Play in Columbus
There’s so much to do in Columbus away from the ice, we’re sure you’ll find your fit. Explore diverse neighborhoods, navigate one of our culinary or culture trails, or pull up a seat at a local brewery or distillery. Start here to explore and build a perfect 10.0 itinerary all your own.
Top Attractions & Events
Use Experience Columbus’ experience trails to explore the city’s coffee, distilleries, pizza and outdoor adventures, or head to family favorite attractions like the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium or Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Don’t miss the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, the only museum of its kind, COSI, voted best science museum in the nation three times by USA Today’s 10Best awards, and the Columbus Museum of Art.
If you’re traveling with the whole family, we’ve got you covered with indoor and outdoor activities to keep kids entertained.
The Arena District is home to the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL), the Columbus Crew (MLS) and the Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians (MLB). Early for a Blue Jackets game this winter? Grab a drink from designated restaurants in the neighborhood’s DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area). In the University District, you’ll find that The Ohio State Buckeyes’ 36 Division I sports attract impassioned crowds from around the state and the country.
The Short North Arts District is just a few blocks north of Nationwide Arena and filled with more than 100 shops and restaurants. Columbus is a veritable fashion hub, with more designers per capita than anywhere in the U.S. outside of LA and New York.
Want to stay close to the action? There are dozens of restaurants and shops within a short walk of the arena. Check out our Arena District guide to find fun before or after you visit the arena.