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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
“Premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. More retailers and restaurants than you can count, there's something for everyone here! ”
  • 98 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Columbus Museum of Art’s mission is a great experience with great art for everyone.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Spend an afternoon on High Street taking in all that the Short North has to offer; art galleries, shops, coffee, dessert (Jeni's Ice Cream!), great restaurants, fun bars. If you happen to be in town on the first Saturday of the month, make sure you check out Gallery Hop!”
  • 94 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Garden
“Outstanding horticulture and Botanical Gardens connects the community via educational, and cultural experiences.”
  • 81 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Science Museum
“You can’t beat COSI for entertaining all of the kids. Check out the current exhibits, including Mythic Creatures, Jim Henson’s Imagination, and the Dinosaur gallery. A perfect way to spend a rainy day or to beat the heat. ”
  • 83 locals recommend
Market
“Amazing local market with all sorts of vendors! Go there to walk around then grab lunch. Make sure to get Jenis ice cream too!”
  • 79 locals recommend
Zoo
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“If you love animals, this is a must. The Columbus Zoo is consistently rated tops in the nation and recognized around the world. Go during the summer and spend a few hours at Zoombezi Bay or go see the millions of lights on display during the holidays; search Columbus Zoo Wildlights. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Park
“My favorite park in Columbus. Walk the loop around the park (1 mile). Visit the pond and fountain, play tennis, or take the kids to the playground. Also right next to short north arts district so grab a bite to eat after!”
  • 50 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Shopping Mall
“Great for indoor shopping, food, entertainment. Typically less busy than Easton.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“German Village is one of the coolest historic areas of Columbus. Cobblestone streets lined with trees and cozy little historic homes and shops.”
  • 50 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
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
University
“THE Ohio State University! 3rd biggest public university in the US. Very attractive campus. Lots of activities, conferences, food, and entertainment year-round.”
  • 41 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Park
“A great place to go for a run, have a picnic, or just walk around looking at old historic homes. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Bookstore
“The Book Loft is possibly the coolest bookstore I've ever experienced...and I've visited to old bookstores in many different places including France, England, etc. It's basically a labyrinth of 32 different rooms inside an old historic building, each room with its own theme of books and genre of music. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Brewery
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“Great space with outdoor seating, food truck, large indoor spaces and great beer”
  • 35 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Restaurant
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“GREAT for elegant dining!! Food is continental and always done well. Has the #1 outdoor dining patio in Columbus”
  • 45 locals recommend