Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Columbus? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Columbus?”
Columbus isn’t just a university town and it’s not just “Ohio’s other big city.” This former buggy-manufacturing powerhouse has a personality all its own — the kind that keeps you guessing, but in a good way. Like, “I didn’t know you could make a burger that big,” or, “Judy Garland joined a frat here?” It’s one of the youngest cities in the United States (hi there, OSU) and a food and fashion tastemaker. Underneath that neighborly Midwestern exterior is a bold and offbeat attitude: weird art, inventive chefs and cool underground rock. When you’re ready to dive in, here are the top things to do in Columbus right now.