Columbus is surrounded by 16 parks that are brimming with lakes, streams, and plenty of wildlife, making it the place to be for avid hunters, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts. Some of the many outdoor activities available to choose from are whitewater rafting, fishing, boating, kayaking, biking, golfing, and taking to the skies in a hot air balloon. Columbus parks worth spending a day at include Sharon Woods, Glacier Ridge, Chestnut Ridge, Prarie Oaks, Clear Creek, and Blacklick Woods, which has a golf course.
For family-friendly fun, going on one of the many local tours or spending the day at the Columbus Zoo are on top of the list. Jack Hanna, host of Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, is the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He has appeared on numerous talk shows alongside some of the more exotic creatures that live at the Columbus Zoo. His work has made the zoo a must-see. Another family-friendly activity is the Ohio State Fair held every July at the Columbus Expo Center.
There are also several tours of the area to attend depending on the level of adventure one is seeking. These tours include the simple and relaxing Finding Columbus Sightseeing Tours, the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, and caving tours of the Olentangy Indian Caverns for the truly adventurous.
Columbus concerts range from large in scale, like the multi-day Rock on the Range Festival that is held every May at the Columbus Crew Stadium, to the smaller shows at venues around town. The Rock on the Range Festival attracts national acts like Rob Zombie, Incubus, and Marilyn Manson, while live music of all genres can be heard at Nationwide Arena, Huntington Park, The Basement, Southern Theatre, Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, Newport Music Hall, Skully’s Music Diner, and Columbus Commons.