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Columbus

Travel Guide
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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.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus OSU
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus OSU
2.5 out of 5
3031 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$160 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jack Nicklaus Museum, Schottenstein Center and OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (961 reviews)
"It was in a great spot! The only thing was the couch had no mattress which the staff quickly took care of it and was very accommodating!! The staff was amazing and friendly!!"

Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2021

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus OSU
Hilton Columbus/Polaris
Hilton Columbus/Polaris
3.5 out of 5
8700 Lyra Dr, Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$194 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Located in Polaris, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Magic Mountain Fun Center and Polaris Fashion Place. OhioHealth Westerville Medical Campus is 2.5 mi ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (966 reviews)
"the location had a lot of fun things to do around the hotel"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2021

Hilton Columbus/Polaris
Hilton Columbus at Easton
Hilton Columbus at Easton
4 out of 5
3900 Chagrin Dr, Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$239 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Located in Easton, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Easton Town Center and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Champions of Columbus Golf Course. Gahanna Municipal Golf Course ...
4.3/5Excellent! (963 reviews)
"Enjoyed the beautiful junior suite we stayed in at the Hilton Easton! Great stay and hope to come back again. Loved the ample parking and convenient location as well."

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

Hilton Columbus at Easton
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus-Dublin
Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus-Dublin
3 out of 5
5300 Parkcenter Ave, Dublin, OH
The price is NZ$169 per night from 12 Aug. to 12 Aug.
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Hollywood Casino and Ohio State Fairgrounds. Polaris ...
4.1/5Very Good! (356 reviews)
"Very pleasant staff. Rooms are comfortable"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus-Dublin
Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin
Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin
2.5 out of 5
5000 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, OH
The price is NZ$172 per night from 15 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 5.4 mi (8.7 km) from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Schottenstein Center and Ohio Stadium. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (546 reviews)
"The size of the suite The price and breakfast was poor"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin
Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus/Polaris, OH
Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus/Polaris, OH
3 out of 5
2045 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH
The price is NZ$180 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
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 Sharon ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (541 reviews)
"The gym equipment was very dirty."

Reviewed on 17 May 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus/Polaris, OH
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