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Secret Columbus: Tour Time

Secret Columbus - SkylineEven if you think you know everything about your city, do you know about Secret Columbus? Yes, get ready to check out Columbus' hidden gems and quirky secrets. Columbus City Adventures is collaborating with Anietra Hamper on a series of bus tours that explore off-the-beaten-path Columbus spots. Hamper highlighted these in her book, Secret Columbus: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure. So, even life-long residents of the capital city will find something new to see. Maybe even something they never knew was there. 

First, sign up for Secret Columbus - Downtown on August 15 and Secret Columbus - Hidden East Side on September 19. These tours are built around chapters from Hamper's book. So, prepare to see an abandoned pet cemetery, hidden relics from the Old Ohio Penitentiary (which is now home to the Arena District), and remnants from segregated socializing. Plus, you get private access to some locations revealed in the book, including an after-hours, exclusive visit to a secret and fabulous view of the Columbus skyline.

Then, as Halloween approaches, jump on board Secret Columbus - Spooky Columbus in October. This tour hits hidden spots of mystery from Hamper's book, including the final resting place of Confederate soldiers and a private tour of the Columbus Mausoleum Company. You know you want to spice up your Halloween fun. So, sign up soon, before the tours fill up.

Secret Columbus Tour Details

  • The tours kick off at 6:30 p.m. and run roughly three hours.
  • The tours will be led by Anietra Hamper with Columbus City Adventures founder and historian, Jeff Lafever.
  • Tour in air-conditioned comfort.
  • Tickets are $65 for a tour and a copy of Secret Columbus, or $47 for the tour only. Click here to book your tour.
  • And, private tours are available as well.