5 of the Best Things to do in Columbus, Ohio

5 of the Best Things to do in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus is the capital city of Ohio and the 14th largest city in the United States. This midwestern city is also one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

With a booming economy, affordable housing, and lots to do, it’s become a popular spot to live. It also offers tons to do for tourists visiting the area. Whether you’re traveling with the whole family or are looking for some adults only fun, there’s plenty to do in Columbus, Ohio.

Guest Travel blogger Katie from Zen Life and Travel shares her 5 favorite things to do in Columbus, Ohio.

Visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, located in the Columbus suburb of Powell, is one of the best zoos in the country. While you’re there, be sure to check out the incredible 43 acre “Heart of Africa” exhibit.

This amazing area features giraffes, cheetahs, lions, and more, making you feel like you just stepped into a remote African village. The kids will love the playgrounds, train ride, boat ride, and carousel. Adults will love the fantastic animal exhibits and the many special events hosted by the zoo each year. The Columbus Zoo is also involved in many conservation efforts throughout the park.

You can feed giraffes in the Heart of Africa exhibit at the Columbus Zoo.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Image Credit: Katie Seemann | Zen Life and Travel

Explore Historic Dublin

Dublin is a northwestern suburb of Columbus, and it’s home to a fantastic downtown area surrounding the Scioto River. On one side you’ll find historic downtown Dublin.

This quaint area features cobblestone sidewalks and gorgeous old buildings. Plus there are fantastic restaurants and shops lining the streets.
Right across the river you’ll find the newer Bridge Park area of Dublin. This hip, urban area is filled with fantastic restaurants, upscale living, and a rooftop bar overlooking the river. These 2 areas will soon be connected by a pedestrian bridge that will cross over the river.

Dublin Market at Bridge Park

A bustling Saturday morning at the Dublin Market at Bridge Park. Image Credit: Katie Seemann | Zen Life and Travel

Franklin Park Conservatory

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is home to beautiful gardens and exhibits. You’ll find activities for both kids and adults including storytimes, yoga, glass blowing classes, and more.

Exhibits include Blooms and Butterflies, Bonsai, and Chihuly Glass. The building was originally constructed in 1895 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Columbus Commons

Columbus Commons is a 6 acre green space located in the middle of downtown Columbus. You’ll find different events and festivals throughout the year here including family events, concerts, fitness events, and food trucks.

Columbus Commons

Columbus Commons in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Image Credit: Katie Seemann | Zen Life and Travel

One of my favorite events is Picnic with the Pops during the summer. These concerts pair the Columbus Symphony Orchestra with popular music to create a fantastic night under the stars. People pack coolers and lawn chairs and camp out on the lawn for a special evening in the heart of downtown Columbus.

Picnic with the Pops at the Columbus Commons in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Image Credit: Katie Seemann | Zen Life and Travel

Picnic with the Pops at the Columbus Commons in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Image Credit: Katie Seemann | Zen Life and Travel

Visit The Short North

The Short North is a trendy, artsy area near downtown Columbus. Take a walk down High Street to find bars, restaurants, galleries, and shops.

If you’re in town on the first Saturday of the month, check out the Gallery Hop. This longstanding Columbus tradition is a celebration of the Columbus arts scene with a party atmosphere.

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zen life and travelAuthor’s Bio: Katie Seemann is a Columbus native, blogger, and freelance travel writer. She loves exploring the world and encouraging people to travel more — even in their own backyard — on her blog, Zen Life and Travel.
In addition to her own blog, she’s a contributor to a popular points and miles blog that helps people travel for less through credit card points and airline miles. While she’s not traveling, you’ll find her exploring Columbus with her husband and daughter. You can follow her adventures on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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