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Ohio’s capital city is rich with beautiful neighborhoods, an acclaimed culinary scene, and plenty of family-friendly attractions.
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Here are a few of our most popular Columbus resorts:

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    The hotel is north of Columbus and complimentary shuttle service is available to/from the airport.

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    Hyatt Regency Columbus

    Walk just a few steps and you’ll find yourself in the trendy Arena District.

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    The Westin Columbus

    Ideally situated in the heart of the downtown business district.

Things to do in Columbus, OH

  • Escape Room

    Area 51 Escape Room

    This is a family friendly escape experience without the dark and scary themes. Your group starts in two separate rooms.
  • Friends Enjoying Tour

    Columbus Scavenger Hunt

    Experience this self-guided scavenger hunt in Columbus. You get fifteen clues and 2 hours, where you'll race against the clock, capering around town to solve clues.
  • The National Veterans Memorial and Museum

    The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio. This military museum focuses on the personal stories and experiences of U.S. military veterans. This museum is unique in juxtaposition to war museums dedicated to and focused on the nature of the conflict and events that shaped the outcome. Celebrate and be inspired by their lives, courage, service, and legacy that shaped our freedom in the United States. Visit the museum, beautiful architecture on immaculate grounds, a modern marvel as the new home of the brave.

Family activities in Columbus, OH

  • Columbus museums

    Visit Columbus Museum of Art for a mix of classic and modern art or the Wexner Center at Ohio State University for an emphasis on contemporary and performance art. The Center of Science and Industry, COSI to locals, makes science fun for everyone with interactive experiences and the largest planetarium in Ohio. COSI After Dark blends buffets and booze with scientific inquiry. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is a moving, reverent monument sharing stories of brave servicemen and women in a captivating architectural marvel and green space. Columbus is even home to the interactive Beer Museum from BrewDog.
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

    A global representation of diverse animals representing various species, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is an educational and recreational vacation destination. Not your average zoo, Columbus ups the zoological experience with an 18-hole safari golf club and the Zoombezi Bay waterpark. From field trips to business meetings, birthday parties, and wedding nuptials, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium can accommodate almost any need. The park includes a sister safari park and conservation center in southeastern Ohio. Book a Columbus, Ohio vacation package with Southwest Vacations.
  • German Village

    Check out Columbus, Ohio's most iconic neighborhood, just south of downtown, German Village. Beginning in the early-19th century, German immigrants began to settle here at such a rate that for a time, they made up one-third of the city's population. It is the nation's largest, privately-funded, historic preservation district. Artisanal kaffeehäuser, fudge shops, booksellers, handicraft jewelers, sit alongside German biergartens, art galleries, and American bistros. Schiller Park is home fountains, flower beds, and outdoor Shakespearian summer productions.

Nightlife and entertainment in Columbus, OH

  • Fine dining

    German and Bavarian-style food are to Columbus what BBQ is to Memphis. Visit Schmidt's a tourist-friendly haunt for German comfort food or the elegantly Bavarian Valter's inside the historic building Maennerchor. Famous Marcella's has hearty, big meatballs. Momo Ghar's Tibetian and Nepalese culinary chops include Himilayn dumplings known as momos. Visit the Short North Arts District neighborhood for Thai, Nashville Hot Chicken, seafood, and everything in between to tempt and delight your palate. Book a Columbus, OH vacation package complete with flight and hotel arrangements from Southwest Vacations.
  • Club/dancing

    Don't fly over the club scene in this Midwest beer mecca. Columbus has an EDM and club scene to rival almost any U.S. city. Mynt will put you in a trance with DJ sets focused on trance and deep house. HABIT is the Thursday night EDM dance party at Onyx and you won't go hungry either with the kitchen serving a full menu until midnight! Dahlia Bar and Lounge, Bullwinkle's, and Axis Nightclub all feature DJ's serving platters of electronica on large dance floors. Spice, Bristol, and every other Friday's "Sweatin' Party" at Circus all get electric with dance music!
  • Out on the town

    They "got game" at Hollywood Casino, Columbus. Gamblers or those just looking for a good time in a single location will find something to do Hollywood Casino. Opened in 2012, Hollywood Columbus still has that new casino smell with the largest poker room around, 70 table games and 2200 slots. What did the father slot machine say to the son slot machine? Hey, pull my lever! The casino has multiple dining options, including a buffet and steakhouse, live bands, and an entertainment stage at H Lounge.

Ohio’s capital city is rich with beautiful neighborhoods, an acclaimed culinary scene, and plenty of family-friendly attractions. Have fun while learning something new at the COSI and Columbus Zoo, enjoy year-round festivals and events, or explore the historic German Village. When the sun sets, head to North market for some delicious dining and lively nightlife. Experience Columbus with a Southwest Vacations® package.​