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The one Columbus-made product I can't live without is North Market Spices. THE BEST.


Noah Rogers, CTA
Event Manager
Greater Columbus Convention Center

Columbus Attractions

Have a blast at Columbus' attractions. 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 a permanent 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 features 33 new acres of parkland in downtown Columbus. With miles of multi-use trails stretching from Bicentennial Plaza in the south to North Bank Park in the North, this 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 Scioto Audubon Metropark, an important birding area with a nature center, the largest free climbing wall in the nation, 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.


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