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Visitors to this area of Central Ohio rub shoulders with around 800,000 local residents.
Escape the ordinary and be transported into a place of imagination at Zoombezi Bay Waterpark and Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark. For more fun with the family, head onwards to Putt N Play Fun Center and Skate America.
If you have an interest in animals and wildlife, put the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on your itinerary. If you are pressed for time, find the information desk and grab a map so you don't miss out on any of the zoo highlights.
There's a good chance you've been busy sampling the local beers already, so you might find it interesting to check out where it's made. The Buckeye Lake Brewery and the Anheuser-Busch Brewery are both open to visitors, allowing you the chance to find out how they produce such a fine drop.
You won't find too many things more enjoyable than a superb glass of wine. Try some of the region's finest at the Via Vecchia Winery and the Eldchrist Winery. Ready for the next stop? The Hidden Lakes Winery and the Good Vibes Winery are also highly praised.
When you're ready to put on your poker face, head to the Hollywood Casino or the Scioto Downs.
Take in the eclectic collection of local and exotic plants that are on display at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and the Inniswood Metro Gardens.
For fresh air and relaxation, pack some lunch and find a quiet corner at one of the area's picturesque urban parks, such as Schiller Park or Goodale Park. Topiary Park and Battelle Riverfront Park are two more excellent places to while away a lazy day over a good book.
Lock your phone in the car and take a break from the stresses of the modern world at Sharon Woods Park and Buckeye Lake State Park. Scioto Park and Alum Creek State Park are also appreciated by lovers of the natural world.
Schedule a visit to some of the delightful exhibition spaces in the area. Enjoy the cool and quiet interior as you check out the collections at the Motts Military Museum and the Ohio Craft Museum. The Jack Nicklaus Museum and the Central Ohio Fire Museum are also worth looking at.
The Santa Maria will send you floating through this region's seafaring history. Brimming with sea tales and marine artifacts, the whole crew is certain to enjoy this one.
Browse a fascinating range of science history artifacts, exhibits and models as you wander around the COSI, a well-known science museum.
Add to your understanding of art and design, and perhaps even get something to take back home at one of the many exhibition spaces. Revel in the hip atmosphere at the Columbus Museum of Art and the Jubilee Museum at Holy Family. Afterwards, if you still have some energy left in the tank, wind up the day at the Muse Gallery and the Hayley Gallery.
The Heritage Museum will offer you a refreshing look at our colorful and rich past. On top of that, you just might like to check out the objects on display at the Gahanna Historical Society or the Ohio History Center.
The Ohio State University and the Ohio Wesleyan University are certainly worth paying a visit to, even if you're not that into history. More stories from the days of yore await at the Columbus College of Art and Design and Ohio Statehouse.
Hop into the pages of a fantasy story and admire the awesome turrets and walls of Schwartz Castle.
Visitors with an interest in religion will no doubt want to check out World Harvest Church.
Once you've checked out the principle attractions in and around Columbus, make time to explore some of its less well-known sights. The Wexner Center for the Arts and the King Arts Complex could be up your alley. Also, contemplate checking out the Magic Mountain Fun Center and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum if you can squeeze it in.
Accommodation in Columbus
As can be expected from a state capital, Columbus offers a great range of places to stay. You'll be sure to find the perfect place for you amid the 208 Columbus hotel listings on Expedia's hotels guide.
Start the search for your ultimate Columbus room by checking out the services at the esteemed Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, at 50 N 3rd St, and the Holiday Inn Express Ex I-71 / OH State Fair / Expo Center, at 701 E Hudson St. In the same high-end price bracket, there's also the Residence Inn Marriott Easton and the Hilton Columbus at Easton. The Residence Inn Marriott Easton is housed at 3999 Easton Loop W, while the Hilton Columbus at Easton can be found at 3900 Chagrin Dr.
Located in the city's downtown theater district, the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square is across from the state capitol complex, less than a mile from the Greater Columbus Convention Center, close to German Village and casino.
This Columbus hotel is 2 blocks from Nationwide Arena and the Short North Arts District, and 4 blocks from the Columbus Museum of Art and several theaters.
Located off Interstate 71 near Ohio State University, Nationwide Arena, Schottenstein Center, and Crew Stadium, this hotel in Columbus Ohio is also near Easton Towne Center, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden and within 6 mi (10 km) of Columbus Museum of Art and Mapfre Stadium. COSI and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Anheuser-Busch Brewery and within 3 mi (5 km) of McConnell Arts Center and Sharon Woods Park. Westerville Mini-Golf is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.
Located in University District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ohio State Medical Center and Ohio State University. Ohio Stadium and COSI are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Downtown Columbus, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Ohio Fire Museum, COSI, and Columbus Museum of Art. Ohio State University is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Easton Town Center and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Champions of Columbus Golf Course. Inniswood Metro Gardens and Gahanna Municipal Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).