The Itinerary at a Glance

Columbus’ art scene is bursting with creativity from independent artists, professional troupes and artists-in-residence. Your group will rave about their experiential dive into Columbus’ fascinating arts and history on this entertaining three-day tour.

3 Unique Experiences on This Trip

  • Columbus Museum of Art
  • The Candle Lab
  • Kelton House

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Duration: 3 Days

Available: Year-round

This Itinerary is Ideal For: All

Itinerary Details

Day 1

Morning: Start with a curator-led tour of the modern Pizzuti Collection or tour masterworks at the recently expanded Columbus Museum of Art. Then, step inside a painting at the Topiary Park, a Schmidt's Cream Pufflarger-than-life topiary recreation of Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.

Lunch: Enjoy unparalleled views of the Columbus skyline while dining at The Boat House at Confluence Park.

Afternoon: Wander cobbled streets, past Old World architecture, on a step-on guided tour of historic German Village. Groups can tour private homes and gardens on an explore Beyond the Door tour.

Evening: Taste the history of this special neighborhood with dinner at Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus, with generous portions of famous German-style wurst, kraut and cream puffs.

Day 2

Morning: Release your own tropical butterfly in Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where dazzling works of art are tucked among the plantings.Igloo Letterpress

Lunch: Delight in Old European charm at Mozart’s restaurant, bakery and piano cafe. Top off your meal with one of the famous handmade pastries or tortes.

Afternoon: Try the art of candle-making at The Candle Lab. While you’re waiting for your creation to firm, craft your own card at Igloo Letterpress on an antique, hand-operated press, savor a scoop of Graeter’s ice cream and stroll enchanting Old Worthington’s boutiques.

Evening: Relax in the Short North Arts District – the “art and soul” of Columbus. Try one of many local, group-friendly spots like Gallerie Bar & Bistro. Afterwards, find special treasures at the district’s many galleries and boutiques.

Day 3

Morning: At Brandt-Roberts Galleries, gifted artists lead your hands-on experience while you enjoy your morning cup during “Canvas and Coffee.”

Lunch: Nibble your way around Columbus’ celebrated, 130-plus-year old North Market.

Afternoon: At the Kelton House, an Underground Railroad stop, Sophia Kelton lets you in on the family’s secret in an immersive experience that’ll leave you speechless. Then, slip backstage at the Ohio Theatre, with its Spanish-Baroque architecture, for a spectacular light show and the lush sounds of the Mighty Morton theater organ.

Evening: Figure out “whodunit” during “1950s: A Red Herring,” an original evening of dining and interactive live theater at the Ohio History Center.