Things to Do in Columbus
Live to try new things and explore new places in Columbus. With local fun like new rooftop bars and restaurants, miles of trails, pro sports in every season, top-rated family attractions, experiential activities and more, you'll never be short of fun things to do in Columbus, whether you're planning a date night or a family outing.
Use Experience Columbus’ experience trails to explore the city’s coffee, distilleries, pizza and outdoor adventures, or head to family favorite attractions like the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium or Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Don’t miss the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, the only museum of its kind, COSI, voted best science museum in the nation three times by USA Today’s 10Best awards, and the Columbus Museum of Art.
Do you live for the thrill? Check out some of our city's top adventure attractions and get your adrenaline going.
The Arena District is home to the Columbus Crew (MLS), the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) and the Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians (MLB). Early for a game? Grab a drink from designated restaurants in the neighborhood’s DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area). Over in the University District, you’ll find that The Ohio State Buckeyes’ 36 Division I sports attract impassioned crowds from around the state and the country.
No matter if your style is local or luxe, Columbus has every shopping experience you could dream up. Enjoy Easton (named best retail experience in the nation), Polaris Fashion Place or Tanger Outlets, or scale things down to the local level — explore local boutiques and shops in places like the Short North Arts District (and don’t miss the Short North’s monthly Gallery Hop), Grandview Heights, or German Village.
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Essence Names Columbus One of the Best Destinations for Culinary Travel in 2024
"It is called home by chefs and restaurants that have been given kudos from The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine and others," says writer Sheryl Nance-Nash.