- The list below includes 122 free or cheap things to do in or near Columbus, Ohio, including 68 different types of inexpensive activities like Neighborhoods, Parks, Family Fun Center and Movie Theaters.
- From Ohio State University to Short North Arts District, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Columbus and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Westerville, Dublin, Hilliard and Powell.
An underground adventure dedicated to its Native American origins, Olentangy Indian Cavern is a historical outing for any family. The caverns are incorporated into the museum and make for a archaeological adventure for the whole family.
Fay Baynton Stables is a seven acre equestrian facility. The stables offer professional horse boarding, training for horses of all stages, and horseback riding lessons. Fay Baynton stables also offers a variety of horses for sale.
An outdoor recreation area, Alum Creek State Park in Delaware, Ohio is a natural beauty open to the public. Visitors can have a picnic in the grassy knolls, walk the beach, camp, boat, or simply enjoy the view.
Jeff Geiger Performance Horses offers horseback riding lesson programs and horse training programs. Jeff Geiger is a trainer with over 30 years of experience and he has multiple top ten wins from the All American Quarter Horse Congress.
The Ross Art Museum offers visitors an opportunity to view a variety of revolving exhibits ranging from the obscure to famous well known artists. The museum opened in 2002 and was formerly the fine arts department of Ohio Wesleyan University.
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A long-standing traditional horse race held on the third Thursday of each September, the Little Brown Jug Race Secretary is a local institution. The harness race typically attracts over 50,000 spectators.
In operation since 1916, the Strand Theatre is a three-screen theater that shows the latest movies and hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Closed captioning equipment and headphones are available upon request.
The Arts Castle is a non-profit community arts center providing a number of services to the local community. Residents have the opportunity to take classes in subjects like photography, dance, painting, music, and numerous other options.