Experience downtown Columbus and its impressive Capitol Square and riverfront on this 90-minute guided walking tour. Beginning at Columbus’ most historic intersection, your tour guide will introduce you to the architecture and important highlights from the city’s frontier beginnings to its modern-day role as a rapidly growing city. Columbus downtown buildings range in styles from Beaux Arts to Gothic, Modern to Greek Revival, Neo-Classical to Chicago School, and more. Woven throughout the monumental and symbolic government and bank buildings, and the tucked-away architectural gems, outstanding public art and parks, are stories of our city’s immigrant roots, natural disasters, and famous citizens.
Our entertaining tour guides are experts in history and architecture and look forward to walking with you! Tour route is approximately 1.5 miles. Tour is outside and focuses on building exteriors, but we may pop in to one or two sites along the way. Key tour features may include:
Huntington Bank Building, Wyandotte Building, LeVeque Tower, Palace Theatre, City Hall, Ohio Judicial Center, Riffe Center for Government & the Arts, Lazarus Department Store, Fifth Third Building, Ohio Theatre, Ohio Statehouse, Bricker & Eckler, Columbus Dispatch, Trinity Episcopal Church, Rhodes Tower, Pearl Alley, the Hayden Buildings and 8 on the Square.
Parking is available at metered spaces on Broad Street adjacent to the starting point or in the Statehouse Parking Garage and other area garages and lots. There is also a COGO Bike Share next to the starting point and the free COTA C-Bus stops nearby.
– Tour Duration: approx. 90-minutes – walking & stopping
– Tours begin at SW corner of Broad & High Streets at the Stephen Canneto Sculpture “Intersect” near 1 S. High
– Tours are held on Saturdays at 10 a.m.
– Tours begin on time – arrive 5-10 minutes early to check in
– Tour guide will be wearing a golf shirt with Columbus Landmarks logo