As the 14th 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.
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 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.
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 – will be told together. The museum features an amphitheater, park and memorial grove.
The nation’s top science center, COSI, just got even better with the brand-new, permanent American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery, including a life-sized T. rex cast. The partnership also includes rotating exhibits throughout the year.
LEGOLAND, one of Easton’s newest attractions, is the ultimate indoor LEGO playground with two rides, 10 LEGO build and play zones, a 4D cinema and much more to make it a great stop for groups with kids or an exciting addition to a family reunion itinerary.
No matter what your groups are looking for, the unparalleled experiences found in Columbus are ones you won’t soon forget.