Things to do in ATHENS with kids

Ohio is a melting pot of beaches, rivers, cities, mountains, museums - and the world’s largest Amish community!

Did you know that the WORLDS biggest coaster collection can be found at Cedar Point? Pretty impressive! Did you know you can experience an African Safari in Ohio? You can!

Want something else? Did you know that The Jump Yard is the largest indoor inflatable play land in the country? All in Ohio!

The state is filled with a rich history, from Columbus’ own Santa Maria, to the Century Village Museum. There is even an 1880s living museum at Slate Run, and real life castles with Piatt Castles. Castles!

Families and active kids have a plethora of activities to choose from across the whole state. Inquisitive kids will love attractions like Imagination Station, sports fans can enjoy places like Sluggers and Putters, and even the little kids get their own amusement park with Memphis Kiddie Park.

This gem in the heart of the Great Lakes is a great place to go with kids. There’s a reason 50% of the United States population lives within 500 miles of Columbus. They all want to be close to Ohio! 

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  • Wayne National Forest

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    (6 miles) Nelsonville

    A beautiful Ohio forest which features over 300 miles of trails for hiking, all-terrain vehicle riding, mountain biking, or horseback riding in season.

  • Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

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    (11 miles) Nelsonville

    The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is an organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and operation of historic railroad equipment for the education and entertainment of the general public.

  • Burr Oak State Park

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    (14 miles) Gloucester

    Over 25 miles for nature loving families to spend the day in, with stunning scenic hiking trails, picnic tables and grills, a 500ft. sandy beach, fishing areas, a public shelter plus campground.

  • Hocking Hills State Park

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    (25 miles) Logan

    Wildlife, waterfalls, caves, nature, and ghosts! Picturesque wilderness for the nature loving family to explore on foot or by bike.

  • Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

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    (29 miles) Parkersburg

    Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and the Friends of Blennerhassett, its volunteer group, are pleased that you will visit our park. The Island is open May 1 through October of each year. ...

  • Oil and Gas Museum

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    (29 miles) Parkersburg

    Both oil and natural gas were discovered in western Virginia by the first explorers in the mid-1700s. George Washington acquired 250 acres in what is now West Virginia because it contained an oil and ...

  • Adventure Quest Inflatables

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    (30 miles) Parkersburg

    We offer the cheapest, cleanest inflatables for all of your event needs! We do all day rentals, and this includes setup and delivery.

  • Casey Jones Home And Railroad Museum

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    (36 miles) Jackson

    Visit the Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum located in Casey Jones Village and relive the life, and legend. Climb aboard the 130 ton replica of engine #382 and ring the bell just like Casey did. ...

  • The Wilds

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    (39 miles) Cumberland

    The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world. Located on nearly 10,000 acres in southeast Ohio, it is home to rare and endangered species from around ...

  • Starlight Family Fun Center

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    (41 miles) Ripley

    Starlight Family Fun Center is an indoor rink and open year round. Open for skating sessions and available for birthday parties.

  • Triple Crown Family Fun Center

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    (47 miles) Chillicothe

    Active kids will love this fun center in Ohio, with soccer training, inflatables, water park, arcade, and PIZZA!

  • The Dawes Arboretum

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    (48 miles) Newark

    One of the premier public gardens in North America, The Dawes Arboretum has over 1,700 acres of plant collections, gardens and natural areas. Founded in 1929, Dawes is a travel destination for ...

  • Dillon State Park

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    (48 miles) Nashport

    Features here include a 1,360-foot swimming beach and separate wading pool, plus disc golf and archery range.

  • Slate Run Historical Farm

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    (49 miles) Winchester

    A living history museum set in the 1880s, with costumed characters going about their daily lives for the time, and plenty of animals to see!

  • CoCo Key Water Resort Columbus

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    (54 miles) Newark

    Gather your family and friends and come experience one of Ohio's Newest Indoor Water Parks. Join us for the day at CoCo Key Water Resort where we have over 50,000 sq. ft. of indoor water park ...

  • Magic Mountain Fun Center East

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    (57 miles) Columbus

    All year round fun for the whole family, with mini golf, batting cages, go-karts and bumper cars...great for those active kids!

  • Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark

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    (59 miles) Columbus

    Yee haw! 60,000 sq ft of wet and wild waterpark action with a western-themed resort setting....Jeepers!

  • Waves Of Fun

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    (61 miles) Hurricane

    A great day of water fun in West Virginia with this family waterpark - the perfect way to stay cool over summer with the kids!

  • Pump Up the Fun

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    (63 miles) Huntington

    Indoor party center with inflatable structures including a 40 ft long obstacle court.

  • Topiary Park

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    (64 miles) Columbus

    Explore 7 beautiful acres of nature and gardens in downtown Columbus. A relaxing, pretty and FREE family day out in Ohio!

  • Columbus Museum of Art

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    (64 miles) Columbus

    Explore the art world at the Columbus Museum of Art, with a fascinating collection and a range of exhibitions that will inspire and amaze!

  • Ohio Statehouse

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    (65 miles) Columbus

    A fascinating trip through the Ohio Statehouse, with free guided tours that can take you through it's amazing history and architecture.

  • Center of Science and Industry

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    (65 miles) Columbus

    Groundbreaking exhibits and hands-on experiences for kids to understand the connection between science and life. Amazing Columbus fun and discovery!

  • The Santa Maria

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    (65 miles) Columbus

    In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail searching for a direct trade route to the Indies. Carrying him was the Santa Maria - and kids can visit this incredible replica!

  • The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center

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    (66 miles) Ashland

    History and heritage along with energy and excitement come together on the Country Music Highway at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center. From 6 months to 96 years old, visitors find activity and ...

  • Sassafrass Junction Puppet Theater

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    (67 miles) Saint Albans

    The Theater with its bright purple walls , colorful "tree stage,"and cozy gift shop provide an environment that children of any age can come and dream in.

  • Museum of Radio and Technology

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    (67 miles) Hungtington

    Ideal for those kids who just LOVE radios and gadgets, this museum has a huge range of antique radio and communications gear in great condition for them to enjoy.

  • Longs Retreat Family Resort

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    (67 miles) Latham

    An RV park with a great waterpark and fun activities! Perfect for a stay, or even just a day visit!

  • Camden Park

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    (68 miles) Huntington

    A charming theme park in West Virginia, and a mini theme park just for those under 48" too!

  • South Charleston Museum

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    (70 miles) South Charleston

    The South Charleston Museum strives to create a casual learning experience that will appeal to all ages and interests. The purpose of this community museum is to promote the social, educational, and ...

  • Beech Fork State Park

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    (72 miles) Barboursville

    Beech Fork State Park was officially opened in the winter of 1979 and offers 3,144 acres of some of the best recreation experience in the southwestern section of West Virginia.

  • Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

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    (72 miles) Charleston

    An interactive world of music, theater, art and science for the whole family to enjoy!

  • Magic Mountain Fun Center Polaris

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    (73 miles) Columbus

    Family fun in Columbus with mini golf, go-karts, arcades, bumper boats...and so much more for those active kids!

  • Kanawha Valley

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    (73 miles) Charleston

    Located just seven miles south of Charleston, West Virginia, this forest's close proximity to the heavily populated Kanawha Valley has made it a recreational haven. A playground attracts families ...

  • ExploreWV GeoChallenge

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    (77 miles) Charleston

    Get out and see the beautiful Mountain State of West Virginia with the fun activity of geocaching! ExploreWV will set up groups to give you an excellent and adventurous day out!