Make a day (and night) of the museums
The aforementioned Wexner Center and Columbus Museum of Art are great options for an afternoon, but they’re not all the city has to offer in the way of museums. COSI, the Center of Science and Industry, has a proven commitment to making science fun for more than just your younger cousins. Their interactive exhibits, now including the largest planetarium in Ohio, are immersive enough to entertain kids and grown-ups alike, and their COSI After Dark events offer an enticing mix of scientific inquiry, buffets, and booze. For a more somber experience, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum pays tribute to the armed forces with a beautiful green space and captivating contemporary architecture. Looking for a beer after all that learning and culture? Hit BrewDog’s interactive Beer Museum with a can in your hand, because learning is better with beer.
Get your outdoor fix
When it comes to natural beauty, Columbus has an embarrassment of riches. The historic Franklin Park Conservatory and Gardens offers flora and fauna from a staggering variety of biomes, as well as artwork and a supremely Insta-ready butterfly garden. Less well-known but still worth seeing is the Columbus Park of Roses, which houses over 12,000 roses in a ridiculously scenic, 13-acre garden. Like mixing a little arts and culture with your outdoors time? Hit the Topiary Garden near Downtown, which uses sculpted shrubs to depict Georges Seurat’s famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, which, if you’re as cultured as your correspondent, you’ll recognize from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.