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Capitalizing on Columbus’ strengths as a forward-thinking city, we continue to “Live Forward” to help rebuild Columbus’ economy and support the local community during the COVID-19 crisis. Though many events have been cancelled, Ohio has slowly begun the process to reopen restaurants, attractions and businesses if the proper guidelines are followed.

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Columbus Attractions

It’s not hard to find things to do in Columbus. In fact, with so many top-ranked attractions, one of the hardest parts about any trip is deciding which activity will have to wait until the next visit.


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Shop at the North Market's more than 30 merchants and the Short North Arts District's galleries and boutiques. Tour the beautifully restored Ohio Statehouse and explore the shops in historic German Village. Hang out in the Heart of Africa at “Jungle” Jack Hanna’s home zoo, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium or get hands-on at COSI, a top-rated science center featuring more than 300 interactive exhibits, including the brand new American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery. Check out Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the only botanical garden in the world with the largest collection of glass artwork by Dale Chihuly, then hit Easton, the Midwest's premier shopping destination. Let loose a little at Eldorado Scioto Downs or Hollywood Casino Columbus.

The Scioto Mile in downtown Columbus features miles of multi-use trails stretching from Bicentennial Plaza in the south to North Bank Park in the North and is a great spot to take a stroll and enjoy both the city and nature. Bicentennial Park hosts free concerts on summer weekends, and a huge set of fountains create a fun environment for kids to play in during the daylight hours. By night, sip a local cocktail or grab a burger at Milestone 229 and watch the fountain displays change through the evening. A trail leading south from Bicentennial Plaza leads you to the largest free climbing wall in the nation and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, an important birding area with a nature center and lots of natural areas to explore. Even though it's in the heart of downtown, the Scioto Mile is a great place to enjoy nature. Waterfowl abound, and paddling is encouraged.

Columbus' Newest Attractions

A 36,000-sq.-ft. LEGOLAND Discovery Center is now open at Easton. Billed as the ultimate indoor LEGO playground, the site includes two rides, 10 LEGO build and play zones, a 4D cinema and more while the National Veterans Memorial and Museum is now open on downtown Columbus’ Scioto Mile. This museum is the only place where the stories of our veterans, their families and the Fallen – across all branches of service and all eras of conflict – are told together.

See below for an entire list of Columbus attractions!


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