Top picks in Columbus include the Center of Science and Industry, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and North Market.

June 21, 2012
Photo Courtesy of COSI Columbus.

What to do

The Book Loft This 32-room maze of discounted books takes up a city block in German Village. (614) 464-1774;

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

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;

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. See reviews and ratings. (800) 666-5397; 

Huntington Park The $65 million minor-league park offers restaurants and dozens of kinds of seating. Check out the memorabilia and photos in The Hall of Fame Bar. (614) 462-5250;

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