Columbus for Families
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.
248 S 4th St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Frank's caters to vegetarians, vegans, and hot dog lovers alike with unexpected varieties of this traditional American favorite. For a unique taste, try the Hot Bollywood, with spicy mango chutney, or Seoul Dog, with kimchi and Sriracha! Or make...
714 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
When people come to visit, I love taking them to Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. While the ice cream is surely amazing, what I like most is telling the story behind Jeni's. To me it embodies the Columbus food scene's commitment to sourcing local and...
505 W Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
The Grange Insurance Audubon Center's vision is to "awaken and connect participants to the beauty of the natural world in the heart of Columbus and inspire environmental stewardship in their daily lives." The center aims to do this through...
111 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus, OH 43219, USA
Using natural, select ingredients, here you'll find over 20 unique varieties of handmade, oven-fresh brownies. When you eat a brownie, are you a fan of the gooey middle, or the more well-done outer edges? At Sugardaddy’s, you have your pick. A...
139 W Main St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Paintings, sculptures, and poetry are only a few of things you will discover, make, or buy at the Cultural Arts Center. This venue is a great place for workshops and checking out some up-and-coming local creations. The facility caters to both the...
503 S Front St #260, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
On display at Shadowbox Live are some of the best performances Columbus has to offer. The non-profit troupe knows no bounds and regularly produces everything from fine art exhibits, to plays, and even rock operas! With shows that are both unique...
25 Marconi Blvd, Columbus, OH 43223, USA
Christopher Columbus was not from Ohio, nor is this vessel the original Santa Maria; however, in the city that bears his name, we have a replica of the ship that sailed to the Americas over 500 years ago! The boat itself is fascinating to explore,...
160 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
It's hard to imagine downtown Columbus without this beautiful green park. A shopping center used to sit on this site, but, luckily, after its demolition, it was transformed into a premier community space. Concerts, kickball, and lunchtime food...
783 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
These might be some of the coolest, retro t-shirts around, but even better than the design is the feel. These are quite possibility the softest tops you will ever touch. Many pay “homage” to the local sports teams in the area by picking up a tee...
1045 S High St, Columbus, OH 43206, USA
If you're up for a treasure hunt, the Greater Columbus Antique Mall is a wonderful place to start. Undoubtedly, you'll find a few surprises among the wares in every nook and cranny—some even tossed on a table or floor—filling the upstairs,...
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