Columbus Feeds Your Creative Soul

When you’re hungry for inspiration, Columbus is the answer. Tour the city’s dynamic public spaces, created by the most well-known architects and designers of the mid-20th century. You can also browse eclectic shops and tour beautiful gardens.

About This Road Trip

Large Arch & First Christian Church
Large Arch & First Christian Church

Take an Architecture Tour

During your Columbus Architecture Tour, you’ll see that Columbus is infused with art and design, including a magnificent sculpture that is the largest of its kind in the country. Large Arch was created by English sculptor Henry Moore, one of the most influential sculptors of the last century. His work frames a unique view of one of Columbus’ architectural gems right across the street: First Christian Church. Your tour will include several churches and public buildings, all created by some of the world’s finest architects. You can also tour the Miller House and Gardens, the mid-century modern former home of the family who started the city’s architectural revolution.

Eos
Eos

Citywide Art Displays

There really is art everywhere in Columbus. Be sure to pick up a free art guide at the Columbus Visitors Center, which features glasswork by Dale Chihuly. The moving parts and rolling steel balls of Chaos I capture your attention as you stroll through The Commons, the community’s dynamic public gathering place. Eos, who graces the 5th Street median, looks different throughout the year, depending on how much of her long, flowing skirt is in bloom. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for the city’s “Dancing C” on banners, bike racks and more.

Zaharakos Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor
Zaharakos Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor

Fun for Kids

Everyone’s a kid at Zaharakos Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor, a 1920s soda shop preserved to its original charm (and deliciousness). You can go fishing at Mill Race Park or start at Blue's Canoe Livery for a canoe or kayak adventure on the beautiful Driftwood River.

Henry Social Club
Henry Social Club

Food & Drink in Columbus

You have to love it when a top-notch dining experience can be discovered outside of a big metro city, and that’s just what you’ll find here. In the heart of downtown Columbus, Henry Social Club has the hip, big-city vibe of a restaurant you won’t soon forget. And that’s just one of the choices for dining in downtown Columbus. You can go ethnic with Flavors of India or Taku Steakhouse or taste the local take on pizza at ZwanzigZ Pizza or 4th Street Bar & Grill. There are also microbreweries ready to have you sample their latest creations.

Columbus Visitors Center
Columbus Visitors Center

Save Room for Souvenirs

Browse eclectic shops as you stroll downtown Columbus to discover locally owned boutiques, artisan wares, an independent bookshop and even a gourmet butcher/wine shop. Don’t miss the gift shop located in the Columbus Visitors Center, featuring artwork, locally crafted jewelry, fashions and books. Nearby is the state’s largest outdoor outlet mall, Indiana Premium Outlets, home to 75 of your favorite designer and name brand stores. And the Exit 76 Antique Mall is perfect for treasure hunters who are looking for unique items to take home. You’ll find more than 600 vendors all under one roof, selling everything from traditional antiques to upscale furniture and jewelry.

The Inn at Irwin Gardens
The Inn at Irwin Gardens

Unique Sleeps

An overnight at The Inn at Irwin Gardens gives you a taste of early 20th century luxury and culture. This 1910 Edwardian mansion has been beautifully restored as a B&B. Even if you don’t stay as an overnight guest, you can experience the beautiful gardens for no charge throughout the summer. Ticketed guided tours of the interior and gardens are also available. If you’re interested in more modern accommodations, you can check into Hotel Indigo, a boutique hotel within walking distance of Mill Race Park, the Fourth Street Entertainment District and the Columbus Visitors Center.

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