The capital of Ohio has it all. Culture, science, sports, outdoor activities, festivals, foods, drinks, shopping, and history have made perfect amalgamation in this city.
If you’re looking for fun things to do in Columbus, you won’t need to look far. Undoubtedly, it has treats for everyone.
Things to do in Columbus for everybody’s taste
Whether you’re doing your homework on Columbus before you relocate or simply plan to visit, know that that there are many ways to relax and have fun there.
Like many big cities and state capitals, Ohio is home to art districts and sports stadiums, parks, theaters, and several signature venues. It is interesting to kids and adults alike.
So plan your visit carefully as you might require more time to check out all the fun things to do in Columbus than you have anticipated.
Lovely parks and gardens
If you’re an outdoor type, you will love what Columbus has to offer in this regard. The most popular landmarks are certainly.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Indoor and outdoor gardens are fascinating in every season, even during winter. Gardens feature landscaping artwork, an orchid collection, a bonsai garden, a fish pond, and a mile-long path. This is not just a park for a casual stroll. The gardens are a place for cultural events, art and cooking classes, and gardening and yoga workshops, too.
Pronounced sy-OH-toh (if anyone asks), this vast parkland is a perfect spot for long walks, cycling, and picnics. It’s 15,000 sq ft interactive fountain is popular fun in the sun for families. The Scioto Audubon Park, a part of the Scioto Mile, offers a climbing wall, fishing, and sand volleyball. Hiking or cycling, it is up to you!
Park of Roses
Over 11,000 roses and 350 different varieties will take your breath away if you visit the park during summer.
The list doesn’t end there. Hayden Falls Park, Topiary Park, Kelton House, Schiller Park, and Whetstone Park (encompassing the Park of Roses) are also locations where you can rest, learn or exercise during your visit to Columbus.
However, if you have relocation in mind, get informed before you move to Columbus. Otherwise, you might get overwhelmed by everything the Biggest Small City has to offer.
Amazing art and culture
Ohio Theater and Southern Theatre
Ohio Theater is a 1928 Spanish baroque theatre offering a hundred performances annually, including concerts, movie nights, opera, musicals, ballet, and lectures. The Southern Theater is one of the oldest in Ohio where you can enjoy everything from jazz concerts to drama in its cozy and ornate ambient.
This neighborhood showcases the heritage of German immigrants in the mid-1800s, from the 19th-century architecture to gourmet dining. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Katz’s Deli Stop are close to the Book Loft, a house converted to a 32-room bookstore. Moreover, cafes and confectionaries, history, and architecture are bound to keep you here for hours.
Short North Arts District
This unique neighborhood with its 17 lighted steel arches is home to art galleries, home décor and specialty shops, pubs and cafés, dining, and nightlife. Also, the “art and soul of Columbus” is the perfect spot to look for some must-have souvenirs.
Columbus Museum of Art
It connects both kids and adults with art through art-making activities and its amazing exhibitions. You can enjoy the works of art on display, Lego exhibits or creative toys; the choice is yours.
It is a part of Ohio’s Capitol Square with nearby Senate Building and Atrium. It was built in Greek revival style and its artwork and architecture are truly grand.
Sports and outdoors activities
The popular Horseshoe is home to Ohio State Buckeyes football team, a concert venue, and a landmark worth visiting. This monument to college football is the fourth largest on-campus facility in the nation.
This pleasant small ballpark is a baseball stadium. Home to the Columbus Clippers, it is perfect for families, offering free membership for kids. Hall of Fame, a rooftop bar, and a family lawn area with a fountain offer great entertainment.
This multipurpose arena hosts NHL, baseball games and other sports events, a major movie theater, concerts, and conferences. Also, its ice rink is open for public skating during the season.
ZipZone Outdoor Adventures
ZipZone is a sports and recreation venue featuring zip lines, sky bridges, quick jump free fall, and a rappel showcasing the city’s natural beauty.
Grand Prix Karting Indoor Entertainment
This year-round go-kart racing on 2 indoor tracks is a perfect place to bring the family to race around and fuel up.
Columbus has a few major shopping destinations and many small shopping areas. You are in for hours of fun whichever you choose.
This farmer’s market is a base for 30 merchants and farmers offering fresh produce and restaurants with delicious cuisine from different countries. Aside from fruit and veggies, honey, herbs and flowers, you can treat yourself with handmade jewelry and art or homemade preserves.
Easton Town Center
This open-air market is popular for shopping, restaurants and cafes, cinema complex, and recreational activities it offers. It is constructed to look like the American cities of the early 20th century and hosts live comedy shows and art fairs in its lovely ambient.
Polaris Fashion Place
This two-level mall features a variety of market-exclusive brands and specialty shops. Also, it has an outdoor food court with over twenty different cafes and restaurants. It is famous for its weekly events neither locals nor tourists wish to miss.
…and even more fun things to do in Columbus
It wouldn’t do justice to Columbus not to mention the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) with its educational, unique and fun activities.
At Kingmakers Board Game Parlour kids and adults can enjoy over 500 board games, and snacks and drinks, too. If you visit The Candle Lab, their staff will assist you in making a customized scented candle. Furthermore, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and its collection of comic strips and cartoons amuse and educate visitors of all ages.
Final, but certainly not the last fun thing to do in Columbus is the Glass Axis glass art studio, with glassblowing classes perfect for teens as well as fun team-buildings.