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Best Outdoor Activities in Columbus

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Scioto Mile Park

Scioto Mile Park is an urban paradise located in the heart of downtown Columbus. Beautiful fountains provide a relaxing atmosphere and seating throughout the park allows visitors to stop and rest for a little while. The view of the city is uniquely beautiful and the atmosphere is perfect for a romantic stroll or a family picnic.

Columbus, OH, United States
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Franklin Park Conservatory & Chihuly Collection

The Franklin Park Conservatory is an institution. Serving Columbus residents and visitors since 1895, it has always been home to a premiere collection of exotic flora. The place has changed with the times, however, opening facilities for other educational and entertainment-oriented events. Today, it's famous not only for its plants, but also for its James Turrell light installation and its Dale Chihuly glass exhibition. Throughout the year, the conservatory hosts an ongoing series of special events, some aimed at the science-minded set, others more like an unabashed party.

Columbus, OH, United States
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Westerville Golf Center

Westerville Golf Center is one of the Columbus region's most popular golf ranges. There are two separate 18-hole golf courses at this facility and both are a great way to spend quality time with family and friends. There are also batting cages here if you prefer to play a game like Babe Ruth instead of Tiger Woods.

Westerville, OH, United States
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Inniswood Metro Gardens

Inniswood Metro Gardens is a beautiful oasis where guests can observe the beauty of nature and spend time in peace amongst the many flowers. These gardens are wonderful for people of any age, children and adults alike, with scenic, winding walkways and a picturesque setting. There is also a children's garden in addition to a meditation garden and a rose garden.

Westerville, OH, United States
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Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park is a beautiful park in Galloway, Ohio, with miles of trails stretching over hills and winding through scenic settings. A wide variety of wildlife calls this park its home but if you have trouble spotting the resident deer and woodpeckers, stop in at the Nature Center for a closer look at some native wildlife and to learn more about the animals that live here.

Galloway, OH, United States
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Circle S Farms

Circle S Farms is located just outside of Columbus in Grove City, Ohio. This is a real, working farm, that is popular among families for a day of fun and exploration. During the autumn months, this farm is known for its pumpkins. In warmer weather, families can pick their own strawberries and raspberries.

Grove City, OH, United States
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Olentangy Indian Caverns

These caverns were cut away from the surrounding limestone rock over the course of millions of years and, up to the early 19th Century, served as a strategic location for the Wyandotte Indians in evading their enemies. Besides touring these caverns, there are many other fun activities available at the site. Miniature golf, volleyball, and horseshoes are a few of the games one can play here. The site also hosts a climbing wall, an Indian goods store, and a petting zoo. Kids and adults alike will appreciate the opportunity to learn about gem mining and take home a bag of various unpolished semi-precious stones.

Delaware, OH, United States
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Slate Run Living Historical Farm

Find out what farm-life was in Ohio more than a century ago at Slate Run Living Historical Farm. It features a restored Gothic-Revival farmhouse dating back to 1856 and the barn that was revived by Amish carpenters. Stroll through the house, barns and gardens to see the costumed staff giving live demonstrations, farming with draft horses and working in the house. Be a part of the activities that change according to the season. Animals like the Merino sheep and Poland China hog will keep the kids entertained.

Canal Winchester, OH, United States
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