City of Columbus Ohio

With a lively entertainment scene, great shopping, professional sports and thriving arts scene, there’s always something fun happening in Columbus, Ohio’s capital city.

Three vibrant urban neighborhoods surround downtown. The Arena District is home to the Blue Jackets National Hockey League team, concerts, restaurants and nightclubs. Restaurants and cafes line The Cap at Union Station, which connects downtown to the Short North Arts District where you’ll find restaurants, galleries, boutiques and nightclubs. South of downtown Columbus is German Village, a charming historic district with restaurants and shops. Visiting over the first Saturday of the month? Check out the Short North’s Gallery Hop, when the galleries and boutiques stay open late and entertainers line the streets.

The City of Columbus Ohio is fast becoming one of the nation’s most notable culinary towns, with an array of one-of-a-kind gastronomic experiences and getaways. From fine dining to taco trucks and artisan ice cream to killer barbecue, the Columbus dining scene is as varied as it is memorable. 

Central Ohio is also known for shopping. At Easton Town Center, just 15 minutes from downtown, you’ll find Macy’s, Nordstrom and hundreds of specialty stores, along with one of the city’s best collections of restaurants and entertainment venues. Head 30 minutes north to Polaris Fashion Place, which has six anchors including Saks Fifth Avenue.

Spend your nights at one of Columbus’ performing arts events. Among your choices are BalletMet, Broadway Across America–Columbus, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, The Columbus Symphony, the Contemporary American Theatre Company and Opera Columbus. See world-class visual art at the Columbus Museum of Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts and The King Arts Complex. Franklin Park Conservatory is the only botanical garden in the world with a permanent collection of glass artwork by Dale Chihuly.

Sports fans can cheer on the Blue Jackets NHL ice hockey team, the Crew Major League Soccer team and the Columbus Clippers, the Triple A farm team for the Cleveland Indians. There’s also the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Jack Nicklaus Museum—a must-see for golf fans.

Central Ohio is packed with fun attractions, including the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, voted the favorite zoo of America by USA Travel Guide, and COSI Columbus, the No. 1 science center in the country for families according to Parents magazine. Next to the zoo is Zoombezi Bay, a huge water park with 15 slides.

For more information, contact Experience Columbus, 866-EXP-COLS (866-397-2657) or