Here’s just some of what they’re saying about us:
- #7 Best Bargain City in America – Forbes
- One of the Global Top 10 Best Fall Trips – National Geographic Traveler
- #4 Best City for Shopping in America – Forbes
- When it comes to restaurants, Columbus has almost too many good choices. – The New York Times
- A Midwestern Style Capital – The New York Times
It’s time your groups experienced Columbus. We’ve grown into one of the country’s most innovative foodie capitals. Food critics from around the nation are discovering our culinary scene, with the Washington Post calling Columbus “A Certified Food Lovers’ Town.”
Enjoy a unique dining experience at the more than 50 locally owned member restaurants in Dine Originals Columbus. Sample salty caramel from local favorite Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams -— named “America’s best” by Time Magazine. Get a real taste of the city on a Columbus Food Adventures tour.
Our arts scene is routinely named one of the Best Big Cities for Art by American Style. See world-class visual art at the Columbus Museum of Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the only botanical garden in the world with a permanent collection of glass artwork by Dale Chihuly.
Experience more of the city’s arts scene in the hip Short North Arts District, which offers a vast collection of galleries, boutiques and restaurants. The Gallery Hops, held the first Saturday of each month, draw thousands of visitors to celebrate the arts with live entertainment and cosmopolitan fun.
The one-of-a-kind shops in the Short North are a big reason that Forbes calls Columbus the No. 4 Best City for Shopping in America. Easton Town Center and Polaris Fashion Place offer hundreds of specialty stores, excellent restaurants and entertainment.
There’s a reason Scarborough Sports Marketing calls Columbus the country’s # 1 Sports Town. The city earns the distinction with several professional teams, including the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew and the Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. There’s also the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Jack Nicklaus Museum, a tribute to both the Columbus native and the sport of golf.
Getting here is easy. Columbus is within 550 miles of half of the U.S. population. And, with five highways running through the city, it couldn’t be easier to get around.
Check out all of the group-friendly attractions and events on experiencecolumbus.com/tours.
Experiential Tourism Program
Experience Columbus understands that your groups are looking for unique VIP and behind-the-scenes experiences. That’s why we’ve created our Experiential Tourism Program – one of the only programs of its kind in the country.
We’ve created more than 70 one-of-a-kind experiences for your groups. Meet chefs on a food tour, interact with exotic animals, go backstage with world-class musicians and much more.
Sample Columbus itineraries
Use our sample itineraries to help plan your group’s trip to Columbus. Of course, there are plenty more great attractions and events to see in Columbus. Request our Columbus Tour Planner Guide or contact us for one-on-one assistance.
How Did They Do That?
Ever wonder how the ball gets inside a whistle? Find out the answers on a special behind-the-scenes tour designed to reveal the tricks of “how did they do that” on topics as varied as creating wine to making professional baseball bats.
Go Green in Columbus
Going green has never been so much fun! Explore one of the nation’s most unusual Audubon centers, meet farmers and use herbs in everything from pizza to ice cream.
What’s Cooking in Columbus
Experience the many flavors and aromas of Columbus on this three-day tour. Sample everything from salsa and herb-infused ice cream to handcrafted vodka and gin, along with stopping at some of the city’s top foodie destinations.
Discover Ohio – a Hub & Spoke Tour based in Columbus
Centrally located in the heart of Ohio, Columbus serves as a convenient home base for a variety of interesting day trips. Pick from day trips that let you see the world’s largest Amish community, take an open-air safari through one of the largest wildlife conservation centers in the world and travel back in time to a charming 1830s canal town.
Plan your Columbus tour
Regardless of the size of your group, Experience Columbus is here to help make your trip to Columbus unforgettable. We’re happy to provide referrals for local service providers, itinerary planning assistance, photos and videos, parking instructions and much more.
As always, you’re invited to learn more about Columbus on a site visit, as your schedule permits.
Marceline Dyer, Tourism Sales Manager
Professional tour operator contact
Brian Cheek, Tourism Sales Manager
Group leader contact