Fun Things to Do When You Visit Columbus

Columbus, Ohio offers a lot for visitors to see and do. I’m sharing some of my favorite stops in Columbus that I would recommend checking out.


Food & Drink

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream 

(multiple locations in Columbus)

Jeni’s is one of my FAVORITE stops in Columbus. The ice cream is extremely creative and the smaller portions allow you to try more than one flavor without the guilt.

Columbus Food Adventures Taco Truck Tour

Columbus Food Adventures

Get the best of both worlds by sampling the best foods from all over the city with Columbus Food Adventures.

The themed tours showcase the best foods to try at multiple stops and give you an education while you eat.

Make sure you arrive on an empty stomach because you will leave the tour FULL! You will also leave with a list of places that you will want to go back to.

Schmidt’s Sausage Haus

Schmitt’s Sausage Haus 

240 E Kossuth St, Columbus.

Schmitt’s Sausage Haus has incredible German food along with amazing giant cream puffs. Save room for the cream puffs!

Schmidt's Fudge Haus

Schmidt’s Fudge House

220 E Kossuth St.

You might as well try out a few sweet treats before or after your visit to Schmidt’s Sausage Haus. I’m a fan of their buckeyes.

The Thurman Cafe

The Thurman Cafe

 183 Thurman Ave, Columbus

You can join other names on the wall at the cafe known for GIANT burgers. This is a very popular destination so I would suggest trying to visit at an odd time to avoid a long wait.



7370 Sawmill Rd, Columbus.

Authentic Mexican food is located less than 10 minutes from the zoo. It tastes even better than it looks.

Nida's Thai on High

Nida’s Thai on High

 976 N High St., Columbus, Ohio

The best of Thai cuisine, with accents from Japanese, Vietnamese, and Western traditions. I really enjoyed the Pad Thai which had great flavor and a good amount of heat. (at my request)

Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails copy

Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails

73 E Gay St., Columbus, Ohio

Wonderful pot roast and a relaxed atmosphere downtown.

North Market

North Market

 59 Spruce St., Columbus, Ohio

Pistacia Vera

More than 30 merchants are under one roof in this downtown market. Make sure that you try a macaron from Pistacia Vera.

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

Parks in Columbus

Scioto Audubon Metro Park is located at 400 W Whittier St, Columbus.

This park has wonderful paved trails, COGO bike rental access, scenic nature views, an outdoor rock climbing wall, a playground, and more.

Columbus Commons

Columbus Commons

 160 S High St, Columbus.

This outdoor space downtown is a great spot to watch a concert or catch a frisbee.

Topiary Park

Topiary Park  

480 E Town St, Columbus

This beautiful park brings an impressionist picture to life with garden sculptures that were inspired by George Seurat’s famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte.

Columbus Park of Roses

Columbus Park of Roses  

3901 N High St, Columbus, OH 

There are more than 12,000 roses of 400 varieties at this beautiful park. This is a great park to take pictures at.

Zip Zone Canopy Tour

ZipZone Canopy Tours

7925 N High St, Columbus.

Enjoy adventure and nature at the same time on this zipline tour.

Ohio History Center

Ohio History Center 

800 E 17th Ave, Columbus.

Find out more about Ohio history and check out rotating special exhibits that bring history to life.


COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

333 W Broad St, Columbus, Ohio

Kids AND Adults will find HOURS of fun in this hands-on science museum. Make sure that you allow a lot of time for a visit.

Trust me, there is A LOT to discover here!

polar bear at Columbus Zoo

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 

4850 W Powell Rd, Powell, Ohio

Wear your good walking shoes because the Columbus Zoo is really big. The layout is fantastic and there are a lot of great animal exhibits.

Other Points of Interest

Downtown Columbus

Roadside Attractions

World’s Largest Gavel located at 65 Front Street.


Ohio State University Campus

Check out the interesting architecture on campus, the art museum, and the football stadium at Ohio State University.

Stadium view
OSU Campus
OSU Gate

Architecture and Street Art Downtown


This picture shows the former location of the Arnold Statue. The new location is at 486 N High St.

Swings Downtown Columbus
Street art

The Short North Arts District

The Short North Arts District located north of downtown Columbus centered on the main strip of High Street. You will find great shopping, art, restaurants and bars there.

Short North

The Book Loft of German Village

 631 S 3rd St., Columbus, Ohio

There are 32 rooms of books inside the unique bookstore in the German Village part of town.

The Book Loft

Where do you like to go when you visit Columbus?

Let me know if there are some other places that I need to add to my list for my next visit.

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