Best Time to Visit Ohio

Columbus is Ohio's state capital and is at the heart the rural Ohio. Columbus is a lively college town with interesting cultural opportunities and a lively nightlife and party life, particularly in the summer months.  

Best time to visit & travel to Columbus, Ohio
When not to go to Columbus, Ohio
What to visit in Columbus, Ohio
Hotels and flights to Columbus, Ohio

See also:
Best time to visit Ohio State
Best time to visit Cleveland
Best time to visit Sandusky and the Lake Erie Islands
Best time to visit Cincinnati


Columbus downtown includes the gigantic Columbus City Center mall, several top museums (such as the Columbia Museum of Art), the COSI (Center of Science and Industry) or the Topiary Garden.  

However, restaurants, bars and nightlife are rather out of downtown, namely in the German Village district, the Brewery District and in the Short North and Hocking Hills. The German Village district is home of a magnificent ancient German architecture: the German Village is often described as an "outdoor museum", full of antique shops, historic buildings and fine restaurants. The Brewery district - as its name suggests - is famous as a place for nightlife and drinking.

See: Map of Ohio State 


Columbus weather is very changeable, with moderate to intense precipitation all year long (it averages ten rainy days per summer). 

Spring weather pattern is also changeable and erratic. Early Spring is cloudy, chilly and rainy, but there are also many beautiful days in mid and late Spring; the southeast Ohio hills are especially beautiful during this season. 

Summer is the most popular season to visit Columbus (accommodation and services prices rise accordingly in July and August), in spite of the occasional heat waves and humidity. Summer is Ohio's outdoor living season, with concerts and intense nightlife. 

Fall is also popular and probably the best time to travel to Columbus: the surrounding fields are very beautiful and the temperatures and weather are fairly agreeable, occasionally quite warm.


You may want to avoid the winter months, when temperatures reach very low levels and the occasional snowstorms strike Columbus region.

If you want to bet in low accommodation rates, then July and August aren't the best months. Besides, humidity and high temperatures may also turn some days of July and August very uncomfortable. See the Columbus Weather Data below for more details.



Hotel prices in the Brewery District or in the German Village are more competitive than those of downtown. But Columbus downtown offers also a wide range of good positioned hotels at reasonable prices. 

Port Columbus International Airport is located around eight miles northeast of Columbus downtown.