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Columbus
Workshops, lectures, camps, and overnight experiences featuring groundbreaking exhibits and live shows, fun hands-on activities and award-winning interactive videoconferences!
Columbus
THE WORLD WAS FOREVER CHANGED when, in 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail searching for a direct trade route to the Indies. Carrying him was the Santa Maria, a 98-foot wooden "nao", or typical cargo ship.
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.
Columbus
Yee haw! 60,000 sq ft of wet and wild waterpark action with a western-themed resort setting....Jeepers!
Powell
A beautiful world of adventure home to more than 9,000 animals that are just waiting to be visited!
Zoombezi Bay
(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 river, private cabanas, a kiddie play pool and a whole ...
Winchester
A living history museum set in the 1880s, where you will find costumed characters going about their daily lives for the time, from fruit canning in the kitchens to ploughing the fields with horses. Plenty of animals to see plus adventure playground e...
Delaware
Offers 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.
Delaware
Cross Creek Camping Resort is the premier camping destination in Ohio! We are a family oriented camping resort offering beautiful surroundings, activities, and themed weekends! Our goal is to provide families with a fun filled camping experience.
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 adventures, where it’s always 84 degrees, kids can have ...
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 Licking County, central Ohio and beyond!
Urbana
offers a comprehensive insight into the life and era of famous Johnny Appleseed.
Bowling Green
Mobile Outdoor Laser Tag
Ohio Caverns
(42 Miles)
West Liberty
A remarkable natural wonder with some of the most colorful caverns in the country - all found in beautiful Ohio.
Chillicothe
Arcade racing, skee ball and inflatable bounce house and assault course fun, plus Triple Crown Sports soccer skills training, family restaurant and more besides!
Franklin
The reservoir has many miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The area offers excellent hunting and fishing opportunities.
Piatt Castles
(44 Miles)
West Liberty
Fascinating historical castles that showcase over 200 years of history of Ohio and it's people.
Logan
Wildlife, waterfalls, caves, nature, and ghosts! Picturesque wilderness for the nature loving family to explore on foot or by bike.
Nashport
Features here include a 1,360-foot swimming beach and separate wading pool, plus disc golf and archery range.
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 golf, watching the cow milking, petting goats and othe...
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.
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 alike can hand-feed friendly songbirds with food purc...
Nelsonville
The Forest features over 300 miles of trails for hiking, all-terrain vehicle riding, mountain biking, or horseback riding in season.
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.
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 are stories of America...of challenge and failure, of...
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 exhibit space.
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
(63 Miles)
Latham
Cool off at the lifeguarded sandy beach swimming area with diving boards, giant water slides, canoes and paddleboats, a tube slide, the splash pad and the wonderful Water Wars! Dry land activities too including mini golf, trampolines and karting!
Scene 75
(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.
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 fun family places to go if you're looking for things ...
Dayton
Visit us often to enjoy our diverse permanent collection, world class special exhibitions, interesting educational programs and unique special events.
Laser Web
(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
Dayton
Along the banks of the Great Miami River, an extraordinary place hides within a seemingly ordinary setting�SunWatch, the original site of an 800-year-old American Indian village.
The Wilds
(68 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 the world living in natural, open-range habitat, a...
Dayton
An inspirational showcase of determined and infectious environmentalism, as well as containing plenty that smaller children love about farms: plenty of animals, Bee and Butterfly yards, children's garden and all the huge exciting machinery.
Troy
Nature preserve dedicated to environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation.
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. Take a tour of the original 1890's home of Casey Jon...
Lebanon
We have a mega-playground with 4 levels and two slides, 2 inflatables, cannonball air blasters, toddler area with trains, a virtual reality game system, and an arcade with prizes! The snack bar serves chicken nuggets and hot dogs. We host birthday ...
Middletown
Paint your own pottery - Mosaics - canvas painting - birthday parties - rock painting and more
Lima
Featuring Metro Park Beach, which offers a raindrop play fountain, 10' extreme water slide, surf slide and mermaid fountain. Plus 9 hole frisbee golf course, adventure play equipment, sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits.
Lima
30 spacious campsites available with 3 handicap accessible sites and 8 pull through sites for larger RVs. Water and electric hook ups throughout.
Lima
The Allen County Museum has something for everyone. Our campus includes the main Museum (including the Children
Kings Island
(80 Miles)
Kings Mills
If you want to experience thrills, raging water adventures, flying through the air, or just an enjoyable day with your family, Kings Island has over 80 rides, shows and attractions with something for every member of your family, young or old!
New Bremen
A beautiful museum with one of the largest collection of bicycles in the world.
Lima
Offering 2 mini golf courses, bumper boats, go karts, bating cages, inflatables and laser tag!
Findlay
We are all about the art of building with Legos! We offer Birthday Parties, Kid's Free Play, Summer Camps, Afterschool Programs, programs for Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts and other non-profit organizations. Learning Math, Science, Technology and E...
Chuck E Cheese
(83 Miles)
Lima
Indoor play zones split into toddler, kids and skill games areas, attached to a family restaurant.
West Chester
Whether you’re looking for high-octane kart racing action, exhilarating laser tag competition, mini golf or bowling, come play, game, and refuel at THE WEB!
Jump and Jacks
(84 Miles)
West Chester
Featuring the largest multi-level play structure in Ohio plus Toddler Room and Interactive Play Floor. Inflatables play yard on limited availability.
West Chester
Both the world’s largest indoor model train display and the 'greatest funhouse on Earth'! Train tracks are bustling all around the visitor: below, at eye level and some even 11’ in the air!

Top 10 most viewed fun things to do near Columbus with kids

1

Hocking Hills State Park

(44 Miles) National Parks / Natural World in Logan

2

Cross Creek Resort

(19 Miles) RV/Campsite in Delaware

3

The Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum

(41 Miles) Museums in Urbana

4

Olentangy Indian Caverns

(16 Miles) Historical Attractions in Delaware

5

Chuck E Cheese's

(7 Miles) Indoor Play in Columbus

6

Zoombezi Bay

(15 Miles) Waterparks in Powell

7

Piatt Castles

(44 Miles) Historical Attractions in West Liberty

8

Ohio Caverns

(42 Miles) National Parks / Natural World in West Liberty

9

Slate Run Living Historical Farm

(16 Miles) Historical Attractions in Winchester

10

CoCo Key Water Resort Columbus

(28 Miles) Waterparks in Newark

Fun places to visit in Columbus with kids

There are so many fun places to go with kids in Ohio - great zoos and aquariums, museums, theme parks, water parks and swimming pools, places to visit outdoors (many of which are cheap or free), great historical places of interest, activities and indoor play centres for toddlers as well as the usual family tourist attractions - take a look above, lots of the best things to do with children in OH