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Downtown / Things to Do

Columbus locals head downtown for family fun, shopping, date nights and cultural events. We think spending time in our downtown is one of the best ways for visitors to get to know our city. You’ll be struck by the charm of this colorful, bustling and walkable neighborhood.

Bartholomew County Public

536 Fifth Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Map, photos for the library

See lots of library events on the calendar

Columbus Area Visitors Center

Begin here! The friendly Visitors Center staff is ready to help you get the most out of your time in Columbus.

506 Fifth Street

Gift Shop web page

Map, phone, reviews, photos of the Visitors Center

Downtown Architecture

Many of the buildings that have made Columbus famous are located right downtown. Some visitors are surprised to see the modernist buildings we’re known for mingling with historic Victorian storefronts. Exploring on foot is a great way to see it all!

Make a reservation for an architecture tour

Learn about the architecture story

Downtown Public Art

All over downtown Columbus, Indiana
See the full list on the public art page
Download the public art itinerary (in progress)

Escape 812

325 Fifth Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Map, reviews, photos for Escape 812

Irwin Gardens

608 Fifth Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Map, reviews, photos for The Inn Gardens

Open Tuesday and Saturday afternoons, seasonal, see calendar for hours

Mill Race Park

427 Washington Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Map, reviews, photos of Mill Race Park

Tri-State Artisans

427 Washington Street
Columbus, IN 47201

Tri-State Artisans on Facebook

Map, reviews, photos Tri-State Artisans

Viewpoint Books

548 Washington Street
Columbus, IN 47201

Viewpoint Books website

Map, reviews, photos of Viewpoint

Yes Cinema

328 Jackson Street
Columbus, Indiana

Yes Cinema website

Map, reviews, photos of Yes Cinema

Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum

329 Washington Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Map, reviews, photos of Zaharakos

More photos and info about Zaharakos