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Things to do in Columbus

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Lake
“ Easton Town Center is one of the largest and nicest outdoor shopping malls in Columbus, with all the big name stores you’d expect, and a ton of excellent restaurants. With over 240 stores and services, you can expect to find all of the typical anchor stores you would expect, but there are also plenty of high-end brands on site. This mall is definitely worth checking out! Open Monday thru Thursday 10 AM - 9 PM, Friday & Saturday 10 AM - 9 PM, and Sunday 12 - 6 PM”
  • 104 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A gem of a collection with interesting rotating exhibitions. Great restaurant and gift store. Free on Sundays. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“One of the must-visit neighborhoods in Columbus - full of restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, art galleries, bakeries. Anchored by the Convention Center on the south and 5th Avenue on the North it is jam-packed with stuff to do, see, buy, and eat.”
  • 116 locals recommend
Science Museum
“COSI has rotating exhibits for kids and adults alike! Check their website to see what's happening while you're in town! www.cosicolumbus.com”
  • 99 locals recommend
Garden
“This is a jewel in Columbus! Amazing botanical exhibitions, world-class children's garden and special exhibits - my favorite spot in Columbus!”
  • 87 locals recommend
Zoo
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“Columbus is home to one of the most highly-regarded zoos in the entire country, and it’s highly-regarded for a reason. With over 580 acres of exhibits, this zoo features animals from all over the world, including elephants, tigers, manatees, cheetahs, bears, gorillas, and more. Columbus Zoo is managed by the world-famous zookeeper, Jack Hanna, and does a lot of conservation work to help save endangered species. Expect to spend most of the day here. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Market
“A variety of vendors & food choices including Nida’s Sushi & Thai, Stauf’s Coffee, Hot Chicken Takeover & many more. Easy parking in a lot—a Columbus favorite!”
  • 82 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“The laid-back German Village is known for charming brick houses built by 19th-century immigrants along Beck, Mohawk, and Deshler streets. Shops selling books, traditional fudge, and handmade jewelry mingle with art galleries, German pubs, American bistros, and artisan coffee shops. In summer, the Actors’ Theatre Columbus stages outdoor Shakespeare and other plays in Schiller Park with its fountains and flower beds. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Park
“Columbus' version of Central Park. Just outside of downtown it is a great place to walk and ride bikes.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Great for indoor shopping, food, entertainment. Typically less busy than Easton.”
  • 30 locals recommend
University
“The Ohio State University is a public research university in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1870 as a land-grant university and the ninth university in Ohio! One of the biggest public schools in the United States!”
  • 45 locals recommend
College Football Field
“Are you visiting Columbus to attend a football game? Whether you are routing for the Buckeyes or the opposing team, the Ohio Stadium is an experience to behold. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Seventh Son Brewing produces a wide variety of incredibly tasty beers in historic Italian Village and offers a comfortable taproom and patio with a rotating schedule of food trucks.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Park
“Schiller Park is a little green oasis in German Village. It's an unofficial dog park for those dogs who are great off-leash (no fencing and laws require that your dog be on a leash or within your control at all times -- please refer to the law if in doubt). In summer, Schiller Park hosts a weekly 'Shakespeare in the Park' play. There's also a playground, tennis courts, a duck pond, a circling path that's great for walking, and picnic tables for grilled or carried out food -- I recommend Jeni's Ice Cream or Brown Bag Deli for the perfect lunch!”
  • 41 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A true four-star dining experience for lunch or dinner. Reservations are a must, valet parking available. This is a wonderful special event restaurant ( and it is expensive - but worth it!)”
  • 47 locals recommend
Bookstore
“This legendary book store has over 30 rooms! In nice weather, it's a particularly easy walk from the Air BnB, just walk west down Sycamore and you'll see it once you hit 3rd street!”
  • 49 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“Seventh Son Brewing produces a wide variety of incredibly tasty beers in historic Italian Village and offers a comfortable taproom and patio with a rotating schedule of food trucks.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A true four-star dining experience for lunch or dinner. Reservations are a must, valet parking available. This is a wonderful special event restaurant ( and it is expensive - but worth it!)”
  • 47 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“one of the must try places if you love a good burger. featured on Man vs Food. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Corey & I basically live here! A 12 min walk at 2nd Ave. & High St. Organic food ordered at a counter, outstanding service, yet low-key & casual at the same time. The ricotta pancakes are life-changing!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Restaurant
“"The food is smooth and very tasty, with varieties from pork, duck and seafood."”
  • 38 locals recommend
Café
“A really popular & very busy breakfast spot. Try the Nutella pancake balls!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Trendy, delicious...oysters, homemade pie, deviled eggs among other good, solid food choices. Beautiful service.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“One of the best happy hour deals in the Short North with delicious Italian-American food.”
  • 30 locals recommend

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