Explore the vibrant sights, sounds, and tastes of Columbus on this guided tour. This tour will take you from the seat of the Ohio state government to stunning skyline views to world-class parks and greenways.
If you're on foot, follow the "Walking" directions. If you're on a bike, follow the "Biking" directions.
Distance: 7.3 Miles
Active Biking Time: About 55 minutes
Distance: 3.6 Miles
Active Walking Time: About 1 hour 15 minutes
Photo Credit: Boston Stoker Coffee Co.
771 Neil Avenue, 614-564-9219
Located off of Neil Avenue close to Goodale Park, Boston Stoker is a relaxing cafe featuring house-baked pastries, locally roasted coffee, and morning breakfast sandwiches. Boston Stoker is a great place to meet with friends, grab a cup to go of your favorite drink, set up a work space, or even just to learn more about coffee and the industry as a whole. Ask one of our baristas about our seasonal drinks and how you can craft one of their specialty coffee mocktails in your own kitchen! Show this tour and get a special treat: Buy a Breakfast Sandwich and get a free 12oz. French Press Coffee
Photo Credit: Friends of Goodale Park
120 W Goodale Street, 614-645-3300
Goodale Park is Columbus' oldest and best loved public park. In 1851 the park land was donated to the city by Lincoln Goodale. Today it's home to festivals and community outreach events, as well as serving as an urban oasis. Enjoy over 32 acres of green space dotted with public art, and don't miss the Victorian homes that line the park!
Photo Credit: sciotomile.com
233 Civic Center Drive, 614-645-3335
Located in the heart of downtown Columbus, the Scioto Mile is an urban oasis comprised of more than 175 acres of lush parkland. The Promenade stretches along the east bank of the Scioto River, connecting Battelle Riverfront Park and Bicentennial Park along Civic Center Drive. Built upon the former site of the Avenue of Flags, the Promenade features a stone colonnade with shaded swings, park benches, beautiful gardens and tables designed for card games, chess and similar games.
Photo Credit: German Village Society
S 3rd Street, 614-221-8888
German Village is a historic neighborhood just south of downtown Columbus. The German Village area primarily developed between 1840 and 1914. It was settled largely by German immigrants in the mid 1800s. German descendants at one time comprised as much as a third of the population of the city of Columbus! Walking the brick sidewalks for several blocks will take you past homes built close together and close to the road with subtle architectural detail. You'll glimpse a neighborhood full of urban gardens. Every few blocks, you'll happen past one of German Village's unique businesses.
Photo Credit: Facebook @ ohio.statehouse
1 Capitol Square, 614-752-9777
The Ohio Statehouse has housed state government since 1857. The magnificent Greek Revival structure was started in 1839 and completed in 1861. The Capitol Square complex includes the Ohio Statehouse, Senate Building and Atrium. The buildings are not only working government offices but a magnificent monument to the people and the period during which Ohio's democracy was founded and formed. Stop by for a free guided tour, available Monday through Friday every hour on the hour with the first tour beginning at 10 a.m. and the last tour beginning at 3 p.m.
Photo Credit: Short North Alliance
Short North Arts District, (614) 299-8050
Known as the "art and soul" of Columbus, the culturally rich Short North Arts District is a pioneer in the urban revitalization of Central Ohio. Visitors are invited to explore the vibrant neighborhood known for its wide variety of amazing art, dining, nightlife, fashion, home decor, and unique gifts. It's the perfect place to end your day!
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