is much more than a college town. Its historic neighborhoods and markets, museums, zoo, beautiful parks and nature trails are just some of the reasons why every traveler coming through the city should stay a while. Here’s our guide to 10 of the best activities to try in Columbus.
Walk around the German Village
Just south of the Columbus downtown lies the German Village, a historic neighborhood spanning 233 beautiful acres. The German Village is a great place to shop, dine and to just take a stroll to enjoy the brick buildings and cobblestone streets.
German Village, Columbus OH, USA
Visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
A trip to Columbus wouldn’t be nearly as fun without going to the zoo. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium happens to be one of the best in the nation, with over 7,000 animals in its various exhibitions. Particular highlights are the polar exhibit with polar bears and arctic foxes, and an African exhibit with lions and cheetahs.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W Powell Rd, Powell OH, USA, +1 614-645-3400
Grab a bite to eat at the North Market
Since its beginning in 1876, Columbus’s North Market has served citizens with the freshest produce, meat and cheeses local artisans and international vendors have to offer. Today, this indoor market has over 30 merchants selling a variety of products, which extends to furniture, flowers and jewels. Be sure to stop here to pick up a fresh snack before further adventures in Columbus.
North Market, 59 Spruce St, Columbus OH, USA, +1 614-463-9664
Go to Villa Nova’s Happy Hour
This family-style, Italian-American restaurant knows how to attract customers. While offering a full dinner and lunch menu, Villa Nova also offers the best Happy Hour in the city. Enjoy heavily discounted taps and rail drinks while snacking on free wings, pizza, subs and other bar staples, but be prompt because this Columbus deal goes fast and gets busy!
Villa Nova Ristorante, 5545 N High St, Columbus OH, USA, +1 614-846-5777
Visit the Wexner Center for the Arts