Downtown Concierge

7 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Downtown Columbus

Columbus Art Walks

Walking. Art. Architecture. History. These self-guided tours with dial-in audio (614) 645-2464 offer multitasking entertainment and education at its finest. Go at your own pace but plan for 1-2 hours per tour.

Cost: FREE

Cafe Napolitana

Hand-tossed, New York-style pizza. Need we say more? By the pie or by the slice (lunch only), the Aracri family makes all its own dough, bread, sauces and pastas. Mamma Mia. From scratch. Every day.

Cost: Slices start at $3.50

Central Ohio Fire Museum

Enjoy a five-alarm experience in a 1908 fire station. Explore antique truck displays, learn about fire safety or take a guided tour. Got kids? The play area has full fire gear for little ones to try on and a real fire pole slide. (You know you wanna.) And don't forget to ask about the rope-rung firebell.

Cost: $6 and under

North Market

Foodies of all culinary persuasions, this is your go-to for local, farm-to-table and international ingredients, artisan-inspired foods, beverages, cookware, cards and flowers. The only thing better? The chance to gab with 30+ friendly and knowledgeable merchants.

Cost: Browse FREE. Eat, drink and buy to your budget.

Lazarus Building Green Roof

The top of one of Downtown’s most iconic former retail giants is home to the city’s first green roof, featuring 16,000 square feet of spectacular flower and plant life. Tour exhibits, galleries and gardens alone, in a group or with a guide. (Check hours for guided rooftop tour times.)

Cost: FREE, first Fridays May-October

Ride the CBUS

Take a 10.8 mile roundtrip from the Brewery District through Downtown to the Short North and back again, jumping on and off as you please to shop, eat, walk, browse or buy. The city’s Downtown circulator runs every 10 to 15 minutes every day of the week. (Hours vary so check the online schedule.)

Cost: FREE

Columbus Museum of Art

Tour hundreds of ancient, eclectic, modern and traditional artforms and artists from here, there and around the world, as well as permanent and traveling exhibits. But don’t stop there. This is definitely a place where the kiddos can touch, create, explore and experiment.

Cost: FREE on Sundays