Columbus Quick Guide
The capitol city of Columbus, Ohio is strategically located at the geographic center of the state, where the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers meet. It's the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States, and some 1.7 million people now call the Columbus metro area home.
Historically, the city's economy was driven by distribution, government, manufacturing and retail. Today, industries such as healthcare, insurance and technology contribute to the city's economic growth. Columbus is home to Ohio State University, also a major employer.
The Columbus City Hall is located at 90 W. Broad St. and is the headquarters for many city departments and offices. Residents can also access the city's 311 telephone system for help with non-emergency city services.
Getting Around or Getting Away
Map your driving directions from popular Columbus areas including Dublin, Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington.
Making Columbus Your Home
Columbus Shopping and Services
Where to Go in Columbus
For a day of culture followed by a night of good food and drink with friends, head over to the Short North for that area's gallery hop, held the first Saturday of each month. Then, swing by the Surly Girl Saloon for a pint and a serving of Frito Pie, or head to Skully's Music-Diner for dinner, drinks and dancing.
History buffs might enjoy the civic preservation efforts on display in the German Village, a 233-acre historic district jam-packed with galleries, shops and restaurants. For nature lovers, there's Schiller Park and the Huntington Garden Promenade, filled with some 7,500 square feet of flower beds and a brick and stone walkway for strolling. Schiller Park is also home to the Grace Highfield Memorial Garden.
Columbus also has a number of opportunities to take in live performances of music and dance. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra and BalletMet call the beautiful Spanish-Baroque Ohio Theater home, while the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO) swings at the Southern Theatre, located in Downtown Columbus.
Things to Do in Columbus
Try a new cuisine, find a new hangout or take up a new hobby. Columbus has a rich ethnic mix and variety of neighborhoods that make it easy to find new things to do.
Downtown Columbus is home to a number of breweries, dining and entertainment venues. See what's new in the Columbus night club scene, grab a bite and catch a show at the Carlisle Club and Grill or Thirsty Ear Tavern, or see a new film at your local movie theater.
The Buckeyes of Ohio State University (OSU) bring Big 10 football action to the city. As well, the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL), Columbus Destroyers (AFL) and Columbus Crew (MLS) - professional hockey, soccer and arena football teams, respectively - bring major league excitement to area sports fans as well.
Popular Columbus Attractions
- Center of Science and Industry (COSI)
- Columbus Museum of Art
- Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
- Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum