Columbus is an exceptional Indiana town, filled with everywhere art and unexpected architecture. Every year, thousands of visitors arrive to explore its bustling streets and take in its astonishing creativity, and now you can discover Columbus at your own pace using our new Columbus, IN Tours App. Search for “Columbus IN Tours” in the App store or Google Play to download the app. If you use your own device, the tour is completely free, or you can rent an audio device at the Visitors Center for $10.
The new Columbus, IN Tours App will show you why this Indiana community is well-known for its collection of outstanding modern buildings designed by some of the greatest architects of the 20th century. The tour explores 18 architectural sites located within 5 square blocks in Columbus, Indiana’s downtown cultural district.
Once you have downloaded and opened the app, you can begin your tour by simply locating tour stops on the map which displays directly on your screen. The map uses GPS to help you navigate through the downtown. The tour is designed to be interactive and can be started at any point of interest on the map. Sidewalk markers are placed along the route to designate each stop to help you find the optimal spot for viewing each location.
As you approach each tour stop, you will have the option to listen to an audio message that will describe each location. You can hit pause, resume, or replay at any point using the on-screen controls.
Since the early 1940s some of the world’s finest architects have made Columbus a virtual museum of modern architecture, with works by some of the most enduring names in architecture, like I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, Robert Venturi, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese, and Deborah Berke, just to name a few. The architecture throughout the city has imbued our residents with a true appreciation for good design and a spirit of innovation. It has been said that “In Columbus, children learn their I.M. Pei’s before they learn their ABC’s.”
In addition to our alluring architecture, Columbus has an abundance of tasty eateries where you can enjoy delicious dining and drinks. Check out our Top Eats in Columbus blog post and our Bottoms Up Beverage Guide blog post to read more! Also, learn more about great things to come in Columbus in 2021
Due to COVID-19, visitors are required to practice safe social distancing protocol when in public. Masks will be necessary to enter inside establishments and are to be worn in situations when social distancing is not possible. These safety measures should allow everyone to have fun, all while staying safe.