Columbus is full of unforgettable experiences, distinct neighborhoods and one-of-a-kind tours. Take our advice on these marquee must-dos in Ohio’s capital city.
As a leader in experiential tourism, Columbus knows that getting groups in the middle of the action and behind the scenes is important. That’s why we bring you up close to take a selfie with a giraffe, hands-on to set vintage type on an old-fashioned letterpress, and backstage to learn moves at a nationally-renowned ballet company, gain VIP access to a major retailer before the store opens, and more!
Go behind the scenes to see how it’s made at one of Columbus’ industry-leading specialists. Family-operated Anthony-Thomas Candy Company shows start to finish what it takes to produce their confectionary treats. The American Whistle Corporation, the nation’s only metal whistle manufacturer, divulges how the ball gets inside on their tour. Then, watch a solid chunk of wood become a baseball bat. Meet the maker of bats for the pros at Phoenix Bat Company and take home your own engraved mini bat.
Whether you’re planning a group activity or giving individuals time to explore on their own, several distinct districts welcome groups in their own special way. In German Village, stroll brick sidewalks and take in quaint, old-world architecture in one of the nation’s most storied urban neighborhoods. Don’t forget to save room for a cream puff. Or, find the “art and soul” of Columbus in the Short North Arts District, home to the historic North Market as well as countless boutiques and galleries with an array of eclectic finds. To the city’s north, Old Worthington’s heritage folds neatly into its modern-day charm.
What’s New and Now
Like the Columbus Museum of Art, with a rotating display of exhibits alongside a year-round collection that’s sure to wow. Natural light pours into the new 50,000-square-foot-wing completed in 2015. And, no trip would be complete without a stop at the Museum Store or the new, Schokko Art Cafe.
Or, drink craftily along the celebrated Columbus Ale Trail. After a stop and a stamp at four participating brewers, redeem your Columbus Brew Book for a pint glass (and keep the passport as a souvenir). Talk with an Experience Columbus staff member about delivering glasses to your group.
It’s easy to find things your group will love to do in Columbus. Get more details at experiencecolumbus.com/tours.