Discover Ohio: Columbus is the City with the State's Best Activities

By Nick Clarkson on August 5, 2017 at 8:45 am
This place is nuts. Get it?

Welcome to the Discover Ohio series! Every week, we'll unpack the best parts about the Buckeye State by determining Ohio's best name, history, food and more.

BEST Activities: Columbus

You've probably been thinking, "how could they forget about Columbus with this series?" Well, this week, that all comes to an end. It has been chosen, and thank you to NavyBuckeye91 for the nomination.

Columbus is the 14th-largest city in the country, and the largest city in Ohio based on population by far. The city is located in Franklin County, which is the 33rd-largest in the United States and the second-largest in the state behind only Cuyahoga County, which ranks 30th.

The Cap City is one of the nation's fastest-growing cities and has grown steadily in population over the last couple of years, rising by nearly 70,000 inhabitants between 2010 and 2016. As a great man once told me, "Columbus may be the only city in the Midwest with its best years ahead."

Home to a handful of Fortune 500 companies, top-tier hospitals and research centers and culturally diverse neighborhoods, "Cbus" holds a number of bustling areas in its city limits that always seem to provide citizens with something to do.

I have been a resident of Columbus for the last three years since beginning my undergraduate education at the world’s greatest university, and between festivals, concerts and sporting events, I have come to learn that this city actually has anything and everything you could think of.

With that being said, this article would be as long as the Scioto River if I wrote paragraphs on each activity the Arch City has to offer. So, here's just a small bit of possible places to go, things to do and people to see throughout the year in the state's capital (and I can honestly say I've completed over half of these):​


  • Columbus Crew SC
  • Columbus Blue Jackets 
  • Columbus Clippers
  • The Ohio Machine
  • The Memorial Tournament

Food, Music and Theater

  • Express Live!
  • Newport Music Hall
  • Schiller Park Summer Theater
  • The Palace Theater
  • The Ohio Theater
  • Goodale Park
  • Columbus Commons
  • Short North
  • German Village
  • Victorian Village
  • Brewery District
  • Arena District
  • North Market
  • COSI
  • Columbus Zoo
  • Zoombezi Bay
  • Metro Parks

Festivals and Attractions

  • Red, White & Boom
  • Doo Dah Parade
  • Comfest
  • Gallery Hop
  • Ohio State Fair
  • Picnic with the Pops
  • Fashion Meets Music Festival
  • Rock on the Range
  • Breakaway Music Festival
  • Greek Festival
  • Italian Festival
  • Irish Festival
  • Arts Festival
  • Columbus Food Truck Festival
  • Jazz and Rib Fest
  • Columbus Oktoberfest

Overall, though, Buckguyfan1 reminded me of the most important time of the year around Columbus, Ohio: Saturday afternoons in the fall at Ohio Stadium.

Urban Meyer wants YOU to come to Ohio Stadium

I know I didn't get everything on this list because there is so much to do in , so what are some of your favorite things to do? Tell me below in the comments.

  • Put-In-Bay
  • Hocking Hills

Next week, Discover Ohio will feature the best college town in the state, and because I've only visited the University of Cincinnati and can only attend one of them, I could use your help making that choice.

I ask that you leave your nomination for next week's superlative in the comments below, and come to Columbus if you have not been here before. Even if you have, come on back. We'll welcome you with open arms, a Buckeye necklace and a pint of your favorite ale.

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