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Plan Your Trip to Columbus: Best of Columbus Tourism

About 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.

Essential Columbus

Traveler Spotlight

The best Black-owned spots in Columbus, OH

My husband and I are the co-founders of an events tech startup, MYLE, an acronym for “Make Your Life Entertaining.” We’ve lived in a few different parts of the U.S. and have traveled extensively but we settled in Columbus where our company really took off. The city is incredible with so much creative energy. Here are a few great places to check out if you come. (As told to Taryn White)
Sherry Lloyd, Columbus, OH
  • Upper Cup Coffee
    Not all coffee shops are created equal, and this unique coffee shop with two locations in Columbus delivers an amazing atmosphere and coffee. From their chess games and local artist exhibits, I always feel the presence of Black culture when I visit. The owners of Upper Cup Coffee are so friendly, and they’ve brought their deep roots and coffee culture from Eritrea to Columbus. In addition to coffee, the shop also sells coffee beans from Ethiopia, Panama, and other parts of the world.
  • Shrimp Lips Seafood
    Having lived in New Orleans, I’m always looking for the Cajun and Creole flavors from “the Bayou.” I’ve found that at Shrimp Lips. Their crab legs and shrimp dishes are my favorites, as both are always seasoned to perfection. The restaurant also has foods you just won’t find elsewhere like lobster fries and crawfish Philly.
  • Donatos Pizza
    When I’m catching a flight at John Glenn International Airport, I always grab a slice of pepperoni pizza and a salad from Donatos Pizza. Although it’s part of a chain of nearly 200 restaurants, the airport location is Black-owned and operated. Known for its “Edge to Edge” pizza toppings, the restaurant chain uses a 50-year old recipe for the most golden and crispy pizza crust.
  • Bake Me Happy
    Bake Me Happy sells treats so good, you’ll be surprised that they’re all gluten free. One reason is the owners have taken great care to craft each food item using individualized flour blends with local ingredients like Ohio maple syrup. I’m not a vegan or gluten-free eater, but this bakery delivers for all lovers of baked sweet treats. My personal favorite is the snack cake, which I could eat every day. I consistently have dreams of the moist and creamy inside of their dark chocolate cake. The bakery also serves coffee and tea.

Columbus Is Great For

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If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Columbus between December and February, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between September and November.