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Despite being nicknamed “Biggest Small Town in America,” Columbus has a knack for surprising. Its zoo, historic districts and markets, museums, parks and nature trails are just some of the ideas to have fun with your beloved one. Among other things, Columbus is the capital of comfort food favorites, from juicy burgers to savory pizza, but it is also a force in the world of fine dining. Each couple will find something to their liking.

Here are 10 fun things for couples to do in Columbus that will entertain you.

1. German Village

brick houses in the German village
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The German Village, a 233 acre (94 ha) historic district, lies South of downtown Columbus. It is a great place to shop, dine or stroll while admiring the beautiful brick buildings and cobbled streets. 

You can find bookstores, art galleries, German pubs, many traditional fictions and other sweets, and lots of good coffee. Spend the day here wandering, photographing and imagining a parallel life for yourself. You never know, you might fall in love right here.

Good for: Couples, Walking, Outdoor

Address: 588 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215-5754

Working hours: check on site

Phone: +1 614-645-8329

More on https://germanvillage.com/ 

2. Ohio Stadium

stadium full of spectators in Columbus
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Do you love football like other Columbus residents? Check the Ohio Stadium schedule. It is the most exciting among the fun date ideas Columbus offers. Especially in late summer and fall,  as Ohio State University’s Buckeyes play a lot of home games. Since the team is part of the Big Ten College Football Division, the games are always fun here.

Grab some food – hot dogs and nachos are a great choice.

Good for: Couples, Sport

Address: 410 Woody Hayes Dr, Columbus, OH 43210-1104

Working hours:  check on site

Phone: +1 614-292-7572

More on http://www.theohiostadium.com/

3. Villa Nova Ristorante

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Columbus date ideas include nice eating spots. Villa Nova is a family-run Italian restaurant that has introduced a happy hour. Nicely priced drinks, wings, pizza and more are available from morning to night. If you want to have a good dinner, that’s the right place to go. One of the customers’ favorites is alfredo fettuccine with chicken, followed by homemade limoncello.

Good for: Couples, Food, Italy

Address: 5545 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214-1125

Working hours:  Sun – Thu 11 am – 11 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am – 12 am

Phone: +1 614-846-5777

More on https://www.villanovacolumbus.com/

4. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Botanical garden
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Botanical Gardens are among things for couples to do in Columbus too. After building a greenhouse in 1895 and frequent extensions over the years, the 13 acres (5 ha) of the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are still intact and in surprisingly good condition. The Winter Garden is one of the best places to cheer up during the holidays in winter, and in summer, you can see beautiful flower arrangements here. 

On Christmas, the gingerbread house contest is held here. Take part or see what miracles others are baking. Attention: during the holidays, it can get crowded.

Good for: Couples, Outdoor, Flowers

Address: 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43203-2040

Working hours: Sun-Sat 10 am – 5 pm

Phone: +1 614-715-8148

More on http://www.fpconservatory.org/

5. Olentangy River Water Trail

Hike and bike trail
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Columbus invites you to walk along an excellent route. Take a bike or go on foot. The route runs from Antrim Park, on the northwest side of Columbus, to the city center through Whetstone Park. Lots of greenery, birdsong and fresh air await you around – such joint pastime charges with energy and motivation to move only forward.

Good for: Couples, Outdoor

Address: Olentangy Trail, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 43210, USA

Working hours: always open

More on https://www.columbus.gov/recreationandparks/trails/Olentangy-Trail/  

6. Otherworld

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Сonsider visiting Otherworld among unusual date ideas in Columbus. This is a blend of huge video game and art installation. Each room is decorated in its own style.

You really do need to touch things to get the full experience. Think back to what you did as a child. Climb everywhere and touch everything. We all enjoyed crawling through the tunnels under the beds, through the giant mouth, etc. Yes, the giant mouth. These rooms are all upside down and you may suddenly be a midget.

When tired, you can go out into the lobby, relax and come back. You will feel inside a computer game and experience a range of emotions. Such impressions are great for bringing people together.

Good for: Couples, Art

Address: 5819 Chantry Dr, Columbus, OH 43232-4764

Working hours: Sun-Mon, Wed 10 am – 8 pm; Thu-Sat 10 am – 10 pm; Tue closed

Phone: +1 614-868-3631

More on https://otherworldohio.com/

7. Northstar Cafe

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This establishment can be found in as many as 3 points of the city. They are all different but equally loved for their nice brunch dishes. Particularly, one spot has a very modern vibe, and the other attracts visitors with exclusive fresh lemonades.

Customers know that all meals prepared in large open kitchens are cooked from scratch, with mostly organic and local ingredients. Brunch buffs should try the morning glory muffin, Cloud 9 pancakes with ricotta cheese and Ohio maple syrup, or homemade granola with berries.

Good for: Couples, Foodies

Address: 951 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201-2406

Working hours: Sun-Sat 9 am – 10 pm

Phone: +1 614-298-9999

More on https://www.thenorthstarcafe.com/ 

8. Short North Arts District

Short North in Columbus
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Short North Arts District offers so many romantic things to do in Columbus. Firstly, it is a very vibrant area where it is very pleasant to walk. There are many great places here with unique concepts and delicious food. For example, Skully’s Music-Diner always attracts with live music, and Mouton seduces with unusual cocktails. Drop by and see for yourself.

Good for: Couples, Strolling

Address: 120 W Goodale St, Columbus, OH 43215-2357

Working hours: always open

Phone: +1 614-228-8050

More on http://www.shortnorth.org/

9. North Market

North Market in Columbus
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Our list of things to do in Columbus on a date includes North Market Snack. The market opened in 1876 and has been supplying residents with fresh farm products for over 130 years. Do not fill up in advance, because you will want to try everything. More than 30 farmers offer teas, go-to food, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, buns. Besides, there are flowers and even furniture. This is a great place to take gifts home or find a new trinket for your living room.

Good for: Couples, Outdoor, Shopping

Address: 59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215-1622

Working hours: check on site

Phone: +1 614-463-9664

More on https://northmarket.org/

10. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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This list would be incomplete without a Columbus Zoo and Aquarium visit, which is one of the best in the country. Just imagine, they keep about 10,000 animals. There are polar bears, lions, flamingos, and giraffes with turtles. If you dreamed of stroking a giraffe or admiring the grace of a cheetah at arm’s length, invite your beloved one and go.

Good for: Couples, Outdoor, Animal lovers

Address: 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065-7288

Working hours: Sun – Thu 10 am – 9 pm, Fri – Sat 10 am – 10 pm

Phone: +1 614-645-3550

More on https://columbuszoo.org/


Now you have 10 aces up your sleeve in terms of dating ideas in Columbus. Call your soul partner for a date and conquer these romantic places in Columbus.

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