoor mall that resembles an outdoor village and has 240 shops and over 60 restaurants.
Columbus’ nickname "Arch City" comes from the early 20th century arches that used to stretch over the city’s streets and provide electricity for streetcars and streetlights.
Columbus has the third-highest concentration of fashion designers in the USA, behind only New York City and Los Angeles.
Famous people from Columbus include R.L. Stine, author of the best-selling Goosebumps children’s novels, celebrity chef Guy Fieri and pop music duo Twenty One Pilots.
Photo: Rainer Ziehm
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