Things To Do In Columbus

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$36 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

$23 for One Ticket to a Preseason Pro Hockey Game at Nationwide Arena ($38.25 Value). Four Dates Available.

Ticketwave

Nationwide Arena

$38.25 $23

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Columbus returns from a franchise-best season with grit, resolve, and newcomers that complement last season's roster

One, Two, or Four Groupons, Each Good for a Movie Outing with Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to 51% Off)

Studio Movie Grill

Columbus, Arena Grand

$10.25 $5

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A wide selection of new releases and cult classics is projected on towering screens as viewers watch from leather recliners and tables

American Cuisine for Two or Four or More at 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant (45% Off)

94th Aero Squadron Restaurant

Airport

$40 $22

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Classic American dishes such as prime rib, crab-stuffed mushrooms, and Atlantic salmon

Life In Color at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on Friday, September 26, at 6 p.m. (Up to 32% Off)

Life In Color

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

$57 $39

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Dubstep DJ Borgore and Cash Cash, the trio behind singles "Take Me Home" and "Here and Now," set the soundtrack to paint-filled dance party

One-Day Visit for Two or Four at Columbus Italian Festival (50% Off)

Columbus Italian Festival

Columbus

$10 $5

Three-day festival celebrates Italian heritage with live shows, a parade with marching bands, and authentic Italian food

$19 for One Admission to Group BYOB Painting Class at The Party Studio ($35 Value)

The Party Studio

Worthington

$35 $19

Experienced artist guides classes of up to 40 people as they replicate a selected painting and enjoy BYOB and snacks

One-Year Membership for One or Two to Columbus International Film + Video Festival (Up to 62% Off)

Columbus International Film + Video Festival

Downtown Columbus

$25 $10

Members receive free admission to film-festival screenings, tickets to indies and blockbusters at a local theater, and discounts on mead

$15 for a Movie with Popcorn and Sodas for Two at Gateway Film Center (Up to $30 Value)

Gateway Film Center

University District

$30 $15

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Elegant cinema with stadium seating screens diverse spread of films, from eclectic arthouse picks to classics to Hollywood blockbusters

Entrance for One or Two to Blood Run 5K on Friday, October 10 (Up to 55% Off)

Blood Run 5K

Arena District

$38.65 $19

Monster-themed 5K run benefiting the local chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation

10 or 20 Yoga and Fitness Classes at PAI Yoga & Fitness (Up to 56% Off)

PAI Yoga & Fitness

Multiple Locations

$125 $55

Students flow through rigorous poses with yoga, sweat calories in spin, build strength in TRX suspension classes or lean muscle in barre

Two, Four, or Six Adult Tickets to Columbus International Festival (50% Off)

Columbus International Festival

Ohio Expo Center

$14 $7

Enjoy a festival celebrating a variety of cultures through dancing, music, fashion, and food

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$49 for Two Weeks of Unlimited Barre Fitness Classes at Pure Barre ($115 Value). Two Options Available.

Pure Barre

Multiple Locations

$115 $49

Experienced instructors lead full-body workouts filled with ballet-inspired stretches and muscle-sculpting movements

$22 for a Distillery Tour and Tasting with Vintage T-shirt at Middle West Spirits ($40 Value)

Middle West Spirits

Weinland Park

$40 $22

Master distillers use Ohio-grown ingredients such as soft red winter wheat and wildflower honey to craft whiskey and vodkas

Pub Food at Trabue Tavern (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

Trabue Tavern

Columbus

$15 $7

Sports bar dishes out pub food such as wings and Philly subs, while patrons watch the big game on seven high-definition televisions

Four Private Classes or Two Private and One Group Class with a Dance Party at Danceville, USA (Up to 88% Off)

Danceville, USA

Short North

$235 $29

Instructors teach dancers to strut their stuff in partnered ballroom lessons and social dance parties

5 or 15 TurboKick or Hip-Hop Hustle Classes at Blue Sky Exercise (Up to 67% Off)

Blue Sky Exercise

Columbus

$25 $10

TurboKick classes sculpt & tone arms, legs & torsos through up-tempo series of roundhouse kicks, jabs & dance-based cheerleading-like moves

$90 for a Birthday Package for 10 with Pizza at Skate Zone 71 (Up to a $170 Value)

Skate Zone 71

North Columbus

$170 $90

Birthday package includes refreshments, food, and games

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Pins have been toppling at Sequoia Pro Bowl since 1963, but in 2014, the Columbus hot spot has added a new dimension to the bowling game. Its cutting-edge BES X scoring system transforms simple matches into highly interactive experiences filled with fun cartoons and arcade games. Linked to a 42-inch, flat-screen television installed at each lane, the system is capable of tracking statistics such as ball speed and converted splits for more serious competitors. However, casual visitors can use the system's photo capabilities to snap selfie shots that come to life as on-screen animations as they bowl. The BES X technology also has the capability to transform a match into a five-frame, arcade-style experience by loading one of the available games, including Monster Factory, Battle on the Lanes, and Bowling Hood. With its social media connections, the system even allows visitors to check in on Facebook and send text messages directly to the screens of friends at nearby lanes.

Refueling between frames is possible thanks to Sequoia's hearty menu of filling pub-style fare. Guests can also visit the 7-10 Club Sports Bar, packed with ping-pong, cornhole,and karaoke singers reciting the Bowling National Anthem. Or patrons can try their hand at ticketed arcade games that can be turned in for prizes. During the summer months, an outdoor sports bar and 5 sand volleyball courts provide a new arena for friendly competition.

5501 Sandalwood Blvd
Columbus,
OH
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The headquarters of the nonprofit Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Historical Center abounds with exhibits and activities that showcase the state's diverse social, natural, and archeological history. Built in 1970, the museum's towering Brutalist edifice is a piece of history itself, lauded as "bold" and "imaginative” by the American Institute of Architects. Inside, a 15,000-square-foot gallery explores pivotal moments in the Buckeye State’s past, examining everything from Ohio’s role in the Civil War to Boomer Esiason’s stint as Secretary of State. A natural-history exhibit regales guests with interactive displays of animals, plants, and geography. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the center hosts an ever-changing selection of featured exhibits and special events.

Outside the museum sits Ohio Village, a re-creation of a Civil War–era town. Costumed villagers bustle about the square, performing chores and activities of the era, such as churning butter and checking wooden PalmPilots. The town's 15 buildings showcase the height of 19th-century architecture and include a Gothic-revival church, a large town hall, and an open market. The village is also the home of the renowned Ohio Village Muffins, who regularly compete in games of baseball played by 19th-century rules.

800 E 17th Ave
Columbus,
OH
US

The ample hands-on experience that Aveda Institute's students receive in cosmetology, hair styling, and skincare is only one part of their extensive training. Even as these burgeoning professionals master more advanced techniques, their instructors work to impart a sense of social and environmental responsibility. These are the tenets of founder and environmentalist Horst M. Rechelbacher, whose vision of living in sync with nature led to Aveda's botanically based products for hair and skin.

At the institute, students cull knowledge from industry experts through extensive practical training under the supervision of mentors. Stylists learn how to cut hair and soothe stress with complimentary mini facials, makeup touchups, and horn sharpening. Future aestheticians restore balance to faces and bodies with relaxing skincare treatments.

To connect with both the local and global community, students also apply their efforts toward charity events such as Earth Month. This campaign helps raise funds for the Sierra Club, who in turn uses the donations to help protect sources of clean water worldwide. The Institute is also hosting an upcoming fashion benefit show on April 23, with procedes going to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Columbus.

1618 Neil Ave
Columbus,
OH
US

When Basil Restaurant opened in 2009, the Columbus Dispatch reported on owner Rhome Ruanphae's inspiration: his mother?s string of successful Thai restaurants?beginning with Thai Village in Chicago?s Wicker Park neighborhood?that she ran with her husband while he was growing up. Rhome borrowed his mother?s culinary mastery for Basil, which teleports taste buds to Thailand with a menu of authentic Southeast Asian cuisine. Chefs gather rice or egg noodles to lay the foundation for many entrees, such as specialty kee mow, a soft or crispy maelstrom of rice noodles with thai basil, tomatoes, and bell peppers. The menu also features a rainbow of curries, soups, salads, and appetizers to keep ravenous diners from eating their napkins.

The seasoned confines of a former antique shop welcome diners to Basil Restaurant, decked out with bare brick and a retro advertisement for ice painted on the back wall. As a glittering chandelier casts light on colorful curries, wine-dark panels of varnished wood gaze at diners from the wall, and exposed lengths of ductwork add a neoindustrial aesthetic without the overkill of steam-powered dessert trays or austere Orwellian maitre d's.

1124 N High St
Columbus,
OH
US

Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

200 West Nationwide Boulevard
Columbus,
OH
US

Michele Mangione thought she might never dance again after a car wreck smashed her skull and fractured four fragile vertebrae. By practicing yoga, she regained her mobility and acquired a new passion: helping others find health and happiness through movement. To this end, she eagerly studied the mind-body connection, earning a PhD in the topic from Ohio State and an advanced teaching certification from the Yoga Alliance. Armed with extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and philosophy, she founded WiseWays, a studio that blends Hatha yoga with healing arts, such as tai chi, structural integration, and the Feldenkrais method of somatic education. Here, students of all skill levels build strong bodies, centered minds, and spirits as buoyant as the studio's suspended-wood floor. Yoga instruction takes place in one-on-one sessions and small-group classes, where pupils hone poses that gently unlock hips, shoulders, and safes filled with middle-school-era diary entries. As strength and flexibility increase, students progress to sun salutations that cultivate balance, focus, and a pervasive sense of calm.

1520 W 1st Ave
Columbus,
OH
US