Although traditionally seen as mainly the state capital and home to one of the country’s largest universities, Columbus has really evolved and changed in the past couple of decades. From the newly renovated arena district, to the Short North and other quaint neighborhoods, it has slowly but surely become one of the most popular cities in the midwest.

After living here for over three years, I am only just beginning to discover all that there is to do in Columbus. Today, I am focusing on a few fun activities to do in the Short North, which is just walking distance from Ohio State’s south campus. My roommates and I are regulars there, especially in the winter once football season is over!

The winter season can be especially difficult to to find fun activities to pass the time. Between the dreary weather and post-holiday blues, sometimes leaving the house seems virtually impossible. If you’re in the Columbus area, though, I have compiled a list of my favorite things to do in the Short North during those cold winter months!

My Favorites…

The Candle Lab 

I love candles, especially during cold winter evenings! One of the coolest things the Short North offers is a place to make your own candles. You can even have small parties and celebrations there! It’s the perfect way to spend a chilly afternoon. Check out their website here.

Visit an art gallery 

The Short north is home to tons of great local artists, and there are galleries all over high street showcasing their work. Have lunch at a local spot, like North Star, then take a walk around High Street and visit local galleries. You can find a list of galleries here

Kingmakers Board Game Parlour 

Are you a board game fan? This place has them all! Spend your evening here playing old-fashioned board games and drinking local tap beer. Click here to learn more. 

Have a spa day! 

There are over a dozen spas and salons in the short north to choose from. If you feel like pampering yourself, make an appointment and spend the day getting a facial or a nice massage!

Visit North Market

Spend your morning at the North Market— there is plenty to eat and explore. The best part is that it is home to numerous independent, local farmers, chefs, and grocers!

These are just a few fun suggestions– the options are limitless! Thanks for reading, guys! Don’t forget to check out my relaunch, here. As always, feel free to leave a comment below. 

Here are a few pics from this weekend. 🙂