Are you stuck on what to do when you visit Columbus? Columbus is one of the largest cities in the U.S. with a variety of attractions, shopping, restaurants and exciting opportunities. Between gallery-hopping in the Short North, catching a Blue Jackets game or shopping at the Easton Town Center, Columbus has plenty to offer for every kind of visitor.
Here are the top 10 things to do when you visit Columbus, in no particular order:
- Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – rated the number one zoo in the country, the Columbus Zoo is home to over 5,000 animals. The zoo’s Wildlights event is a popular attraction for visitors in the winter season, where hundreds of strands of lights, animated light shows and other holiday festivities add festive cheer to the usual trip.
- Zoombezi Bay – Are you ready for some wet and wild fun? Check out Zoombezi Bay, an exciting water park that’s a part of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. With a wave pool, 17 water slides and many other attractions, a day at Zoombezi Bay can be fun for the whole family.
- COSI – COSI, the Center of Science and Industry, is a one of the largest science centers in the country. The many hands-on, interactive exhibits combine science and learning with play for children of all ages.
- Short North – One of the most popular neighborhoods in Columbus, the Short North is the center for art, trendy restaurants and chic boutiques. The Short North Arts District Gallery Hop occurs the first Saturday of each month and features new exhibitions in several galleries, street performers and several bars and restaurants with food/drink specials.
- Easton Town Center – Though Columbus has several malls and shopping centers, Easton is by far the largest and most popular. Easton features several popular stores, restaurants and entertainment options that make it the perfect shopping destination.
- Theater – Between BalletMet, the Ohio Theatre, Southern Theatre and the Palace Theatre, there are a number of performances to see in Columbus. Comedy shows, musical acts, ballet, modern theater and Broadway Series come to Columbus several times per year, offering endless entertainment acts for all tastes.
- Sporting Events – Midwesterners love their sports and Columbus is no exception. Besides being the home of the Buckeyes, the city also plays host to its minor league baseball team the Clippers, as well as the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team. Catch a game in the Arena District to root for the home team!
- North Market – Can’t decide what kind of food you want for lunch? North Market is the place for you. Just a short walk from the Short North, this indoor market area contains several types of ethnic food and specialty items for you to enjoy there and take home as well.
- Ohio State University – One of the largest universities in the country, Ohio State’s campus has a number of interesting things for both students and visitors. Take a stroll through the Oval, eat and shop along High Street or visit the Wexner Arts Center to see an art exhibit.
- Columbus Museum of Art – New York and Paris aren’t the only places to see fine art. With a large collection of nineteenth to twentieth century art and rotating exhibits, the art museum is a great way to spend a rainy day in Columbus.
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