1. Architecture Walking Tour
Columbus is home to buildings designed by IM Pei, Eiliel Saarinen, Eero Saarinen and other famous architects. It’s a pleasant town for walking around and it is possible to take a walking tour of the architecture. For more information, visit the Columbus Visitor Center.
2. Putt-Putt Golf
Decorated with sculptures of zebras, giraffes and pelicans, Columbus boasts two putt-putt golf courses that host an annual national putt-putt championship. Of course, if you’re me, you won’t win any championships.
1080 North Marr Road. Ph: 812-376-3136
3. See a film at Yes! Cinema
Located in downtown Columbus, Yes! is an independent cinema that shows a wide variety of indie, foreign, mainstream and documentary films. It’s operated by the Lincoln Central Neighborhood Family Center, a United Way agency that uses Yes! as an employment training tool.
328 Jackson Street. Ph: 812-378-4YES
4. Peruse The Savory Swine.
Technically, this should be in a post on where to eat in Columbus but The Savory Swine is also my favorite place to go. It helps that I am decidedly not a vegetarian and have a penchant for really good meat. If you’re passing through town, it’s a good place to stop for a sandwich, spicy olives and gelato. (I recommend pastrami with dill Havarti and Belgian chocolate gelato).
410 Washington Street. Ph: 812-657-7752
5. Irwin Miller House
As the most famous place in Columbus, the Irwin Miller House should have come first on this list but pictures are not allowed so I don’t have one. An extension of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Miller House was designed by Eliel Saarinen with landscaping by Dan Kiley. (Saarinen’s son Eero and Dan Kiley collaborated on the St. Louis Arch). It was home to Irwin and Xenia Simons Miller, who led Cummins Engineering and were involved in Columbus’ civic life.
Because the house is in a residential neighborhood, you must schedule a tour in order to visit. Tours are expensive, so I don’t recommend it if you’re traveling on a tight budget.