There are many great places to visit in Ohio, but one that needs to be at the top of everyone’s list is Columbus. Located in central Ohio, it’s the largest of all the state’s cities and packed full of fun and adventure. Plan on spending a long weekend to explore Kid Friendly Columbus, Ohio, your family will remember your visit for years to come.
KID FRIENDLY COLUMBUS OHIO ATTRACTIONS
COSI: Cosi is one of the premiere science centers in the country. Providing an abundance of fun hands-on activities for children of all ages the kids will never want to leave. One of the most unique experiences at COSI is the opportunity to ride a uni-cycle 2 stories up in the air. That’s not something you get to do everyday.
Columbus Zoo: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to 1,000 of animals and 100’s of species from around the world. The Columbus Zoo offers you the chance to have a polar bear swim over your head (awesome!), see lions, gorillas, wolves and so much more. The zoo is open year round and if you visit during November and December you’ll be treated to Wildlights at the Zoo which is a spectacular lighting display.
American Whistle Tours: Ever wonder how whistles are made or how that itty bitty ball gets inside it? Wonder no more. The American Whistle Corporation, which is the only maker of metal whistles in the U.S., will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour to show you how they do it.
Topiary Park: A seven-acre park located right in the city that has a wonderful display of topiaries. The park is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. Street parking is available. This is a great place for the kids to run around and burn off some energy while being amazed by the garden people.
Columbus Museum of Art: One of the best features at the Museum of Art is the interactive displays and galleries. Put together a puzzle that is a replica of the art work hanging above the puzzle table, suggests titles for works of art, answer easy, thought provoking questions about art and more. The Columbus Museum of Art is making museums fun!
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: The conservatory goes far beyond walking around and looking at plants and gardens. They also offer art exhibitions, sculptures, beautiful landscaping, a one-mile walking loop and a 83,000 sq. ft. of greenhouses. One of the greenhouses offers butterflies in free flight which is always fun for kids. Be sure to watch the glassblower create works of art during your visit.
Shopping in the German Village: A quaint shopping district that is well worth a visit. The Book Loft is a very unique and quirky bookstore with a maze type layout that goes on and on. There is a wonderful selection of boutiques, cafes, bakeries and more in the village.
Short North Arts District: An edgy and creative area that is perfect for older kids. The entire vibe of the area is very energetic.This is definitely an area where you’ll want to hang out for a bit and explore or relax while having a cup of joe at One Line Coffee where coffee is handcrafted one cup at a time by expert coffee brewers. If you want some amazing pub food that’s not only crazy delicious but sustainable and healthy, check out my new favorite, Bareburger.
Columbus Clippers: Take the family out to the ball park and enjoy a day with the Columbus Clippers. There is so much family entertainment at the ballpark that the game is like an extra added bonus. Very reasonable pricing ensures that your family and your checkbook will have a great time.
Anthony Thomas Chocolate Factory Tour: The kids will be delighted when you tell them you are taking a chocolate factory tour. Walk along glass enclosed cat walks to see how delicious chocolate treats go from the kitchen to the finished product. Over 30,000 pounds of chocolates are created during each shift at the factory.
Jeni’s Ice Cream: Okay, so it’s not a “destination”, but you will not be disappointed! Featuring unique, and even exotic flavors of ice cream, you and your family will love trying something new. With several locations, including one at North Market, you can enjoy an afternoon treat near any one of the above places!
If you’ve been to Columbus before, what’s your favorite thing to see and do?