30 Things to Do in Columbus, Ohio

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There are so many fun things to do in and around Columbus, Ohio, that it only makes sense to put them all in one spot! From top notch museums, delicious dining options, and cool neighborhoods, you may start out by passing through the city, but you’ll ending up exploring once you know what’s there. Here’s our list of 30 things to do in Columbus, Ohio – and a few bonus ones, too!

Historical Things to Do in Columbus, Ohio

Ohio Statehouse
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Ohio Statehouse

Kelton House

Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden

Supreme Court of Ohio

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

Museums and Educational Spots in Columbus, Ohio

Franklin Park Chihuly

Dickens Victorian Village

Columbus Museum of Art

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

COSI

Central Ohio Fire Museum

Cultural Arts Center

Thurber House

Kelton House

Outdoor Fun in Columbus, Ohio

Topiary Park

Scioto Mile

Hoover Reservoir Park

Blendon Woods Disc Golf Course

Franklin Park Conservatory

Topiary Park of Columbus

Columbus Park of Roses

Foodie Scene in Columbus, Ohio

Meatballs

Katzinger’s Deli

Dirty Franks Hot Dog Palace Two locations!

Pistacia Vera

Barley’s Brewing Company

Melt Bar & Grilled

North Market

Resorts & Hotels in Columbus, Ohio

Hilton Columbus Downtown Lobby

Hilton Columbus Downtown

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Down Columbus

Hilton Garden Inn Columbus University Area

Theme Parks and Water Parks in Columbus, Ohio

Waterpark

Zoombezi Bay

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Splash Harbor

Away from the City

From only a few minute’s drive to an hour away, day trip destinations away from Columbus are super popular and varied. Historical cities and spots that beg visitors to explore the outdoors are only a couple of the spots you’ll want to hit once you’re in town.

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Dublin, Ohio

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Mansfield, Ohio

Now that you’ve read all that there is to do, see, eat, and visit in Columbus, Ohio, are you planning to visit? Have you ever checked out Ohio’s Capitol? What were your favorite spots? Please let me know in the comment section below!

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5 thoughts on “30 Things to Do in Columbus, Ohio

  1. Add a Columbus Brew Adventures tour to make it 31 (or 35 depending on how you count) things to do in Columbus by exploring a few of our almost 40 Central Ohio Breweries.

    1. Karyn Locke

      Great idea! You, know, we have a Food and Drinks section on the site- I’d love to chat with you more about Columbus Brew Adventures.

  2. Rich

    Of all the restaurants in Columbus to highlight, you pick Melt…. Thats the last place I’d send anyone looking for a unique Columbus taste (Hint: Its a chain).

    You’re better off listing Wendy’s and Chipolte.

    1. Karyn Locke

      Alright, I’ll bite. you do make a very valid point about Melt being a chain, but once in a while we do visit Melt and I cannot say we’ve ever been disappointed, chain or no. What do you suggest I add?

      1. Edward Pawlik

        Add a great COLUMBUS chain like Northstar Cafe! Melt is from Cleveland and features unhealthy food. Northstar is healthy AND delicious!!

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