The Columbus Experience Guide

Whether its visiting one of Ohio’s beautiful parks, or exploring the hands-on museum experiences, Columbus truly has opportunities for all ages to enjoy. The diverse array of activities is one of the many reasons Columbus is a great place for families to visit and explore!

Family Fun Activities 

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (1777 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43235) Tour beautifully detailed gardens, art exhibitions, and breathtaking glass work. 

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium/Zoombezi Bay (4850 W Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065) Enjoy a day filled with up-close encounters with over 600 unique species from around the globe, or cool off at the waterpark which includes water slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, and a kids play pool. 

Highbanks Metro Park (9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH, 43035) Experience the beauty of nature with the choice of 10 different trails to explore. 

The Columbus Commons (160 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215) With over 200 free events every year, the Columbus Commons has something for all ages.  

Bicentennial Park (233 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus OH 43215) Enjoy a day at the park including a splash pad for the kids! 

The Columbus Children’s Theatre (177 E Naghten St, Columbus, OH 43215) Experience a production that is entertaining for the entire family, or sign your child up for a summer camp where they can get involved in a production of their own.

Hocking Hills State Park (19852 State Route 664 S, Logan, OH 43138) Whether it’s kayaking through the Hocking River, horseback riding along one of the beautiful trails, or ziplining through the canopy, this state park truly has something for everyone to enjoy. Book a cabin and join in on the activities! 

North Market (59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215) Experience a unique farmer’s market style experience made up of Ohio’s best vendors. 

Museums and Learning Activities 

The Columbus Museum of Art (480 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215) Enjoy special exhibits and events including summer workshops for the kids!

The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) (333 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215) With over 300 hands-on interactive experiences, traveling and permanent exhibitions, and live shows, COSI is educational and entertaining for all ages.  

The Ohio History Center (800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211) Experience Ohio’s history ranging from the ice age, WW1, the 1950’s and more. Bring history to life and experience a full-scale 1890’s village with interactive characters and experiences.