Are you feeling stressed or unprepared when it comes to visiting Columbus with your family? Well, we've made it easy for you by sharing some of our favorite landmarks and places to see in Columbus, Ohio.

Things to Do in Columbus with Your Family & Kids

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden

Without leaving the capital, you can travel across the world and across many continents and biomes, from the Himalayas to the desert. About 400 plant species are on display indoors. Other features of the property include the Palm House, which was designed in 1895, and Dale Chihuly's art installations.

The Topiary Park

We found this hidden gem several years ago, and it has become a fun annual stop for us. Step inside this green masterpiece to become a part of George Seurat's painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte. This free spot in downtown Columbus is a perfect place to chill and people-watch for a few minutes.

The Corn Field

This public art exhibit is located in Dublin, a neighboring suburb, and is not officially within the city limits. You won't want to miss this cornfield in the middle of an urban sprawl, which is a perfect place to stop and shoot a few photos or a nice stop on a road trip to stretch your legs. More stuff to do in Dublin can be found here——> Discover Historic Dublin: From Fairy Doors to Irish Lore and More

The German Village Book Loft

Readers and book lovers will appreciate this stop in this historic district. The Book Loft is located in a Victorian-style building and has 32 rooms filled with books. A word of caution: this is not the place to leave your children unsupervised. That is, if you want to find them again. This bookstore is massive and easy to get lost in. When you walk into the shop, grab a map and plan to spend some time wandering the aisles in search of the perfect read.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

This huge attraction ensures a fun-filled day for the whole family and provides plenty to do. In addition to the zoo and aquarium, the complex includes a new water park called Zoombezi Bay. Feeding the stingrays, watching the manatees, and walking down a kangaroo-strewn path are all highlights from this attraction. Throughout the year, the zoo offers extra programming such as Boo at the Zoo and Wildlights.

The Ohio History Center and the Ohio Village

History enthusiasts will spend a couple of hours visiting the museum and exploring displays about Ohio history before going back in time to the 1860s in the Ohio Village (during the summer and special events). Don't pass up the opportunity to tour a Lustron home built in Columbus in the 1950s.


The Center of Science and Industry has interactive exhibits, a planetarium, and live shows for families to learn about science in a fun way. The Ocean, where you can meet Poseidon and ascend in a mini-sub, and Progress, where you can learn how much can change in the world in 64 years, are two of favorites here. The Dinosaur Gallery is a must-see as well, which debuted not too long ago in 2018.

Columbus Art Museum

Guests can use their mobile phones to learn more about the exhibitions and art objects for a special guided tour of the museum, which houses a vast collection of 19th and 20th-century American modern art. The museum recently completed a major expansion that included the addition of a new wing.

The Ohio Statehouse

The elaborate Ohio Statehouse will be enjoyed by both Ohio citizens and visitors to the state. The interior of the Ohio Statehouse is open to the public for free guided tours, and mobile phone tours of the monuments on the grounds are available.

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