City Spotlight: Columbus

Why visit Columbus, Ohio?

  • The cultural hub of brewpubs, cocktails, and diverse restaurants
  • Art culture, indoors and out
  • The mix of historic charm and modern amenities
  • Architectural views of interest to all
  • Dining experiences for all palates

Frontdesk welcomes you to Columbus! It’s home to diverse foods, local shopping, and a vast art scene. Located in central Ohio, it hosts aged and diverse homes with modern shopping, restaurants, and bars. The city is known for its vast park system, but also for the art experiences provided by local and traveling artists.

Columbus Vacations

This Midwest town provides entertainment to all ages. Columbus is home to a variety of parks, museums, and zoos. Along with sightseeing, visitors also have the chance to dine at hip restaurants and bars with views of art and culture.

Columbus Business Trips

 Traveling for business may not sound like the most enjoyable trip, but Columbus allows all visitors, whether coming for work or for play, to feel that they have had an exciting stay.

Columbus Neighborhoods


When talking about a “downtown,” there’s the idea that it’s only for those who are interested in a fast-paced and a lively nightlife. Downtown Columbus provides that, but it is also the city’s home to central businesses and entertainment. Don’t forget the riverside Scioto Mile that leads to the Bicentennial Park.


Central Ohio’s first settlement location, now the center for the city’s maker culture and independent art scene. Late night events in industrial spaces, and casual dining experiences.

German Village

South of Downtown, this may be the most atmospheric neighborhood in the Midwest. Built by German settlers in the 1800’s, this part of Columbus is full of historic charm. The restored brick homes also offer modern amenities.

Short North

Just north of Downtown, Short North features art galleries, local boutiques, and hip restaurants and bars. This district is the hub of the local art scene, featuring shopping experiences and high-end Italian dining or Thai food experiences.

Olde Town East

This neighborhood has over 1,000 homes, with some as old as the 1830’s. There are more than 50 architectural styles including Italianate, Queen Anne, and Victorian. You can find Olde Town East, just ‘east’ of Downtown.

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What is there to do in Columbus?

From the vibrant bar scene to the artistic views, there is a place for everyone visiting Columbus. Try food that is completely new to you or enjoy the outdoors by strolling down the streets full of diverse architecture and shopping.

Parks and Gardens

For visiting nature lovers, options are not limited! There are plenty of community parks spread throughout Columbus. Just one example is the Scioto Audubon Metro Park, located on 400 W Whittier Street. This park offers bird habitats, hiking, fishing, rockwall climbing, and volleyball. There is also a dog park for our furry friends! The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, found on 1777 E Broad Street, offers over 80 acres of art, nature based exhibits, greenhouses, and landscaped grounds.

Zoos and Aquariums

While spending time in Columbus, we suggest checking out the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, located on 4850 W Powell Rd. Not only can visitors appreciate both animal and marine life, but there is also the chance to interact with animals such as reptiles and kangaroos.

Art Scenes: Inside and Out

Columbus is often talked about for its abundance of street art. However, if being inside is more favorable, the Columbus Museum of Art is home to traveling and permanent artwork. Located on 480 E Broad Street, make sure to stop in for the art and the delicious American cafe and gift shop.

Restaurants & Bars

Each neighborhood offers food that can exceed the taste buds of any individual. From The Eagle, offering fried chicken and other comfort classics in Short North, to the upscale M at Miranova, where Asian-tinged American fare is served in Franklinton, there’s a selection for any palate.

We didn’t forget about the coffee lovers… Located in Downtown Columbus, Brioso Roastery & Coffee Bar has coffee and espresso to pair with a light lunch. More into brunch? Then don’t pass up Hang Over Easy in the German Village, where the motto is “breakfast cures all” for a reason.