Places and events worth seeing in Columbus Ohio, AKA,  Reasons to move to Columbus Ohio

This page is a work in progress if you have a recommendation or would like to send us a brief description of a place you like and want it added to the list please do so. The page may not have the best organization....things were added as suggestions arrived and ideas popped in my head and places discovered as we did home inspections in the Columbus Ohio area. Enjoy!

Arnold Classic  usually late February or early March this huge fitness expo is famous for the bodybuilding competition and a visit from Arnold himself. Along with bodybuilding and exercise related items there is also martial arts tournament and exhibitions.   

Gallery Hop   This takes place on the first Saturday of each month in the Short North area of High Street. During this time in the evening shops stay open a little later and display works of art. Along the walk there are various places to grab a drink and something to eat. The way to see nearly everything is to walk down one side and then go back the other side of High street.

Beerfest  Started in 2009 this event occurs in February here you will be able to sample a large variety of craft beers (over 350). from over 100 breweries. It last two nights and takes place in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. 

Columbus Commons  this is essentially a city park where lots of free events go on throughout the year. Food Truck fest, Holiday lights, free concerts, fitness classes, etc visit to find the event calendar.

COSI  Center of Science and Industry Great place to take the kids for an educational day. They do sell family memberships and if you will be going a few times a year it is well worth it. The new Planetarium

 is very nice

Columbus Zoo The Columbus Zoo is considered by many to be the best zoo in the United States. With lots of various events and new exhibits it is a must see. Annual memberships are available. During Christmas season the park gets decorated and has special events for this season as well. 


The food locations are those I have come across and visit frequently either going out with the wife for date night, family time or while doing a working lunch completing a home inspection report.

Sunny Street Cafe  There are a few locations in the area, service is fast and if you are a fan of breakfast food this is a place to visit in the mornings till 2 in the afternoon. Wifi is great. One of my favorites

Market in Italian Village this place has some of the best cheesecake . The flavors vary from day to day, It has a small friendly charm to it. There is a spicy pizza there that is good.

North Market This is a public market witih over 30 different merchants offering a variety of foods from baked goods, meats, fish, organic produce, flowers, coffee, etc. On Saturdays during growing seasons there is an outdoors farmers market located there as well. 

Happy Greek  I believe this place has been voted best Greek restaurant in Columbus at least 10 years! My wife loves the gyros there. I recommend stopping by this place during your Gallery Hop to grab a quick something to eat and to have a shot of Ouzo.

Schmidts  Schmidts  this German restaurant is a long standing and well known establishment. Featured in Man vs Food television show. The food is great and the cream puff they serve there is a half pound! If you enjoy German food this is THE place in Columbus to go for it.

Pizza and music, Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music They have live, local music and it is a kid friendly music venue. New York style pizza made in a unique high temperature coal fired oven, classic cocktails, fine wines, and the best local and regional craft beers

16-bit and then Dirty Franks If you grew up in the 80's then you remember video arcades. 16-bit is a bar located 254 S 4th St not far from downtown Columbus. Here you will find lots of full sixed video games from the 80's there for you to play for free. With unique drinks and the awesome games this well worth visiting. When you are done with the games and getting personal high scores time to walk a few yards north and visit the best hot dog place; Dirty Franks. This places is the place to visit if you like hot dogs. They have more ways of serving hot dogs than I ever imagined. Another unique place in Columbus to visit. 

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: Educational programs and workshops for all ages are offered in the areas of gardening and horticulture, cooking and culinary arts, fine art and wellness. Classes require advanced registration.  Examples of events are wine on the roof, butterflies, etc. You can even learn how to make blown glass.

Love History, Halloween and scary things? Mansfield Penitentiary: ghost tours, overnight stays  Built in the late 1800's it is designed in three architectural styles; Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Anne, making this a unique structure. No longer a prison it is available for tours and ghost tours, (even overnight stays). Some areas are also available for business meetings. It is also known for the filming location of the movie The Shawshank Redemption.

Motts Military Museum  founded in 1987 by Warren E. Motts. The mission of Motts Military Museum is to: “To educate the public on the importance of America’s military past through the documentation, collection, interpretation, and preservation of tangible artifacts and personal stories of the men and women who served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces.”

Coopers Hawk  Like wine? This is a good place to visit. It is located in the Easton area on Worth Street. They have a wine tasting membership available that includes wine tasting for two and then two bottles wine each month. 

Wyandotte Winery  The first and oldest winery in Central Ohio, when built it was surrounded by woods now located in a cute friendly neighborhood it is a surprise when you first find it. Stop by for tastings, a tour and some food.

There are numerous breweries and distilleries throughout the area. If you like or would like to try mead go to Brothers Drake. Despite the small size they are one of the largest meadery in the states. Ingredients are from local Ohio sources.  There is also the Columbus Brew Adventures which sets up tours of several different types and areas of breweries and distilleries.

Watershed Distillery is a popular distillery and spirit in the Columbus Ohio area and they offer tours of their facility. 


Columbus Crew soccer and the Blue Jackets hockey are the two professional sports teams in Columbus. The most supported and cheered sports team is of course The Ohio State University football team.

Areas to Check out

Easton Town Center an upscale shopping area complete with lots of shops, movie theater, comedy club and bars.

German Village German village is located  slightly south of downtown Columbus. It offers brick roads and tightly fitted homes that are unique to the area. In this area you will find many small restaurants and stores. Walking tours are available. While in the area check out Schmidts for the cream puffs and the Book Loft (a bookstore with rooms that form a maze for book lovers to get lost in)