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ColumbusUnited States of America

The capital of Ohio is known for its street food, cultural festivals and art scene. It’s also home to one of the largest state universities in the U.S.

Columbus is a large, culturally diverse city in the U.S. Midwest. Visit Ohio’s capital to experience Irish festivals, Mexican food, unique neighborhoods and many museums and attractions, from small art galleries to big zoos. Columbus is also home to Ohio State University, providing a lively college town atmosphere. Enjoy a fun nightlife, one-of-a-kind shops and cultural events held throughout the year.

Spend an afternoon walking through the Short North Arts District, where dozens of boutique galleries and shops line the sidewalks. Walk along High Street to discover Columbus’ cutting-edge Wexner Center for the Arts. Escape typically hot and humid summer days indoors at the COSI (Center of Science and Industry) with its interactive exhibits that appeal to children and parents. Families also enjoy the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium north of the city center.

Columbus is known for food trucks selling anything from hot dogs and Mexican food to roast turkey. Trucks relocate almost every day, but you’re always likely to find something in the city center. Move east across the river where North Market hosts more than 30 merchants selling a range of fresh produce and arts and crafts.

There are also plenty of restaurants, bars and breweries in Columbus. After watching an Ohio State Buckeyes football game, visit the Arena District for happy-hour prices or Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar for a tour, music, food and drink.

Plan to visit the Jazz and Rib Fest, an annual summer tradition featuring musicians and award-winning food. The Dublin Irish Festival happens the first weekend in August and attracts 100,000 visitors for three days of Celtic song and dance.

Columbus has a rich performing arts history which lives on in the Ohio Theatre and the Palace Theatre, stunning 1920s movie palaces converted into state-of-the-art performing arts spaces.

Columbus is a sprawling, largely flat city. Rent a car to get around easily. Port Columbus International Airport is less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from downtown. Two interstate highways connect Columbus with nearby cities.

Top hotels in Columbus

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DoubleTree by Hilton Columbus - Worthington
DoubleTree by Hilton Columbus - Worthington
3.5 out of 5
175 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, OH
Free cancellation
The price is NZ$105 per night from 28 Sep. to 29 Sep.

Located in Crosswoods, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Anheuser-Busch Brewery and within 6 miles (10 km) of Polaris Fashion Place and Magic Mountain Fun Center. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (891 reviews)

"Great staff, clean facilities, great covid-19 prevention with social distancing and plenty of hand sanitizer available."…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Columbus - Worthington
Comfort Suites Columbus Airport
Comfort Suites Columbus Airport
2.5 out of 5
1521 N Cassady Ave, Columbus, OH
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$160 per night from 28 Sep. to 29 Sep.

Located in Northeast Columbus, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Greater Columbus Convention Center and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (860 reviews)

"Room was nice and spacious. Bed was amazing, slept like a baby."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep. 2020

Comfort Suites Columbus Airport
Cloverleaf Suites Columbus - Dublin
Cloverleaf Suites Columbus - Dublin
3 out of 5
4130 Tuller Road, Dublin, OH
The price is NZ$160 per night from 29 Sep. to 30 Sep.

Situated in Dublin, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Scioto Park, Indian Run Falls Park and Sam and Eulalia Frantz Park. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and ...

4/5Very Good! (980 reviews)

"The room was beautiful. Stayed in a signature suite"…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2020

Cloverleaf Suites Columbus - Dublin

Holiday Rentals in Columbus

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Staybridge Suites Columbus Polaris
Staybridge Suites Columbus Polaris
3 out of 5
9090 Lyra Dr, Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$174 per night from 4 Oct. to 5 Oct.

Located in Polaris, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Magic Mountain Fun Center and Polaris Fashion Place. OhioHealth Westerville Medical Campus and Highbanks ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (266 reviews)

"Great location to everything you need. Very clean location. Pool is small that’s my only complaint"…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2020

Staybridge Suites Columbus Polaris
Staybridge Suites Columbus - Worthington
Staybridge Suites Columbus - Worthington
3 out of 5
115 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$144 per night from 2 Oct. to 3 Oct.

Located in Crosswoods, this aparthotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Anheuser-Busch Brewery and within 6 miles (10 km) of Polaris Fashion Place and Magic Mountain ...

4/5Very Good! (411 reviews)

"The bed was comfortable and the suite was clean. The hallways were being renovated - no carpet or tile. Very dusty."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2019

Staybridge Suites Columbus - Worthington
Staybridge Suites Columbus-Dublin
Staybridge Suites Columbus-Dublin
3 out of 5
6095 Emerald Pkwy, Dublin, OH
The price is NZ$152 per night from 2 Oct. to 3 Oct.

Located in Tuttle West, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Sam and Eulalia Frantz Park, Giant Dancing Rabbits of Ballantrae Park and Golf Club of Dublin. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (531 reviews)

"We were visiting for the 4th of July weekend. The suite we had was very spacious and comfortable. The kitchen was very well equipped."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jul. 2020

Staybridge Suites Columbus-Dublin

Popular places to visit in Columbus

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Have the African jungle, the Australian outback and the wildlife of the world at your fingertips at this acclaimed city zoo.

COSI
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COSI

There’s always more to discover in this innovative science adventure center, complete with giant 3-D digital screen and hundreds of fun-filled activities.

Ohio Theatre
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Ohio Theatre

This theater is the gold-and-red velvet crown of Ohio, featuring exciting musicals and concerts on its lavish Baroque-style stage.

Top activities in Columbus

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Columbus
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Columbus

NZ$29
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of Ohio
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City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of Ohio

NZ$15
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Columbus
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Vacation Photographer in Columbus

NZ$518
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Ohio
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Ohio

NZ$15
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Ohio
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Ohio

NZ$15
Per adult
Columbus John Glen Airport (CMH) to Columbus - Round-Trip Private Transfer
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Columbus John Glen Airport (CMH) to Columbus - Round-Trip Private Transfer

NZ$65
Per adult