Yes, Columbus is crazy about our Buckeyes. Whether you're coming to cheer them on or to root for your visiting team, you're going to have a great time. If this is your first visit, we've got some tips to make sure you have the very best Columbus weekend!
Friday: We recommend you arrive in Columbus at least a day before the big game to get your bearings. Find a hotel near campus or downtown. We hope you're here early enough for a great dinner out. Here are our recommendations for the 10 dishes you have to try in Columbus. Or try a food truck! Here are our picks for food truck meals you can't pass up.
Saturday: This is game day - the focus is on football and tailgating. The tailgating lots open at 5 a.m. on game days, and are first-come, first-served. There's no specific visiting team area within the lots - so park anywhere and set up shop. If you're not the cooking type, pick up some food and drinks from one of these great markets near campus. If you're here for a noon game, you may want to arrive around that time. If you're here for a 3:30 p.m. or night game, you've got a little time to get breakfast before camping out - check out these great choices. The tailgate area has lots of family-friendly activities, generally along Lane Avenue, in addition to the traditional partying. Here are some more tips about game days from Ohio State.
There are free shuttles from the day-of-game parking lots west of the Olentangy River, but most people walk to the Horseshoe. No need to scope out directions - just follow the 102,000 other people. If you made the trek to Columbus, you know exactly what to do in the stadium. What you might not know is the best food to seek out while you're enjoying the game. OH! Chips are locally made and utterly delicious. Find them at 14 locations in the stadium.
Sunday: We hope you'll stay an extra day and really enjoy your time in Columbus. Fall is a perfect time to visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, repeatedly named the nation's best zoo. Or check out one of Columbus' signature neighborhoods - the Short North Arts District or historic German Village. We've got day-trip ideas for the Short North and German Village here.