Ohio’s capital city is an amazing place to visit, and promises a fun and memorable experience for every member of the family, with activities to fit every budget. Here are 5 free attractions in the Columbus area that guarantee fun for the entire family.
The Field of Corn
4995 Rings Road, Dublin
Ohio may have plenty of corn fields to drive past and after awhile, they may all begin to look alike. I promise you, there is one that will stand out above the rest. The Field of Corn in Dublin, featuring 109 6 foot tall concrete ears of corn, is not your traditional corn field. While it was created as a tribute to Sam Frantz, inventor of hybrid corns, it’s now known as a fun roadside attraction. Minutes from the I-270 bypass, this fun stop won’t add a great deal of time to your road trip if you’re just passing through the Columbus area, and is well worth a little detour.
The Bookloft of the German Village
631 South 3rd Street, Columbus
I have an affinity for books. Take me to the local book store and I’m likely to disappear for hours, my 16 year old is the same way. Take us to the 32 room Pre-Civil War structure known as The Book Loft located in the beautiful, historic German Village, and we may disappear forever. This is a fun stop for any bookworm.
The Topiary Park
480 E Town St, Columbus
There’s something almost magical about stepping through the quaint, brick Visitor’s Center onto the lawn and into a masterpiece. The Topiary Garden offers a living interpretation of George Seurat’s famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon in the Isle of La Grande Jatte. This is one of the city’s best kept secrets. Stop by to explore the garden, grab a sketchbook to illustrate the landscape, or picnic on the lawn.
Tip: Make sure to pack some change, because visiting the Topiary Park requires on-street metered parking.
59 Spruce Street, Columbus
The North Market began humbly in the edge of a graveyard in 1876, to endure as Columbus’ only public market. Today the market welcomes over one million visitors a year to experience, shop, and sample its eclectic combination of baked goods, deli items and ethnic flavors. For tourists, The North Market is a great place to stop and grab a bite to eat before exploring more of what Columbus has to offer.
1 Capital Square, Columbus
Take a step back in time and learn about Ohio’s history with a 45 minute guided, or self guided audio tour of Ohio’s Statehouse. You’ll learn why it took 22 years and seven architects to erect the building that now stands in Capital Square. This Greek Revival style building has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and houses Ohio’s lawmakers.