Columbus Gay and Lesbian Vacations

Columbus Pride

Columbus Pride

Your gay Columbus vacation

Often overshadowed by Cincinnati and Cleveland, the state capital and largest city of Ohio is a tidy, spacious, and prosperous place with a friendly, youthful vibe and a sizeable LGBT presence. Columbus has gone out of its way to renovate, revitalize, and preserve its heritage: The German Village/Brewery District displays its German immigrant history with restored 19th Century homes and shops and is home to a pumping bar and club scene. The once-downtrodden Arena District now thrives with eateries and hotels in turn-of-the-century brick warehouses. And best of all is the artsy and gay-popular Short North area, situated just north of Arena District and filled with galleries, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.

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Flights
Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York Columbus Tue, Dec 30 - Fri, Jan 9 $333
Los Angeles Columbus Sat, Jan 10 - Tue, Jan 13 $329
Seattle Columbus Wed, Jan 21 - Thu, Jan 22 $390
Chicago Columbus Mon, Jan 26 - Thu, Jan 29 $155
San Francisco Columbus Mon, Jan 12 - Tue, Jan 13 $346
Boston Columbus Sat, Jan 17 - Tue, Jan 20 $276
Washington DC Columbus Tue, Dec 30 - Fri, Jan 9 $187
Phoenix Columbus Mon, Jan 12 - Sun, Jan 18 $359
Philadelphia Columbus Fri, Jan 23 - Fri, Jan 30 $227
San Diego Columbus Wed, Jan 7 - Wed, Jan 14 $349
Dallas Columbus Sun, Feb 1 - Fri, Feb 6 $280
Denver Columbus Sat, Jan 31 - Sat, Feb 7 $335
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Columbus highlights

  • Columbus gayborhoods

    The art gallery-filled Short North (just north of downtown) acts as the de facto gayborhood of the city. Amid the masterpiece murals decorating its buildings, you’ll find gay underwear shops, queer bookstores, and hangouts for the LGBT students from Ohio State University. Lesbians tend to congregate in the Clintonville neighborhood, and German Village enjoys a sizeable LGBT resident population as well.

    LGBT Events

    Columbus is said to have the second largest Gay Pride celebration of its kind in the Midwest, with more than 100,000 in attendance. Held in June, besides the traditional parade and rally, there’s also a LGBT theatre shorts festival, an antique car show, and a 5K race. Pride often coincides with ComFest, a massive three-day music festival in Goodale Park, In March, the Wexner Center for the Arts on the Ohio State University campus hosts Out at Wex, a three-day queer film festival.

    Seeing the sights

    North Market is an open-air marketplace dating back to 1876, with tons of fresh foods, unique shops, and a bountiful farmer’s market on the weekends. Columbus’ enthusiastic art scene can be tasted at the postmodern Wexner Center with its films, exhibitions, and performances, including many gay-themed events. Capitol Square is home to the impressive 19th Century Greek Revival Ohio Statehouse. And deep in the wooded suburb of Pickerington is the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, a must for any leather aficionado or dyke on bike!

Insider tips for Columbus gay travel

  • Spring and fall are both sublime

    Winters can be chilly and summers humid, but both spring and fall show green Columbus at its most pleasant and leafy.

    Book early for summer

    Columbus erupts in summer with a full calendar of major events, including 11-day Ohio State Fair and the three-day JuneteenthOhio African-American festivals (one of the largest of its kind in the U.S.), and many other music and food fairs. Hotels can book up, so get your early.

    Fly directly into Columbus

    Although flights to other Ohio cities may seem easier to find, the Port Columbus International Airport is located just ten minutes east of downtown and is served by a dozen airlines and low-cost carriers.

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