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Best things to do in Columbus

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

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
“Interactive spaces and ways for visitors to try different artistic mediums. Free on Sundays!”
69 locals recommend
Garden
“Hands down, my favorite spot to visit. Beautiful gardens indoors and out; butterflies flying about; classes in art, gardening, cooking. The new outdoor children’s garden is a can’t miss. Check out the Chihuly glass exhibit and watch glass blowers at work--you can even take a glass blowing class! ”
79 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
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
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. ”
82 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
Shopping Mall
“Great for indoor shopping, food, entertainment. Typically less busy than Easton.”
30 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
Neighborhood
“: Explore this old Columbus neighborhood, famous for its brick streets and quaint shops. Spend hours in The Book Loft, a sprawling old home turned book store, and shop arts & crafts at Helen Winnemore’s. Walk around the community gardens at Schiller Park, where you can catch a free outdoor play. This summer’s performances include Romeo & Juliet, Little Women, As You Like It, and Dangerous Liasons. Check out the amazing food in the neighborhood: Pistachia Vera for pastries, Sycamore or South Village Grille for dinner, Fox in the Snow or Skillet for breakfast. And, of course, Thurman’s for a burger! ”
49 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.”
40 locals recommend
Bookstore
“I could spend hours in this place! The Book Loft has 32 rooms of discounted books, mixed media, calendars, posters, gifts and more! ”
41 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great space with outdoor seating, food truck, large indoor spaces and great beer”
34 locals recommend
Cafe
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“3 Minute Walk: Best breakfast pastries in town, but go early they usually have a line out the door; our favorite items: the egg sandwich, the ham & cheese pastry but ask for a side of mustard, and the beignet donut.”
39 locals recommend
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