Best Attractions & Activities



With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Columbus to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.


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Upper Arlington


More than 600 species, including Humboldt penguins and okapi, inhabit these 100 acres along the banks of the Scioto River. Well known for its successful gorilla breeding program and for its extensive reptile collection, it also has aquarium...  Read More




Located three miles outside the city center, this horticultural landmark originally opened to the public in 1895 and now boasts 90 acres of outdoor green space, 400 plant species, 100 butterfly species, 800 feet of model railroad track, 7,000...  Read More


Ohio Statehouse


Completed in 1861, this columned Greek revival-style building and its surroundings of Capitol Square is considered to be one of the most significant architectural accomplishments of the early republic. It features exquisite decor with marble...  Read More




Aptly billed as "The Fascination Destination," this 300,000 square-foot center offers changing exhibits such as a gravity-defying unicycle visitors can ride across the three-story atrium. Interactive, hands-on exhibits spotlight the ocean, life...  Read More


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Brewery District
Thurber House


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this is the home of author James Thurber during his collegiate years, and the setting of many of his most famous short stories. Take a self-guided tour of the first two floors and learn about...  Read More


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Brewery District
Columbus Museum of Art


Collections in the museum range from French Impressionists to American Modernists and other late 19th- and early 20th-c American and European modern art, including major works by Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Hopper and O'Keeffe. Changing...  Read More


Kelton House Museum and Garden


This charming Victorian-era house, which was built in 1852, now showcases 19th century life in Columbus. Once an important stop on the Underground Railroad, as slaves could stay here and then cross the Erie to Canada and freedom. The home, run...  Read More


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Brewery District
Topiary Garden


This unique exhibit is a detailed topiary re-creation of Georges Seurat's famous "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." It is the only existing topiary interpretation of a painting. James Mason, who teaches sculpture in Columbus,...  Read More


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Brewery District
Santa Maria


To commemorate the 500th anniversary in 1992 of Christopher Columbus' voyage to the New World, city groups and businesses teamed up to moor an authentic, museum-quality replica of the Santa Maria on the banks of the Scioto River. The 77-foot...  Read More


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North Market


Thirty or more merchants set up stands and sell everything from pasta and sauces, produce, flowers, Indian groceries, gift baskets, cookware and coffee. At Gatterdam Eggs, patrons choose their own and pay on the honor system, a tradition since...  Read More


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