Destinations and Events

Must-See Destinations and Must-Do Activities

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Can't-Miss Destinations and Events in Central Ohio

Central Ohio is home to many exciting destinations and events every year. Riding COTA is an easy and affordable way to experience them. Whether you have just relocated here, are visiting from out of town, or have lived here all your life, explore all the wonderful sights and sounds of central Ohio on COTA.

To plan your travels around the area to these must-see destinations and events, please visit Rider Resources:

To learn more about events and activities, please visit Experience Columbus or visit

Fun Attractions

Central Ohio is filled with fun attractions for all. Activities range from the performing arts to relaxing spas. If you enjoy nature, you'll love experiencing the nation-leading Columbus Zoo and beautiful Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical garden. Or if you're more into science and discovery, you could experience the fun of the Center of Science and Industry (COSI). And don't miss any of central Ohio's many great cultural events that celebrate our diverse history and heritage.

  • Columbus Arts Festival
  • Columbus Oktoberfest
  • Dublin Irish Festival
  • Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

To learn more about these fun attractions and discover others, please visit Experience Columbus.

Family Adventures

Columbus is a great place for families to spend quality time together. Adventures include a beloved children's theatre, #1 zoo and aquarium, lots of outdoor parks, and much more. Safe and convenient, Columbus' family-friendly adventures offer opportunities to make wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay
  • Columbus Library
  • Columbus Children's Theatre
  • Discovery District
  • Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort

To learn more about these family adventures and discover others, please visit Experience Columbus.

Food Scene

Columbus has a great heritage and passion for food. If you have a sweet tooth, you'll love Graeter's famous ice cream and Pistacia Vera's delicious macaroons. Or visit North Market to experience the diversity of smells and tastes from around the world. Whatever your interests—from world-class microbreweries to artisan restaurants—Columbus' food scene will impress and delight.

  • North Market
  • Graeter's Ice Cream
  • Jazz & Rib Fest
  • Pistacia Vera

To learn more about Columbus' food scene, please visit Experience Columbus.

Arts and Entertainment

Columbus' art scene is bursting with creativity from independent artists, impressive galleries, professional productions, and artists-in-residence. The BalletMet Columbus showcases the best in classical and contemporary dance. COSI (the Center of Science and Industry) is one of the most respected science centers in the nation. And the Columbus Symphony Orchestra hosts amazing musicians and events like the Masterworks series.

  • COSI
  • Columbus Museum of Art
  • BalletMet Columbus
  • Columbus Symphony Orchestra

To learn more about these entertainment options and discover others, please visit Experience Columbus.

Recreation and Sports

Columbus is very proud of its sports history and culture. From Ohio State University athletics to the Blue Jackets professional hockey team, Columbus is an active and lively sports town. Beyond the big games, Columbus offers a wide variety of recreational sport opportunities for all to enjoy, such as great golf courses, biking trails, and much more.

  • Ohio State University Football
  • Columbus Blue Jackets Professional Hockey
  • Hocking Hills Adventures
  • Arnold Sports Festival

To learn more about sport and recreation events, please visit Experience Columbus.

Tours and Getaways

To experience the best of Columbus, consider joining one of the many interesting tours. Some tours feature the top culinary experiences in the city. Others showcase the diverse music scene and art community. Whether you're interested in family fun, night life, or hands-on entertainment, there's a Columbus tour for you.

  • A La Carte Food Tours
  • Capital City Tours
  • German Village Haus und Garten Tour
  • Cocktails and Canvases

To learn more about tour options and availabilities, please visit Experience Columbus.