Before you plan your trip to Columbus, you should be aware of all of your options for things to do. Planning a trip can be stressful, but with all the different places to visit in Columbus, you should have no problem finding something to do while you are in the area. Check out this list of great things you can do in the city.
10. Shadowbox Live
Shadowbox Live is a great place to spend an evening watching live theater or a variety of other shows. In the past, the venue has hosted comedians and burlesque shows, as well as theater and musical performances. You will want to check the company’s website to see what performances are available while you are in the area before you go. To get reservations, you can either call the box office or purchase them online. Regardless of what show you see, you will have an enjoyable time at this interesting venue where you can eat while you enjoy your show.
9. Easton Town Center
At Easton Town Center, there is something for everyone in your family. Kids will enjoy catching a movie at the AMC Theater or shopping at one of the many child-friendly places, including Build-A-Bear Workshop and Fuzziwigs Candy Factory. Adults will enjoy shopping, visiting World of Beer and catching a show at the Funny Bone Comedy Club. If you get hungry during your visit, be sure to stop by one of the many restaurants in the town center, including Cheesecake Factory, Brio Tuscan Grille and California Pizza Kitchen. Easton Town Center is a hot spot in this city.
8. German Village
To get a little taste of Germany here in the United States, be sure to take a stroll through the German Village. In the German Village, you will see German architecture and experience culture through restaurants and stops in the area. If German food isn’t for you, don’t worry; there are non-German eateries, too. Shops feature both American and European items, so you are sure to find something you love while you browse. There are art galleries you can peruse, as well. For more information on the area, check out the village’s website, where you are able browse a list of restaurants and shops.
7. Wyandotte Winery
If you are spending the weekend in the city, you will not want to miss a trip to Wyandotte Winery. The property also has the vineyard. With more than a dozen different wines to try, you will find something you enjoy during your wine tasting. Each tasting is $1, and there are small plate options for you to try, as well. For this winery, you don’t need a reservation, as walk-ins are welcome. After your tasting, you may decide to enjoy one of the wineries wine cakes. You can also buy wine and wine-related products in the shop.
6. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
While you are looking for things to do in Columbus, make sure you don’t pass up on the opportunity to visit Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. During your visit, you can explore the different garden exhibits and the art installations. Not only will you get to wander beautiful gardens, you will be able to do so even if you are on a budget. Adult admission only costs $13 and children from ages three to 17 get in for just $6. Kids under the age of two get in for free. Check the park’s website for hours, as they change depending on the season.
5. The Chamber
The Chamber is a unique experience where you attempt to escape a room in less than 45 minutes by solving puzzles with a group of people. Although the experience is a little creepy at times, it is not meant to be a scary experience. You will need to show up 15 minutes before your reservation time to fill out paperwork, as the door to the room closes at exactly the time the event was supposed to start. For public groups, participants are required to be at least 18 years old.
4. ZipZone Canopy Tours
For great aerial views of the Columbus area, take a tour with ZipZone Canopy Tours. These fun tours will show you the city in a whole new way. You can choose between a few different tour options, so be sure to check out the company website to read descriptions for each. Doing so will help you find the perfect tour option for you and your group. Prices average $70 per person. If you are interested, make a reservation to ensure that you have a spot. To make a reservation, you can either place one through the company’s website or you can call.
3. Columbus Food Adventures
All your foodie friends will enjoy Columbus Food Adventures. This is one of the best tours in the city. With almost a dozen different tour options, you will get the most out of your culinary experience. The company has both van and walking tours, so you may chose the option that works best for your group. If one of the many tour options the company offers doesn’t appeal to you, you can set up a private tour where you will be able to tailor the trip for your group. If you want to book a tour, you will need to make a reservation in advance by phone or through the company’s website.
2. Graeter’s Ice Cream Factory Tour
Take a tour of an ice cream factory that creates delicious dessert on a small scale for a cool experience in Columbus. At Graeter’s Ice Cream Factory, you can take a tour of the factory and explore the “French Pot” process the company uses. The tour guide will help tailor your groups experience to the people in the group. The tour is free, but for less than $3 per person, you will get a scoop of ice cream after the tour. You should call today to set up a reservation, as there is a minimum person requirement.
1. Whetstone Park
Whetstone Park, which is located just north of Ohio State University, is a great place to explore with the family while you are in Columbus. If you want to spend a romantic day in the park, you can walk through the Park of Roses and have a picnic in the park. There is also a trail you can walk and a beautiful pond you can enjoy. Another great perk to visiting this gorgeous park is that it is free. So, if you are looking for a relaxing day that won’t break your budget, go to Whetstone Park.
With all the different tourist attractions in Columbus, you may struggle to find time to fit all of them into your visit. The good news is that many of these attractions won’t break the bank and are kid-friendly. Be sure to check all the locations’ hours and prices before you go to make sure you are disappointed in your visit.