Columbus, Ohio is known for many things and tourism is one of them. With so many options of things to see and do what are the top things to do in this great city? I've lived in Ohio for over twenty years and have visited Columbus on numerous occasions. Currently I live in Delaware, Ohio which is only twenty minutes away from the city limits. I visit the city pretty often and have put together a list of what I believe are the very top things to do in Columbus, Ohio. Whether you love to watch sports or get creative keep reading to discover the best of Columbus.Credit: photo by LSykora on Flickr
1. Attend an Ohio State Buckeye Football Game at Ohio Stadium.
Nothing in sports is as exciting as a Michigan vs. Ohio state home game at Ohio Stadium. Grab tickets early for big games and enjoy the view at this iconic stadium. Tickets to a game can range anywhere from $100 to $500 and you can purchase them from the Ohio State website or from ticket websites such as StubHub.
2. Arena District and Nationwide Arena
I was lucky enough to catch an exciting Blue Jackets game this season on their home turf of Nationwide Arena. Built on the previous Ohio penitentiary, this neighborhood also includes some amazing restaurants and bars. Catch a game or a show then enjoy the districts numerous venues with live music. Lifestyles Community Pavilion also offers concerts in the warmer months. Tickets to catch a Blue Jackets game will run you about $50 and restaurants in the area range from mid-price to luxe.
Also known as the Center of Science and Industry, COSI includes everything a young scientist or hard to impress adult could imagine. From riding a unicycle two stories up in the air to playing with the newest gadgets in a lab, this museum is filled to the brim with new technology and family fun. An exhibit about space allows you to control a mars rover and an outdoor exhibit lets one lift a full sized car. COSI will not disappoint and can easily fill an entire day. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for kids.
Credit: markuso4. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium remains one of the best Zoos I've ever been to. Known for their interactive exhibits and wide range of animals and activities; the Zoo is home to polar bears and huge snakes. The manatee lagoon is one of my favorite things to see as well as the penguin pool. Tigers and elephants appear close to touch and the smart monkeys will get the kids laughing. Although kind of pricey for a Zoo, $14 for adults and $9 for children will easily fill an entire day with entertainment.
5. Columbus Museum of Art
Any art lover will appreciate the Columbus Museum of Art. Filled with pieces from Modernism to Folk Art one can find any style and era of art in this beautiful museum. It's easy to interact with the paintings by calling different numbers on your cell phone for free. The museum also boosts a great children's area with materials to build life-sized forts and mobiles. (At 22 and 24 my husband and I couldn't keep our hand off the massive fort materials) In addition to the Contemporary art I really enjoy their Photography collection. To enjoy the museum free show up on Sundays. This admission is general and specific exhibits may be extra. On other days to see my favorite Lichtenstein painting you'll have to cough up $10 for adults.
6. Franklin Park Conservatory
Love butterflies and anything that smells like roses? Visit the Franklin Park Conservatory! This beautiful conservatory is both indoors and outdoors. Exotic plants cover tons of walking trails and you'll be able to enjoy glass artwork from Dale Chihuly. In the summer you can enjoy glass blowing workshops. In addition to the suburb gardens, the gift shop offers unique home goods. Last time I visited I purchased a monarch butterfly as a pet. Admission to the park is $11 for adults and $6 for kids.
Credit: photostock7. Easton Towne Center and Polaris Fashion Place
Need or want something stylish? Look no further than the Easton Towne Center and the Polaris Fashion Place. Both offer an amazing shopping experience alongside offering stays at top-notch hotels such as the Hilton. Easton Towne Center is mainly outside and has shops such as Tiffany and Company and Anthropologie. If shopping isn't your thing grab a drink at the Funny Bone Comedy Club or fondue at The Melting Pot. Easton also offers a store to paint your own pottery and a cinema. Polaris Fashion Place offers a Dave and Busters which is similar to an adult Chuck-E-Cheese. To stay looking great stop into Sephora or the many beauty stores Polaris offers. If you're looking for something for the home stop into the The Great Indoors and try not to purchase a new kitchen.
8. German Village Walking Tour
Find yourself hidden in brick book shops and cozy cafes? Visit Columbus's German Village and take the famous walking tour. For $12 you can purchase the walking tour guide which highlights all of the best places to eat and historic homes in the Village. To enjoy a free movie and talk with a volunteer about the Village visit the German Village Society Meeting Haus Visitor Center at 588 S. Third Street. If the cobblestone roads don't drive you crazy check out The Book Loft, a bookstore offering over 30 rooms of books to explore.
To belive there are even more things to see and do in Columbus is exciting and exhausting! As you can see from the list whether your grabbing a bite at Easton Towne Center or browsing the art at the Columbus Museum of Art-you'll find plenty to do in Columbus and even more to purchase! As I continue to explore the city I'm excited at the diversity of things to do and will continue to expand upon my list.