This post is part 1 of a 6 part series featuring Experience Columbus Days , which takes place Oct. 8-11. During that time, Columbus attractions offer 50% off (or in some cases, BOGO or free admission). Plus, the restaurants of Dine Originals Columbus offer 25% off your food bill for two people.

In this post, Meg offers suggestions for how groups can make the most of Experience Columbus Days . Stay tuned for future posts in the series - we'll be featuring Dine Originals restaurant suggestions , plus Experience Columbus Days activities that are great for dates,  perfect for art fans, fun for kids and recommended for history buffs.


Do you ever have family coming to town and are wondering what to do and where to take them? Or do you ever think that you and your friends should venture away from doing “the usual” and go out and experience something different? Planning for a group outing can be fun, but it can also be a challenge. To make it easier for you, here are a few Experience Columbus Days suggestions that are great for groups:

First, there’s Professional Bull Riders at Nationwide Arena, Oct. 9 at 7:50 p.m. and October 10th at 2 p.m. Select tickets are 50% off (they must be redeemed at Box Office). So, gather up your friends, tell them to dust off their cowboy boots and hats and make a night of it.

Then, there’s Columbus Food Adventures , which offers three different guided food tours (Short North Tour, Alt Eats Tour and Taco Truck Tour). Tickets are 50% off and you must buy them in advance; to do so, click here and use discount code Columbusdays. I recently purchased my tickets for my in-town and out-of-town family members and can tell you tours are filling fast, so book now if you're interested.

Everybody loves bowling! You can take advantage of this great discount at Sequoia Lanes : $9 for 2 hours of bowling and shoe rental (select dates only). And mini golf is always a good time, so take a look at the deal from Magic Mountain Fun Center/Polaris - you can buy one round of miniature golf and get one free.

Take your group to celebrate the different cultures found in Columbus at the Huntington Park Culture Festival , where you'll get 50% off admission on Oct. 9th from 12-2 p.m. You will find authentic music, food and merchandise from cultures from around the world here.

SegAway Tours

SegAway Tours of Columbus

Or, you can celebrate the Italian culture at the Columbus Italian Festival in Italian Village. You'll receive $2 off a single-day, adult admission (1 flyer per person, 2 per group). You might witness the world record attempt for largest meatball- something I’m sure your group won’t forget!

Last, but certainly not least, your group can enjoy 50% off at SegAway Tours of Columbus , where you’ll go on a two-hour guided tour of the city, hitting over 50 sites and attractions. This is a great way to see Columbus, learn about its past and present, and experience the fun of riding a Segway.

If you follow any of these suggestions, your group is sure to be impressed. Just don't forget to take along your discount flyers , which are available for download at .