Best Things to Do in Columbus
Columbus offers a wide array of attractions. Go gallery shopping in the Short North Arts District, acclaimed for its public art, historic architecture and green spaces, before grabbing a bite to eat at the North Market, complete with a number of ethnic restaurants and ice cream parlors. German Village is known for historic buildings and beautifully restored homes, and Easton Town Center is a main shopping destination that pioneered the "Lifestyle Center." To soak in some of Columbus's art and botanical gardens, many visitors enjoy a tour of the Franklin Park Conservatory and the Columbus Museum of Art. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, located about 20 miles north of downtown, is well worth the drive, especially if you are traveling with little ones.
Throughout the entire city there are more than 250 bars and 1,650 restaurants, so even the pickiest of palates will find something they like. Some of the best bars can be found in the Arena District, and if you visit during the winter hockey season, you can grab a drink before catching a Blue Jackets game at Nationwide Arena. Since Columbus is home to Ohio State University campus - one of the largest universities in the country, you'll likely be spending some time strolling through the commercial strip, full of its fair share of non-students and visitors.