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From Big 10 Sports to a World-Class Zoo - What to See and Do in Columbus

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Concerts, sporting events, and one of America's top zoos. You'll find them all in Columbus, a diverse city with an abundance of attractions for visitors with varying interests. A typical day here can include anything from strolling historic German Village to catching a Big Ten football game at Ohio State University. Take some time during your trip to experience these popular Columbus attractions.

Around downtown


Downtown Columbus is home to some of the city's most famous attractions. You can spend an afternoon exploring the world of science at the renowned centre of Science and Industry (COSI). You'll also find the Columbus Museum of Art here, as well as lesser-known attractions such as the Thurber House, home of James Thurber, the famous American humorist. The Thurber House is especially worth visiting during the Evenings with Authors programs and the summertime Literary Picnics.


  • COSI, 333 W Broad Street, Columbus 43215; Tel: +1 614 228 2674; Website: COSI

  • Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E Broad Street, Columbus 43215; Tel: +1 614 221 6801; Website: Columbus Museum of Art

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium


Located in Powell a few miles north of downtown Columbus, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is one of the most acclaimed zoos in the country. Here, the whole family can get an up-close look at more than 9,000 animals from around the world, including elephants, koalas, and tigers. New attractions include Pirate Island and Heart of Africa, where you can hand-feed a giraffe and take a bumpy camel ride. The fun doesn't stop there, though. The complex also includes an 18-hole golf course and the Zoombezi Bay water park.


  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 Powell Road, Powell 43065; Tel: +1 614 645 3550; Website: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

  • Zoombezi Bay, 4850 Powell Road, Powell 43065; Tel: +1 614 724 3600; Website: Zoombezi Bay


Ohio State area


Aside from being the capital of Ohio, Columbus is home to the Ohio State University and its Buckeyes football team. You can take a self-guided walking tour of campus highlights, and if you're in town during the fall, be sure to catch a Big 10 football game at Ohio Stadium. The fans are noisy and enthusiastic, and you're sure to get caught up in the excitement. The university also has several notable museums, including the Hale Black Cultural centre, the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection, and, for golf fans, the Jack Nicklaus Museum.


  • Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus 43210; Tel: +1 614 292 6330; Website: Ohio Stadium

  • Jack Nicklaus Museum, 2355 Olentangy River Road, Columbus 43210; Tel: +1 614 247 5959; Website: Jack Nicklaus Museum


Arena District


This dynamic area is the entertainment hub of Columbus. At Nationwide Arena, you can catch a superstar performance or cheer on the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets. If baseball is your game, head over to Huntington Park to see the Columbus Clippers play. In the mood for a movie? At Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand, you can watch a Hollywood hit while enjoying dinner and drinks delivered to your seat.


  • Nationwide Arena, 200 W Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus 43215; Tel: +1 614 246 2000; Website: Nationwide Arena

  • Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand, 175 W Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus 43215 ; Tel: +1 614 456 1298; Website: Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand


German Village


South of downtown, this historic district celebrates the influence of German immigrant populations on the city of Columbus. The area was originally settled in the 1800s and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, you can browse the shops, sample German fare at local restaurants, and enjoy an afternoon stroll. Special events include concerts, garden tours, and beer tastings. Start your exploration at the German Village Visitors centre, located in the German Village Society Meeting Haus.