If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that is both stimulating and relaxing, look no further than Columbus, Indiana. Here you’ll find plenty of things to do in the springtime, ranging from festivals and concerts to hikes and bike rides. So whether you’re itching to take a break or just want to enjoy some quality time with family and friends, Columbus is the perfect place to be this spring.
Below is a list of some of the best things you don’t want to miss this spring in Columbus.
The Miller House and Garden
The Miller House and Garden, located in the heart of downtown, is a real treat to visit during the springtime. The estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is open daily from April through October. There are many beautiful gardens on the premises, and you can tour the house as well. What makes this property so special, besides the gardens and architecture, is the fact that the Miller family of immigrants lived there for almost three hundred years.
Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum
This charming Greek ice cream shop is located at 469 South 8th Street in Downtown, and is one of the best places to visit in Columbus this spring. The museum, located inside the former Savio’s Deli, is filled with memorabilia from the restaurant’s history, as well as delicious food from Savio’s. You can tour the deli as well, and there are even creameries where you can try the delicious Greek dessert known as “Zaharakos.”
Mill Race Park
This park is located in the village of Riverbend, just west of Downtown and University Place. It’s a great place to hop on a bike and explore the neighborhood and nearby parks. The “Mill Race” refers to the fact that this was the first successful flour mill in Central Indiana. The ruins of the building, which still stands, is open to the public as the Mill Race Ruins State Historic Site.
Located on the banks of the Ohio River, just a short distance west of Downtown, The Commons at Columbus Commons is a great place to relax and unwind. This 9-acre property is home to many great events each year, including the Spring Fling Festival, summer time kick-boards and the annual international noise-metal concert, Down the Line.
North Christian Church
This is the largest Protestant religious building in the state of Indiana. It sits at the northeast corner of North Christian and Delaware Road in the North Side neighborhood of Columbus. A great place to start your weekend adventure in Columbus, this church has been serving the community for well over a century.
This is a family-friendly winery located in Jeffersonville, about a 30–45-minute drive from Columbus. The facilities here are beautiful and kid-friendly, with a large play area, water slides, and a zipline. The winery itself has a large tasting room with a wonderful atmosphere. You can sample a variety of wines and desserts and purchase the tasting room or shop.
First Christian Church
This is a great place to visit if you’re looking for a quiet, calm place to spend some time with family or friends. It’s located at 1130 North Christian Road and is open from 11 am – 2 pm on weekdays and 12 pm – 3 pm on weekends. This is a great place to spend a leisurely morning or afternoon.