What makes Columbus so memorable is its unique blend of experiences that are a must to discover in person! The city has top attractions that are constantly evolving, creating new popup experiences, debuting new works, and hosting events that attract both locals and visitors alike! Below is a list of our favorite places to go, eat and experience in Columbus! There really is something for everyone here with no shortage of fun things to do either this weekend or weekday!
Take a look at our top 10 places to go to help you make future plans with friends and family.
Zoombezi Bay Waterpark is one of the top fun spots during summertime in Central Ohio! Featuring thrilling water slides, roaring rapids, lazy river, wave pool, and so much more, this water park is the perfect place to spend a hot summer day! Zoombezi Bay is a 22.7-acre water park owned by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium near Powell, Ohio just north of Columbus. Plan a weekend trip to Columbus' most favorite water-based attraction!
4850 Powell Rd,
Powell, OH 43065
Ensure a fuss-free visit to one of Columbus' top attractions by pre-booking your admission to the Center of Science and Industry (COSI). With tickets already purchased you can skip the ticket line and head straight into the hands-on science center to enjoy its engaging, inspiring, and transforming learning experiences. Pre-booked admission: Guarantees stress-free entry. Bypass the line of visitors waiting to purchase tickets. Visit at a time of your choice and stay as long as you wish! This is one of Columbus' top, and most engaging, attractions.
333 W Broad St
Columbus, Ohio 43215
The Indian Caverns are a very interesting place to venture to if one has the time. This family-friendly outdoor adventure park truly has something for everyone to enjoy, like cave tours, a petting zoo, miniature golf, gem mining, and more! Perfect for young inquisitive children with a mind to discover and adventure, the Olentangy Indian Caverns is a great place to promote learning and education in the science of the world around us! Check out their website to find ticket prices, specials, and more.
1779 Home Rd
Delaware, OH 43015
Looking for something fun to do for the whole family? Check out Buckeye Escape Room today! The Escape Room is one of the top-rated things to do in Columbus. If you are looking for a fun night out, to celebrate a birthday, or a good team-building activity, they have it! Currently, they have several different escape rooms to choose from, all ranging in difficulty. Book online today!
459 North High Street Ste. 2, Columbus, Ohio 43215
If you are looking for a more peaceful adventure, then Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is the place to go. Take a walk around the beautiful gardens and exhibits to see over 400 species of plants and flowers from all over the world. Currently, they have 4 exhibits which are Bonsai, Color to Discover, Chihuly Collection, and the Paul Busse Garden Railway. During the fall, they will add more harvest-themed plants and flowers. They also offer educational programs and classes as well for those who are interested in learning more about plant life. Visit their website today under the education and programs tab to learn more! Admission prices range from $12-$19 and hours change throughout the year depending on the season, so please check their website before visiting.
1777 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43203
Hamburger, American, Bar $$
The Thurman Cafe is known for its oversized and loaded hamburgers. They also provide amazing customer service with a full bar. When visiting, we recommend starting your meal off with the zucchini fries and then ordering the great 3 burgers. They also serve pizza, wings, salads, and more! Check them out today to see why they are one of the highest-rated restaurants on Google, Yelp, and Facebook in the Columbus area!
183 Thurman Ave
Columbus, OH 43206
Molly Woo's is located in the Polaris Fashion Place in Columbus, OH. Stop in today to view their large menu that features stir-fries, sushi, noodle dishes, and award-winning spring rolls. You will eat under traditional red lanterns surrounded by Asian artifacts and high ceilings all while receiving some of the best services you can find in Columbus.
1500 Polaris Pkwy #220
Columbus, OH 43240
If you are looking for authentic Filipino dishes, you must stop at Kuya Ian's. Their menu is full of traditional recipes passed down through the decades. We recommend ordering the Kaldereta or the Pancit Bihon. They do have vegetarian options available as well.
6863 Flags Center Dr
Columbus, OH 43229
Schmidt's Sausage Haus is a popular German eatery in the Columbus area. Their food is so well known they have been featured on Man v. Food on the Travel Channel, the Food Network, and Daytime Columbus. They first opened in 1967 and it is now run by the fourth generation of the Schmidt family. When visiting, you will be serenaded by traditional German music and we recommend ordering the classic German dish chicken schnitzel. No matter what you order, you are sure to leave satisfied.
240 E Kossuth St
Columbus, OH 43206
Steak House, Craft Cocktails $$$
If you are looking for a more fine dining experience, we recommend J. Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood. They only cook with the finest ingredients and because of that, they are one of the highest-rated restaurants in Columbus. Their menu ranges from wood-fired steaks made from USDA Prime Aged Black Angus Beef to delicious desserts, visit them today!
1 E Campus View Blvd
Columbus, OH 43235