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9 Best Things to Do in Columbus, Ohio
August 9, 2018

Columbus, Ohio is a vibrant city where artists, diehard sports fans, and everyone in-between can feel equally at home. If you’ve never been to Columbus before, you are definitely missing out! This state capital is filled with folks who truly love their city and go great lengths to make sure it has incredible sites to see and things to do. As you read this guide, you’ll learn about nine must-see attractions for your next trip.

  1. The Wexner Center for the Arts – Located on Ohio State’s campus, the Wex, as it is fondly known by locals, is an art museum that regularly features both national exhibits and student work. It’s a beautiful, modern facility you need to check out when you’re in Columbus.
  2. The Short North – The Short North is Columbus’s arts district and it is filled with galleries, dining establishments, and local shops. If you’re moving to the area, the Short has lots of apartments near restaurants and shopping. Make a point of checking out Gallery Hop the first Friday of every month and never hesitate to get an ice cream cone from the original Jeni’s!
  3. The Columbus Zoo – Located in Powell, about 15 minutes north of the city center, Columbus boasts one of the best zoos in the United States. This is largely due to the fact that Jack Hanna is on the board of directors. Some families choose to spend two days at the zoo, one seeing the animals and the other having fun at the Zoombezi Bay water park.
  4. Muirfield Golf Course – Home of the PGA’s annual Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Golf Course is a great place for all golfers to play. If you’re interested in a tee time, contact the club ahead of time to learn more about fees, visitors’ passes, and other regulations.
  5. The Jack Nicklaus Museum – Speaking of the PGA, famed golfer Jack Nicklaus is a Columbus native and the museum created in his honor, located near the Ohio State Campus, is something no golf fan should miss. The museum is filled with memorabilia and some rotating exhibits, so you can’t go wrong even if you’ve been before.
  6. The Columbus Commons – The Columbus Commons, a downtown park, is a great place to spend an afternoon with your family or a date night with your significant other. There are plenty of galleries and museums near the Commons, including the Columbus Museum of Art. You can also walk to various restaurants or catch a concert; both local and nationally-known artists perform regularly!
  7. Nationwide Arena – Located within walking distance of the Commons is Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets. If you happen to be in town during NHL season, make sure you catch a game. There are also concerts and other events held at Nationwide throughout the year, so it’s worth checking the facility’s schedule no matter what season you’re visiting Columbus.
  8. Easton Town Centre – Easton is an open-air mall located just off I-270. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a beautiful day, Easton is an excellent option. The facility offers lots of name-brand shopping, including Lilly Pulitzer, J. Crew, Restoration Hardware, Barnes & Noble, and a Victoria’s Secret flagship store.
  9. The Horseshoe – Last, but certainly not least, if you’re a sports fan, you need to stop by Ohio State’s campus to see the football stadium. The ‘Shoe is one of the most famous facilities in the NCAA and, whether you love or hate the Buckeyes, it’s worth taking a picture to show your sports-loving friends back home.

Hopefully these ideas will help you have a wonderful trip to Columbus, Ohio and you’ll want to visit the heart of the Buckeye State again soon!


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