Top Things To Do In Columbus OH

Columbus Ohio Top 23 Things To Do

As Ohio’s capital city, Columbus has the expected lineup of great museums, a zoo and botanical gardens. We have put together the top things to do, and it does not even include all the awesome Columbus-OH events! Whatever you do, don't miss out on these Columbus favorites. Whether you're planning a weekend getaway, or looking for ways to entertain friends and family, we've got you covered. We've put together the top things you must see, must do in Columbus and must eat in Columbus, and this is just a start! 

Scioto Mile - 253 acres of parkland in downtown Columbus features miles of multi-use trails stretching from Bicentennial Plaza in the south to North Bank Park in the North. This is a great spot to take a stroll and enjoy both the city and nature. Kids splash in a 200-foot-long series of fountains that shoot water 75 feet in the air. The riverside park also hosts free dance, music and theater performances at an outdoor pavilion.

Though Columbus is a growing metropolitan city, it is nice to enjoy a respite in nature in one of the 19 Metro Parks that surround it. Metro Parks are located throughout Columbus and serve as small natural retreats from city life. Each park is unique, with activities that range from hiking and rock climbing to fishing.

Take part in one of the many free daily programs at a park close to where you are staying during your visit and enjoy the fresh air, or pack a frisbee and a picnic and enjoy an afternoon lying on a blanket in the grass.

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Brassica Hop in the cafeteria-style line at this popular Mediterranean spot in Short North to assemble a bowl or pita wrap with your choice of rice, lentils, creamy hummus, vegetables and proteins. 

Columbus Coffee Trail

Columbus Coffee Trail This string of coffee destinations was charted to educate. At One Line, learn how brewing style affects flavor. Fox in the Snow forgoes Wi-Fi—and a business phone—to promote interaction in its sunny garage-turned-cafe

Denmark on High 

Denmark on High Try seasonal cocktails and savory apps in the bar and lounge over High Street.

Michael's Bistro and Bar 

Michael's Bistro and Bar White tablecloths add a formal touch to this historical stable. Low-country dishes (shrimp and grits with ham) impress guests.

The Happy Greek 

The Happy Greek Guests eat Greek favorites (tzatziki, gyros, kabobs, desserts and, yes, flaming cheese) in Short North.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams 

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams -Creative flavors like Boston Cream, Gooey Butter Cake and Brambleberry Crisp join more typical (but equally tasty) choices like The Milkiest Chocolate.

Little Eater

Little Eater Cara Mangini, author of the award-winning cookbook The Vegetable Butcher, stays true to her veggie-centric roots at the North Market spot. Try the four-scoop flight of seasonal vegetable creations. 

Northstar Cafe 

Northstar Cafe Staff serve items containing sustainably sourced ingredients, such as the beets and squash in the roasted root salad. 

The Refectory Restaurant and Bistro

The Refectory Restaurant and Bistro Upscale American and French cuisine shines in a 19th-century building that used to serve as a church. Music nights with live jazz, opera or chamber music performances make a visit even more special.

Schmidt's Restaurant und Sausage Haus 

Schmidt's Restaurant und Sausage Haus Americanized German foods star at the German Village spot. Try the Autobahn buffet. 

The Thurman Cafe 

The Thurman Cafe The ¾-pound Thurman Burger—with ham, cheese, sauteed onions and ’shrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, pickles, and mayo—warrants the sometimes two-hour wait.

Watershed Kitchen and Bar 

Watershed Kitchen and Bar A four-course tasting menu lets you sample a variety of chef Jack Moore’s creations, such as beet salad with feta and fried chicken with whipped pig butter. Also on the menu: spirits from Watershed Distillery.