Columbus Art Walks are a great way to explore the Short North and 12 other neighborhoods with wonderful displays of public art. The audio tour guide is downloadable to your phone or mp3 player, printable maps are also available for download, and the walks take you through interesting corners of our city. You’ll see old favorites, new treasures, and get many of your daily recommended 10,000 steps!
Beginning with the Garden Mural, this Art Walk shows you one of the biggest murals of a series created by an artist collective working together without boundaries. There are other murals on the tour, including a graffiti mural of Uncle Sam. Also included are historic buildings, signs, architecture, and the iconic Short North arches. The tour includes the historic Short North neighborhoods of Italian Village, Harrison West, and Victorian Village.
Remember the smell of fresh bread wafting through the Short North neighborhoods years ago? Revisit those memories or make some new ones with a walk by the iconic Wonderbread factory here. Did you know it used to produce steel wool? Included on the tour is a haunted bed and breakfast, with stories from guests and owner alike. Also seen on the tour (from the street) are a dozen or so private homes with historic and architectural value.
St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church is an especially lovely stop with all its statues. Nearby is Christopher Columbus Square, the city’s smallest park with an ironic triangle shape, and a further on is a great spot for viewing the Columbus skyline. Other parks visited include Poplar Park, Chase Park, Harrison West and Harrison Parks, Side By Side Park, Battelle Greenspace, Goodale Park, and Italian Village Park.
From the Short North arches, past the mosaic totem pole, and on to the Garden Theater, and ending at Goodale Park, you’ll get a taste of the vibrant, bustling, art-filled neighborhood of The Short North. Long enough that you may want to break the tour into two parts, the tour is certainly still walkable in a single day.
The Columbus Team knows Columbus well, and we invite you to come and enjoy the Columbus Art Walks tour of The Short North to get to know your city, its art, and its history a little better!