Columbus Tourist Attractions

Columbus is a city that has so much to offer: from history to modern attractions, making it a desirable place to live or visit, including libraries, parks, theaters, museums, and much more.

Founded in 1812, the city of Columbus has a multicultural population with a deep connection to its history.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

At LEGOLAND, kids can play with millions of LEGO bricks, ride the attractions, and enjoy other exciting activities at the park. They will also see their famous LEGO characters on the big screen at the 4D LEGO Cinema.

Tourists can go on the interactive Kingdom Quest adventure ride to save the princess or explore MINILAND - a Columbus cityscape made entirely of 1.5 million LEGO bricks.

Kids will also get the chance to create a LEGO racing car at the LEGO Build & Test and race it on the test track. They will also love the challenge at the Earthquake Tables and test the strength of a brick tower when the tables start to shake.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus is located inside the Station Building at Easton Town Center near the AMC. Visitors can park their cars and walk into the mall. The West Garage is the recommended place to park.

Adults must be accompanied by children to enter LEGOLAND Discovery Center. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Outside food or drinks are not allowed, except for in the cases of caring for babies or children's food allergies.

The facility is wheelchair accessible. Tickets are not required for children below 2 years old. Children require adult supervision.

Columbus: Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Discover Columbus on this smartphone-guided tour of the city. Your Quest starts at the Trinity Episcopal Church and travels to the Capitol grounds and war memorials, historic theaters, famous hotels, and scenic park grounds that follow the Scioto River.

The Amazing Race 3-hour city walking adventure will take the teams to well-known places of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.

The walking tour requires approximately 2 miles, which will allow you to start when you want and determine your own pace of play.

Guests can also stop to enjoy some of the outdoor art exhibits, or take the time to enjoy a walk through the park. Large groups can break up into many teams and compete for the best point score and time.

You may purchase your quest days, weeks, or months before your adventure.

Aside from a fully-charged smartphone, guests are advised to bring water, snacks, money, a city map, a calculator, a pencil, and paper.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Address: 4850 W Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065, United States

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a 580-acre, accredited zoological park in Powell, Ohio. The exhibits are large and support a variety of wild animals. When people visit the zoo, they can see animals from all over the world in their natural habitats.

The zoo was opened in 1927. It currently has more than 7,000 live animals.

Visitors will be able to see animals from Africa, Asia, South America, North America, and the world. In addition to its animal exhibits, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium offers a variety of programs and special events for visitors of all ages.

There are different habitats in the zoo to give the animals the space they need. The habitats fall into six categories: The Congo, North America, South America, Australia, Asia, and Africa. The Congo, North America, and South America habitats represent the three zones of Earth’s landmass.

The Australian habitat features a variety of animals from the outback. The Asia habitat includes a mixture of Asian animals from jungles to deserts. And lastly, the Africa habitat features a variety of African animals from savannahs.

Entrance Fee:

  • General Admission: $44.99
  • Senior (Ages 60+): $32

Group discount is available.

Scioto Mile

Address: Downtown Columbus, Ohio

The Scioto Mile is composed of nine parks and trails along both banks of the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio, connecting parts of the Scioto Greenway Trail with downtown Columbus and Franklinton.

The present-day area covers145 acres with nine parks, including Alexander AEP Park, Battelle Riverfront Park, Bicentennial Park, Dorian Green, Genoa Park, McFerson Commons, North Bank Park, Scioto Audubon Metro Park, and the Scioto Mile Promenade.

At Scioto Mile, visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding, restoring the river's habitats, and more. It will also offer many ways to stay social such as hosting outdoor concerts and events with food trucks, outdoor games, and a dog park.

The Scioto Mile is a place to stay social, and a place to better enjoy the outdoors. Events along the Scioto Mile include the annual Columbus Arts Festival, the Columbus Caribbean Festival, Columbus Food Truck Festival, and Earth Day celebrations.

The parks are open to everyone year-round; from early morning up to 11 p.m. Entrance is free.

Columbus Museum of Art

Address: 480 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215, United States

The museum was established in 1878, and over the years it has hosted a tour of paintings and artworks from different parts of the world.

The museum houses art from all different periods and cultures, including paintings, prints, drawings, decorative arts, and textiles. These objects represent important moments in the history of American art, African art, Chinese art, Ancient Egyptian art, and European art.

The Columbus Museum of Art is a teaching museum that has a focus on contemporary art. The museum's mission is to connect people of all ages with art, to provide vibrant art education for the community, and to build a global, diverse audience for its acclaimed exhibitions.

The Columbus Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of works of art by

Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, François Boucher, Paul Cézanne, Mary Cassatt, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Edward Hopper, and Norman Rockwell, and many more.

The institution is open from 10 am to 5 pm every day except Monday. The entrance fee ranges between $5–14.

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