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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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  • Center of Science and Industry

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    (0 miles)Columbus

    Workshops, lectures, camps, and overnight experiences featuring groundbreaking exhibits and live shows, fun hands-on activities and award-winning interactive videoconferences!

  • The Santa Maria

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    (0 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!

  • Chuck E Cheese's

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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!

  • 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 ...

  • Slate Run Living Historical Farm

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    (16 miles)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. ...

  • Olentangy Indian Caverns

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    (16 miles)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.

  • Cross Creek Resort

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    (19 miles)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 ...

  • 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.

  • Strategik Laser Tag

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    (42 miles)Bowling Green

    Mobile Outdoor Laser Tag

  • 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.

  • Cardos Family Fun Center

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    (42 miles)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 Falls Dam

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    (42 miles)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

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    (44 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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    (58 miles)Nelsonville

    The Forest 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 ...