A free self-guided architecture tour covers more than 80 works, including public art. Grab a map at the Columbus Area Visitors Center, which also offers guided bus tours.
When you’re done, seafood flown in twice a week, soups, sandwiches and steaks headline the eclectic menu at Smith’s Row.
See the shiny side of town on the Indiana Glass Trail, where spectacular examples of Dale Chihuly designs stand out from hundreds of hand-blown spirals.
You’ll also see stained-glass windows at Zaharakos, but the biggest draw at the 100-year-old restored ice cream parlor is the sweet treats.
If you ate dessert first and still need dinner, relish the delicious Italian dishes at Tre Bicchieri, including two soups daily and fresh bread.
Beer-lovers shouldn’t leave town without stopping at Power House Brewing Company, which pours White River brown ale, Jack the Bum amber and Diesel Oil stout behind a horseshoe-shape bar.
Midcentury modern touches show in the furniture, artwork and color palette at the upscale yet affordable Hotel Indigo (from $119); opt for the breakfast package.
A climbing wall, a colorful fun house and hands-on mini exhibits give kids a chance to play with design concepts at their learning level at Kids’ Commons.
Soups by Design illustrates that you don’t have to be fancy to be fine; nearly a dozen homemade soups and hearty sandwiches cost a little but fill you up.
Considered a leading example of modernist architecture, the 1950s Miller House and Garden feels like it could be a set for Mad Men; visitors gush over the groundbreaking conversation pit and the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the beautifully manicured grounds.
More information: Columbus Area Visitors Center (800) 468-6564; columbus.in.us