Columbus is a great place to go, with beautiful parks, highly regarded museums, and one of the best zoos in the United States. If you’re heading for Columbus and unsure what to do during your day stay, we’ve got a shortlist of fun ways to spend your time.
Our Columbus Daycation Ideas
Food – Whatever your appetite, Columbus will have a restaurant for you. The city offers numerous styles of cuisine to appeal to your taste, from Italian restaurant Spaghetti Warehouse to Wolf’s Ridge Brewing. New American tapas can be enjoyed at Veritas, and Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse offers a range of great food.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, recently voted in the top 10 zoos in the United States, is a great place for nature lovers, young and old. Amongst the animals who call the zoo home are lowland gorillas, polar bears, tigers, and elephants. The zoo also has a hands-on tide pool and kangaroo walkabout.
Museums – COSI (Center of Science and Industry) is an expansive and family-friendly science museum. The venue features hundreds of interactive exhibits, working labs, a dinosaur gallery, and a planetarium. The Ohio History Connection’s exhibits tell the story of the state’s history, and the museum includes Ohio Village, an interactive recreation of a settlement from the 1860s.
Natural Beauty – Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens covers 88 acres and includes art and nature-based exhibits, some indoor, some outdoor, as well as a play area for children. Sharon Woods Metro Park is a picturesque nature reserve ideal for wandering the trails amidst forest, fields and alongside the lake.
Six Scintillating Columbus Facts
Columbus is the state capital and largest city in Ohio.
The city is named after the (in)famous explorer Christopher Columbus and was founded back in 1812, formally becoming a city in 1834.
The city was the destination of the world’s first commercial flight when Phillip Parmalee flew from Dayton to Columbus in 1910.
The city made the top 10 of best cities in the US, according to Relocate America in 2010.
The city’s All American Quarter Horse Congress attracts around half a million visitors every October, and is the largest single breed horse show in the world.
Columbus has a number of nicknames, including The Arch City, referring to arches that used to power streetcars. The arches were torn down in the early 20th century, but some were reconstructed in 2002 for reasons of historical interest.