Columbus for Anyone
Collected by Calliope Gianpoulos, AFAR Local Expert
In the middle of Ohio's sleepy, rural country side, along the banks of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers, lies the contrasting vibrance of downtown Columbus. A destination perfect for American history buffs, sports enthusiasts, and foodies, just waiting to be discovered.
7860 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43235, USA
The Hills Market, a locally owned specialty grocer, embraces "local" foods in a big way. Throughout the week they host pop-up eateries in their veranda seating area. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, you'll find Darista Cafe serving delicious...
Olde Towne East, Columbus, OH, USA
Columbus Art Walks are self-guided walking tours of 14 districts in Columbus. Each walk has an audio tour and walking map that you can download from the Columbus Public Health website. They even have a mobile app and an audio tour that you can...
480 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
The Columbus Museum of Art is unlike any art museum I’ve ever experienced. The galleries are organized by theme, not period, so the works of art span a multitude of eras, and contain a mixture of mediums. Photography is mixed with oil....
1069 Jaeger St, Columbus, OH 43206, USA
The mission of the Actors' Theater of Columbus is "Presenting plays by William Shakespeare and other time-honored playwrights, with relevance, to a contemporary audience." And they do so each summer with a season spanning May through September....
19 N Pearl St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Every Tuesday and Friday, vendors set up tents in the alleys between Broad, High, Gay, and Third Streets. The mix of merchants reflects the rich cultural diversity of what's available in central Ohio. There's a wide array of locally grown produce,...
4215 Sullivant Ave, Columbus, OH 43228, USA
On Sullivant Ave, you'll find a diverse selection of Latin foods, including tortas, pupusas, arepas, and ceviche. Unexpectedly, the fare has been fresh, vibrant, rich, and flavorful almost everywhere I've tried! I've been researching the growing...
410 E Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43206, USA
Every town has the breakfast joint that the locals don’t want the outsiders to know about—I feel guilty sharing a neighborhood secret, but welcome to the Skillet. Its ingredients are what sets it apart, selecting only the best from what the area...
17 E Gay St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Zeroz boutique is a great local store featuring minimalistic leather crafts. Men, do you have so many credit cards, and “loyalty” cards that your wallet has become a huge nuisance in your pocket? Women, do you have something small where you can...
1230 Courtland Ave, Columbus, OH 43201, USA
The local libation scene in Columbus has boomed over the past few years, so when visiting Columbus seek out these local beverages for a taste of the area. For a tasting and tour experience, visit Middle West Spirits. The two-year-old...
96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
The Columbus Metropolitan Main Library has served the community for over 100 years with the motto, “A fountain of learning: Our treasures are within and open to all.” Today it’s a great place to visit either to read,...
1722 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201, USA
Originally opened as a movie theater in 1923, Newport Music Hall is the oldest continually running venue in Columbus (some reports say America) and seats about 2,000 people. This venue has a long tradition of being the place where where rising...
400 W Whittier St, Lockbourne, OH 43137, USA
The one-mile stretch of the Scioto Mile park along the Scioto river from the Arena District to Whittier Peninsula really is quite beautiful. Bicentennial park, the centerpiece of the Mile, features a huge fountain for families to cool off on a hot...
Short North Arts District, Columbus, OH, USA
Columbus' Short North District is more than just a great place to bar hop or get a delicious Sunday brunch—it's also chock full of art galleries. As a part of 200Columbus, the city's bicentennial celebration, the Short North now features many...
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