There’s an energy in Columbus that takes you by surprise – Ohio‘s state capital sure is anything but boring. Funky neighbourhoods on all sides of downtown are bursting with new places to eat and shop, and artists are shaping new areas of the city into dynamic spaces.
Looking for the best things to do i Columbus? There’s heaps. We’ve rounded up our top picks of the city’s best attractions…
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1. Wander around German Village
Originally built by German settlers in the mid-1800s, this beautifully restored village is ideal for an afternoon wander. Feast on homemade fudge, browse books at a 32-room (!) bookstore and pose in front of the brick buildings.
2. Do the Columbus Coffee Trail
Grab a coffee trail card to explore one of the best coffee scenes in the Midwest and taste what happens when quality and collaboration come first. Want to do your very own coffee trail? We’ve got the city’s best cafes here.
3. Explore Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
This is the only botanical garden in the world with the largest collection of glass artwork by Dale Chihuly. Seasonal exhibitions rotate year-round, so you’ll always find something new that catches your eye.
4. Visit Columbus Museum of Art
This museum, designed by a local architect, features gallery space for the museum’s permanent collection, and a bright area for special exhibitions. An outdoor sculpture garden and excellent new restaurant make it a great spot to enjoy any time of day.
5. Walk along Scioto Mile
This is a great spot to take a stroll and enjoy both the city and nature. The country’s largest free outdoor climbing wall is accessible from paths along the river at Scioto Audubon Metropark.
6. Discover street art in the Short North Arts District
As the “art and soul” of Columbus, the Short North is a vibrant cultural and business community. The nationally acclaimed Gallery Hop is held on the first Saturday of the month.
7. Go for a filling breakfast at Katalina’s
This iconic neighbourhood breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant is housed happily in a 100-year-old gas station. The pancake balls are a must-try!