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COLUMBUS TOUR OPTIONS 

Tours regularly sell out – reservations are recommended – see tour FAQS

Masks are required while on the Miller House and Architecture tours and while inside the Visitors Center

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Iconic Columbus Walking Tour

Experience the iconic styles of architecture, from modernist to historic Victorian.

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Learn about the celebrated modern buildings of Columbus and see how they intermingle with Victorian storefronts and historic buildings on this walking tour of downtown Columbus.

Select building interiors may be included on this tour based on availability. Access to interiors is subject to change without notice.

Price : $15
Duration : 90 minutes
Guided walking tour begins and ends at The Columbus Visitors Center

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Eligible for American Institute of Architects LUs

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Architecture Highlights Tour

Discover how a small Midwestern city became a modern architecture destination

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Whether you’re an architecture expert or are just curious about design, this guided tour is a perfect introduction to Columbus.

Price : $25 Adults, $20 Students
Duration : 2 hours
Guided shuttle tour, minimal walking
Begins and ends at The Columbus Visitors Center

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Children younger than 6, including toddlers and infants, are not permitted on this tour. All guests must purchase a ticket, regardless of age

Get details about the architecture tour

See tour FAQs

Eligible for American Institute of Architects LUs

 

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Miller House and Garden Tour

One of the most treasured mid-century modern residences in the country.

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Be inspired by the story of three top designers working with exceptional clients to create one of the nation’s most significant midcentury homes, celebrated for its colorful interiors and remarkable landscapes.

Price : $25
Duration : 90 minutes
Begins and ends at The Columbus Visitors Center (no public access at the house)

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Children ten and older only are permitted on this tour. All guests must purchase a ticket, regardless of age.

You will be asked to remove your shoes and tour the house in socks or wear shoe covers, which will be provided.

Learn more about the Miller House Tour

Learn about private, group, and special interest tours

See tour FAQs

Eligible for American Institute of Architects LUs

Tours at Miller House and Garden are made possible through the Columbus Area Visitors Center. Miller House and Garden is owned and cared for by Newfields.

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Exhibit Columbus Walking Tour

A fast-paced guided walking tour of the Exhibit Columbus 2021 Exhibition.

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The tour includes an overview of many of the installations around downtown and the sites they have been created in relationship to.

Price : $15
Duration : 90 minutes
Guided walking tour begins and ends at The Columbus Visitors Center

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Historic Zaharakos Tour

Our sweetest tour is a step back in time as you tour the historic ice cream parlor and museum.

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Get an exclusive look at the private second floor and elegant Crystal Parlor preserved in stunning 1900 Victorian fashion. Before you leave, indulge in your favorite ice cream treat, such as a Green River.

Price : $18
Duration : 60 minutes
Guided interior tour
Begins and ends at Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor

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Eligible for American Institute of Architects LUs

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Inn At Irwin Gardens Tour

Get an insider’s look at the Irwin Home in all its grandeur, virtually unchanged since 1910.

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Get an insider’s look at the former Irwin family home, virtually unchanged since 1910, for a unique glimpse into the history and lifestyle of the Edwardian-era family that sparked Columbus’ modern architecture development.

Price : $18
Durations : 60 minutes
Guided interior tour
Begins and ends at Inn at Irwin

Eligible for American Institute of Architects LUs

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Downtown Audio
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Downtown Audio Tour – 18 Stops, 18 Stories

Explore Columbus architecture at your own pace. Download the free Columbus, IN tours app or rent an audio device. Available in English and Spanish for Apple and Android.

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Exhibit Columbus
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Audio tour – 15 Stops, 15 Installations

Listen to the designers talk about their installations. Download the free Columbus, IN tours app or rent an audio device. Available in English and Spanish for Apple and Android.

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Self-Guided
Tours

Tour at your own pace

Explore Columbus on your own schedule.

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EXPLORE THE ARCHITECTURE

View up to 82 stops on the Downtown and City loops. Pick up a guide with stop information at the Visitors Center for $3 (also available at Viewpoint Books and Hotel Indigo).

Price : free
Duration : your own pace

Bike Tours

Duration : your own pace

Try out the self-guided bike tours of Columbus, designed for a variety of biking levels. Start at the Visitors Center to pick up the free maps and explore Columbus at your own speed.

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You may also download PDF maps of some suggested itineraries, or pick up FREE COPIES at the Visitors Center

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GROUP
TOURS

The Visitors Center offers private group tours of architecture highlights and Miller House. Talk with our Director of Sales to create an itinerary perfect for your group.

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