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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.