Columbus, Ohio has something for everyone, catering to its diverse inhabitants – whether football crazy Ohio State students or technology executives. This diversity is on full display when you’re taking in Columbus’s sights and sounds. From the foodie haven of North Market to a literal concrete field of corn, here are 3 Fun Things to do in Columbus, Ohio.
#1 Visit North Market & EAT, EAT, EAT
North Market is “Columbus’s only remaining true public market” and a heavenly spot for foodies.
Within this historic building you’re treated to a great selection of seafood, meat, produce, and of course fresh cuisine that be eaten inside. I recommend Hubert’s Polish Kitchen for amazing Kielbasa, sauerkraut and pierogi.
Be warned that the portions at North Market are generous – you might have to spread food sampling over several hours.
Be sure to visit CaJohn’s Flavor & Fire. Founders John & Sue Hard have produced a ridiculous variety of creative hot sauces, ranging from “Bourbon Infused Chipotle Habanero” to the “El Chupacabra” (which uses the ultrahot Trinidad Scorpion and Moruga peppers). Each of their hot sauces has distinct ingredients and flavors.
Have fun at their sampling section but do be careful with the hotter sauces! They also produce BBQ sauce and other items.
With your mouth probably on fire, you can cool down at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Jeni’s actually started at this very market and has expanded to 15 shops nationwide. Time recently called Jeni’s ice cream “the best in America”.
Pictured is the Cranberry Parfait Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt. DELICIOUS. Their ice cream is ultra creamy via grass-grazed milk and their ingredients top-notch. With unique options like Brambleberry Crisp and Gooey Butter Cake, you’ll have your hands full deciding.
I never thought I’d come across pineapple flavored cheese. If cheese is your thing, make sure to stop by North Market Cheese. Likewise, North Market Spices is your one-top-shop for spices.
#2 Visit COSi (Center of Science & Industry), Downtown
Conveniently located in downtown Columbus, COSI is one of the most impressive science museums in the Mid West. There are over 300 interactive exhibits and even a planetarium. New exhibits will rotate and they’ve recently brought back “Mindbender Mansion & Amazing Mazes at COSI,” brainteasers and interactive challenges for all ages.
You could easily spend a few hours at COSI (I vouch for this).
After COSI and while you’re downtown, the Ohio Statehouse might be worth taking a picture of. There are free guided tours daily, the last tour beginning at 3 p.m.
#3 Concrete Field of Corn
Yes, you read that right. “Field of Corn” is a publicly funded art installation in nearby Dublin, a 20 min drive from Columbus. Rows of 109 concrete ears of corn might evoke a confused response more than one of awe from visitors. But it’s a local landmark that embraces Ohio’s agricultural past and present and arguably even pokes fun at it a bit too.
Locals might laugh when you ask about it but I’m sure many also think fondly of their “Field of Corn”. No visit to Columbus, Ohio would be complete without it.
While a concrete corn makes this point difficult, jokes aside, Ohio really is more than a flat State littered with big red barns. The hipness of Columbus, Ohio nicely rebukes any stereotypes. Beyond these 3 things to do in Columbus, Ohio, there is also plenty more to explore!