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Things to Do in Columbus

Live to try new things and explore new places in Columbus. With local fun like neighborhood gallery hops, cozy igloos and ice-skating, innovative and exciting options for dining and shopping, and plenty of makers and experiential activities to choose from for date nights and family outings — we’ve got something for you to do in Columbus this season.

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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 no matter the weather? Check out some of our city's top adventure attractions and get your adrenaline going, even if the weather outside is a little bit chilly.


The Arena District is home to the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL), the Columbus Crew (MLS) and the Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians (MLB). Early for a Blue Jackets game this winter? Grab a drink from designated restaurants in the neighborhood’s DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area). 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 the 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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