Top Things To Do In Columbus OH

Columbus Ohio Top 18 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! 

18 Things You Must Do In Columbus Ohio

  1. 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.
  2. LEGOLAND Discovery Center - A 36,000-sq.-ft. LEGOLAND Discovery Center is now open at Easton. Billed as the ultimate indoor LEGO playground, the site includes two rides, 10 LEGO build and play zones, a 4D cinema and more.
  3. Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum The impressive collection of Ohio State-owned materials includes rare and historical comic strips, graphic novels and editorial cartoons.
  4. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Hand-feed a giraffe at the Heart of Africa exhibit, or see the millions of lights during the holiday season at Wildlights.
  5. Capitol tours The flat rotunda roof of the 1861 Ohio Statehouse distinguishes this building from other capitols. Take free hour-long tours.
  6. Cosi-Top-rated science center with more than 300 interactive exhibits in downtown Columbus. Don't miss the American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery.
  7. Columbus Food Adventures Hungry explorers go on a progressive meal at several restaurants. Themes include taco trucks, desserts, or an Alt Eats tour of the cuisines of Somalia or Vietnam. 
  8. Columbus Zoo and AquariumHand-feed a giraffe at the Heart of Africa exhibit, or see the millions of lights during the holiday season at Wildlights..
  9. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Herb gardens, a canopy walk, play structures and a Hocking Hills-inspired splash area—waterfall and all—cover the new 2-acre Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden. 
  10. German Village A few blocks south of downtown, bakeries, bookshops, delis and gift stores line the narrow brick streets of this charming enclave of 19th-century European-style brick buildings.
  11. Huntington Park Home of the Triple-A team the Clippers, this Minor League Baseball park sells hot dogs for 10 cents during select games. Enjoy drinks and skyline views from the Hall of Fame Bar. 
  12. National Veterans Memorial and Museum Late astronaut and Ohio senator John Glenn helped spearhead the $82 million museum. Exhibits include video interviews and letters from soldiers.
  13. North Bank Park Kids splash in an interactive fountain along the Scioto River. Signs share the city's history.
  14. North Market Visitors shop among 35 merchants selling fresh produce, flowers and prepared food at this year-round indoor market. Some days bring special events, such as live music.
  15. Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art Highlights from the contemporary art collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti are showcased in a refurbished office building.
  16. Scioto Audubon Metro Park Scale one of the nation’s largest free outdoor climbing walls at this 120-acre adventure park that also contains an obstacle course, sand volleyball courts and recreation fields.
  17. Short North Arts District The district has morphed into a 20-block mosaic of fashion boutiques, restaurants, bars, murals and new faces. Last summer, $500 million of investment added more storefronts and lofts.
  18. Topiary Garden Park Sculpted evergreens re-create the scene from Georges Seurat’s pointillist painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte.

Top 12 Must Eat Columbus Ohio

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

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

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

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 Americanized German foods star at the German Village spot. Try the Autobahn buffet. 

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 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.