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The Best Local Events and Festivals in Columbus 2024

Columbus, Ohio, is a city that knows how to celebrate, and throughout the year, it hosts many festivals that cater to every taste and interest. From music and art extravaganzas to cultural celebrations and culinary delights, here’s your comprehensive guide to the top festivals in Columbus, complete with dates, locations, and must-see highlights

Sonic Temple Arts & Music Festival 

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Date: May 16–19, 2024 

Location: Historic Crew Stadium

Highlights: This is the highest-level rock festival in America, join fellow music lovers in the Historic Crew Stadium in Columbus. The spectacular lineup of rock heavyweights makes Sonic Temple one of the most anticipated events of the festival season. For more info check out here

Columbus Taco Fest  

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Date: May 18–19, 2024 

Location: Genoa Park

Highlights: You don’t have to wait for Taco Tuesday to enjoy Tacos. Get ready for the 6th annual Columbus Taco Fest in May 2024 with the best tacos with different flavors,   tequila, and Mexican beer. Curious about Taco? Here is the place where you can try them all. For more info check out here.

Columbus Asian Festival 

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 Date: May 25–26, 2024 

Location: Franklin Park

Highlights: If you like to experience different cultures, this is the festival you don’t want to miss. The  Asian festival brings more than  100,000 visitors, it’s an annual event celebration that promotes the importance of cultural diversity in building a vibrant, prosperous, and healthy community. For more information check out here.

Ohio Black Expo River Front Culture Fest

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Dates: May 25–26, 2024 

Location: Genoa Park

Highlights: Showcasing black excellence with food, music, art, networking, and more in this memorial weekend. There will be  100+ vendors, food trucks, concerts, celebrity appearances and more will be featured at the Riverfront Culture Fest. The event proceeds benefit youth and community programs. For more information check out here.

The Memorial Tournament  

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Date: June 3–9, 2024 

Location: Muirfield Village Golf Club

Highlights: The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, benefits many Greater Columbus charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and numerous other local organizations. The event is conducted each year to honor the memory of deceased individuals and living who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf. To showcase the world’s best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world. For more information check out here.

Columbus Arts Festival  

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Date: June 7–9, 2024 

Location: Downtown Columbus

Highlights: The Columbus Arts Festival has grown into one of the most highly acclaimed arts festivals in the nation. The event will feature over 200 visual artists, three stages of performances, and dozens of food vendors. The Columbus Arts Festival attracts the nation’s top artists, as well as art enthusiasts from all over the country. The event remains free to attend. For more information check out here.

Columbus Air Show 

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Date: June 14–16, 2024 

Location: Rickenbacker International Airport
Highlights: The Columbus Air Show, presented by Scotts, takes place at Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus. Perfect for family and friends alike, don’t miss the exciting experience that’s headlined by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels! The event is full of amazing feats of talent and skill both in the air and on the ground, and you’ll get to see demonstrations from both modern military and civilian aircraft. Mark your calendars.


Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival 

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Date: June 14–16, 2024 

Location: Creekside, Gahanna
Highlights: Celebrating its 25th year in 2024, The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival gathers world-famous groups and performers at a single place for you to enjoy the best blues and jazz in Ohio. For more information check out here.

Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival 

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Date:  June 15, 2024 

Location: Goodale Park

Highlights: An annual celebration, Pride events across the globe aim to bring the community together in camaraderie and recognition of the strength, resilience, and fight of the LGBTQIA community past and present; a fight for equity and equality that is far from over. For more information check out here.

Juneteenth Ohio Celebration 

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 Date: June 15–16, 2024 

Location: Genoa Park

Highlights: Throughout 25+ years of celebration, Juneteenth Ohio has emerged as the enjoyable family weekend of cultural discovery, filled with a variety of events promoting cultural unity, enrichment, and ethnic diversity, “key elements that improve the relationships and quality of life among all residents throughout Ohio”. For information check out here.

Worthington Arts Festival 

 Date: June 15–16, 2024 

Location: Worthington Village Green

Highlights: Produced by the McConnell Arts Center in coordination with the City of Worthington, this premier Fine Art festival draws 23,000 visitors and more than 110 artists. The Festival takes place on all four quadrants of the Worthington Village Green and is just a short walk from the businesses and restaurants of historic Old Worthington. For more information check out here.

Origins Game Fair  

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Date;  June 19–23, 2024 

Location: Throughout Columbus

Highlights: This is an annual tabletop gaming convention hosted by GAMA, held annually in Columbus, OH. A lot of gaming events are scheduled throughout the week for attendees, a dynamic vendor hall, special events throughout the weekend and so much more, there’s sure to be something for everyone. For more information check out here. 

Buckeye Country Superfest 

Date: June 22–23, 2024 

Location: Ohio Stadium

Highlights: Make your way to the Shoe to hear music from today’s top country musicians. This is 2 days event that you dont want to miss. For more check out  here


Date: June 28–30, 2024 

Location: Goodale Park

Highlights: Community Festival (ComFest) features performances by Columbus’ best bands and artists, workshops, community activism, and other community events you look forward to every year. For more information check out here.

Red, White & BOOM

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Date: July 3, 2024 

Location: Downtown Columbus

Highlights: There are few more patriotic ways to kick off your Independence Day weekend than at the largest fireworks display in Ohio. Red, White & BOOM! is an experience and a tradition for over 400,000 visitors who come together each Independence Day to celebrate the country and the community and to honor our military and veterans. Festivities, like the street festival, start at 11 a.m. and the big show begins at 10 p.m. Plan to be downtown very early because the best spots go fast. Also if you worry about parking or traffic you can take COTA (Columbus public transportation). For more information check out here.

Columbus Food Truck Festival – Downtown  

Date: July 12–13, 2024 

Location: Scioto Peninsula near COSI

Highlights: Enjoy two days of food, music, and fun, and celebrate the festival’s return to downtown. Experience the best food trucks from across Ohio and around the country accompanied by live music, and explore tons of vendors of locally-made craft and retail items. For more information check out here.

Columbus Book Festival 

 Date: July 13–14, 2024 

Location: Downtown’s Historic Main Library

Highlights: This inaugural literary festival features panel discussions, author talks, and book signings from nationally acclaimed authors with new releases at the historic Main Library downtown, named one of the country’s 11 most beautiful libraries by Fodor.  For more information check out here.

Westerville Music & Arts Festival  

Date: July 13–14, 2024 

Location: Heritage Park/Everal Barn

Highlights: The Westerville Music & Arts Festival features 130+ artists, 30+ performances, food vendors, a silent auction, a youth art show, and youth entertainment. For more information check out here.

Jazz & Ribs Festival 

Date: July 19–21, 2024

Location: Scioto Mile

Highlights: The Jazz & Ribs Festival, presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, is a highly anticipated summertime tradition offering jazz and rib connoisseurs the finest music and barbecue.For more information check out here.

Ohio State Fair  

Date: July 24–August 4, 2024 

Location: Ohio State Fairgrounds

Highlights: This annual event, is full of exciting attractions, food, and entertainment for the whole family. The multi-day fair brings in more than 500,000 visitors each year, it’s one of the special events you won’t want to miss in Columbus There are many fun things to do. For more information check out here.

Dublin Irish Festival  

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Date: August 2–4, 2024 

Location: Coffman Park
Highlights: The world’s largest three-day Irish festival is held in Dublin annually. Irish and the Irish-at-heart are invited to share and celebrate the best in Irish dance, music, art, and culture.For more information check out here.


Date: August 3–4, 2024

Location: Central Ohio
Highlights: Bike ride and fundraiser in which 100% of all participant-raised dollars go toward innovative cancer research. Learn more about breakthroughs funded through this incredible program and find out how to get involved here.

Tomato Festival  

Date: August 8–10, 2024

Location: Huber Park in Reynoldsburg

Highlights: The Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival has been celebrating Reynoldsburg as the birthplace of the tomato for over 50 years! Join in the festivities and fun that have become a time-honored and beloved tradition in this city just outside Columbus.For more information check out here.

Uptown Untapped  

Date: August 10, 2024 

Location: Westerville

Highlights: Uptown Untapped is Westerville’s beer craft festival, recognizing both the city’s rich history as a hub for the temperance movement and celebrating its bright future in the heart of the city’s unique Uptown district.Join the home of prohibition to drink on the streets with more than 15 local breweries, amazing bands, games, local restaurants on hand, and more in the authentic and historical Uptown Westerville. Early Admission Tasting Hour A tasting menu will be available before the event. For more infomation check out here.

Festival Latino  

Date: August 10–11, 2024 

Location: Genoa Park

Highlights: This free, family-focused event brings national and international music acts, Ohio-based Latino dance and music, children’s activities, and more for the community to enjoy. For more information check out here.

Columbus Comedy Festival 

Date: August 14–18, 2024 

Location: Around Columbus

Highlights: With Columbus’ comedy scene booming, don’t miss the first-ever Columbus Comedy Festival, featuring classic venues across the city.For more information check out here.

CBUS Soul Fest 

Date: August 17, 2024 

Location: Genoa Park

Highlights: In a collaboration between Experience Columbus (and its CBUS Soul® initiative) and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the CBUS Soul® fest will return for its third year at Genoa Park. Come out to experience Columbus’ vibrant Black culture, music, history, and soul!For more information check out here.

Columbus Food Truck Festival – Hilliard 

Date: August 17, 2024 

Location: Franklin County Fairgrounds

Highlights: Enjoy a day of food, music, and fun, and celebrate the festival’s return to the historical Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard. Experience the best food trucks from across Ohio and around the country accompanied by live music, and explore tons of vendors of locally-made craft and retail items.For more information check out here.

Columbus Summer Wine Festival 

Dates: June 8, 2024 

Location: McFerson Commons

Highlights: The Columbus Wine Festival is the perfect event for wine lovers! Experience wine sampling, arts and crafts, live music, and more.For more information check out here.

Doo Dah Parade  

Date: July 4, 2024 

Location: Short North Arts District

Highlights: This classic Columbus event celebrates liberty and lunacy with traditional weird costumes and funny opinions in the Short North Arts District. Come for the parade and the outfits, or hang out at Goodale Park for the live music afterparty.For more information check out here.

Obetz Zucchinifest 

Dates: August 30–September 2, 2024 

Location: Fortress Obetz

Highlights: The Obetz Zucchinifest is a four-day, family-friendly event celebrating everything zucchini. The festival and concerts are free!For more information check out here.

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival 

 Date: September 2, 2024 

Location: Northam Park

Highlights: Each year, more than 20,000 visitors flock to Northam Park on Labor Day to immerse themselves in hands-on art activities, live music, and the opportunity to explore and purchase fine art and fine craft work from some 150 artists working in a variety of media including paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculptures, and mixed media.For more information check out here.

Fiery Foods Festival  

Date:  Summer 2024 (date TBA) 

Location|: Genoa Park

Highlights: This year, the Fiery Foods Festival returns, and the event will again be donating a portion of its proceeds to the children’s charity CD102.5 For the Kids. Festival-goers sample everything from BBQ to salsa to sweet treats with a kick. The festival also features artisans, crafters, food trucks, and entertainment, as well as many contests that attendees can take part in.For more information check out here.

The Great Bourbon Affair 

Date: Summer 2024 (date TBA)

 Location: East Market

Highlights: Come out for the Affair between Rock & Country Music and Join the Biggest bourbon toast in Ohio!  For more information check out here.

Columbus Greek Festival

Date: Aug 30–Sept 2nd, 2024 

Location: The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 555 N. High Street


Highlights: Experience the culture and ancestry of Greece and the Orthodox Christian faith. Come and connect with heritage and traditions that are centuries old, but still contemporary in their focus. There will be  Cathedral tours that will inspire you, and amazing food and drink. Stop by the shops, enjoy the music and dancing. For more information check out here.

Columbus Italian Festival

Date: October 11-October 13,2024

Location: Italian Village, near St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

Highlights: This is one of Columbus’s annual festivals. Each year on Columbus Day weekend the Italian community comes together in a 3-day celebration with the finest  Italian food, entertainment, and showcasing Italian culture.For more information check out here


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The Best Places for Shopping in Columbus Ohio (2024)

Are you ready to explore the shopping scene of  Columbus? From trendy boutiques to retail stores, the city offers a diverse range of experiences for locals and visitors alike. Let’s take a tour of some of the best places to shop and have fun in Columbus, guided by a local who knows the city inside out.


Easton Town Center


One of the crown jewels of Columbus shopping, Easton Town Center is more than just a shopping mall it’s a center where fashion, dining, and entertainment converge. This great place is located in northeast Columbus.  Easton is intended to look like a self-contained town, reminiscent of American towns and cities in the early-to-mid 20th century. Its design includes fountains, streets laid out in a grid pattern surrounded by a continuous loop, and metered storefront parking. Easton is the home of best-in-class- retailers with over 200 stores including high-end boutiques like Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton and popular chains like Zara. Easton also hosts a range of events from live music in the summer to an enchanting winter lights display, making it a perfect blend of shopping and entertainment.  This is the best place for kids too there are toy stores such as  Lego Land Discovery Center and Lego Land Store, Build a Bear, and many more. 


Polaris Fashion Place

Another top destination for shoppers is Polaris Fashion Place a two-level shopping mall and surrounding retail plaza or shopping center. The mall features stores such as  Saks Fifth Avenue, Von Maur, Macy’s, JCPenney, and Apple Store and an outdoor promenade that includes Forever 21, Dave & Buster’s, and Barnes & Noble.  The mall also features a diverse array of dining options and occasional live entertainment that complements a day of shopping. Polaris Fashion Place is also kids friendly there kids’ playground which makes it a phenomenal place for shopping. 


Tuttles Crossing Mall

This enclosed shopping mall is located in northwest Columbus. The Tuttle Crossing stores are Macy’s, and JCPenney, and the entertainment center is Scene75 Entertainment. Many popular stores are closed from this mall such as Banana Republic, Express, New York & Company, Sears, and many more. 


Tanger Outlets

This is a Shopping mall chain featuring a variety of brand-name & designer outlet stores. It is located just 30 minutes north of downtown Columbus. Outlet shopping never goes out of style in Columbus. Many stores can be found there such as Coach, Michael Kors, Nike, Under Armor, and many more.  At Tanger outlets, you will enjoy the retail experience. Usually, Outlet stores have price deals compared to regular stores. 


Short North Arts District 


The Short North has been described as trendy, and colorful, it is an entertainment destination known for its art galleries, specialty shops, unique boutiques, carefully curated boutique collections pubs, nightclubs, and coffee shops. The Short North is also a shopping haven for unique clothing, accessories, or one-of-a-kind art pieces. Here you will also be able to support small local businesses in their independent boutiques and pop-up markets. Short North district is also known to be a place for Columbus’ most exciting dining options, the area comes alive during the monthly Gallery Hop, where shops stay open late, entertainers line the streets, and the community vibes are palpable.


The Red Stable 

This    Souvenirs & Gift shop features nearly 100 local artists and vendors creating unique, one-of-a-kind gifts and art for everyone.  The Red Stable is located in German Village Here you can find vintage gems. Shop in for their ever-changing and seasonal inventory created and designed by local artists and vendors. Make sure you visit their art gallery on the second floor of the shop, featuring originals and print reproductions of German Village.


Celebrate Local.

The store showcases the best of Ohio-produced handmade and local artisan goods. Located in Easton Town Center it is  Ohio’s favorite retail destination, for locally sourced artisan delectables like natural honey and maple syrup, soaps, potions and lotions, children’s clothing, custom logo T-shirts, salsas, sauces, gluten-free items, Ohio wines, Ohio craft beer, candy, baked goods, postcards, notecards, artisan jewelry, unique one of a kind handicrafts and repurposed furniture items, OSU gears, local art and so much more from The Great state of Ohio.

These are a few of the places that you can shop in Columbus, there are more places or stores that you can shop depending on your needs.  All in all, there is everything fro everyone in  this great city of Columbus.

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Discover Columbus: A guide to travel and exploring Columbus

Columbus, Ohio, is not just Ohio’s capital, it’s a city with rich art, history, green spaces, and amazing cultural scenes. Whether you’re planning your first visit or looking to explore deeper or even live here,  this guide will help you uncover the best of what Columbus has to offer.

Art and Culture

Columbus is a diverse place and has art and culture everywhere. You will see that in every corner of the city as the city is decorated with art. From the Convention center, and city murals, to the short north art district.

Columbus Museum of Art: A must-visit for art lovers, this museum showcases a mix of American and European collections alongside contemporary pieces. Don’t miss the interactive exhibits that make art accessible to all ages.

Short North Arts District: This lively neighborhood is the heart of Columbus’s art scene, peppered with galleries, murals, and boutiques. It’s a perfect spot for those looking to experience the local culture and find unique artwork. Here you can also enjoy live music from inside bars and sidewalks.

Nature and Leisure

Franklin Park Conservatory: Offering lush botanical gardens and glasshouses, this is a green oasis in the city. It’s ideal for a peaceful day out among exotic plants and beautiful landscapes and enjoying a butterfly garden.

Sharon Woods Park:  is a mixture of forests and fields with towering oak, hickory, and beech trees. Located inside the 761-acre park is the Edward Thomas Nature Preserve, named for the renowned Ohio naturalist and one of the founders of the park system.  The park has several trails making it the best place for hiking, walking, jogging, biking, fishing, picnicking, and more. Also, there are several programs during the summer that you can enjoy.

Historical Highlights

Historic German Village:  Historic neighborhood in the south of downtown Columbus. It was settled in the early-to-mid-19th century by a large number of German immigrants, It became a city historic district in 1960 and was also added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, and 2007, was made a Preserve America Community by the federal government. Explore this charming district with its preserved brick houses and cobblestone streets,  which offer a glimpse into Columbus’s past

Victorian Village:  It is an established neighborhood built when a streetcar line first ran along Neil Avenue around 1900. To preserve, protect, and enhance the unique architectural and historical features, the Victorian Village Historic District was established in 1973. The neighborhood is known as one of the t top places for Arts and Entertainment, with fun right around the corner in the Short North as its neighborhood hangout.

Italian Village: It is a designated historic district, very well known for its historical and cultural preservation. The building types and architecture in this area reflect Italian influence. Italian Village has the highest home value appreciation in Columbus. The area is part of the Short North/Downtown district area provides access to major employers, cultural and learning institutions, and entertainment venues.

Family Fun

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Recognized as one of the top zoos in the country, it offers a fun day out with a wide range of animals and themed regions from around the world. The Columbus Zoo is home to more than 7,000 animals representing over 800 species and sees over 2 million visitors annually. The animal exhibits are divided into regions of the world, with the zoo currently operating eight such regions

Scene 75: the largest indoor entertainment center in the country at 220,000 square feet. With all this space, they’ve got room for 12 indoor attractions, 200+ arcade games, a full-service restaurant, 3 bars, and much more! Indoor go-karts, laser tag, arcade, bounce inflatables, mini-golf, and much more are the perfect activities for friends and family of all ages, all year round.

Zoombezi Bay: The water park owned by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium .Zoombezi Bay opened to the public on May 26, 2008, and currently ranks as one of the Midwest’s most popular water parks, attracting more than 400,000 visitors annually. There are more than attractions in the park that you can enjoy with family.

Sports and Entertainment

Ohio Stadium: Catch a football game at   The Ohio State University and experience the thrill of college football with the Ohio State Buckeyes. This is in one of the most electrifying atmospheres in sports. The Ohio State football games are a must-attend event when you are in Columbus, you will enjoy the culture, the tailgates, and many more.

Nationwide Arena and Arena District: Home to the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) and surrounded by numerous restaurants and entertainment venues, it’s a hotspot for sports fans and night owls alike

Huntington Park; is a baseball stadium located downtown,  primarily serving as the home of the Columbus Clippers. This is where you can catch baseball games and other events

Lower.com: Columbus accommodates every sports fan as you can see. If you are a soccer fan stop by  Lower.com  stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located downtown. The  stadium is the home  of the Columbus Crew

Culinary Delights

Columbus’s food scene is diverse, with something for every palate. Don’t leave without trying some local specialties from food trucks to fine dining. The North Market is a great place to start, offering a variety of local and international flavors. There are a lot of restaurants with cuisines from different places. From fine dining to local delicatessens, there is always good food in this city.

Explore Made Easy

For those who love adventure, join a Columbus Scavenger Hunt. It’s a fun way to see the city’s historic landmarks, learn a bit of history, and solve puzzles with friends or family.

Staying in the loop about what’s happening in Columbus is easy with an email newsletter and updates from Experience Columbus. They provide all the information you need about upcoming events, new attractions, and tips for making the most of your visit.

Columbus is a city that welcomes all with open arms, offering a blend of educational experiences, leisure activities, and entertainment options. It’s a place where history meets modern lifestyle, and green spaces sit alongside bustling city streets. With so much to see and do, Columbus invites you to discover its charm, one visit at a time.

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15 Best things to do in Columbus OHIO (Summer 2024)

Columbus, the capital of the state of  Ohio is the most populous city in Ohio, and 2nd in the Midwest, the 1st being Chicago. Columbus is not just any city, but a hidden gem waiting to be explored in summertime like any other city in the US. Columbus is very lively and there are a lot of things to do. From festivals, sports events, and concerts there are so many fun things to do. Let me take you on an extraordinary tour of Columbus, where every corner tells a story of the best things and experiences that bring a new adventure. Ready? Grab your sunglasses, and sunscreen, and let’s dive into the heart of the Buckeye state. 

Franklin Park Conservatory

Begin your Columbus adventure at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.  This great place is not just a garden; it’s beautiful artwork. There is a lot to do at this place surrounded by lush landscapes, with butterflies gardens and exotic plants that look like they’ve stepped out of a fairy tale.  There is also a famous Chihuly exhibition, here you will get an opportunity to enjoy the famous work of Dale Chihuly, an American glass artist, who is well-known in the field of blown glass. The Franklin Park Conservatory is one of the best places to visit in Columbus, it has a lot of things to offer. There is also are different events and activities such as gardening classes, culinary classes, cocktail nights, and many more.

German Village

Visit the cobblestone streets of German Village full of history. This unique neighborhood is like stepping back in time where modern cafes are located within centuries-old buildings. The architecture in this place is amazing if you are into it you can stroll the streets to see some stunning homes. On summer weekends there is  Shakespeare in the Park at Schiller Park.  Take advantage of The Book Loft, a literary labyrinth that promises the perfect find for book lovers, and also its amazing environment. You can hop on German Village Tours where you will get an opportunity to hear the stories behind every door of German Village. There is only one tour company, German Village Tours so it will be good if you plan.

 The Columbus Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum of Art is your next stop. It’s a place where creativity knows no bounds and has large collections from classic masterpieces to contemporary wonders. Interactive exhibits invite you to become part of the art, making each visit unique. There are several summer events such as Summer Art Workshop, Summer Camp, and many more. Check out the events calendar here.


Science doesn’t have to be boring like everybody thinks, COSI (Center of Science and Industry) is a science museum that doesn’t just display things,  it engages and educates with hands-on exhibits that make you feel like a kid again. Whether you’re exploring outer space or the depths of the ocean, it’s a reminder that learning is an adventure.  COSI has many special events happening such as COSI After Dark and also special exhibitions.  Check more here for the events calendar.

Easton Town Center

If retail therapy is on your agenda, Easton Town Center won’t disappoint. This open-air shopping has top-notch dining with entertainment and shopping from around the globe. It’s more than a mall; it’s a day out in itself. Here you can enjoy live music and events that are scheduled to keep the whole family entertained. Easton also has some high-end designer stores and fancy restaurants that you can try. The kids can also enjoy this place by going to the movies, a visit to Legoland  Discovery Center Easton Town Center is usually crowded, especially in the summertime.

The Scioto Mile

Want to be more outdoors? The Scioto Mile offers lush parks and interactive fountains along the Scioto River. It’s the perfect spot for a stroll, a picnic, or just to watch the world go by. There are always different special events during summer that you can check out.  The parks at the Scioto Mile include Battelle Riverfront Park, Bicentennial Park, Genoa Park, North Bank Park, Alexander  Millenium Park.

Short North Arts District

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The Short North Arts District is where culture, cuisine, and creativity come alive. There are a lot of things to do such as visiting art galleries, gourmet restaurants, and boutiques.  There is gallery hop every first Saturday of the month, and different activities such as live music, paint and sip, and many more. The short North Art District is not far from the downtown area, so you can always check out what’s going on there.

Columbus Zoo

polar bear swimming under water in a ocean park

Animal lovers, prepare for a wild ride at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. From the jungles of Asia to the plains of Africa, it’s a global safari in Ohio. The zoo is a testament to conservation and education, all while providing endless fun for visitors of all ages. The zoo is usually so busy during summer you can even tell from the traffic that heading there.  There are different events scheduled during the summer.

Huntington Park

Embrace the spirit of America’s pastime at Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers. There’s something about a baseball game on a summer evening. Enjoying hot dogs and nachos and a side of Perry’s Frozen custard, brownies, or creamsicle float. Even if it’s your first time here, guarantee you will enjoy it because of its good vibe.

 Zoombezi Bay

And because no summer is complete without some water fun, Zoombezi Bay is your go-to for thrills and chills. With water slides and a wave pool, you will have a great time paying a visit to this water park.  It’s a refreshing way to beat the heat and add excitement to your Columbus visit. The water park is usually very busy during summer, so plan your visit.

North Market 

Dive into the heart of local life at the North Market Farmer’s Market. This isn’t just any market; it’s a bustling hub of farmers, bakers, and artisans all sharing their passion and produce with the community. Taste your way through local specialties, from artisan cheeses to freshly baked pastries, and experience the vibrant atmosphere that makes Saturday mornings here a special affair. 

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

For those who love the great outdoors, the Scioto Audubon Metro Park is the best place to be this summer. Offering miles of trails, wall/rock climbing, volleyball, bocce courts, and many more. it’s a place where nature lovers can enjoy the beauty of central Ohio’s landscapes. There are also picnic tables that you set up for your family and friends for a picnic or even a date. 


The Columbus Commons

Columbus Commons is a dynamic centerpiece of downtown Columbus, offering over six acres of lush lawns, beautiful gardens, and a carousel that delights both the young and the young at heart. It’s a place where the community comes together for free concerts, live performances, outdoor movies, and yoga in the park.  There are also some food trucks there where you can enjoy different cuisines and pastries.

The Ohio State University Campus

Explore the sprawling campus of The Ohio State University, the best place of education, innovation, and Buckeye pride. Take a guided tour to discover historic buildings, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the spirited atmosphere that defines college life here. Whether or not you’re a fan of college football, a visit to the iconic Ohio Stadium also known as “The Shoe” is the must-visit. The shoe is also the venue for the Buckeye Country Festival.

Bicentennial Park and the Scioto Mile Fountain

Cap off your Columbus journey at Bicentennial Park, particularly around the Scioto Mile Fountain, one of the city’s most picturesque spots. It’s not just a fountain; it’s a summertime playground that invites kids and adults alike to cool off in its refreshing sprays. With the stunning backdrop of the city skyline, it’s the perfect place to relax, enjoy an ice cream, and reflect on your Columbus adventures.


Bonus:  Also don’t miss out on a list of summer festival events around town.  These are several famous summer events; the Jazz & Ribs Festival this is July, the Columbus Arts Festival, the Buckeye Country Super Fest in June, the Food Trucks Festival in August, and many more.


There you have it—15 incredible spots that make Columbus, Ohio, a place to experience in the summer of 2024. From the amazing botanical gardens to the live energy of downtown streets, Columbus is a city that promises something for everyone. So why wait? Start planning your journey to this amazing city today and prepare to be captivated by its charm, culture, and endless possibilities for adventure.




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The Best 15 Packing and Beauty Tips for Traveling

Traveling can be an exciting and enriching experience, but it can also be challenging to pack all the essentials while keeping your beauty routine intact. Whether going on a short trip or a long adventure, having the right packing and beauty tips can make all the difference. In this blog post, we’ll explore the top 15 tips for packing efficiently and maintaining your beauty routine on the go. So, let’s dive in!

 Travel-Sized Skincare Products:

When it comes to skincare on the go, opt for travel-sized products. They are conveniently sized and won’t take up much space in your luggage. Look for a travel-sized face wash, moisturizer, and sunscreen to keep your skin glowing.  Check out more and buy here.

The Best Way to Pack Makeup Products:

To avoid any mishaps with your favorite makeup items, pack them carefully. Use a sturdy travel makeup bag with compartments to keep everything organized. Consider using small containers or refillable pans for liquid foundation, cream blush, or lip color to save space. Check out more and buy here


Face Mask and Cotton Pads:


Pamper your skin while traveling by packing a hydrating face mask and some cotton pads. These little self-care essentials will keep your skin refreshed and rejuvenated, check out more and buy here.

Travel-Sized Skincare Routine:

Maintaining your skincare routine while traveling is essential. Pack travel-sized versions of your favorite cleanser, toner, and moisturizer to keep your skin healthy and happy throughout your trip. especially during long flights or after a day of exploring.Check out more and buy here.


Dry Shampoo:

Save time and space by packing a travel-sized dry shampoo. It’s a great way to freshen up your hair between washes, especially when you’re on the go or have limited access to showers. Check out more  and buy here.


Lip Balm for Hydration:

Don’t forget to keep your lips moisturized during your travels. Pack a nourishing lip balm to prevent dryness and keep your pout looking perfect. Check out more and buy here.


Carry-On Luggage Essentials:

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When it comes to carry-on luggage, make sure to include a small toiletry bag with all your essential beauty items. This way, you’ll have everything you need within reach during the flight. Check out more and buy here.

 Airport Security-Friendly Beauty:

To breeze through airport security, make sure to follow the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guidelines. Keep your liquids and gels in a clear bag and make sure each container is no larger than 3.4 ounces (100ml). This is very important when you tend to put them in your carry-on bag.

Ziplock Bags for Organization:

Stay organized by using ziplock bags to separate and protect your beauty products. They are perfect for keeping items like makeup brushes, small skincare bottles, liquid products, and other essentials in one place. Check out more and buy here.

Travel Beauty Bag Must-Haves:

A well-stocked travel beauty bag is a must! Include travel-sized versions of your favorite hair products, body wash, and skincare essentials. Don’t forget your favorite perfume or solid perfume for a touch of luxury on the go. Check out more and buy here.

Perfect Size Travel Containers:

Invest in travel-sized containers that are the right size for your needs. They not only save space but also ensure that you have just the right amount of product for your trip. Check out more and buy here

Hair Tools Considerations:

Think twice before packing bulky hair tools like a blow dryer or curling iron. Most hotels provide these amenities, so unless you have specific requirements, it’s often best to leave them at home to save space and reduce extra weight. However, if you are going somewhere that you are not sure there will be a hair dryer there are travel-size hair dryers that can fit your needs. Check out more and buy here.

Multipurpose Beauty Products:

To lighten your load, opt for multipurpose beauty products. Look for items like a tinted moisturizer with SPF, a brow pencil with a spoolie brush, or a cream blush that can double as a lip color.

Skincare Items for Every Skin Type:

Pack skincare items suitable for your skin type. Whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin, choose products with active ingredients that address your specific concerns

Plan for Full-Size Products:

If you need to bring full-size beauty products, plan. Leave room in the middle of your suitcase or consider purchasing them at your destination to avoid any hassle with transportation security regulations.


By following these top tips, you’ll be well-prepared for your next adventure while keeping your beauty routine intact. Remember, travel is about exploring new horizons and making unforgettable memories, so don’t fret too much about your beauty regimen. Embrace the journey, and have an amazing time on your next trip!

Safe travels and happy exploring!

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A Trip to Tous Les Jours, Cafe & Bakery in Columbus, Ohio

Recently, I had the pleasure of stepping into Tous Les Jours, a delightful French-Asian bakery café chain in Columbus, Ohio. Located conveniently near the Ohio State University (OSU) campus on Olentangy River Rd, this charming café attracts with its inviting atmosphere and delectable offerings.

Tous Les Jours is not your everyday bakery; it’s a South Korean franchise known for its French-Asian-inspired baked goods, including artisan pastries, milk bread, and gourmet cakes.  Also, serves hot and cold drinks such as Ube lattes, tiramisu lattes, Matcha lattes, smoothies, and many more. With several locations across the United States, it has made quite a name for itself in the popular bakery market.


Upon entering Tous Les Jours, I was immediately struck by the tasteful décor and cozy ambiance. The café displays a sense of warmth and relaxation, making it the perfect spot to unwind and indulge in the different kinds of bakery goods that the café offers


What sets Tous Les Jours apart is its unique approach to ordering. Instead of a traditional menu, customers can either approach the counter or pick up trays and a pair of tongs near the entrance. Then proceed to peruse the Tous les Jours’ wide array of fresh products on display. When you walk to the counter there is a cake case that catches a lot of attention because of different cakes that are on display. 

Also on the counter is where you can see the full menu. A list of drinks and a few sandwiches are included on the menu items.  From signature cloud cake to Ube latte, whether you like savory or sweet there is something for everyone. During my visit, I had the pleasure of ordering an assortment of pastries and cakes, including strawberry and blueberry cloud cakes, sweet rice donuts,  Cheese Garlic croissants, and Matcha Latte. Each bite was delicious and full of flavor, with its unique creations.

While the café was busy and packed with activity, the service remained commendable. Despite the long lines, the staff worked diligently to ensure prompt service and a seamless experience for all patrons. I was particularly impressed by their efficiency and attention to detail, especially when it came to maintaining cleanliness and restocking shelves with fresh products.

However, it’s worth noting that Tous Les Jours can get quite busy, in my experience both weekends and weekdays . Finding a seat may prove challenging, especially since the café is frequented by college students from the nearby campus.


In conclusion, Tous Les Jours offers a delightful culinary experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression. With its wide array of delicious pastries, beverage options, and welcoming ambiance. It’s the perfect spot for a most memorable experience outing with friends or family. So, if you find yourself in Columbus, Ohio, don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in different kinds of bakery goods of Tous les Jours creation.  It’s open daily from 9 am-6:30 pm. I’ll visit again with great pride

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The Best Museums You’ll Want to Visit in Ohio 2024

One thing people don’t know about Ohio is that it’s a place where you can learn about history and culture. And where else can you learn those things? Only at the museums. Ohio is home to the most famous best museum in the United States.  Come with us and see the list of the best museums you must visit in Ohio in 2024.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame- Cleveland

white concrete building

Location: 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44114

Why It Rocks: A  site for music lovers, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrates the legends of the music industry. It’s also one of the most famous Ohio museums  Explore interactive exhibits that bring the history of rock and roll to life.  The exhibits range in size from major exhibits to smaller exhibits. There are also special exhibits that spotlight iconic artists. The  Museum produces numerous public programs, including concerts, interviews, lectures, film screenings, and other events that help tell the story of rock and roll.   If you are into architecture and architects you will enjoy this masterpiece building that famous architect I.M Pei designed.  The museum admission is $35. Check out here for more info.

Cleveland Museum of Art – Cleveland

a statue of a man sitting on a pedestal in a park

Location: 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106

Why It’s Frame-Worthy: Immerse yourself in a world of artistic brilliance at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  One of the best places to visit in Ohio.From classic masterpieces to contemporary wonders. The museum houses a diverse permanent collection of more than 61,000 works of art from around the world. The Cleveland Museum of Art also known as CMA has free admission to its permanent collection galleries. However, tickets may be required for certain exhibitions and events. Be sure to check out the gift shop for unique art-inspired treasures and souvenirs .Check out here for more info.

Columbus  Museum of  Art- Columbus


Location: 480 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215

Why Art Thou Here: Explore the diverse collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, one of the popular Columbus museums. This museum was the first art museum to register its charter with the state of OhioThe museum has diverse collections from American and European, modern and contemporary art, folk art, glass art, and photography. Explore permanent and temporary exhibits. The museum has a permanent collections that includes outstanding late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American and European modern works of art. and keep an eye out for special events that add an extra layer of fun. it’s a perfect spot for art lovers. This museum has an admission fee of $18 every day except Thursday $5 and free on Sundays. Check out here for more info.

Centre of Science and Industry (COSI) – Columbus


Location: 333 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215

Why It Sparks Curiosity:  The Center of Science and Industry famously known as COSI, located in downtown Columbus, is not your average science museum. it’s an adventure for all ages and guarantees to have a great time while visiting. The exhibits in this museum make science come alive. Expect to spend hours and hours here because the museum is hands-on engaging, inspiring, and transforming learning experiences. The museum admission is $30 which includes all classic COSI Exhibition areas, live shows, and AMNH Dinosaurs. Check out here for more info.


National Museum of the U.S Air Force- Dayton

Location: 1100 Spaatz St, Dayton, OH 45431

Why It Soars Above :Located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, this museum is a tribute to the evolution of aviation. Be amazed at historic aircraft, such as World War I & II crafts, Cold War, Atomic bomb, Korean War, and many more. Try out flight simulators and get deep into the rich history of the United States Air Force.  Check out the presidential gallery and see different flights that were used with U.S. presidents including the most famous one that was used with  President John F. Kennedy and also carried his body from Dallas to D.C. There are guided and self-guided tours. The museum admission is free. Check out here for more info. 

Toledo Art Museum  -Toledo

Location: 2445 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43620

Why Art Thou Not Here Yet: The Toledo Museum of Art also known as TMA is an internationally known museum,  a treasure trove of artistic wonders. Discover everything from classical paintings to modern sculptures. The museum has collections of glass art European and American art, and small collections of Renaissance, Greek, Roman, and Japanese. Don’t miss the special exhibits that bring fresh perspectives to the world of art. The admission admission is free, Parking is $10 (free for members). Special Exhibitions are $10.Check out here for more info.

Cincinnati Museum Center-Cincinnati

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Location: Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH.

Why is the center: The Cincinnati  Museum Center is home to five must-visit places in Cincinnati. These places are the Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family Omnimax Theater, Cincinnati History Library and Archives, and Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Museum Admission is  $22.50 for adults and $15.50 for children including admission to The Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, and Cincinnati History Museum. Check out here for more info.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center- Cincinnati

brown and blue concrete bridge

Location: 50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH.

Why is underground railroad:Located along the Ohio River, this landmark museum delves into the stories of heroes from the era of the Underground Railroad to present-day human rights struggles. Through immersive exhibits and interactive displays, visitors witness the challenging journey from slavery to freedom. The center’s commitment extends beyond its walls, actively engaging in educational programs and community outreach to spark conversations about human rights. The museum has permanent exhibits with its stunning architecture symbolizing the quest for freedom. The Freedom Center stands as a testament to the resilience of those who fought for liberty. Admission is $16.50 for adults,  $11.50 for children, and $14 for seniors.  Check out here for more info.

American Sign Museum- Cincinnati

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Location: 1330 Monmouth Ave, Cincinnati, OH

Why it’s a sign: This is a vibrant homage to the artistry and history of signage. It’s a great museum located in a nostalgic space, the museum transports visitors through the evolution of signs, showcasing their cultural and commercial significance. From colorful neon signs to classic hand-painted displays, the museum brings to life the stories behind these iconic symbols. Through Engaging exhibits and a captivating journey, visitors gain insight into the craftsmanship and innovation that shaped the advertising landscape. The museum also displays the equipment utilized in the design and manufacture of signs American Sign Museum is not just a collection of signs; it’s a celebration of the creativity and impact that signs have had on American culture throughout the years. Admissions is $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors, military, and youth.  Check out here for more info.

Contemporary Arts Center – Cincinnati

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Location: 44 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH.

Exploration of modern art: Is a dynamic hub where creativity knows no bounds. It is a non-collecting institution and one of the first contemporary art institutions in the United States.  CAC is devoted to presenting thought-provoking and boundary-pushing contemporary art. The gallery space serves as a canvas for a diverse array of exhibitions, performances, and installations, showcasing the latest in contemporary artistic expressions. CAC invites visitors to explore the ever-evolving world of contemporary art, fostering a dialogue between artists and the community. Admission to the CAC is free of charge. If you are into architecture like me you will get an opportunity to see another work or a famous architect  Zaha Hadid, who designed the building of CAC. Check out here for more info.

Dayton Art Institute- Dayton

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Location: 456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton, OH

Unleash your inner artistic; With a rich history and a commitment to promoting the love of art, The museum’s diverse collection spans various periods and styles, providing visitors with a journey through the artistic evolution of humanity. From classic masterpieces to contemporary works, DAI’s galleries showcase the depth and breadth of artistic expression. Beyond its impressive permanent collection, the institute hosts engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and a community overlooking the Great Miami River. It’s the best place you can enjoy with your entire family. The Dayton Art Institute has been rated one of the top 10 best art museums in the United States for children. Admissions is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students and youth. Check out here for more info.

Cleveland Children’s Museum- Cleveland

Free Children Looking at an Exhibit in a Museum Stock Photo

Location: 3813 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH.

Let the kids play:  This is a great place for young minds, located in the heart of Cleveland, Ohio. With its hands-on exhibits and playful atmosphere, CCM invites children to embark on exciting journeys of discovery. From hands-on activities that stimulate creativity to imaginative play zones, every corner of the museum is designed to spark joy and curiosity. CCM is not just a museum; it’s a vibrant learning environment where kids can explore, experiment, and learn through play. With a commitment to fostering a love for learning, the Cleveland Children’s  Museum stands as a testament to the idea that education can be both fun and enriching for our youngest adventurers. Admissions is $15. Check out here for more info.

Ohio History Center- Columbus

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Location: 800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH.

Dive into History: is a captivating destination for history enthusiasts in Columbus, Ohio. This is not only a history museum it’s also a research center. Here, the past comes alive through engaging exhibits and interactive displays. From the ancient Indigenous cultures that shaped the region to the industrial innovations that defined its growth, the center offers a comprehensive journey through time. Visitors can immerse themselves in the stories of Ohio’s pioneers, relive pivotal moments of the Civil War, and explore the cultural heritage that makes the state unique. With its commitment to preserving and sharing the rich history of Ohio, the Ohio History Center provides a fascinating window into the events and people that have shaped the Buckeye State. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, and $7 for youth. Check out here for more info.

Wexner Center for the Art- Columbus

Location: 1871 N High St, Columbus, OH

Dive into creativity and cultural exploration: This magnificent hub of contemporary creativity and cultural exploration. Located on the Ohio State University campus, this dynamic institution seamlessly blends the worlds of visual arts, performing arts, and media arts. With its cutting-edge exhibitions, avant-garde performances, and thought-provoking film screenings, the Wexner Center invites visitors to dig into the innovative and diverse realm of modern artistic expression.

The center’s architecturally striking building itself is a work of art, housing spaces that foster dialogue and engagement. Whether you’re a seasoned art connoisseur or someone seeking fresh perspectives, the Wexner Center for the Arts promises an enriching experience that pushes the boundaries of artistic expression. Gallery admission is free and there is admission for special events. Check out here for more info

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum -Columbus

Location: 1813 N High St, Columbus OH 43210

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus, Ohio, is a wonderland for cartoon enthusiasts and curious minds alike. Located on the Ohio State University campus, this unique museum houses an extensive collection of cartoons, comics, and graphic novels. Named after famed cartoonist Billy Ireland, the museum celebrates the artistry and storytelling found within the colorful panels of beloved comic strips.

Visitors can explore exhibitions that showcase the evolution of cartooning and its cultural impact. From classic strips to contemporary graphic novels, the museum offers a nostalgic journey through the history of this expressive art form. It’s a delightful destination where visitors of all ages can immerse themselves in the captivating world of cartoons. Admission is free. Check out here for more info.


Ohio’s museums are like chapters in a captivating story, blending history, art, and innovation. Whether strolling through the vibrant streets of Cleveland or marveling at aviation wonders in Dayton, each museum promises a distinctive and unforgettable journey. With interactive exhibits and special events, there’s always a discovery awaiting. So, why wait? Pack your curiosity, invite a friend, and embark on a museum-hopping adventure across the Buckeye State. The wonders of Ohio’s museums are ready for your exploration! Check their websites for the latest exhibits and events, ensuring your visit is nothing short of extraordinary


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The Best 17 Culinary Family Vacations Places in the U.S.

We often consider what vacation to take or where to go with our families. Taking a vacation with family can be very challenging. Because you want to know where to go and where is a good place to go with family and enjoy. Let me introduce you to another type of family vacation and that is the culinary family vacation

The culinary family vacation is the exploration of food as the purpose of tourism. Culinary family vacation includes activities such as taking cooking classes; going on food or drink tours; attending food and beverage festivals, participating in specialty dining experiences, shopping at specialty retail spaces; and visiting farms, markets, and producers.

There are several places you can visit for a culinary family vacation, this could be overseas or domestically. The most famous countries that people go to for culinary vacations are Spain, France, Thailand, and many more. But don’t worry you don’t have to go overseas for these vacations. There are places in the U.S. that offer the same experiences.  Our guide to the best 15 culinary family vacations in the U.S. promises an exquisite blend of flavors, laughter, and unforgettable memories. So, fasten your seatbelts, and let’s see these culinary destinations.

New York City, New York

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Explore the streets of NYC, where food tours reveal the city’s diverse culinary landscape. From pizza slices to ethnic eats, NYC caters to every palate. New York  City is known for its diverse culture which makes it one of the best places to go for family culinary vacation. Whether it’s grabbing a perfect pizza slice or savoring exotic ethnic eats, New York City has something that desires every taste bud. 

Recommendation: If you choose  NYC for your destination schedule a food tour with  Foods of NY Tours. They have a variety of food and culture tours, from walking to bus tours.  I have to say these tours are all good I can’t pick one, you can check out more here and choose what is best for you. 

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is foodies’ heaven, let the jazzy tunes guide you through the French Quarter’s culinary marvels.  From Beignets from Cafe du Monde to  Po-Boys, New Orleans makes the best destination for Family Culinary Vacations

Recommendation:  Book the food tour with  Destination Kitchen, they offer different tours to choose from. Check out more here and find what’s best for you.  Also, for cooking class check out the New Orleans School of Cooking,  is very interactive, and informative with a lot of fun. Here you are not just cooking you also get to learn the history of food and ingredients.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

white rice on brown ceramic bowl

Discover the enchanting blend of Native American and Spanish flavors in Santa Fe. There are cooking lessons centered around local ingredients that promise a delicious family affair. 

Recommendation:  Santa Fe School of Cooking offers culinary classes so you can experience the delicious cuisine of America Southwest in depth, including the techniques of master chefs. They have also been offering high-end restaurant tours for over 16 years and the opportunity to meet the chef or key players at each property. Check out more here for classes and tours.


San Francisco, California

a store with red umbrellas on a city street

Take a cable car ride to the city by the bay, where culinary tours unfold the secrets of Chinatown and more. Explore this wonderful city and what has to offer in terms of diverse culture and food.

Recommendation: Explore Culinary Wonders in San Francisco with Sidewalk Food Tours. There are several tours to choose from such as The Mission District tours, Chinatown Food tours,  and North Beach tours. Their tours are like 3 hours and it’s good to book in advance.  There are also cooking classes and events that are hosted by Food Network’s Chopped Champion, Chef Eliza Martin. Check out more here for tours, classes, and more.

Napa Valley, California

people sitting around table with wine glasses and wine bottle

While Napa Valley may be renowned for its vineyards, it also has different things to do. Napa Valley can be a family-friendly vacation destination, especially for culinary vacations.

Recommendation: Book your wine and culinary  classes and tours with Visiting Napa Valley there are different options to choose from Pair your culinary adventure with a family-friendly wine tour at Castello di Amorosa an authentically styled 14th-century Tuscan castle winery in the Napa Valley.

Charleston, South Carolina

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Indulge in Southern charm with a culinary tour through Charleston. From shrimp and grits to delicious clam chowder, this city has a dish for every family member.

Recommendation: Bulldog tours provide private and group tours. This is the best food walking tour in Charleston here you taste the professional chef’s skill and passion, the vibrant flavors from farmers’ fields. Will also get to experience 300 years of rich history, cultural, and culinary traditions. Get ready to enjoy Charleston staples like stone ground grits, benne wafers, collard greens, South Carolina BBQ, fried green tomatoes, and more. Check out more about the tours  here.

Culinary Institute of America Boot Camps

vegetable salad on white ceramic bowl beside clear wine glass

For families with aspiring chefs, the CIA Boot Camps provide an immersive experience. Learn the secrets of culinary arts together as a family. These Boot Camps make for a perfect culinary vacation! Each boot camp offers a deep dive into a specific topic that will help you gain confidence and skills in the kitchen, all while having fun and creating amazing food.  Culinary Institute of America not only offers boot camps they also offer Hands-on Cooking Classes, Wine and Beverage Classes, and Family-Friendly Classes.

Recommendation: The CIA  has 3 locations, New York, California, and Texas.  In New York, you can enjoy a family meal at The Bocuse Restaurant on the CIA campus in Hyde Park. California you can stop by Gatehouse restaurant in St Helena. Texas stop by Savor in San Antonio. Check out more about the Culinary Institute of America here.

Disney World, Florida

people are walking around in front of a large ball

Disney has the perfect blend of magic and flavors. Explore The EPCOT Food & Wine Festival is an annual celebration of global cuisine in Disney World! The festival showcases a global culinary adventure. 

Recommendation: Book The Taste of Magic Kingdom Park VIP Tour. This is a three-hour guided experience, you will get access to backstage kitchens. Hear stories directly from Disney chefs and Cast Members with topics ranging from the food history of the Disney Parks to the creation of new menu items. Also, you will get a chance to taste some of the most popular food items in Magic Kingdom. Opportunity to “Taste the Future” by sampling in-development foods. Check out more information here.

San Diego, California

bread on white ceramic plate

Surf, sand, and seafood – San Diego is a haven for foodies. Delight in the city’s coastal cuisine and family-friendly cooking classes. Don’t forget to visit the Liberty Public Market for diverse food offerings.

Recommendation: Secret Food Tours,  here you’ll explore the Historic Gaslamp Quarter while enjoying dishes with influences from Mexico. Feast on the freshest fish Taco, the melted burger, sweets, and of course our delicious Secret Dish and many more diverse foods. At the end of your tour, you will gain a better understanding of the culture and history. Check out more here about the food tours and cooking classes.

Asheville, North Carolina

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Settled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville It’s known for its energetic arts scene and historic architecture. Asheville offers family cooking classes and craft brewery tours. A perfect blend of culinary and outdoor adventures.

Recommendation:  Asheville  Food Tour, on this tour you will experience the best of famous food makers in Asheville have to offer, and learn what makes each stop and the whole town so special. You will also have an opportunity to learn the history of Asheville. Check out more about the tour here. 

Portland, Oregon

Portland Oregon signage

Experience the culinary scene in this Pacific Northwest amazing city.  Sample the best of the Pacific Northwest culinary scene. Portland is known for its heavenly healthy eats.  Don’t forget to check out one of the food cart pods in the city. Portland is known for having many food cart pods in the streets, making it unique. Portland has low regulations, no requirement for a food cart to have a particular structure, and many regulations are also not enforced as long as health and safety are not impacted.

Recommendation:  Book your culinary tour with  Lost Plate. From roving food carts to bespoke private kitchen events, and morning coffees to wine tastings,  Portland Food Tours has a wide and weird culinary scene covered. These  Portland food tours are all-inclusive which means everything included in your ticket, from locally roasted coffee, to fresh craft beer. Check out more here about these amazing tours.

Austin, Texas

food on sticks on plate

Austin is known as the live music capital of the world and has more to offer than music. The city is also known for its outdoor adventures, culture, and most important food.  From barbeque to Tex-Mex, Austin is a spot for a family culinary vacation.

Recommendation: Book your tours with Austin Eats Food Tours, they have different options to choose from there are brunch tours, barbeque tours, brewery tours, and many more. Check out more information about the tour here.

Chicago, Illinois

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One of the most diverse cities in the Midwest. Chicago is known for its iconic deep-dish pizza and diverse culinary offerings with bundled packages featuring discounts at family-friendly restaurants, brewery tours, and many more,

Recommendation: Book your tour with the Chicago Food and City Tours.  Here you will experience Chicago’s legendary food scene like a local.  You will enjoy the best food in Chicago, from historic favorites to today’s hottest chef-driven cuisine. Also,  this is  Chicago’s only tour that takes you to the hot local spots featured on the hit TV show THE BEAR. Check out more about the tour here.

Maui, Hawaii

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Discover unique Hawaiian flavors in a family-friendly environment all over the island. Maui has many things to offer when comes to culinary vacations. Enjoy breathtaking beaches and tropical landscapes with beautiful culture.

Recommendation: Book your tour with Tasting  Maui here you will explore the flavor of Maui. They provide educational food tours and opportunities to learn about Maui’s unique local ingredients. These tours are informative, edible experiences that are based on the seasons. 

Note: Since tours are seasonal and based on fresh ingredients and availability, what you get to taste and see changes frequently. They also provide cooking classes. Check out more here.

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

white ceramic plate with food on brown wooden table

Experience the coastal charm and exquisite seafood with family-friendly deals on island dining and culinary tours. Enjoy boat-to-table experiences in this amazing well-known place. There are many ways to experience food on the island that are as varied as the island itself. 

Recommendation: Book your tour with Vineyard Square Hotel, they have different options to choose from. This place not only has food tours they also have festivals.  There are wine and food festivals. The one I recommend which I feel is different is Foodie Tour de Farms I guarantee it is a different refreshing experience. Check out more information here.


Seattle, Washington

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Let the aroma of fresh produce guide you through Pike Place Market. Engage your family’s senses with a walking tour of this iconic culinary destination. Enjoy seafood at Pike Place Chowder for a true taste of the Pacific Northwest. There are also cooking classes offered in the city

Recommendation:  Take the tour with Eat Seattle Tours, they have a variety such as chef-guided tours, street food tours, and coffee crawls & VIP morning tours. Another place I recommend is Hotstove Society for an amazing cooking class. Check out more about the tours here.

Savannah, Georgia

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Savannah’s historic charm extends to its cuisine. Explore the city’s culinary scene and embark on a family-friendly foodie tour.

Recommendation: Book your tour with Savannah Taste Experience, they have different types of food tours that let you sample some of the city’s finest dining and offer a superb way to get to know a place through its regional cuisine. Also, you will hear the stories of the city’s unique food heritage and taste the best versions of Savannah’s most revered dishes. Check out more about food tours here. While there you can stop by at The Olde Pink House, a historic restaurant offering Southern classics.


As you embark on these culinary family vacations, and destinations, prepare for a harmonious blend of flavors, laughter, and shared experiences. These destinations cater to every palate and promise to create lasting memories. Make sure you makes plans in advance that is very important before you go to your vacation.