For such a small capital city, Columbus has a lot to offer. Perhaps overlooked in the past in favour of Ohio’s more prominent cities, Cincinnati and Cleveland, it has gradually crept up the cultural ladder and has formed its own unique persona, offering all of the entertainment of its neighbours without the large crowds. The natives are notoriously friendly, and there’s plenty to interest historians and art lovers too. If you’ve brought family, then there’s a wealth of entertainment opportunities to be explored. From world class theatres, to zoos, stadiums and five star restaurants, there is something here to please everyone.
A saloon is ideal when driving around Columbus, where you should encounter few difficulties. It also has enough power to tackle the highways when travelling further afield.
Driving in Port Columbus
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Important things to note
Roads in Columbus are generally in good condition and traffic doesn’t pose too many problems, however like most cities, rush hour is best avoided.
Walking around Downtown Columbus before midnight is considered safe, although you may be pestered by the many homeless people who tend to congregate around the bus stops.
As far as parking is concerned, it’s possible to get valet parking in parts of Columbus for as little as $5 a time.
Highlights & Hotspots
A trip down the Scioto Mile when in Downtown Columbus is essential. The riverside location is home to several parks, fountains and lined with bars and restaurants. Free entertainment is often provided, making it the best place to people watch in town.
Nature lovers are spoilt for choice at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Not only does it boast plant collections from around the globe and exotic butterflies, but caters very well towards children; an annual gingerbread competition takes place during the holidays.
Featuring beautiful Spanish baroque period architecture, Ohio Theatre is a historic building that plays host to world class Broadway shows. From The Lion King to West Side Story, it’s seen them all.
The people of Columbus seem to have a bit of a sweet tooth, as excellent patisseries and ice cream parlours are everywhere. Pistacia Vera is an authentic French patisserie, serving award winning cakes as well as savoury snacks. Jeni’s Splendid Ice-cream Parlour offers flavours you’re unlikely to see elsewhere, such as banana French toast and brown butter almond brittle.
Port Columbus international Airport provides flights in and out of 34 different destinations around the globe, most of which being in the United States, where connections to other airports can be made.
It is a convenient six mile drive from downtown Columbus in an easterly direction, connected by both the I-670 and I-270 going around the airport‚Äôs main site.