COLUMBUS TOUR OPTIONS  

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The health and safety of our staff and guests is a priority of the Columbus Area Visitor Center. Therefore, we are opening our tours in stages, on a limited schedule, with reduced capacity to meet social distancing guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. We will open tours on a rolling basis, so please check our tour calendar regularly to see when your favorite tour will be offered. 

Tours regularly fill to capacity – reservations are recommended – see tour FAQS

Iconic Columbus
Tour

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Iconic Columbus 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 newly-expanded walking tour of downtown Columbus. Tour guests will also get an up-close look at highlights from the city’s collection of public art, landscapes, and many of the unexpected design gestures that set Columbus apart.

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

Price : $15
Duration : 2 hours

Guided walking tour begins and ends at The Columbus Visitors Center

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Eligible for American Institute of Architects LUs

Inn at Irwin Gardens
House Tour

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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 Irwin House, the Irwin family home, and childhood home of J. Irwin Miller, virtually unchanged since 1910. Get a unique glimpse into the history and lifestyle of the Edwardian-era family that sparked Columbus’ modern architecture development.

Price : $15
Durations : 60 minutes
Guided interior tour
Begins and ends at Inn at Irwin

Eligible for American Institute of Architects LUs

Historic Zaharakos
Tour

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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 go, indulge in your favorite ice cream treat, such as a Green River.

Price : $15
Duration : 60 minutes
Guided interior tour
Begins and ends at Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor

Learn more about the Zaharakos Tour.

Eligible for American Institute of Architects LUs

Miller House & Garden
Tour

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Miller House and Garden Tour

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

About the tour...

Be inspired by one of the nation’s most significant midcentury modern homes

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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.

Begins and ends at The Columbus Visitors Center (there is no public access at the house)

Price : $25
Duration : 90 minutes

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Children younger than 10, including toddlers and infants, are not permitted on this tour. All guests must purchase a ticket, regardless of age.

To protect the carpeting and flooring at Miller House, you will be asked to wear shoe covers or remove your shoes and tour the house in socks. Shoe covers will be provided.

Learn more about the Miller House Tour

Learn about private, group, and special interest tour options

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.

Smartphone self-guided tour

Self-Guided
Tours

Self-Guided Tours

Explore Columbus at your own pace using your phone. 

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View up to 82 stops on the Downtown and City loops. Printed maps are available at the Visitors Center for $3.

Price : free
Duration : your own pace

NOTE: This tour is a supplement to the “Guide to Art and Architecture” map, available for $3 at the Visitors Center, Hotel Indigo, and Viewpoint Bookstore.

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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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Architecture Highlights
Tours

Architecture Highlights Tour

This tour is currently unavailable. Please check back for future dates.

About the 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 bus tour, minimal walking
Begins and ends at The Columbus Visitors Center

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Learn more about the architecture tour

Learn about private, group, and special interest tour options

See tour FAQs

Eligible for American Institute of Architects LUs

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

Bikeshare bikers at Irwin Conference Center, Columbus, Indiana

SELF-GUIDED BIKE
TOURS

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 and explore Columbus at your own speed.

Find out more about self-guided bike tours

Group tours

GROUP
TOURS

The Visitors Center offers private tours of architectural highlights, Miller House, museums, foodie experiences, and more. Talk with one of our staff members to create an itinerary perfect for your group.

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