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Overview

Cultural Experiences Abound

Columbus Region residents enjoy a vibrant arts scene and diverse array of entertainment, sports, dining, nightlife and shopping. Independent national rankings have cited Columbus for having the #1 zoo (Columbus Zoo and Aquarium), the #1 science center (COSI) and even the #1 ice cream (Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams). And, Columbus is emerging as a culinary capital and a fashion mecca. It’s easy to find ways to be entertained, intrigued, fascinated, captivated, charmed, educated or amused in the Columbus Region.

Arts

Columbus’ art scene is bursting with creativity from independent artists, professional troupes and artists-in-residence, leading it to be named one of the “30 Most Fun Places to Live in the U.S.” by U.S. News & World Report and one of “17 Must-Visit Destinations in 2017” by Expedia.

Learn more about Columbus’ amazing arts scene and why our talented local artists wouldn’t make art anywhere else by checking out Art makes Columbus and #artmakescbus on social media.

Attractions

You’ll find critically acclaimed attractions in every corner of the Columbus Region. In fact, independent rankings have cited Columbus for having the No. 1 Zoo, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the No. 1 public library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, the No. 1 science center, COSI, and even the No. 1 ice cream, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is another worthwhile trip to take a gardening program, visit the rotating exhibitions or just relax and enjoy the natural refuge in the middle of the city.

No matter your preference, Columbus has an immersive museum, exhibit, or attraction to challenge your perspectives. Check out hundreds of options at https://www.experiencecolumbus.com/things-to-do/attractions/

Shopping

Columbus is a fashion mecca. Home to headquarters of retail giants like Victoria’s Secret, Express, DSW and Abercrombie & Fitch, Columbus also has the third highest concentration of fashion designers behind only New York and Los Angeles.

Many of Columbus’ neighborhoods offer chic boutiques from independent fashion retailers and designers. The Short North Arts District is full of one-of-a-kind shops for men and women alike. Homage features screened vintage sports and civic logos from around the nation and carries only the best and softest t-shirts. The Candle Lab, in Worthington and the Short North Arts District offers hand-poured candles in more than 120 fragrances, pour-your-own custom scented candles, customizable home fragrance products and small-batch natural bath and body products.

Easton has stores like Tiffany & Co., Nordstrom and Louis Vuitton and is just 15 minutes east of downtown. This indoor/outdoor shopping center with its unique village setting and broad assortment of restaurants, entertainment and retailers is a fashion guru’s dream.

Polaris Fashion Place features an indoor/outdoor mall and close by stores such as Cabelas, and IKEA (opening summer 2017). Just north of Columbus is Tanger Outlets, with more than 90 brands.

Recreation & Sports

There are several Metroparks throughout Columbus for outdoor activity and exploring. Inniswood offers more than 100 acres of woods and streams to explore. Even if the flowers aren’t blooming, the beautiful forest is welcoming, with easy trails for hiking. Situated on 44 acres in Hilliard, Homestead Park includes hiking trails and plenty of interesting scenery, from the replica train station to the barns to the covered bridge and the ponds. Dublin’s Coffman Park surrounds features like the amphitheater, skate park, fishing ponds and more. It’s a perfect spot to get out of the house and stroll. Close by is also Indian Run Falls, a natural gorge with trails, observation platforms and a bridge over the waterfalls. Battelle Darby Creek offers over 7,000 sprawling acres to hike and explore. Warm up at the nature center and see if the bison are out roaming. Trek up and down the trails at Highbanks, crossing the bridges over the ravines and spying the bald eagles from the observation deck.

Hit the links at one of the many golf courses in Columbus where golf pro, Jack Nicklaus learned to play, including the Safari Golf Club at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Home to several major sporting teams, including NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, the MLS’ Columbus Crew SC, Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, the Columbus Clippers and college-favorite, the Ohio State Buckeyes, you can catch a game no matter what the season!

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