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There are many ways to see Columbus in one day, and most of them do not require extensive planning. North Market, located between the Short North neighborhood and downtown, is a great place to begin. With 35 vendors and farmers to choose from, as well as indoor and outdoor seating, it is a casual and lively place to enjoy fresh local food and coffee. If you’re traveling with kids, head to COSI (formerly known as the Center of Science and Industry) for interactive exhibits on space, gadgets and the ocean.
You can also relive your college days by stopping by Ohio State University. While on campus, be sure to visit the massive Ohio Stadium and The Wexner Center for the Arts. Next, order lunch from one of the city’s many food trucks. They can be found just about anywhere, and menu items range from tacos to crepes to barbecue. Craft brew fans should belly up to the bars at Barley’s Brewing Company, Columbus Brewing Company and the beautiful Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus — all are within walking distance of each other in the Short North area and downtown. These microbreweries make for a good low-key night out, but if you’re looking for more exciting atmosphere, you can hit up other bars in Short North or the Arena District. Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend The Big Bang, a bar in which talented musicians go head-to-head in piano duels.