Things to do in COLUMBUS with kids

Columbus is all about number 1s. Confused? How about we say it has the number 1 zoo? Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions in the city, and when you see the faces of the adorable animals, you’ll see why!

How about number 1 science center? COSI (Centre of Science & Industry) is where kids can get an incredible hands-on experience with all things science (and LEGO!).

And how about possibly the number 1 historical experience to happen to the USA? Kids will love the historical Santa Maria, ship of Christopher Columbus who of course, discovered a certain country….

In summer kids will love the water parks like Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark (did we just say summer? It’s indoors - head on down there in winter!), and if it’s greenery you want, there are plenty of spaces to just enjoy with the family, like Topiary Gardens.

There are so many fun things to do in Columbus with the kids!

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  • Ohio Statehouse

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    Columbus

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

  • The Santa Maria

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    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!

  • Center of Science and Industry

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

  • Columbus Museum of Art

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    (1 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!

  • Topiary Park

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    (1 miles) Columbus

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

  • Chuck E Cheeses

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    (7 miles) Columbus

    Chuck E. Cheese's features age appropriate games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment that children of all ages from toddlers to big kids will love.

  • Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark

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    (7 miles) Columbus

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

  • Magic Mountain Fun Center East

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    (9 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!

  • Magic Mountain Fun Center Polaris

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    (12 miles) Columbus

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

  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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    (15 miles) Powell

    A beautiful world of adventure home to more than 9,000 animals that are just waiting to be visited!

  • Zoombezi Bay

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    (15 miles) Powell

    Introducing a brand new 22.7 acre water park that occupies the former home of Wyandot Lake and then some! The park features 15 state of the art water slides, a wave pool, an action river, a lazy ...

  • Olentangy Indian Caverns

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    (16 miles) Delaware

    An exciting excursion into ancient Indian lore with a maze of beautiful winding passages to explore. Follow up with a challenging 18 hole course themed on the caverns.

  • Slate Run Historical Farm

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    (16 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!

  • Cross Creek Resort

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    (19 miles) Delaware

    Fun family camping in Ohio, surrounded by nature. RV and tent sites, as well as pool, themed activities and sports!

  • CoCo Key Water Resort Columbus

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    (28 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 ...

  • The Dawes Arboretum

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    (31 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 ...

  • The Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum

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    (41 miles) Urbana

    offers a comprehensive insight into the life and era of famous Johnny Appleseed.

  • Ohio Caverns

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    (42 miles) West Liberty

    A remarkable natural wonder with some of the most colorful caverns in the country - all found in beautiful Ohio.

  • Triple Crown Family Fun Center

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    (42 miles) Chillicothe

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

  • Piatt Castles

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    (43 miles) West Liberty

    Fascinating historical castles that showcase over 200 years of history of Ohio and it's people.

  • Hocking Hills State Park

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    (44 miles) Logan

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

  • Dillon State Park

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    (47 miles) Nashport

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

  • Young's Jersey Dairy

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    (47 miles) Yellow Springs

    Young's Jersey Dairy is a working dairy farm which makes homemade ice cream, and operates two restaurants plus a bakery. Also, the farm offers loads of family entertainment, including: Miniature ...

  • Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

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    (54 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.

  • Ohio Bird Santuary

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    (56 miles) Mansfield

    Children who visit the Ohio Bird Sanctuary will see many of Ohio's native birds. Non-releasable hawks, owls, falcons, songbirds and game-birds are house on site. In the aviary, children and adults ...

  • Wayne National Forest

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    (59 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.

  • Burr Oak State Park

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    (59 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.

  • National Aviation Hall of Fame

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    (60 miles) Dayton

    They created a world where the sky was no longer the limit. The NAHF honors them for their service to country, their ingenuity, their courage, and their vision. The stories of our NAHF enshrinees ...

  • National Museum of the US Air Force

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    (60 miles) Dayton

    The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world's largest military aviation museum. This FREE attraction features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles in more than 17 acres of indoor ...

  • The Little Buckeye Childrens Museum

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    (61 miles) Mansfield

    A series of delightful role play scenarios including Bank, Vet, Market and Laboratory! Dress up, musical instruments and creative play round off this open ended learning environment.

  • Longs Retreat Family Resort

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    (63 miles) Latham

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

  • Scene 75

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    (64 miles) Dayton

    features a really large variety of family oriented attractions, rides and amusements aimed at around 4 upwards with kids over 10 able to participate in everything.

  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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    (65 miles) Dayton

    Explore the wonders of the world with a live animal zoo, the region's only public Planetarium and observatory, interactive science and technology exhibits, and more under one roof! One of the many ...

  • The Dayton Art Institute

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    (65 miles) Dayton

    Visit us often to enjoy our diverse permanent collection, world class special exhibitions, interesting educational programs and unique special events.

  • Laser Web

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    (66 miles) Dayton

    Laser Web is Dayton's Premier Laser Tag facility. Awesome birthday parties, group events or just a great time for friends and family