When it's gloomy outside there's still plenty to do in Columbus! There are many indoor activities for people of all ages - here are some of our favorites around the city for year-round fun without the sun.

 


Central Ohio Fire Museum

260 N. 4th St., 43215

Take a tour of this station built in 1908 and the little ones can enjoy some playtime in the fire house play area while also learning some valuable information about fire safety.

  • Admission: $6 for children, $8 for adults, $7 for seniors
  • Parking: Free | Surface lot
     
Columbus Metropolitan Library

96 S. Grant Ave., 43215

Apply for a library card online or in person and have access to all 23 Columbus library locations! The Main Library, located in downtown Columbus, is largest and most robust in the system. With over 300,00 volumes, kid areas, adult reading areas, a café, and more, it's easy to spend hours here. Don't forget to check out the ample programming regularly taking place on site. 

  • Admission: Free 
  • Parking: Charged hourly (free for first hour) | Parking garage
     
COSI

333 W. Broad St., 43215

COSI, the Center of Science and Industry, has been named the best science center in the country by USA Today's 10Best Reader's Choice two years in a row. this interactive and engaging science museum has activities for all ages, including the one-of-a-kind American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery. Take your younger children to pretend in COSI’s little kidspace where they can safely climb, slide, build, splash and imagine. For older kids, head over to The Big Kid Lab for cool engaging activities that are appropriate for their developmental levels!

  • Admission: $20 for ages 2-12, $25 for age 13+
  • Parking: $5 | Underground garage
     
Columbus Museum of Art

480 E. Broad St., 43215

Get inspired by world-class exhibits at the Columbus Museum of Art. There are plenty of engaging opportunities to  promote creativity and get hands-on with art. Don't miss the Big Idea Gallery and Center for Creativity! 

  • Admission: $18 for age 18+ | Free on Sundays
  • Parking: $5 | Surface lot
     
Escape Room USA 

459 N. High St., Ste. 2, 43215 (Above Mikey's Late Night Slice)

Put your sleuthing skills to the ultimate test as you race against the clock to make sense of all the clues and escape a simulated situation. Escape rooms are a great way to get the whole family working together!

  • Admission: Varies based on party size
  • Parking: Metered | Street parking
     
National Veterans Memorial and Museum

300 W. Broad St., 43215

An experience truly unique to Columbus, this facility along the Scioto Mile honors veterans and families from ALL branches of service and ALL eras of conflict; telling stories about their entire experience from enlisting onward. 

  • Admission: $10 youth, $17 adult, $15 senior, free for children under 5, veterans, active-duty military members and Gold Star families
  • Parking: (0-3 hours): $5 for members, $6 for visitors, free for veterans | Surface lot

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

1813 N. High St., 43210

Get lost in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, housing the world’s largest collection of materials related to cartoons and comics, including original art, books, magazines, journals, comic books, archival materials, and newspaper comic strip pages and clippings.

  • Admission: Free
  • Parking: Charged hourly | Parking garage (Ohio Union South Garage recommended)

Play: CBUS

535 Lakeview Plaza Blvd., 43085

This indoor adventure park in an assuming semi-industrial area of Worthington is home to the world's largest indoor ropes course, as well as ninja warrior courses, rock climbing and zip lining. Grab a bite from the on-site bar/restaurant and the whole family will head home exhausted and full from an incredible day.

  • Admission: $22.95 for ages 6 and under, $44.95 for ages 7+ | Half-price admission on Wednesdays (other promotions here)
  • Parking: Free | Surface lot
     
Rockin' Jump

1220 County Line Rd., 43081

This fun-filled trampoline park allows you to literally bounce off the walls with plenty of fun including a jump area, dodgeball arena, slam dunk zone and vertical ops. 

  • Admission: Priced by the hour
  • Parking: Free | Surface lot

LEGOLAND

157 Easton Town Center, 43219 (Inside the Station Building near AMC Theaters)

Enjoy the ultimate indoor Lego playground, complete with a 4D Lego cinema, a Lego playground, and even Mini Lego Ohio! Get some thrills on the indoor roller coaster and then when you get hungry, stop by the Lego café.

  • Admission: $24.99
  • Parking: Free | Parking Garage (West Garage recommended)

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

1777 E. Broad St., 43203 

The indoor gardens of Franklin Park Conservatory allow you to experience the beauty of nature without worrying about the changing weather. Get up-close-and-personal with plant life from around the world and follow the life cycle of butterflies. 

  • Admission: $12 for ages 3-12, $20 for ages 13+ | Free on first Sunday of the month for Franklin County residents
  • Parking: Free | Surface lot
     
Otherworld

5819 Chantry Dr., 43232

This 32,000-square-foot immersive art installation is equipped with large-scale interactive art, mixed reality playground and secret passageways. It's truly an experience like no other!

  • Admission: $18 for ages 3-12, $25 for ages 13+
  • Parking: Free | Surface lot

Anthony-Thomas Candy Company

177 Arlingate Ln., 43228

Get a firsthand look at how hometown Anthony-Thomas Candy Company makes their delicious chocolate confections with a factory tour! Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Admission: $1 for ages 12 and under, $2 for ages 13+
  • Parking: Free | Surface lot
     
Game Arena

3570 Fishinger Blvd., 43026

Game Arena adds an in-person social component for those who love to game, and also provides the opportunity to play the latest games for computer and console. It's the ultimate gaming experience with plush gaming chairs, state-of-the-art equipment and great food.

  • Admission: Free, game play charged by the hour
  • Parking: Free | Surface lot