Quantcast
--
800-468-6564 INFO@COLUMBUS.IN.US

COLUMBUS TOUR OPTIONS

Tours regularly fill to capacity – RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY

COLUMBUS ARCHITECTURE BUS TOUR

tour at first christian church
CITY HALL

Price : $25
Duration : 2 hours

Discover how a small Midwestern city became a modern architecture “mecca,” boasting structures by big names like Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese, Kevin Roche, and I.M. Pei. This tour drives by more than forty significant structures and works of art and provides the opportunity to see the interiors of two buildings (depending on availability).

See tour availabilities and buy tickets HERE 
Learn more about this tour HERE

Price : $25, including all fees
Duration : 2 hours
Bus tour, minimal walking
Begins and ends at Visitors Center

MILLER HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR

miller house tour group
Miller House and Garden conversation pit

Price : $25
Duration : 90 min.

Visit one of the most important examples of mid-century modern residential architecture in the country. This hallmark of modern design showcases the talents of architect Eero Saarinen, designer Alexander Girard, and landscape architect Dan Kiley.

Note that special Creche The Halls Christmas Tours are available on December 15 and 23!

See tour availabilities and buy tickets HERE 
Learn more about this tour HERE

Price : $25
Duration : 90 minutes
Interior and exterior home tour
(tours begin and end at The Columbus Area Visitors Center, 506 Fifth Street, not at the house)

DOWNTOWN LANDMARKS WALKING TOUR

Tour on the library plaza
J.I. Miller at 301 Washington

Price : $10
Duration : 90 min.

Get an insider’s look at downtown Columbus, including exclusive access to 301 Washington Street, the personal office of J Irwin Miller, community benefactor and champion of the arts.

This tour is seasonal and offered April – October.

See tour times and buy tickets HERE
Price : $10
Duration : 90 minutes

Guided walking tour
Begins and ends at Visitors Center

THE INN AT IRWIN GARDENS TOUR

inn at irwin gardens pano
inn at irwin gardens tour

Price : $15
Duration : 60 min.

 

Get an insider’s look at the Irwin House, the Irwin family home, and childhood home of J. Irwin Miller, virtually unchanged since 1910. This 60-minute tour of the first floor and the gardens gives a unique glimpse into the history and lifestyle of the Edwardian-era family that sparked Columbus’ modern architecture development. Discover the early origins of Cummins Engine Company, when Clessie Cummins worked for the Irwin family as chauffeur and mechanic.

This tour is seasonal and offered April – October.

See tour times and buy tickets HERE
Price : $15
Duration : 60 minutes
Guided interior and gardens tour
Begins and ends at The Inn at Irwin Gardens

THE GUIDE BY CELL TOUR

guide by cell tour cards
woman listening to smartphone tour

Price : $10
Duration : 60 min. (app.)

Simply dial the phone number for each stop on the tour to hear the stories of Columbus’ downtown landmarks. The tour includes a map and a set of photo cards (shown above). This tour does not require a smartphone, only a cell phone.

Price : $10
Duration : approximately 90 minutes (depending on pace)
One-mile self-guided walking tour
Begins and ends at Visitors Center

 

SELF-GUIDED SMARTPHONE TOUR

hands with smartphone
Ivana with map

Price : free
Duration : your own pace

Access a guide to the Columbus art and architecture with your smartphone, including maps, images, and audio descriptions for featured sites.

This tour is designed to work with the “Guide to Art and Architecture” map, available for $3 at the Visitors Center, Hotel Indigo, and Viewpoint Bookstore.

Go to this tour on your smartphone HERE or text “columbus” to 56512 for a link to the guide .

Price : FREE
Self-guided tour

 

SELF-GUIDED BIKE TOURS

bike tours in Columbus
bike tours in Columbus

Price : free
Duration : your own pace

The Columbus Area Visitors Center and the Parks and Recreation Foundation teamed up to create self-guided bike tours of Columbus, for a variety of biking levels. Start at the Visitors Center or the Parks and Recreation office to pick up the free maps, grab a bikeshare bike (or use your own), and explore Columbus at your own speed.

Find out more about these tours and the bikeshare program HERE

 

INTERESTED IN TOURS FOR YOUR GROUP?

Fall group tour with First Christian Church tower in back
group tour near library plaza - columbus, indiana

GROUP TOURS
INFORMATION

Group tours are always available for groups of ten or more – call 800-468-6564 for booking details.

  • Group Architecture Tours > Go HERE for more details on booking a group architecture tour.
  • General Group Tours > Go HERE for all group tour options.
RELATED LINKS
X