12 Unique Things to Do in Columbus & Central OH

Art, City Guide, Things to Do


Written by Step Out Columbus

Published on July 1, 2024
Photo by Otherworld via Facebook

There’s no shortage of things to do here in Columbus and Central OH, and that’s why we felt the need to create a specific list of unique things to do. We know it can be tiring to figure out how to spend your time. Depending how much you get out, everything can start to meld together and feel sort of “bleh,” you know? We like the idea of adding a little somethin’ somethin’ to the mix.

Theses aren’t your every day activities, but they are worth adding to the list!


5819 Chantry Dr, Columbus, OH 43232 / more info

We mean it when we say that there’s really nothing like it in all of Columbus. Otherworld is an immersive art installation that fills over 32,000 square feet. It’s difficult to find words to describe it, but each room is entirely different from the last. There’s 40 rooms filled with unique textures, colors, and interactive elements. It’s a one of a kind experience and something for all ages to enjoy!

Photo by Otherworld via Facebook

As We Are : Greater Columbus Convention Center

400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215 / more info

You don’t see this every day, that’s for sure. At the Greater Columbus Convention Center, you can pay a visit to this human head statue called, “As We Are,” by Matthew Mohr. Guess what, you can put your face on there too! You get your photo taken in a photo booth, and then get to see your face displayed for all to see. Weird, right? Let’s go.

Photo by Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority

Game Show Battle Rooms

3786 Fishinger Blvd, Hilliard, OH 43026 / more info

Grab your friends and family and head to Game Show Battle Rooms for a bit of friendly competition in this wild game show experience! You’ll have a game show host and compete inside one of their arenas.

Photo by Game Show Battle Rooms via Facebook

Breakout Games

835 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43215 / more info

Get stuck in a pyramid, a mystery house, a runaway train, the wild west, and much more in Breakout Games’ 15 different escape rooms. Try to escape before the clock strikes and your time is up… do you think you can do it?

Photo by Breakout Games via Facebook

ZipZone Outdoor Adventures

7925 N High St, Columbus, OH 43235 / more info

With varying outdoor courses, climbs through the forest, treehouses, and zipline tours – you’ll have the chance to put a pause on the mundane things of life and soar. It’s fit for both kids and adults, and lets you explore the world at new heights.

Photo by Columbus for Kids via Facebook

Kelton House Museum and Garden

586 E Town St, Columbus, OH 43215 / more info

This historic landmark let’s you transport from current-day to the 1800s in the Victorian Era to the Kelton’s family home. It’s a moment in time that feels untouched with preserved artifacts and a stunning garden. If you’re looking to learn a thing or two about The Kelton’s history, it’s a must visit.

Photo by Kelton House Museum & Garden

Central Ohio Fire Museum

260 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43215 / more info

The Central Ohio Fire Museum lets you learn about what the day to day looks like for firefighters! It’s a unique option for children and adults to build respect for the bravery of firefighters in their community, and learn stories about firefighters from years past.

Photo by Central Ohio fire Museum & Learning Center

Ohio Theatre

39 E State St, Columbus, OH 43215 / more info

Have you ever seen something this luxurious (in Columbus) before? We haven’t either. Whether you come for a string quartet, a symphony, a singular artist, or musical – you’ll feel whisked away into a world of art. There’s nothing quite as opulent in all of Columbus, seriously.

Photo by Brad Feinkopf

SegAway Tours of Columbus

400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215 / more info

This is one of the more unique ways to tour the city. Why walk, run, or bike when you can freakin’ segway (can we say that)? At SegAway Tours, you’ll have a humorous tour guide take you all over Columbus. Sound good?

Photo by SegAway Tours of Columbus

Early Television Museum

5396 Franklin St, Hilliard, OH 43026 / more info

The Early Television Museum’s goal is to help educate us youngins (or anyone) about the early technology associated with television. Take a walk down memory lane, admire the architectural aesthetics of old TVs, and be thankful for your HD flatscreen (even though they’re not as cool).

Photo by Jim Russell via Facebook

Heroes and Games

400 N High St #157, Columbus, OH 43215 / more info

This comic book store is chalk-full of almost any comic you can imagine. Play cards, pick up a comic book and read, or just hang!

Photo by Heroes and Games via Facebook

Blacklick Woods Metro Park Canopy Walk

6711 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Ascend up to 55 feet in the air and into the tree canopy at this new canopy walk in Reynoldsburg. Featuring observation areas, a suspended cargo net bridge, an elevated jungle gym with a fire pole, and so many opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals that call the tree canopy home, the Blacklick Woods Canopy Walk is one of the most unique features at any of the 20 metro parks in Columbus.

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