As the 15th largest city in the U.S., 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.
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.
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.
TRIED AND TRUE EXPERIENCES
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 or visit the beautiful indoor and outdoor gardens at Franklin Park Conservatory just east of downtown, both of which are recent ABA’s Best of the Best winners. To the city’s north, Old Worthington’s heritage folds neatly into its modern-day charm.
As the fastest-growing city in the Midwest, new things are always happening in Columbus. Through a unique and groundbreaking relationship with the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), COSI, the Center of Science and Industry, opened a brand-new exhibit featuring a permanent AMNH Dinosaur Gallery (including a life-sized Tyrannosaurus rex cast) in November 2017. An AMNH traveling exhibition gallery is now open and features rotating exhibits throughout the year.
Soon, Columbus will be home to the only place in the country where the stories of our veterans, their families and the Fallen, across all branches of service and all eras of conflict, will be told together. The National Veteran’s Memorial & Museum is currently under construction on downtown Columbus’ Scioto peninsula, and will be open for group visits at the end of 2018.
No matter what your groups are looking for, the unparalleled experiences found in Columbus are ones you won’t soon forget.