Columbus is the most populated city in Ohio and the 15th largest in the United States of America. It has a temperate climate characterized by hot muggy summers and cold, dry winters. It has about 300 days of sunshine every year. Although the city may not conjure images of a great architectural city, according to Lonely Planet it deserves a lot more credit. The cityscape is designed by some of the world’s best architects. Columbus has a diversified economy, has five Fortune 500 company headquarters and is ranked as one of the top cities for business according to Forbes.
Getting to downtown Columbus is easy, visit for more information. For an interactive hourly parking map of Columbus visit. For an interactive monthly parking map visit to compare rates and locations.
If you are flying from Ohio there are plenty of parking options at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport. There is a Green, Red, and Blue Shuttle lot with 24 hour shuttle service. The Blue Shuttle Lot offers door to door service and drops you off right at your vehicle. There is also the option of either a covered or an uncovered parking lot for an additional fee. At John Glenn International Airport there is also a Valet Parking Service by the airport’s Parking Solutions staff.
Come visit the different neighborhoods and experience all of what Columbus offers. There is downtown/Franklinton, Short North, German Village/Brewery District, Arena District, Campus/Clintonville, Easton Town Centre, and Near East Side.
German Village is a historic village just south of downtown Columbus that was settled by a large German population in the early to mid-19th century. As German immigrants moved in, their brewing methods were universally accepted and took over the British brewing methods. The White House has recognized German Village as a Preserve America Community. Every year the neighborhood puts on a small Oktoberfest festival. If you are driving, there are over 25 great parking options to choose from. Additionally, for parking information visit the Experience Columbus Website. You can parallel park anywhere in German Village easily, as long as there is no special event going on. Just be aware of parking signs so you will not get ticketed. There is also a parking garage nearby if this is what you prefer at Front Street and just west of German Village. Throughout the summer, the Actor’s theatre of Columbus puts on free performances of Shakespearean plays in Schiller Park, an open air amphitheater located in German Village.
If you are in downtown Columbus, Easton Town Centre is the largest shopping, dining and entertainment destination. It was designed to have the feel of a small town and has 15 hectares of retail space. They have the Shadowbox Cabaret which performs original comedy sketches. Whatever you are in the mood for, Easton Town Centre is the place to be.
If you are in the mood for fresh and delicious food, head to the North Market Farmer’s Market where there are over 30 merchants. There is parking east of the market. Keep your ticket to get the special shoppers rate. There is also parking directly south on Vine Street at the Columbus Convention Centre Parking Lot.
Ohio Theatre is a beautiful historic performing arts theatre completely restored to its original design. Thomas W. Lamb, noted theatre architect, designed the Ohio theatre to be a luxurious fantastical escape from everyday life. It is one of the only 1920s theatres to closely resemble the original theatre design and construction. Parking at Ohio Theatre is easy and convenient. You can park at Columbus Commons Parking Garage or in Statehouse Parking Garage .
Trip Advisor rates Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens very highly, taking nearly five stars out of five. It is a premier educational and horticultural institution providing hands on learning to individuals and groups of all ages. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and there is free parking .
Another park worth seeing is Topiary Garden which is located in the Discovery District. It is most famous for the Topiary interpretation of Georges Seurat’s impressionist painting. When you come to Topiary Gardens, it feels as though you are walking through works of art. There is plenty of street parking around the park .
Columbus was named for the explorer Christopher Columbus. Fittingly, there is one of the most authentic replicas the Santa Maria located in the Scioto Riverfront. You can tour the ship to see what life was like on the boat at the time as well as learn about the cultural and historical implications of the expeditions. The Santa Maria was the largest of three ships used by Christopher Columbus. The ships were originally merchant vessels and were used second hand for exploration.
Another opportunity to see history in Columbus is at the Prehistoric Indian Mounds, also known as the Serpent Mounds. It is a national historic landmark that is thought to be used by up to three different prehistoric indigenous cultures.
The Centre of Science and Industry (COSI) is a great destination for science enthusiasts of all ages. See their parking map. COSI is a science museum as well as a research Centre. It is a state of the art facility designed by Japanese Architect Arata Isozaki. There are over 300 interactive exhibitions great for both kids and adults.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a nonprofit zoo just North of the city of Columbus. It is considered one of the best zoos in the world. It is world renowned for the diversity of animals which include alligators, bison, elephants, rhinoceroses, koalas, pandas and reindeer. Conveniently there are plenty of parking spaces for your trip to the zoo.
Ohio State Buckeyes represent Ohio State University in many different sports at the Ohio Stadium. There are different parking maps to suit your parking needs including the Game Day Parking Map, the Gameday ADA Parking map, the Gameday Parking Permit Map, the Gameday Disability Parking map and RV parking information .
For Basketball fans, come see the Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. It is a multipurpose center that is part of Ohio State University. Parking is free for most special events. If it is a large event there is a free shuttle bus that picks people up from the North Buckeye Lots. See the center’s general parking map for more information.
Soccer fans can come see the Columbus Crew SC at the Mapfre Stadium. All around the stadium there is available parking, but not directly north.
Hockey fans can come see the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nationwide Arena where there are over 15 000 parking spaces within a 10 minute walk of the arena. During events, you will prepay to make exiting more efficient.
Baseball fans can come see the Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park where there are over 14000 parking spaces within a 10 minute walk of the stadium. You can reserve your parking space here for particular events .
Colleges and Universities
Ohio State University is the largest university in Ohio and the second largest single campus in the United States. Visit for information on permits and the 16 garages on the various campuses. There is an extensive student life program with over 1000 student organizations ranging from clubs, sororities and fraternities, student government and student media.
On Columbus State Community College campus, parking is by permit only, including motorcycles. Students are required to buy a parking pass every semester.
Columbus College of Art and Design, is located in downtown Columbus and there are many parking lots adjacent to college buildings.
Book a visit at the Ohio Supercomputer Centre. Visitors must have a building parking permit, which you can get from the receptionist and place on your dashboard. Visitor parking is available at the South and West lots.