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5 Cool Things to Do with Visitors in Downtown Columbus

Delightful destinations to impress out-of-town guests.

Like most locals, you probably take what’s right in front of you for granted. It’s no big deal – until an out-of-town family member or friend makes plans for a visit. Then, suddenly, it’s a problem. A big one.

In our panicked state, most of us jump all over social media asking for recommendations on extra-special, out-of-the-ordinary things to do, see, and experience.

Such desperation can lead to chaos, mayhem, and in-fighting among your online friends. Forget the advice. Forego the drama. We’ve got you covered. Here’s how to entertain visitors (and enjoy it!) while showing off our fine and friendly city.

6 Places to Stretch Your Mind Muscle

The best places to boost your brain in Downtown Columbus

Some days you long to stretch your legs, other days you long to stretch your thinking. Here’s where to find interesting, challenging, and thought-provoking civic, cultural, and literary activities that are good for your mental and mind health.

Best Snow-Day Activities in Downtown Columbus

How to spend a snowy day – without building another snowman.

Snow, glorious snow. It has its merits: school closings, hot chocolate, and winter woolies. It has its drawbacks too: boredom, restless kids, and snowmen – lots of snowmen.

Don’t get us wrong. Snowmen (and snowwomen) are fantastic. It’s just that with the 27 inches of snow that Columbus averages each year, it can get a little, well, same-old, same-old, rolling and stacking the white stuff.

So, when you’ve been-there, done-that with the snowperson thing, check the weather forecast, check your mood, and check this list for 10 ways to while away a winter’s day.

Night on the Town in Downtown

Celebrate a special occasion, each other or nothing at all. Here’s how and where to do Downtown when you’ve got an evening to spend.

7 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Downtown Columbus

Today, tomorrow, this weekend. Anytime.

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Downtown Columbus Experiences

Downtown Columbus Experiences You Can Enjoy at Home

Downtown Columbus Experiences You Can Enjoy at Home

While you may be stuck separated from your favorite arts, culture, establishments and entertainment, here are a few distinctly downtown experiences that you can enjoy while staying safe and self-quarantining.

 

Digital Dinos

Tour COSI’s American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur exhibit and explore the prehistoric creatures and their modern-day relatives…

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What to Do: Final Days of December 2019

The last days of the year deserve to be celebrated. Here’s how to do it in style in Downtown Columbus.

 

Holiday Lights at Columbus Commons & Scioto Mile

Daily, Dec 23-31 | Dusk
Columbus Commons, 160 S High St

Keep the holiday season bright with a family walk among a dazzling, double-light display…

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What to Do Holiday Edition: December 16-22

Put the phone down and pack the laptop away. Here’s your ultimate list: “Fun Things to Do in Downtown Columbus for the Holiday Break.”

Double Dare Live 

Monday, December 16 | 7:30 pm
Palace Theater, 34 W Broad St

Unleash your silly side with tickets to a live, on-stage production of the slime-soaking, pie-plastering, booger-busting fun found on Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Live…

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What to Do: December 9-15

 

The makings of a magical and memorable holiday season await you in Downtown Columbus this week.

 

Holiday Choir Performances

Mon-Fri, Dec 9-13 | 12:00 pm
Ohio Statehouse Museum Gallery, 1 Capitol Square

Treat yourself to a lunchtime concert featuring a different musical group every weekday at noon…

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Lazarus Santa Event in Downtown Columbus

What to Do This Week: December 2-8

In the midst of the holiday hoopla, here are 8 ways to find simple joy this week right here in Downtown Columbus.

 

Cirque Musica’s Holiday Wishes

Wednesday, December 4 | 7:30 pm
Palace Theater, 34 W Broad St

Ring in the holiday season with hilarious hijinks and good cheer…

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This Week in Downtown Columbus: Nov 25-Dec 1

It’s the holiday season, so whoop de do, we have some fun things for you to do – all this week in Downtown Columbus.

 

Columbus Commons & Scioto Mile Holiday Lights

Mon-Sun, Nov 25-Dec 1 | Dusk
Columbus Commons, 160 S High St
Scioto Mile, 233 S Civic Center Drive

Keep calm and twinkle on with Downtown’s dazzling light spectacular…

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