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, it's just better to explore it than to read about it - so let's go!
A fascinating trip through the Ohio Statehouse, with free guided tours that can take you through it's amazing history and architecture.
Groundbreaking exhibits and hands-on experiences for kids to understand the connection between science and life. Amazing Columbus fun and discovery!
Explore 7 beautiful acres of nature and gardens in downtown Columbus. A relaxing, pretty and FREE family day out in Ohio!
Explore the art world at the Columbus Museum of Art, with a fascinating collection and a range of exhibitions that will inspire and amaze!
All year round fun for the whole family, with mini golf, batting cages, go-karts and bumper cars...great for those active kids!
Family fun in Columbus with mini golf, go-karts, arcades, bumper boats...and so much more for those active kids!
Over 20 acres of water park fun with 17 state of the art water slides, a wave pool, an action river, a lazy river, private cabanas, a kiddie play pool and a whole lot more!
A beautiful world of adventure home to more than 9,000 animals that are just waiting to be visited!
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!
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.
Fun family camping in Ohio, surrounded by nature. RV and tent sites, as well as pool, themed activities and sports!
Year round water fun in Newark with 50,000 sq ft of indoor water park fun, with kids play areas, activity pool, body slides, rafts, and blasts!
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!
Discover an American Folk Hero, Johnny Appleseed, with a wealth of history and a lot of fun in Ohio!
A remarkable natural wonder with some of the most colorful caverns in the country - all found in beautiful Ohio.
Active kids will love this fun center in Ohio, with soccer training, inflatables, water park, arcade, and PIZZA!
Wildlife, waterfalls, caves, nature, and ghosts! Picturesque wilderness for the nature loving family to explore on foot or by bike.
Fascinating historical castles that showcase over 200 years of history of Ohio and it's people.
A working dairy farm in Ohio with animals, entertainment, and homemade ice cream! A tasty day out for the family in Yellow Springs.
Features at Dillon State Park include a 1,360-foot swimming beach and separate wading pool, plus disc golf and archery range.
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.
A premier adventure destination in Ohio with year round tubing, wakeboarding, zorbs, inflatables, paddle boats, a lazy river, hiking, and more!
Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a 90 acre nature preserve filled with Ohio's native birds and a living museum, actively aiding sick and injured birds back to health
A beautiful Ohio forest which features over 300 miles of trails for hiking, all-terrain vehicle riding, mountain biking, or horseback riding in season.
Features 4 different mazes combining to make 11.5 miles of intersecting trails, plus hay rides, corn cannons, kids' adventure play area, cow train ride and petting farm animals.
The National Museum of the US Air Force is the WORLD's largest military aviation museum with FREE entry & over 17 acres of exhibits & real life aircraft!.
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....
A fun children's museum in Ohio where kids can learn through play at various exhibits offering role play fun, creativity, imagination & development!
An RV park with a great waterpark and fun activities! Perfect for a stay, or even just a day visit!
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.
An interactive science learning experience for kids at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, plus natural world exhibits & live animals too!
Visit us often to enjoy our diverse permanent collection, world class special exhibitions, interesting educational programs and unique special events.
Laser Web is Dayton's Premier Laser Tag facility, with VR, laser maze, arcade and more!
Visit the original site of an 800-year-old American Indian village at this historically fascinating family attraction in Ohio.
The Wilds is one of the largest wildlife conservation centers in the world, set on 10,000 acres in southeast Ohio, & home to rare and endangered species in natural, open-range habitat
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.
Nature preserve dedicated to environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation.
Indoor fun for kids in Ohio with this multi-level mega-playground slides, inflatables, cannonball air blasters, and more - including a virtual reality game system!
Paint your own pottery - Mosaics - canvas painting - birthday parties - rock painting and more
Ottawa Metro Park features Metro Park Beach, with play fountain, water slide, frisbee golf, play equipment, sand volleyball court & more!
30 spacious campsites available with 3 handicap accessible sites and 8 pull through sites for larger RVs. Water and electric hook ups throughout.
The Allen County Museum has something for everyone. Our campus includes the main Museum (including the Children
A beautiful museum with one of the largest collection of bicycles in the world.
Thrills and spills at the largest amusement and water park in the entire Midwest! With over 80 rides, attractions and shows, it's great fun for the whole family in Ohio.
Offering 2 mini golf courses, bumper boats, go karts, bating cages, inflatables and laser tag!
It's all about LEGO at this Ohio activity center where kids can enjoy free play, camps, play dates and lots of fun programs!
THE WEB Extreme Entertainment features the LARGEST indoor laser tag in Cincinnati, plus mini golf, mini bowling & more!
Visit the LARGEST multi-level play structure in Ohio, with play areas, a toddler room & interactive play floor all at Jump and Jacks!
Explore the world’s largest indoor model train display - in Ohio! Train tracks are bustling all around - below, at eye level and some even 11’ in the air!
Inspiring and creative indoor play in Ohio, with imagination play, toddler areas, sports and great fun for those developing minds and bodies!
Kangaroo Cave is fun indoor play with inflatable bounce area, with Zoo Creation Station and games too!
Nature's waterpark with tube slides, paddleboats, and water fun, as well as mini golf, and sports! Great family fun in Ohio!
Tons of kids fun at the only indoor zipline park in the WORLD, as well as a trampoline park and a challenging rock wall. Great for those active kids in Cincinnati!
Vintage amusement rides, batting cages, pools, concessions and lots of outdoor fun in this family friendly park in Ohio
Where we have over 50,000 sq. ft. of indoor water park adventures, where it’s always 84 degrees, kids can have a blast with slides, play island, adventure river and more!
Experience the ultimate water park in Cincinnati, with 55,000sq ft of indoor water fun with kids play, water features, slides, rides, falls, waves and MORE!
Full hook ups, basketball courts, volleyball, swimming, fishing... all right on a beautiful lake! Enjoy the Ohio nature!
When the first hints of crisp nights and bright days hit the air, we'll be ready. Your family will find everything they need for fall fun at Today's Harvest. ■Giant Corn Maze & Agritainment ■Pumpkins in all shapes and sizes ■Straw bales and corn s....
See where Civil War hero and 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes lived, and learn about his life as a soldier, Congressman, Ohio governor and President!
Thrills, family rides, and water park fun at Coney Island - one of the most popular attractions in Cincinnati for the family day out!
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens is home to over 500 animal and 3000 plant species, with rides, attractions, animal experiences & so much more!
Bumping dodgem cars, fun bumper boats and a thunder road speedway for some motoring fun, as well as mini golf, a driving range and 'Olde Skool' vintage crazy golf! That's not even everything!
22 pretty acres which include a butterfly and wildflower garden, 0.6 mile accessible Pin Oak Trail, exhibit barn and winter sports in season.
A long established area favourite, offering public open sessions and Derby sessions on their family friendly roller skating rink.
Cincinnati Art Museum features an unparalleled art collection of more than 60,000 works spanning 6,000 years!
A family friendly amusement park open to the public four times in a year, with great activities for active kids - including roller coasters!
Experience the LARGEST indoor waterpark in the USA at Kalaharis in Ohio! Outdoor activities seasonally.
Fun for all ages, this Hall of Fame and Museum is an interactive, educational journey through over 140 years of Cincinnati Reds history!
A fascinating museum in Cincinnati that tells stories of freedom's heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to present day.
The Cincinnati Fire Museum is located in a 1907 National Register firehouse, and preserves & exhibits Greater Cincinnati's firefighting artifacts!
Comprising more than 12,000 works of art from virtually every culture and spanning the history of art, the AMAM's collection is a vital cultural resource for the students, faculty, and staff of Oberlin College as well as the surrounding community.
An incredible complex of museums, including history, natural history, children's museum and IMAX!
Hands-on history exhibits with over 30 rooms within an old asylum that explore local and Ohio history. Many free family-friendly events and programs for children too!
The museum currently exhibits forty-five rare and unusual classic and special interest automobiles. The gorgeous vehicles are complemented by the thousands of pieces of historical memorabilia displayed throughout the museum.
2 indoor playgrounds, laser tag arena, arcades and more!
Entertainment for the entire family, with outdoor activities such as mini-golf, as well as batting cages, bumper boats, go-karts, and inflatables. Year-round entertainment indoors includes cosmic golf too!
"Grab The Brass Ring" at 'the funnest museum ever.' Rare and unusual carousel animals abound at The Merry-Go-Round Museum's newest exhibit. Enjoy a ride on the antique carousel, visit with wood carvers creating new animals, and learn about recreation....
The ultimate indoor fun with 65,000 sq feet of learning, adventures, paintball, dodge ball, toddler room and art room...to name a few! Adult activities too!
The limited open play sessions are worth waiting for with a great range of inflatable fun and special family nights at this fun activity center!
Over 75 awesome rides featuring the world's biggest coaster collection, including Maverick and Millennium Force. Plus family rides and kiddie thrills aplenty too!
Water fun galore in Cedar Point with thrills, spills, slides and rivers - perfect for the whole family in Ohio!
Head to Africa for the day at African Safari Wildlife Park! Over 400 beautiful and exotic animals on the 100-acre preserve will give you a fun and educational day out in Ohio!
Come nose-to-nose with more than 700 animals, including endangered Humboldt penguins, snow leopards, Sumatran tigers, jaguars and Komodo dragons - it's WILD in Ohio!
A fun and challenging way for kids over 12 years to spend the day, by solving puzzles, finding clues, and channelling their inner Sherlock!
A non denominational Christian Ranch Camp offering trail rides, riding lessons, camping, and lush surorunds for hiking and family exploration.
An amazing year-round experience with two floors of games and prizes and attractions for everyone, with skeeball, bumper boats and an ice cream parlor!
Bounce the day away at the largest indoor inflatable center in the country! Jumping fun in Ohio for kids of all ages!
Cool off in Ohio with flume slides, water sprays, tube slides and a lazy river...just to name a few! Great waterpark fun for kids.
A wide variety of art classes for kids and adults like, set in an Ohio art gallery. Get creative at Peninsula Art Academy!
Amazing family fun in Ohio with Perry's Cave, 52ft below the Earth's surface, along with gemstone mining, mini golf, rock wall, car museum, and butterfly house!
Fun indoor play in Ohio for kids up to 6 years, with ball pits, train table, slides, multi level play, climbing wall and more at KidsPlay!
Located inside Glenn's main gate, the Visitor Center features 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits.
The winding Cuyahoga the "crooked river" as named by American Indians gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. The park is a refuge for flora and fauna, gives a sense of times past, and provides recreation and solitude for Ohio's....
With over 5,300 animals representing over 760 species, The Toledo Zoo is one of the worlds most complete zoos and it features an aquarium too!
Lake Erie Nature Center offers live animal exhibits, wildlife, plus professional level planetarium with public show schedule.
Classic family tenpin bowling in Ohio with gutter guards and light balls to help the kids along, plus cosmic lights, great music and even karaoke!
250 amazing interactive exhibits on science and the world for those young minds in Ohio, with a virtual roller coaster, human yoyos and special toddler areas.
The Toledo Museum of Art collection of more than 30,000 works of art ranks among the finest in the United States. In our more than 35 galleries, Sculpture Garden, and new Glass Pavilion, discover important, popular, and outstanding works of art.
Fun amusement rides for children, as well as a fun arcade, and miniature golf course in Ohio!
A FREE day out in Toledo designed with kids and families in mind where kids can enjoy interactive fun all about the police!
One of the most popular attractions in Cleveland and foremost conservation organizations, with 3,000 animals representing 600 species.
A museum for plants, Toledo Botanical Garden offers visitors the opportunity to share, discover and enjoy nature's beauty. With over sixty acres of display gardens and relevant plant collections, TBG is full of beauty, tranquility and opportunities f....
A history of local firefighting plus a training room where kids learn how to manage and escape from a fire in the home. Free, with very limited opening.
A fun playland that includes 5 inflatables, 4 swing sets and a dedicated toddler area, plus 18 hole glow in the dark mini golf!
Kids can get up close to the creatures of the ocean at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, and learn about all the wonderful creatures, including sharks!
Enjoy a fun-filled, brain-building and interactive experience in the Great Lakes! Hands-on exhibits, the NASA Glenn Visitor Center & more!
Rock and Roll is here to stay! Give kids a lesson in how incredible music used to be and introduce them to all the greats!
A fascinating and historical experience on a real life submarine! USS Cod was active during WWII, and makes a great step back in time for kids!
A fascinating and insightful look into the history of women in aviation and space - an inspiring experience for kids, especially those little girls!
The Children's Museum is the only institution in Cleveland completely dedicated to the overall development of kids, ages 6 months to 8 years!
A beautiful sanctuary that offers a save haven for unwanted and abused exotic animals, where all admissions go directly to helping these beautiful creatures!
Water fun galore in Aurora, with slides, thrills, kiddie activities, lessons and lots of family fun!
An interactive, informative, educational and fun experience to immerse the family in contemporary art
Experience how families lived over 100 years ago! Visit with costumed interpreters, watch working craftsmen, and try various hands-on activities. Lots of special events too like Quilt Show, Dairy Days, Apple Butter Making, Doll Show and more! Inn, Ca....
A beautiful nature filled experience for the whole family! Nature trails, programs and walks...a beautiful family day out in the Ohio woodlands and forests!
The Cleveland Museum of Art permanent collection includes more than 40,000 objects. As one of the nations top museums, the Cleveland has long exhibited leadership in acquisitions, presentation, and education, and its curators have originated many gro....
From dinosaurs, to hands-on discovery, live animals shows, gardens & a Planetarium, Cleveland Museum of Natural History offers SO much fun for the family!
An incredibly fun and family friendly science and cultural center which teaches kids all about agriculture, country life and farming! (and there's animals!)
An authentic representation of a Western Reserve Village from 1798, with over 22 historically accurate buildings and over 15,000 museum artefacts. Historic Ohio fun!
Family fun in Ohio, split into Water Fun Land, Kidsland and Sportsland, offering between them great entertainment to keep the kids happy, from six story high water slides to paddle boats, mini golf and karting!