Full Day Tours
1A - Fashion Capital:Discover firsthand why Columbus is ranked as the No. 3 fashion capital in the U.S. You'll tour the hottest boutiques, meet with designers and runway makeup artists and even immerse yourself in a unique farm-to-fashion make-it experience with top fashion designer Celeste Malvar-Stewart using wool from a local sheep farm. Breakfast at Fox in the Snow and lunch at The Guild House.
2A - Roar & Explore: Columbus is one of the country's most family-friendly cities, boasting the stunning Franklin Park Conservatory Children's Garden, a top-ranked zoo (with an outdoor waterpark) and science center, COSI, home to the first-ever partnership with American Museum of Natural History outside of New York. Hand-feed giraffes and try a high-wire cycle—all in the name of science and education. Start the day with Sunrise on the Savannah and breakfast at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Lunch at Milestone 229.
3A - Food, Glorious Food:The buzz on the Columbus food scene is on fire, with everything from killer cocktails and craft spirits to beautiful bakeries and Bhutanese cuisine grabbing major attention. Come hungry and pace yourself. We'll start the day with coffee and breakfast at the celebrated Fox in the Snow before heading to the historic North Market for a tour and sampling from a slate of international vendors.” Then we'll head out on a Columbus Food Adventures Alt Eats Tour to check out a defunct strip mall and an international grocery store, now home to some of the city's incredible Tibetan, Vietnamese, Pakistani, Brazilian and Somali food.
4A - The Art of it All:With two arts hotels, multiple arts neighborhoods, three of the nation's most revered major arts institutions (one is even a botanical garden) and a private collection that rivals that of many museums, it's easy to see why Columbus is on any art lover's bucket list. Your tour will include the Pizzuti Collection, the spectacular, newly renovated Columbus Museum of Art, the Short North Arts District and Franklinton. Breakfast at The Guild House and lunch at Schokko.
5A - Explore on Your OwnWith a gift card to the North Market for lunch and a complimentary bike to ride along our stunning 14-mile Olentangy Greenway trail. You can also wander on foot, use the free CBUS Circulator bus or venture further via Uber or Lyft. Explore historic German Village, buzzy Short North Arts District or any of our other distinct and unforgettable neighborhoods. Select this option and we'll create suggestions for you based on your markets and interests. Lunch at the North Market.
Half Day Tours
1B - Drink Up — Fill Your Cup:Award-winning craft distilleries, a Prohibition craft cocktail revolution and even a meadery ensure that no Cbus visitor goes thirsty — or hungry. Sample local spirts and brew. Learn to make craft cocktails from Annie Williams Pierce, the first woman ever to win Bombay Sapphire's Most Imaginative Bartender in the World competition. Lunch at Rockmill Tavern.
2B - Cartoon Mecca:You'll discover why Columbus is at the center of the cartoon, graphic novel and comics universe with stops at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, Columbus College of Art and Design's groundbreaking Cartoon Studio and James Thurber's boyhood home. Led by Jeff Smith, one of the world's top graphic novelists and creator of Bone, along with award-winning political cartoonist Nate Beeler, you'll learn about the upcoming Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, a global cartooning and comics convention. Lunch at Ray Ray's Hog Pit.
3B - Made in Cbus: Discover the Made in Cbus Trail as you make a custom-scented candle at The Candle Lab in Worthington, learn how to print with letterpress at Igloo Letterpress and create a fashionable leather accessory at Branchline Leather Co. Lunch at Whitney House.
4B - Franklinton's Maker Culture: Artists, aerial acrobats, a ukulele culture, craft beer and other creative and industrial design pursuits are all part of one of the nation's greatest gentrification success stories... and you're here as it all unfolds. Led by Columbus Brew Adventures, check out the world’s largest maker space and meet the gritty artists and innovative brewers making this one of the city’s hottest spots. Lunch at Strongwater.
5B - Columbus’ Somali Culture:More than 60,000 Somali people now call Columbus home, creating the second-largest concentration of Somali immigrants in the United States. Experience the uniqueness of their culture through food, art and history with a visit to the Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center, one of the largest mosques in the region. Step into a true African market with a trip to Global Mall, where dozens of stalls are filled with of traditional clothing, everyday necessities and even a Somali café, the social and cultural center of the community. Lunch at the well-loved Hamdi Grill.
6B - Explore on Your OwnWith a gift card to the North Market for lunch and a complimentary bike to ride along our stunning 14-mile Olentangy Greenway trail. You can also wander on foot, use the free CBUS Circulator bus or venture further via Uber or Lyft. Explore historic German Village, buzzy Short North Arts District or any of our other distinct and unforgettable neighborhoods. Select this option and we'll create suggestions for you based on your markets and interests. Lunch at the North Market.