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Columbus, Ohio, Trip Guide

Hip, engaging neighborhoods infuse Ohio's capital city with vivacious spirit.
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What to do

Capitol tours Free hour-long guided tours are available daily; check times online. ohiostatehouse.org

Center of Science and Industry COSI fuses playground and museum, with more than 300 interactive exhibits.  (888) 819-2674; cosi.org

Columbus Food Adventures Themed tours introduce foodies to interesting cuisines around the city. We love sampling authentic Mexican dishes on the taco truck tour. (614) 440-3177; columbusfoodadventures.com

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium More than 600 species reside at this top-ranked zoo. At Polar Frontier, a clear-ceiling viewing area lets visitors see the polar bears playing in a pool overhead. (800) 666-5397; columbuszoo.org

German Village A few blocks south of downtown, wander a picturesque enclave of European-style, 19-century brick buildings. Bakeries, bookshops, delis and gift stores line the narrow brick streets. (614) 221-8888; germanvillage.com

Huntington Park The $64 million minor-league park offers foods from local restaurants and many kinds of seating. Check out the memorabilia and photos in The Hall of Fame Bar.  (614) 462-5250; clippersbaseball.com

North Market Visitors shop 32 stalls filled with fresh produce and prepared foods at this indoor market. (614) 463-9664; northmarket.com

Short North North of downtown, this area bursts with shopping, dining and night life. (614) 299-8050; shortnorth.org

Where to eat

Barcelona Snag a patio table when weather permits at a hip Spanish tapas spot in German Village. The $30 tasting menu includes seven dishes and changes weekly. (614) 443-3699; barcelonacolumbus.com

The Happy Greek Guests eat Greek favorites (tzatziki, gyros, kabobs, desserts and, yes, flaming cheese) in Short North. (614) 463-1111; happygreek.com

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Sample scoops of luscious dark chocolate or spicy Bangkok peanut. (614) 488-3224; jenisicecreams.com

The Thurman Cafe Thurman Burgers—with ham, cheese, sauteed onions and ’shrooms, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, pickles and mayo—warrant the wait. (614) 443-1570; thethurmancafe.com

Where to stay

Cherry Valley Lodge An arboretum, botanical garden and spa add adult appeal to a family-friendly resort with a huge indoor water park (35 miles east of Columbus in Newark). From $99. (800) 788-8008; cherryvalleylodge.com

German Village Guest House The chic five-room inn opened in this historic neighborhood after a renovation in 2005. The hands-off owner sets out a light breakfast and handles any requests. From $175. (866) 587-2738; gvguesthouse.com

The Lofts Hotel Brick walls and hip decor—not to mention a convenient location near Short North—make this boutique hotel fun. From $195. (614) 461-2663; 55lofts.com

For information: Experience Columbus (866) 397-2657; experiencecolumbus.com

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