Welcome to our Destination in a Flash guide for Columbus, OH, USA. Whether you want some inspiration for your next trip, or need advice on making the most out of 24 hours, this is the guide for you! We’ll tell you our favorites from our adventures in Columbus and what we recommend to see, do, eat and skip.
What to See:
North Market: Short North is a hot spot in Columbus filled with restaurants, boutique shops and art galleries. But take a small side street and you’ll find North Market. One of my favorite places in Columbus, North Market is comprised of restaurant stalls, a flower store and multiple markets for produce, meat, fish and bread. You’ll find tons of international food as well as local tastes, and even a bar where you can stop for a drink or buy 6-packs to go. Finish your adventure with a stop at Jeni’s Ice Cream shop for some of the best and most inventive ice cream I’ve ever had!
What to Do:
Franklin Park Conservatory: Everyone loves a garden, and Franklin Park Conservatory is one of the biggest green spaces in the city center. These botanical gardens are a wonderful escape from the hustle of the city. They have a wonderful butterfly garden, and the most amazing outdoor play area for kids. But even for adults, the surrounding park and flower gardens are truly beautiful and are worth a lovely afternoon stroll.
COSI Science Museum: I don’t think that many adults would really think to go to a science museum when visiting a city, but COSI in Columbus is actually really awesome! There are so many different exhibits, from ocean exploration and dinosaurs to Columbus through the ages. I went many times with children who had an absolute blast! But I found that I really enjoyed the museum too, and even returned without children a couple times. Every exhibit is interactive, so you’ll never be bored walking through it. If science is your thing, COSI is a must see!
What to Eat:
Baked goods and coffee: When we moved to Columbus, we were told that it was a gastronomy hot spot. Well, I can’t say I totally agree with that, but what we did find was some amazing bakeries scattered throughout the city. Blueberry Galletes, Highlander Grogg coffee, Mojito donuts and cinnamon buns the size of a grapefruits are some of the delectable treats you can find in Columbus. Don’t be afraid to try a few different bakeries – everyone can use a little sugar, spice and something nice!
Where to get it: Winan’s Chocolates and Coffee (multiple locations), Fox in the Snow Bakery (multiple locations)
What to Skip, and What to See Instead:
Skip Downtown Columbus: Downtown Columbus is pretty typical for a city scape, but not too much to offer. There are a few restaurants and businesses, but your time is better spent just outside the city center.
Instead go to German Village: we may be a little biased as we lived here, but German Village is the gem of Columbus. Many people travel down to this charming neighborhood to meander through the cobble-stone streets looking at houses that date back to the 1850’s. There is a wonderful park called Schiller Park in the center with a small lake and a stage for theater performances in the summer. But even if 19th century architecture isn’t your thing, German Village has many great restaurants and bakeries; a couple are even the best rated in Columbus! It’s also right next to the Brewer’s District where you can find many local breweries, taprooms and craft beer. So whatever you’ll looking for, German Village probably has it!
Photo Credits: Instagram: Siena Williams, @latravc2
Thanks again for all the photos credits from Siena Williams (@latravc2) and @northmarket !