- 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.
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Participants test their driving skills on a track filled with twists and turns during this autocross experience
Lancaster Parks & Recreation accommodates several activities with features like tennis courts, baseball fields, hiking trails and a natural pond for fly fishing or feeding ducks. There are also many spots for picnicking.
Tiki Bowling Lanes Inc is a bowling alley that offers shoe rentals, has competitive bowling leagues, hosts private events, and has special promotions such as 'Bowl for a Penny-a-Pin'. The alley also has a fully stocked pro shop.
A wooded area interspersed with open meadows, Delaware State Park is located on an area once home to Delaware Indians. It can be used for boating, swimming and fishing on the lake and for picnics, disc golf, camping and hiking.
See a movie under the starlit sky at Skyview Drive-In Theater. Moviews are shown in HD 1080 picture quality on an 80' screen. A concession stand is available for food and beverages. Pets are allowed on a leash.
The Lou & Gib Reese Ice Arena hosts children's camps, learn to skate classes for beginners, hockey leagues and classes, and figure skating classes. The public is also welcome for community events and open skate.
Spanning 1,200 feet and reaching 14-feet high in places, the Great Circle, is an earthen mound built by the Hopewell culture of Native Americans prior to 500 A.D. in Newark. Used as a ceremonial site, the earth mound is a National Historic Landmark.
139 SPECIAL GROUPON DEAL: Up to 50% Off Tree Top Zipline Tour at Valley Zipline Tours
3465 Duffy Road, Lancaster, OH MoreLess Info
Valley Zipline Tours offers individual and group ziplining experiences guided by experienced and trained staff. The tour offers ten separate ziplines, including three 'monster zips' that span more than 1000 feet in distance.
Beginning in 1929 with 293-acres of wooded landscape and gardens, the Dawes Arboretum, has grown to more than 1,800-acres with 5,000 different types of woody plants. Visitors can enjoy the many hiking trails or see much of it from the car.