The Top 10 Things To See And Do In Columbus, Ohio
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.
Book Loft, German Village, Columbus, Ohio © VasenkaPhotography/Flickr
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.
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.
Take the Lazarus Building’s rooftop garden tour
As a part of the OSU Urban Arts Space
tour, which provides a knowledgeable guide to explain the details of the current exhibitions of the gallery, this walk hits the Lazarus Building
’s rooftop garden. The rooftop was recently cultivated into a beautiful garden; a picture of sustainability amidst the city.
Go to Villa Nova’s Happy Hour
Restaurant, Family style, Italian, American, $$$
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!
Smell the roses at the Franklin Park Conservatory
Botanical Garden, Park
After the construction of its greenhouse in 1895, and frequent additions over the years, all 88 acres of the Franklin Park Conservatory
are still in tact and remarkably well kept, with a variety of worthwhile exhibitions to check out. The conservatory is one of the best places to catch some holiday cheer during wintertime, and offers many beautiful floral exhibits throughout the summer months.