Sports and Recreation

Whether a fan or a participant, Columbus offers plenty to get your heart pumping.



  • Columbus Blue Jackets, National Hockey League
  • Columbus Crew, Major League Soccer in the first soccer-specific arena in America
  • Columbus Clippers, AAA Major League Baseball affiliate of the Cleveland Indians
  • PGA Memorial Golf Tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus
  • NCAA Division 1 athletics: 37 teams represent The Ohio State University, including the perennially ranked football team, which plays in the 104,944-seat Ohio Stadium
  • Ohio High School Athletic Association: state championship tournaments for 13 different sports are hosted annually in the Columbus area

Sporting Events and Happenings

  • The Arnold (Schwarzenegger) Sports Festival: four days, 75 sports, 20,000+ athletes from around the world
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon
  • Pelotonia: three-day fundraising bike tour, with 100% of all rider-raised dollars going to cancer research at Ohio State
  • More than 32 private and 79 public or semi-private golf courses
  • Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs harness racing
Women Rowing

Parks and Recreation

  • Newly renovated downtown riverfront park system
  • CoGo Bike Share
  • SegAway Tours of Columbus
  • Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • 330-mile Ohio to Erie Trail for biking
  • Water recreation areas including Hoover Reservoir, Alum Creek Lake, the Scioto and Olentangy rivers and nearby Buckeye Lake
  • 19 metro parks with more than 200 miles of trails and 27,000 acres
  • Dawes Arboretum
  • Five Ohio ski resorts two hours or less from Columbus
  • 74 state parks and 136 nature preserves, including nearby Hocking Hills, listed #24 on Top Dreamer’s “Amazing Places You Should Visit in Your Life, Part 1”

Art, Entertainment and Dining

From ballet to rock music, symphony to modern art, Columbus is bursting with creative talent for you to experience and enjoy.
  • Fashion Week Columbus — our city has the third-highest concentration of fashion designers in the nation, just behind New York and Los Angeles  
  • Columbus Arts Festival — since 1962, with more than 250 global artists  
  • The Short North Arts District and monthly Gallery Hop  
  • Columbus Symphony Orchestra Masterworks programs and Picnic with the Pops  
  • Opera Columbus  
  • BalletMet  
  • Columbus Museum of Art  
  • Wexner Center for the Arts  
  • Thurber House literary center for writers  
  • Express Live! — America’s first indoor/outdoor concert venue  
  • Newport Music Hall, the longest continually running rock club in the nation  
  • King Arts Complex — celebrating African American artists  
  • Cultural Arts Center  
  • Glass Axis, offering hands-on workshops and exhibitions  
  • Shakespeare in the Park

Need to entertain the kids? We have them covered, too.

  • COSI (Center of Science and Industry) — Named #1 Science Center for Families by Parents magazine  
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium  
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library  
  • Ohio State Fair — nearly 950,000 visitors enjoy this 12-day event  
  • Ohio History Center and Ohio Village  
  • Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens  
  • Zoombezi Bay water park  
  • Olentangy Indian Caverns  
  • Columbus Children’s Theatre  
  • Red, White and Boom —the largest Independence Day fireworks festival in the Midwest
Columbus is home to a robust culinary scene.


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