What To Do In Columbus Ohio

Whether you’re looking for something new to do with your beau, a fun activity for girl’s night or a weekend workshop with the kids, here are some fun must-do’s in the Columbus area for all ages.

  1. Igloo Letterpress – Learn how to letterpress. Create personalized stationary, book binding, print your own coasters and more.
  2. EcoFlora – Terrarium building, soap making, DIY flora design.
  3. The Candle Lab – Pour your own candle. Create a custom candle by blending your favorite scents together.
  4. Columbus Idea Foundry – Wood working, blacksmithing, welding and more.
  5. Franklin Park Conservatory Workshops – Food education, gardening programs and kitchen fundamentals.
  6. Complimentary Cooking Classes at Williams Sonoma (Easton)

  1. The Book Loft – When I was young, my dad would take me to The Book Loft and we would spend hours marveling through every room.
  2. Scuba Diving Classes -Youth and adult scuba diving classes.
  3. Vertical Adventures – This rock climbing adventure is fun for adults and children of all ages.
  4. Tecumseh Outdoor Drama – When I was a Brownie in Girl Scouts, this show blew my mind.
  5. Columbus Commons Activities – Columbus Commons has an array of activities in the Summer from free fitness classes to concerts.
  6. Ohio History Center – I went to the Ohio History Center for the first time last year for the exhibit “Controversy” and found it very interesting.
  7. COSIColumbus ZooZoombezi BayThe Wilds – Well-known Columbus favorites.
  8. Perkins Observatory – As a child, I loved visiting Perkins Observatory in the Fall for the night time astronomical observation through the large telescope.
  9. Zip Line Canopy Tours – I have yet to experience this but I imagine I’ll be cracking up as I’m zipping through trees like Tarzan.
  10. Scioto Audubon Dog Park – Not only is this a huge dog park with two separate play areas but there is also a climbing wall for people.
  11. Dog Park at Godown Park – This dog park is opening soon and sure to be a fun place for our pups to play.

  1. Columbus Museum of Art
  2. Riffe Gallery Exhibits
  3. Wex Center Exhibits and Films
  4. Short North Gallery Hop
  5. Cloak & Dagger Mystery Dinner Theater 
  6. Shadowbox Live
  7. Breakfast and a Flick at the Movie Tavern
  8. Gateway Film Series (from book to film)
  9. CAPA Movie Series
  10. Outdoor Movies all over Columbus

  1. Kalahari Indoor Water Park
  2. Strawberry Picking
  3. Shamrock Vineyard
  4. Valley Vineyards
  5. Hocking Hills
  6. Put-in-Bay or Kelley’s Island
  7. Amish Country
  8. Mohican State Park

This post came about because I was bored out of my gourd this weekend and had to conjure up some ideas of what I could do. I knew there had to be SOMETHING I haven’t done in this city so I spent about 3 hours researching all of the best things Columbus has to offer.

 What are your favorite Columbus (and beyond) activities? 

Comments ( 10 )
  • Drew Tewell says:

    Thanks for the resource. My favorite place is Cedar Point, which isn’t to far away. Have a good week!

  • Bethia says:

    Lots of great ideas!

    I’d also like to suggest our food tours as a fun activity for a date or a group of friends. We now have 7 different itineraries so there really is something for everyone from taco trucks to ethnic foods to dessert.

    The Hills Market and The Dispatch Kitchen at the North Market both offer cooking classes too.

    Thanks!

  • Georgie Horn says:

    Hi, I’m visiting Columbus the week of July 15-21st. I’m looking for some hands on mixed media/scrapbooking/art classes, but not sure where to look. Any idea, if so, you can email me directly. AND THANKS!!

    • jrenee says:

      Hey! Thanks for commenting. Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with any scrapbooking classes in town but I would definitely look into Igloo Letterpress for arts and crafts on Saturday mornings. It’s a beautiful space and a lot of fun.

  • Alan says:

    I’ve really enjoyed Columbus Food Adventures tours. I took the taco truck tour, and was completely surprised by the amount of great Mexican food those little trucks were making!

  • Phill says:

    Great list! People are always asking what’s there to do in Columbus.

    I’ve also found the Chamber’s website to be a nice place to look for organizations or events to join as well.

    • Janine Renee says:

      Thanks so much for your comment Phill! Feel free to direct folks to this page anytime. I hope to be updating it regularly with new events as well.

      I agree that the Chamber has a great site for events and organizations.

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