100+ Fun Things to Do in Columbus OH

Being the capital of Ohio, there are plenty of fun things to do in Columbus. Find landmarks like The Santa Maria and LeVeque tower to Art Museums, Restaurants, bars, breweries, and more exclusively here at Funthingstodo.io.

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Take a day or two and visit your favorite shops at the Easton Town Center
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See the freshest produce from local farmers at the North Market
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Participate in Gallery Hop, a legendary tradition at the Short North Arts District
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Take a stroll at brick streets and see houses made of brick at the German Village
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Take a walk at OSU’s Oval
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Admire the rose garden at Whetstone Park
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Check out the shops and restaurants at the Arena District
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Act silly and play with friends at the fountains at Scioto Mile
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Find the latest trends at Polaris Fashion Place
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Find the Umbrella Girl at Schiller Park
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See George Seurat’s famous painting come to life at the Topiary Park
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Pick a quiet spot to read a book at Goodale Park
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Spot the world’s largest gavel
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Navigate 32 rooms of books at the Book Loft
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Find the “king” of the Old German Brewing District
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Spend an afternoon in a museum full of comic art at Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum
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Travel back in time and admire the architecture of the old houses at Victorian Village
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Find your zen at the Inniswood Metro Gardens
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Discover the works of local as well as nationally acclaimed artists at the Columbus Arts Festival
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Hang out with the family at Columbus Commons
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See the evolution of TV at the Early Television Museum
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Find out what’s on the best seller’s list at Barnes & Noble in Easton
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Spot the graffiti and other public art at Short North district
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Find Mona Lisa’s mural
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Locate all 17 arches in Short North
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Take a self-guided tour and celebrate the life and works of James Thurber
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See beautiful reflections at Mirror Lake
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Have a nice picnic at Alum Creek
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Learn about history at the Buffington Island Battlefield Memorial Park
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Take a hike at Hoover Reservoir
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Admire the city skyline while walking along the Scioto River
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Go hiking at Scioto Audubon Metro Park
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Take a snap of the only remaining building of Born Capital Brewery
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Find the “kissing bridge” now called the Rustic Bridge Road
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Watch the fourth of July fireworks at Whetstone Park
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Read the letters home inscribed on the two curved walls at the Veterans Plaza
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See the LeVeque Tower up close
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Bring popcorn and a blanket at the Movies By Moonlight
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Find the statue of the German poet Friedrich von Schiller
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Locate the “train” at Short North
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fun things to do in Columbus OH

There are hundreds of things to do in Columbus, and yes this list only entails about 100 of them. Did we miss something? Maybe your favorite restaurant?  Let us know so we can keep this list growing! When you’re done with Columbus, make sure to stop by and see all of the things to do in Cleveland as well!