Top 5 reasons to visit
* -Factory tours - learn how whistles, chocolates & more are made
* -Taste why Columbus’ food scene is getting national acclaim
* -One-of-a-kind experiences await with VIP access & hands-on fun
* -Shop ’til you drop – boutiques, galleries, hundreds of specialty stores
* -History brought to life – Underground Railroad sites, historical dinner theater
It’s time you experienced Columbus. And do we mean experience! Head to the acclaimed Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, where you’ll interact with exotic animals. Walk amid hundreds of colorful butterflies before releasing a newly hatched butterfly and learn to use herbs to create an herbal spa.
Taste why Columbus’ culinary scene is getting national attention. Meet chefs and sample their best menu items on a food tour. Take a cooking class with America’s most awarded spicy foods creator, or stomp grapes while you make wine the old-fashioned way. Learn the basics of mead making and taste vodka and whiskey at our award-winning micro distilleries. Have fun with your food: learn the science behind cooking while you make salsa.
Meet the stars! Go backstage with world-class musicians in the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and meet the dancers of BalletMet. You can even have dinner with best-selling authors.
Get creative by blowing a glass ornament or picking your favorite fragrances for a custom-scented candle. Sports lovers won’t want to miss crafting a wooden bat like the Major Leaguers use.
See history come alive at the Ohio History Center’s original dinner theater shows. Meet figures from the Underground Railroad at the Kelton House, a restored stop.
Sample Columbus itinerary
Adventures in Art & History
Find out how the ball gets inside a whistle at the American Whistle Corporation, the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the nation. You’ll even get your own American Classic whistle to take home. Next visit Krema Nut Company, the nation’s oldest manufacturer of peanut
butter. Krema roasts its nuts in small batches by hand — just as it did 100 years ago. Enjoy lunch at Barrel 44 Whiskey Bar or The Boat House at Confluence Park, then learn the history of some of Columbus’ earliest residents in German Village, where you’ll step inside private homes and gardens on a guided tour. Eat in German Village at Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus.
Walk amid flying tropical butterflies at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden. Everyone will receive a newly emerged butterfly to release. Literally taste your way around the North Market on a guided tour. You’ll learn the fascinating history of Columbus’ 130-plus year-old public market, home to dozens of independent merchants and farmers. Choose your favorite aromas, then create a custom fragrance candle at The Candle Lab in Worthington. It only needs an hour to firm — more than enough time to pick out your favorite wine at neighboring House Wine. Stroll through Worthington’s historic district, where you’ll find dozens of boutiques. Enjoy dinner at the Worthington Inn, a former stagecoach stop.
Create cards using the latest designs and embellishments at Archiver’s. Eat lunch at one of the restaurants at Easton Town Center, one of the five most innovative malls in the world according to Inside Retail. Visit former Underground Railroad stop, the Kelton House where you’ll be greeted by “Sophia Kelton” who will let you in on the family’s “secret.” Next, go backstage at the gilded Ohio Theatre. See a light show and hear tunes on the Mighty Morton Theatre Organ. Figure out “whodunit” at the entertaining “Dickens of a Mystery,” an original interactive dinner theater show at the Ohio History Center.
Visit www.experiencecolumbus.com/tours for more information.