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Best of Columbus Guide

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Columbus
Ohio’s capital city is full of beautiful neighborhoods, a critically acclaimed food scene and top-ranked attractions. This creative-minded destination offers something for everyone. Families will enjoy COSI, the nationally known science center, as well as the Columbus zoo and its neighboring water park. Art lovers will savor the collections at the Columbus Museum of Art and revel in Gallery Hop, a monthly celebration in the Short North Art District. Columbus is a city that invites exploration.

All things to do » Things to do

Easton Town Center
Easton Town Center
Owner description: In stark contrast to the old-country aura of German Village, Easton is the most modern neighborhood in the city, its architecturally contemporary town center drawing shoppers and... more Owner description: In stark contrast to the old-country aura of German Village, Easton is the most modern neighborhood in the city, its architecturally contemporary town center drawing shoppers and tourists to an array of nationally and regionally known stores, plentiful restaurants and varied entertainment. less
Attraction type: Neighborhoods; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Owner description: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a premier botanical landmark and attraction featuring exceptional plant collections, indoor and outdoor gardens, seasonal art... more Owner description: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a premier botanical landmark and attraction featuring exceptional plant collections, indoor and outdoor gardens, seasonal art and nature-based exhibitions, and a dynamic array of events for visitors of all ages. less
Attraction type: Art Galleries; Gardens
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Ohio Stadium
Ohio Stadium
Attraction type: Arenas & Stadiums
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German Village
German Village
Owner description: A highway bridge over Interstate 70 is all that separates the German Village Historic District from downtown Columbus, but as one looks east from the interstate, the difference... more Owner description: A highway bridge over Interstate 70 is all that separates the German Village Historic District from downtown Columbus, but as one looks east from the interstate, the difference between old and new is glaring. A 20+ story structure sits just north of the interstate bridge, and just south, in German Village, no structure is higher than three stories. Five blocks south, the spire of St. Mary Church stands 197’ off the sidewalk and towers over everything around it. Structures and sidewalks are orange masonry, and many streets (about half) are still brick pavers. German Village does not have a recreated sense of history or kitschy Bavarian feel ~ rather, it is a neighborhood with architecture dating from the 1840s-1890s that has been preserved, and its use as a shared residential and commercial neighborhood has been maintained. People walk to their destinations, park on the street due to the overwhelming absence of driveways, and live life at a very pedestrian level. The neighborhood is extremely dense ~ very often only inches separate neighboring structures, and many structures were built for multi-family use. German Village is notably different because its appearance has changed so little. less
Attraction type: Neighborhoods; Historic Sites; Historic Walking Areas
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Short North Arts District
Short North Arts District
Columbus's version of New York's artsy Soho district, this historic urban neighborhood is filled with boutiques, art galleries, coffee houses, restaurants and theaters.
Attraction type: Neighborhoods; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Pistacia Vera
Pistacia Vera
Ranked #1 of 2,154 Restaurants in Columbus
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Cafe, European, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Z Cucina di Spirito
Z Cucina di Spirito
Ranked #2 of 2,154 Restaurants in Columbus
Price: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Lindey's
Lindey's
Ranked #3 of 2,154 Restaurants in Columbus
Price: $31 - $80
Cuisines: American, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Mitchell's Ocean Club
Mitchell's Ocean Club
Ranked #4 of 2,154 Restaurants in Columbus
Price: $25 - $60
Cuisines: Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Ranked #5 of 2,154 Restaurants in Columbus
Price: $5 - $10
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Wayfaring Buckeye Hostel
1.5 of 5
Wayfaring Buckeye Hostel
$32 - $77
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Motel 6 Columbus West
2.0 of 5
Motel 6 Columbus West
$65 - $76
Ranked #58 of 142 Hotels in Columbus
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Value Place Columbus N-I270
2.5 of 5
Value Place Columbus N-I270
$50 - $117
Ranked #65 of 142 Hotels in Columbus
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus/Polaris
2.5 of 5
Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus/Polaris
$129 - $218
Ranked #1 of 142 Hotels in Columbus
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Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris
$139 - $212
Ranked #8 of 142 Hotels in Columbus
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Hilton Columbus/Polaris
3.5 of 5
Hilton Columbus/Polaris
$133 - $243
Ranked #10 of 142 Hotels in Columbus
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

The Blackwell
4.0 of 5
The Blackwell
$146 - $266
Ranked #2 of 142 Hotels in Columbus
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Hilton Columbus Downtown
4.0 of 5
Hilton Columbus Downtown
$209 - $339
Ranked #6 of 142 Hotels in Columbus
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Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph
4.0 of 5
Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph
$262 - $404
Ranked #13 of 142 Hotels in Columbus
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