For Your Guests: 3 Columbus Wedding-Weekend Itineraries

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
Nikki and Cody Dysert posed for photos-and cones-at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams.

Since you've decided to get married here, you probably already know Columbus is an awesome city. There's so much to explore, and your wedding weekend is the perfect time to introduce out-of-town guests to all we have to offer. Columbus Bride crafted three wedding-weekend itineraries for your guests, whether they want to break a sweat outside before they break one on the dance floor or prefer eating and drinking their way through town.

  1. The Great Outdoors

    For guests who love adventure and the great outdoors, suggest they check out Scioto Audubon Metro Park, where they can test out the climbing wall and obstacle course. Central Ohio's Metro Park system includes 16 other parks, covering 27,000 acres, so there's plenty of trails and treks for the outdoor aficionado in your group. Hidden off Route 23 near Delaware are the Olentangy Indian Caverns; if guests stop here, encourage them to check out nearby Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, too, where they'll find the recently opened Heart of Africa exhibit (you can feed the giraffes!).

  2. For the Foodies

    Forbes named Columbus one of its "Five Secret Foodie Cities" in the January 2014 issue, and it wasn't a surprise to locals. There are so many places to send your weekend wedding guests, from classics such as The Top Steak House and The Refectory to new gems like Cameron Mitchell's The Pearl or Clintonville's refurbished The Crest Gastropub. And no Columbus dining list would be complete without a trip to the North Market, where guests can satisfy cravings from pierogies at Hubert's Polish Kitchen to salty-caramel delights at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. If they have more leisure time, we suggest checking out an alt eats or coffee tour with Columbus Food Adventures.

  3. Culture Connoisseurs

    On any given weekend in the city, you're likely to come across a BalletMet show, a spectacular performance by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra or the latest from an indie arts troupe like Available Light Theatre. And don't forget admission to the Columbus Museum of Art is free on Sundays, which is a relaxing way for guests to wrap up a fun-filled wedding weekend.