What to do in Columbus, OH

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Columbus Attractions

Like to be kept busy while you're on vacation? If so, Columbus will be the perfect fit. This state capital has loads of opportunities when it comes to fine food, thrilling activities and big-name attractions. Start working on your travel itinerary now!

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What to do in Columbus

Free Things to Do in Columbus

They say the best things in life are free. Make sure you visit the following around Columbus:

World's Largest Gavel - Satisfy your artistic and cultural cravings here and see talent and creativity at work.

Scioto Audubon Metro Park - Pencil in time to play and add some excitement to your trip here.

Rhodes State Office Tower - Stop by this local landmark and take in its unique design.

Ohio Statehouse - If you want to explore the history of the region through its landmarks, include this one on your sightseeing schedule.

Columbus Near East Side Historic District - Stop for a while in this thriving spot and imagine what life would be like as a local resident.

North Market - Well known among those who reside here, this site is worth checking out.

Columbus Commons - Revitalize your mind, body and soul by spending time in nature.

Things to Do in Columbus with Kids

You'll find plenty of fun things to do with your kids in and around Columbus. Keep the crew happy with our family friendly experiences.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Columbus on a rainy day?
With fantastic indoor activities like a LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Columbus to keep you entertained, there’s no need to let a few drops of rain stop you from having a blast.
What should I not miss in Columbus?
Don’t venture home without checking off the following inspiring attractions:

  • Ohio State University
  • COSI
  • Mapfre Stadium
  • Ohio Stadium

Are there cheap things to do in Columbus?
What can you do in Columbus for free?
Your trip to Columbus won’t cost a fortune with free attractions like these to keep you busy:

  • Easton Town Center
  • Polaris Fashion Place
  • Scioto Downs
  • Ohio State Medical Center

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