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Make it the Summer to Live in Columbus

Curated itineraries, packages, deals and inspirational materials can help you make the most of the first post-COVID summer in Columbus.

Finally, after more than a year of living cautiously during a global health crisis, vaccine rates are rising and health orders are becoming less strict. Summer has begun and it’s the light at the end of the tunnel. If you’re ready to get out of the house, Experience Columbus has everything you need to plan an unforgettable summer in Ohio’s capital city.

While time may have seemed to stop for some of us over the last year, Columbus’ artisans and businesses continued to innovate and prepare for a time when they could re-welcome the community to their storefronts. Learn what they’ve been up to and find inspiration for your summer schedule with the Live Forward Live podcast or the brand new Experience Columbus Visitor Guide. From local comedy to global food, go behind the scenes to learn some of the best kept secrets in the city from the people that make them a reality.

Let a local influencer be your guide this summer when you follow curated itineraries for all types of interests. These themed itineraries include fashion, food, outdoor adventures and more. Check them out at, or keep it easy and download a mobile experience pass. If you want to help some of the businesses hardest hit by the pandemic, check out these minority-owned local businesses.

In addition to prizes you can earn for patronizing shops on the Columbus Coffee and Made in Cbus trails, complete your staycation with direct hotel booking at and get two complimentary tickets to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium or Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Columbus has so much that’s opened up this summer to be excited about! The crack of the bat returned to Huntington Park as the Clippers began a new season, and the Arena District is now home to the new Stadium for the Columbus Crew. Paul Busse trains are on the move at Franklin Park Conservatory and sea lion and seal shows have started at the Columbus Zoo’s Adventure Cove. COSI has finally reopened, and Festival Latino has plans for an in-person event. Free summer fun abounds in the city’s 20+ Metro Parks, as well as unexpected places like Easton, Polaris and Land-Grant Brewing.

Summer is well underway! Start planning today at