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Things To Do With Kids in Columbus

The last battle of the Civil War was fought in Columbus and thanks to the sluggish mail system in place at that time, it was actually fought three days after the war was declared over. Visit the Battle of Columbus battleground and other historic landmarks in Columbus. According to Best Life Magazine, Columbus is the 4th best place to raise a family in the whole country. With recognition like that it’s no surprise almost 2 million tourists travel here every year. Make way through the city with stops at some of the best attractions in Columbus ranging from popular indoor activities to a ride on the longest urban whitewater rafting course in the world. It’s hard to run out of things to do with kids in Columbus.

Columbus is home to several can’t-miss attractions tourists and residents can both appreciate. Fort Benning is the largest infantry camp in the world and the Blue Heron Adventure brings Columbus visitors back year after year. Browse other top things to do with kids in Columbus in the category below:

  • See replicates of an Apollo capsule and Space Shuttle, film screenings, and other simulators at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center
  • Walk along part of the 22-mile long Chattahoochee Riverwalk
  • See historic and educational films in the IMAX theater at the National Infantry Museum Foundation
  • Enjoy the playground, climbing structure, and more at River Front Splash Pad and Freenotes Harmony Park Playground
  • Roller skate, mini-golf, laser tag, arcade games, and more at the Hollywood Connection Family Fun Center

Columbus is home to nearly 50 parks — some are state parks with breathtaking views and others city parks with playgrounds and picnic spaces. Grab a scrambled dog at local favorite Cook's Hotdogs or choose from many other fun family things to do in Columbus:

  • Enjoy scenic views, the river, and unusual geology at Flat Rock Park
  • Catch a Columbus Catfish minor league baseball game
  • Go on a scavenger hunt through the city with Operation City Quest
  • Walk through or picnic at the Columbus Botanical Gardens
  • Swim and play in the pools at Ringdon Park or Double Churches

Columbus is home to nearly 50 parks — some are state parks with breathtaking views and others city parks with playgrounds and picnic spaces. Grab a scrambled dog at local favorite Cook's Hotdogs or choose from many other fun family things to do in Columbus:

  • Enjoy scenic views, the river, and unusual geology at Flat Rock Park
  • Catch a Columbus Catfish minor league baseball game
  • Go on a scavenger hunt through the city with Operation City Quest
  • Walk through or picnic at the Columbus Botanical Gardens
  • Swim and play in the pools at Ringdon Park or Double Churches
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Looking for fun things for kids in Columbus? Spend a few hours browsing book collections in the Columbus Public Library then head out back to play on the Bridging the Gap Playground. The ground is rubber-made here so it's safe to fall on. Explore all the other fun things to do with kids in Columbus below:

  • Grab a year-long pass to Chattahoochee Scuba and Swim Center
  • Play team sports in the gyms or on the athletic fields at Psalmond Road Park & Super Center
  • Stop for a sweet treat at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
  • See the latest kids movie at AMC Classic Ritz 13
  • See a show at the River Center or the Springer Opera House, rumored to be haunted
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Check out places the locals claim are haunted like the Springer Opera House. Many believe that one of the ghosts is famous actor Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln’s assassin. The River Walk, also known as The House Of A Thousand Cadavers and Crybaby Bridge on Whitesville Road are rumored haunted as well. Explore all of the family things to do in Columbus:

  • Save on admission to Fountain City Paintball or the Ballistic Paintball and Fun Park in downtown Columbus
  • Take a whitewater rafting trip down the Chattahoochee River
  • Book a food tour of Uptown Columbus with Columbus Eats Food Tours
  • Go on a Chatt Glide segway tour along the river walks and downtown
  • Try your hand at geocaching, the river walks are the perfect place

Make today learning-focused with an agenda full of educational things to do. Columbus offers deals on historic tours, top-rated museum exhibits, and other fun things for kids to do in Columbus. Browse educational activities for kids in Columbus:

  • Appreciate American art and regional history exhibits at the Columbus Museum
  • Head to the National Civil War Naval Museum and see the CSS Jackson, the largest surviving Confederate warship and live reenactments
  • Try new up-and-coming escape rooms in Columbus like Exodus Escape Games or Escape This Live
  • Go on a Local Historical and Sightseeing Tour with Vicinity Tours and learn about the rich history of Columbus
  • Take a drive to the LaGrange Art Museum less than an hour away

Columbus is the ultimate destination for art, music, and other creative classes too. Check out deals on Columbus dance lessons, performing arts classes, music instructors, and more:

  • Save on drum lessons at Algarhythms
  • Head to Michaels on Mondays and Wednesdays for Camp Creativity
  • Test your pottery skill at Bare Ware Studio
  • Sign up for dance classes at one of the best dance studios in Columbus like Academy Dance Center or Capella’s Dance Studio
  • Hit up the Home Depot Kids Workshop on the first Saturday of every month

Plan a day full of things to do inside with kids ranging from Columbus indoor amusement parks and play centers to local ice rinks and theaters. Customize your afternoon with indoor Columbus attractions below:

  • Save on an hour of bowling for two to six people at Stars and Strikes
  • Spend 30 minutes or an hour jumping around at the Launch Trampoline Park
  • Sign up for swim lessons at the Columbus Aquatic Center
  • Skate around in the Columbus Ice Rink
  • See a show at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts