Activities

According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), of all the cities in the US, Columbus, IN is rated SIXTH in terms of architectural design!

Activites you may be interested in:
Self-guided architecture tours of downtown Columbus.
Seeing the exploded engine at Cummins HQ 500 Jackson St. (map)
Right next door to Zaharako's (where the reception will be held) is the Kids Commons, the Columbus Community Children's Museum.  In addition to all sorts of neat educational stuff, there is The World's Largest Toilet!  

Ideas for Friday:
Architecture Bus Tour of Columbus (Friday 10am) (reserve by clicking here)
Miller House and Garden Tour (Friday 1pm) (reserve by clicking here)
Ziplining or paintball (more info here)
Walk around downtown and see the I. M. Pei designed Library, the Eliel Saarinen designed Church, and the Dale Chihuly glass sculptures at the Columbus Visitor's Center, all within one block of each other!

And Saturday:
Architecture Bus Tour of Columbus (Saturday 10am) (reserve by clicking here)
Ziplining or paintball (more info here)
Wedding begins at 2pm SHARP so don't be late!

You may not know this about Columbus, Indiana!!
Download: Visitor's Guide

I can't imagine how the World's Largest Toilet was left off the top 10 list of things to see in Columbus (from the Columbus, IN website):

Travel writer Jordan Simon listed Columbus, Indiana among his Top 10 Things to See in the U.S. Before You Die on Aol.com. Columbus (pop. 39,000) was listed alongside the likes of Charleston, S.C., the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone National Park. Simon says, “For a small city, Columbus is a major repository of modern architecture, with works by luminaries like Eero Saarinen, Cesar Pelli, and Richard Meier. This destination says design from the get go...” In honor of this acknowledgment, we’ve created our own Top 10 List...
  • ONE : See 6 National Historic Landmarks, including one that's never been open to the public, Miller House and Garden, a masterwork designed by Eero Saarinen, and featured on CBS News Sunday Morning.
  • TWO : Take a tour of more than 60 modern marvels via a guided tour, or on your own, with your cell phone.
  • THREE : See two original works by Dale Chihuly - a dazzling, 900-piece yellow neon chandelier and a colorful quilt of plexiglass
  • FOUR : Check out the bridges of Bartholomew County – two sleek modern bridges and a covered bridge in a beautiful park setting.
  • FIVE : Take in some local flavor with culinary experiences ranging from beer-tastings and wine pairings to progressive dinners at multiple restaurants.
  • SIX : Walk the People Trails. It's an inspiring way to get in those 10,000 steps, while you look to spot the blue herons on the Flatrock River.
  • SEVEN : Drink a Green River at Zaharakos, hear the Orchestrion, and, for a limited time, indulge in some homemade cherry ice cream!
  • EIGHT : Explore the city to find dozens of pieces of large-scale, public art.
  • NINE : Discover little surprises around every corner. One alleyway is filled with colorful neon sculptures.
  • TEN : Find a one-of-a-kind collectible at Indiana’s largest antique mall, which is huge and amazingly well-organized.
Why you will find Columbus unforgettable...

Columbus, Indiana is a surprising community that is known around the world for its collection of work by renowned architects and landscape architects. A great destination for a getaway, Columbus is located within the Indianapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati triangle, and might be just another forgettable small Midwestern city except for the vision of local leaders who wanted to make Columbus the best community they could create.

The results speak for themselves. Columbus is ranked sixth in the U.S. for architectural innovation and design by the American Institute of Architects. And Columbus isn't standing still. More building projects are being completed and more are underway. See photo updates on the progress of the new buildings
here. We hope you will one day be able to come enjoy the architecture, public art, gardens and landscaping, and a first-rate park system.


All in one guide

To see everything you may want to know in one handy guide, view our current Visitors Guide brochure here >


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