What to do and see in Columbus, United States: The Best Places and Tips

August 11, 2017 Enedina Augsburger

Columbus /kəˈlʌmbəs/ is a city in and the county seat of Bartholomew County, Indiana, United States. The population was 44,061 at the 2010 census. In its built environment, the relatively small city has provided a unique place for noted Modern architecture and public art, commissioning numerous works since the mid-20th century. Located about 40 miles (64 km) south of Indianapolis, on the east fork of the White River, it is the state's 20th-largest city. It is the principal city of the Columbus, Indiana metropolitan statistical area, which encompasses all of Bartholomew County. Columbus is the birthplace of former Indiana Governor and current Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence.
Restaurants in Columbus

1. Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum

329 Washington St, Columbus, IN 47201-6743 +1 812-378-1900
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 305 reviews

Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum

Reviewed By robertws2017 - Columbus, Indiana

I love going into this ice cream stand. It is like stepping back in time to the 1920’s. With the marble counters, soda jerks, and the old player piano. I have had many an ice cream there and just listened to the piano and imagined what it would have been like when it was brand new.

Must go if you ever in Columbus.

2. Mill Race Park

5th and Lindsey Streets, Columbus, IN 47201 +1 812-376-2680
Excellent
54%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Mill Race Park

Reviewed By JStarkey2 - Plain City, Ohio

I wish I had more time to walk around and see everything. I went see the covered bridge, but there looked like there was so much more to see. It was quite large, clean and well kept. Looked like a nice place for a walk or a picnic. So many different areas & artwork to explore.

3. The Commons

300 Washington St, Columbus, IN 47201-6744 +1 812-376-2681
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 118 reviews

The Commons

Reviewed By tagnrocky - Central Indiana

I took my grandkids to Columbus to visit the Kidscommons children's museum across the street. We checked out the indoor playground in the Commons mall and the grandkids climbed all over the sculpture for a half hour, playing tag. The sculpture is about 3 stories high, but there is heavy netting around each platform to prevent falling. Recommended age is 5-12, but there are some smaller playground areas for toddlers. Best part, it's free!

4. Bartholomew County Veteran's Memorial

Courthouse Square, Next to the County Courthouse, Columbus, IN 47201
Excellent
84%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 50 reviews

Bartholomew County Veteran's Memorial

Reviewed By Jennifer P - New Farm, Queensland, Australia

This starkly beautiful memorial appears to simply rise from the lawn, but once you get to walk through the columns and read the stories etched in the stone, you get a real sense of the loneliness of war, no matter which war.
Well done Columbus, a beautiful statement.

5. kidscommons

309 Washington St, Columbus, IN 47201-6743 +1 812-378-3046
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 86 reviews

kidscommons

Mission Statement: A fun, safe, and inviting place, kidscommons nurtures exploration, collaboration, and creativity within all children and their caregivers. It is a place to learn about our community and our world. Vision: kidscommons will be a vibrant learning hub that enriches the life of every child.

Reviewed By doglover2120 - Columbus, Indiana

This is a very educational place to visit with your kids and the parents will enjoy it alot too. I have an 8 yr old Grandchild and she loves it everytime we go. The local school also take the students on field trips here. They have everything to do,and play with. Older children would enjoy it also, it is not just for little kids. I enjoyed it too.

6. North Christian Church

850 Tipton Ln, Columbus, IN 47201-2999 +1 812-372-1531
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 41 reviews

North Christian Church

Reviewed By Lasseter4242 - Bell Buckle, Tennessee

I can only imagine what it is like to experience a church service like one you would experience here. It is a theater in the round type of sanctuary where you would be staring across at your fellow members and watching their every move. The architect even designed the parking lot with hedges that funnel the members to a central path as they enter the church This is an extremely interesting place.

7. First Christian Church

531 5th St, Columbus, IN 47201-6224 +1 812-379-4491
Excellent
74%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

First Christian Church

Reviewed By 2014jcjc - Las Vegas, Nevada

If you are interested in architecture, you do need to go on a guided tour (Columbus Architectural Tour) that includes seeing the inside of this sanctuary. Your Guide will give background history and point out things that make this church unique. It is well worth the money.

8. Simmons Winery

8111 E 450 N, Columbus, IN 47203-8106 +1 812-546-0091
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Simmons Winery

Reviewed By Diane G - Alpharetta, Georgia

We stopped here while driving up north. You got 6 tastings for $4 which is pretty good. We enjoyed a lot of the wines that they had available for tasting. The restaurant was not quite open when we were there, but what they were getting ready did smell good. It may seem hard to find, as it is in the middle of the corn fields, and the GPS got us there fine, even with a few detours and closed roads. I think it was worth the extra driving to find it! Next time we need to stay for lunch!

9. Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum

4742 Ray Boll Blvd, Columbus, IN 47203-1759 +1 812-372-4356
Excellent
77%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 21 reviews

Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum

Reviewed By Wanda R - Greenfield, Wisconsin

Very nicely done. Small. Free. Won't take long to visit but definitely worth stopping to see. They take donations. Learned a lot about gliders which I didn't know before. Not sure if this museum is open every day. Located across from the airport terminal. If you are hungry grab either breakfast or lunch at Hangar 5 restaurant. Great value and food. Located in airport terminal.

10. St. Bartholomew Catholic Church

1306 27th St, Columbus, IN 47201-3101 +1 812-379-9353
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

St. Bartholomew Catholic Church

Reviewed By twyleah - Lake Orion, Michigan

Attended a wedding there, the church was big and bright. It was clean and roomy. The wedding we were at had several instruments and singers which the church had a lot of room and accommodations for them.

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