Make the most of out of your visit to Columbus! Check out some of the most popular attractions in the area. Most of our guests find they can easily get around to the major sites on foot or bike. We highly recommend checking out the Columbus Area Visitors Center for booking online tours and seeing the latest updates to the Columbus community calendar.
Located next door to the Inn, this is a great location for guests to begin their Columbus experience. The gift shop has Columbus-themed souvenirs as well as handcrafted items by local and regional artists. You can also book your guided tours here or pick up maps, brochures, or city guides for a self-guided experience. There is also an impressive collection of Chihuly art glass, including a large chandelier.
Located with in walking distance from the Inn, this 1900s era ice cream parlor is a must see local attraction. It features a fully restored 1908 Welte Orchestrion, soda fountain and calliope museum with homemade sodas and ice cream.
One of Columbus's popular and significant attractions, the Miller House was opened for the first time for tours in 2009 when it was donated to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The house is a collaboration between three leaders in mid century art and architecture, Eero Saarinen, the architect, Alexander Gerard, the interior designer, and Dan Kiley, the landscape architect.
The Visitors Center operates guided tours six days a week to many of Columbus' most impressive architectural sites and buildings. If this is your first visit to Columbus, we highly recommend taking the city tour. If you prefer a self guided experience, the Visitors Center has maps and guides available for purchase.
Known locally for showing classic, independent and bargain films, the Yes Cinema also hosts comedy showcases, film festivals and other community events. Being the only theatre located in the historic downtown area, it is within walking distance of the Inn and all the best dining in Columbus.
The largest and most celebrated park in Columbus, and located just 5 blocks from the Inn. Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh, and featuring structures by Stanley Saitowitz. It includes an 84-foot observation tower, a covered bridge, people trails, fishing at two ponds, picnic shelters, playground equipment, horseshoe pits, basketball courts, and an amphitheater.
There are more than 20 miles of paved walking and bike trails that run through the Columbus. If you don't want the hassle of bringing your own bicycles, guests can use the downtown Columbus hourly BikeShare program or all day rentals through the downtown bike shop, Bicycle Station, We are happy to help arrange details for guests needing rental equipment, just ask the Innkeeper. View the People Trail Map
Located 10 minutes north of the Inn on I-65 at exit 76 (12595 N. Executive Drive) in Edinburgh, Indiana, the Exit 76 Antique Mall is a great place to browse and shop for unusual and hard to find items or unique gifts. It features 600 booths and over 100,000 square feet of shopping.
The Harlequin Theatre is a community based theatre dedicated to bringing the best in live drama, music and a variety of entertainment to Columbus, Indiana and the surrounding areas. Performing live stage productions, full scale musicals, and hosting live music performances, this is a low-cost, high-quality addition to your visit to Columbus.Check out their line-up and what is to come on their website!
Indiana University has formed a partnership with the Community Education Coalition of Columbus to establish a the IU Center for Art and Design that specializes in teaching art and design. The Center also offers a curated gallery that is open to the public as well as hosts artist talks, gallery openings and public symposiums.
The rustic village of Nashville is the historic home of the famous Hoosier Group and the TC Steele home and studio. Hosting dozens of artist galleries and studios, along with craft, specialty and antique shops. As well as live music and theatre venues. It is a popular day trip for our guests being located just thirty minutes west.
Nicknamed “The Little Smokies” because of the area’s resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Brown County encompasses nearly 16,000 acres of rugged hills, ridges, and fog-shrouded ravines. Indiana’s largest park is a traditional fall color hot spot. Located twenty-five minutes west of Columbus, on highway 46 just before Nashville, Indiana.