Step into the Ohio History Center and explore the past

60 Days of Summer Columbus OH Fun Activities To Do

Come explore scenes from history, with interesting displays for all ages at the Ohio History Center. Then, REALLY step into the past with a visit next door at Ohio Village!

summer_fun_villageFrom photographs taken through the years to dinosaur bones, to exhibits about race and ethnicity in Ohio, and interactive exhibits for children young and old, the History Center is the museum to explore all things Ohioan. Exhibits often change, so visit the website to see what’s at the museum when you want to go. We highly recommend spending a whole day here! ADA accessible for our friends and neighbors with disabilities and who have small children in strollers.

Ohio Village is a living history exhibit that is a recreated 19th century Ohio town, and is located on the grounds of the History Center. With costumed docents, educational and fun activities and programs, it has become a favorite field trip for local schools and groups! Create a 19th century Ohio craft, hear stories of the age, and see how our Ohio ancestors lived, played, celebrated, and worked back then.

Admission is $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for Seniors, $6.00 for children 4-12, and children 3 and under and Historical Society Members are free. Admission to the museum includes admission to the Ohio Village unless there is a special program going on, then it’s an additional cost. Consult the website.
Typically open Weds-Sat 10am-5pm for the summer.

Ohio History Center and Ohio Village
800 E 17th Street
Columbus, OH 43211

Please note, this information was correct as of the writing date, but things do happen to cause changes that we cannot predict. Contact the venue directly for up-to-the-moment information.

Swim like the fishes at the Columbus Aquatics Center!

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The Columbus Aquatics Center is the perfect place in Victorian Village to swim in any weather. The center offers 6 lap lanes, open swim area, diving area, and a baby pool. No spiffy slides or lazy rivers, but perfect to chase away the rainy day blahs when the kids are begging to swim…no worries about thunder indoors! So tell the kids a big “Yes!” for swimming in spite of the rain and enjoy a relaxing afternoon swimming in safety no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.

Lessons and classes are also available, and check with the center for their open swim time, as it changes throughout the year as needed.

Columbus Aquatics Center
1160 Hunter Ave
Columbus, OH 43201
645-3129

Closes in May for the summer so this is a better fall to spring activity!

Please note, this information was correct as of the writing date, but things do happen to cause changes that we cannot predict. Contact the venue directly for up-to-the-moment information.

I have a dream! King Arts Complex

60 Days of Summer Columbus OH Fun Activities To Do

Bring your kids to see the soul of Columbus, and learn about peace, progress, and our diversity. Located in the historic King-Lincoln district of Columbus Ohio and dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and teaching the cultural and artistic heritage of the African American Experience while promoting peaceful cooperation between all peoples, this beautiful venue for performing, cultural, and visual arts space includes exhibits on the Cradle of Jazz, Elijah Pierce gallery, Goree Island House of Slaves, Cargo, and more.

Columbus OH King Arts ComplexThe King Arts Complex bills itself as the Soul of the City, and with good reason. Music, art, performing art, history, social movements, and expressions of human joy, sadness, celebration and grief can be found and experienced here.

A fascinating and meaningful museum for all ages, the King Arts Complex exhibits are a great rainy day destination, as are the many summer programs for kids, teens, and adults.

This is a place everyone in Central Ohio should visit, and summer is the perfect time to do it!

Keep an eye on the website for special events, and educational programming for all ages.
Open Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm.

King Arts Complex
867 Mount Vernon Avenue
Columbus, OH 43203

Please note, this information was correct as of the writing date, but things do happen to cause changes that we cannot predict. Contact the venue directly for up-to-the-moment information.

Photo Credit: King Arts Complex

At COSI Science is SO cool!

60 Days of Summer Columbus OH Fun Activities To Do

COSI is one of the best places to have an adventure in Columbus and Central Ohio. We love our Center of Science and Industry, and learn something new every time we go!

COSI is especially great on rainy summer days, as the vast majority of exhibits, displays, and hands-on areas are indoors. They run special exhibits and programs every summer, which you can find out about on their website.

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At COSI science is so cool! This is no old fashioned museum! Everywhere there are things to do, touch, use, experiment with, and even climb on and through!

From scientific discoveries through history, to exploring the human body, to weather, oceans, animals and technology, there’s a science subject for everyone. Let’s not forget outer space!

There’s even a tot-space with a supervised waiting and play area for older siblings. Now THAT’s fair!

With an IMAX theater full of extreme screen science movies, a unicycle ride, a giant pendulum, a laser harp…there’s too much to tell you about, you just have to GO there!

COSI is pricey, so plan to spend the whole day to maximize your value. General Admission Tickets start at $25 for adults, and from $20 for youth (2 to 12). Children 2 and under are free, and the building is open 10-5, from Thursdays to Fridays.

COSI
333 W. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Please note, this information was correct as of the writing date, but things do happen to cause changes that we cannot predict. Contact the venue directly for up-to-the-moment information.

Photo Credit: COSI

FORE! Hoover Dam Disc Golf

60 Days of Summer Columbus OH Fun Activities To Do

It’s time for a family game of disc golf. Bring your own flying discs, and get ready for fun! The kids will love the Hoover Dam disc golf course, with 27 holes, it’s an intense workout and part of the pro tournament schedule. Fun for all ages, it’s a local favorite, although parts of it are sometimes cordoned off to allow the grass and foliage to recover from steady use.

Hoover Dam Recreation Park is cared for by Columbus Parks and Rec, and offers a children’s play area, observation decks over the water, the disc golf course, bike path, boat launch, soccer fields, and lots of picnic tables, some with grills.

hoover-dam-euzeWhile not as enormous as its Nevada namesake, our Ohio Hoover Dam is large enough to boast a set of stairs that fitness trainers all over Central Ohio recommend to their clients for aerobic exercise and fitness training!

Aside from the steep stairs, there are walking and biking trails, including wetlands walkways and observation decks near the water for both bird-watching and wetlands observation. This is an American Bald Eagle nesting ground, too!

Plenty of boating and fishing with valid Ohio permits and licenses, although no swimming, and lots of picnic tables and a reservable shelter.

Parents, please take note that the dam is not safe to swim near, to prevent tragedies, wade, but do NOT swim in the reservoir…and stay well away from the water nearest the dam.

Birding is four seasons in this park, as is the disc golfing for some crazed enthusiasts, and there is sledding and skiing here in the winters.

Hoover Dam Recreation Park
7701 Sunbury Road
Columbus, OH 43081

Photo Credit: Euze