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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
“Outdoor mall about 20 minutes North of Columbus. Recently rated the 'top retail experience in America' https://www.columbusunderground.com/easton-named-no-1-retail-center-experience-in-america-tm1”
103 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Columbus Museum of Art is located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Formed in 1878 as the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, it was the first art museum to register its charter with the state of Ohio. A great place to get your culture fix! Open and free on Sundays. ”
75 locals recommend
Garden
“Impressive indoor botanical gardens, scenic, gift shop, snack bar. Great place to plan a June wedding! ”
77 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Lots to explore in this artsy, trendy neighborhood and you are right in the heart of it!”
93 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!”
82 locals recommend
Zoo
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“HUGE Nationally Recognized Zoo, where Jungle Jack Hannah is the current emeritus. ”
53 locals recommend
Science Museum
“OSI is a science museum and research center located in Columbus, Ohio in the United States. Originally opened in 1964, COSI was relocated to a 320,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki along a bend in the Scioto River in the Franklinton neighborhood in 1999.”
81 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!”
56 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great for indoor shopping, food, entertainment. Typically less busy than Easton.”
30 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Historic neighborhood with brick paved streets, beautiful homes and a trove of fantastic restaurants and shops. Spend an afternoon strolling around, lots of hidden gems to be discovered.”
50 locals recommend
University
“Of course if you're a college football fan, you must experience an Ohio state Buckeyes football game. Not quite anything like it. Roughly a 75 min drive on the highway”
38 locals recommend
College Football Field
“Ohio Stadium, also known as the Horseshoe, the Shoe, and the House That Harley Built, is an American football stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on the campus of The Ohio State University.”
30 locals recommend
Bookshop
“I could spend hours in this place! The Book Loft has 32 rooms of discounted books, mixed media, calendars, posters, gifts and more! ”
45 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”
48 locals recommend
Stadium
“Home to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Great for a date night. The arena also hosts a number of other shows and concerts.”
33 locals recommend
Park
“The 2nd oldest park in the city of Columbus - Located in the nearby historic German Village. Pond, tennis court, picnic areas, and more.”
39 locals recommend