As the 14th largest city in the U.S. and named on the New York Times’ list of 52 Places to Visit in 2019, there's a lot to see and do in Columbus. The city is full of unforgettable experiences, distinct neighborhoods and one-of-a-kind tours. As a leader in experiential tourism, Columbus knows that getting groups in the middle of the action and behind the scenes is important.
GROUP EXPERIENCES ARE MADE IN CBUS
Columbus is continually introducing fresh offerings to keep groups engaged and enhance itineraries through new pairings with the tried-and-true favorites. These only-found-in-Columbus experiences will leave your group with memories to last a lifetime.
Columbus takes pride in its wealth of locally owned businesses, restaurants, shops, attractions and more that are available throughout the city. These Columbus-made products and establishments shine for their unique stories as well as their commitment to quality and collaboration, and they are helping put Columbus on the map for its creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.
TRIED AND TRUE EXPERIENCES
Have you ever wondered how the ball gets inside a whistle or how the filling gets inside chocolates? You will be able to find all the answers and more on these special behind-the-scenes tours designed to reveal the tricks of “how did they do that” while exploring everything “Made in Cbus.” Groups can enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences like making soap using a local brew, crafting a card on an antique, hand-operated letterpress or picking from dozens of scents to pour a personalized candle. Throughout these activities and more, the cities midwestern hospitality shines through in all the stories shared by the makers, bakers and other entrepreneurs waiting to be met along the way. Of course, groups will not only go home with plenty of stories, but armfuls of hand-made memorabilia as well.
Whether you’re planning a group activity or giving individuals time to explore on their own, our neighborhoods welcome groups in their own special way. Enjoy a famous cream puff at Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus in German Village and then explore the historic neighborhood or head just west of downtown to Grandview and stroll the shops along Grandview Avenue after a day of maker experiences. To the city’s north, Old Worthington’s heritage folds neatly into its modern-day charm.
Columbus is now home to a new 7-acre historical landmark along downtown’s Scioto Mile. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is the only place where the stories of our veterans, their families and the Fallen – across all branches of service and all eras of conflict –are told together. The museum features exhibition galleries, an amphitheater, park and memorial grove.
Dale Chihuly’s vibrant glass artwork makes a lasting impression on all who view it. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, just east of downtown, features the world’s largest collection of Chihuly in a botanical garden. The artwork has been on display since 2003, but has been completely reimagined to include unique and never before seen installations reflective of Chihuly’s new work.
It’s impossible to tell the national story of sports without Ohio. The Ohio-Champion of Sports exhibit at the Ohio History Center tells the compelling history of Ohio sports and the state’s role in shaping American sports history. The exhibit showcases the athletes, coaches, owners and fans at the center of the action and features more than 70 stories and 35 oral histories covering more than 25 sports.
No matter what your groups are looking for, the unparalleled experiences found in Columbus are ones you won’t soon forget.