Short North and Arena District Walking Tour


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City, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: Yes. This tour can be customized to fit your needs; I am happy to make necessary adaptations.

Friendly: Yes.
I am happy to customize this tour to fit your needs.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent), Spanish (conversational), Thai (basic)

Public Art, historic architecture, and vibrant green spaces in one of Columbus' most trendy areas

The Short North is now known for its art galleries, specialty shops, pubs, nightclubs, coffee houses, and a great deal of Ohio History and culture. The Short North is also the home of a number of huge Columbus festivals including. Signified by the 17 lighted metal archways, The Short North is where Columbus once earned the nickname "Arch City. "

The Arena District is where class meets action. Home to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena, the Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park, and a number of upscale restaurants, music venues, and places to spend time, The Arena District is where Columbus goes to play.

Join me as we walk through some of the most vibrant and trendy areas of the city.

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- Learn why it is called "The Short North" and see what makes it so special.
- See some of the most beautiful Victorian homes in the city.
- Find out what the Circus has to do with Columbus.
- Meet local artists in our local galleries.
- Visit the Cap at Union Station, a shopping center built on a bridge.
- Connect with one of the most popular and trendy areas in town.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: The tour will start and stop at the Famous North Market. We will meet in the east side of the market near the middle stairs and main entrance. There is street and metered parking all around the park. I am happy to make recommendations depending on the day and time we are meeting.

End location: We will end the tour in the same location

Duration: 1 hour 30 min.

Weather could slow us down, but we can do this tour in rain or shine.


This is a walking tour. Special arrangements can be made for those in need. The tour can be adapted to meet any fitness level.

What’s Included

Other: Walking through one of the most trendy and vibrant areas of the city with a few special spots (that even some locals aren't aware of or don't notice). There are a few spots where you are welcome to purchase a drink, an ice cream, etc.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

6 USD - You may want to try Jeni's world-famous Ice Cream. Usually about $6

What’s Extra

Other: We will pass a number of great local shops, restaurants, and bars: I am happy to make a quick stop. I will also make recommendations in case you would like to shop/eat after the tour.

A Recent Review of this tour

Will was absolutely wonderful. His enthusiasm for Columbus and knowledge made every aspect of this tour marvelous! It was a perfect introduction to this delightful city. Perfect in every way!
Susan Claassen

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