Columbus – Things to do with your Team

Columbus is both the capital of Ohio and the largest city in the state. Its zoo and aquarium were rated number one by USA Travel Guide. Its revitalized riverfront hosts scores of activities and festivals throughout the year and is home to a number of green spaces with interactive features and urban wildlife.

It’s clear there’s a lot to do and see with your team in and around Columbus. Here are some can’t-miss attractions and activities to check out while you’re there.


Topiary Park

Visitors from all around the world come to Topiary Park to gaze in wonder at its giant living works of art, including 54 human figures, eight boats, some dogs, a cat, and a monkey. These larger-than-life sculptures; some as tall as 12 feet; make up a three-dimensional interpretation of the famous Seurat painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte.

In addition to the sculpted yew trees, you’ll find lots of paths to run along, and the beautifully manicured flower gardens interspersed throughout the park keep things cool and colorful. 480 E Town St, Columbus, OH 43215


ZipZone Outdoor Adventures

Columbus - Things to do with your Team - Travel - Hotels4TeamsMinutes from the center of Columbus is ZipZone Outdoor Adventures, where you can tour the treetops on 20 acres of forested land.

On the two-hour Canopy Tour you’ll cross towering sky bridges and zip from platform to platform high over the ground, where you get a glorious bird’s eye view of the streams and ravines below.

The shorter Zip Rush Tour includes a turn on the QUICKjump free fall experience or a shot at rappelling down from great heights.

Reservations are strongly recommended, especially for groups. 7925 N High St, Columbus, OH 43235


Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to over 675 species of animals from all over the world.

Take an expedition through the Congo, where you’ll see jungle primates, big cats, and wild hogs. The new Heart of Africa exhibit is a 43-acre ecosystem that’s home to gazelles, zebras, and enormous cranes.

Learn all about the habits of elephants and how to protect them from poachers at the Elephant Conservation Station, and marvel at the size of those rhinos in the Rhino Yard.

Enjoy some hands-on encounters with the animals, including feeding the giraffes, stroking sea urchins, and petting slithering snakes.

Watch a short movie or two at the 4D theater, and catch glimpses of gibbons and orangutans from the water on the Islands Boat Ride.

Several playgrounds offer a place to run off extra steam, and camel rides offer a special, up-close look at these desert dromedaries. 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065


Center of Science & Industry

Think thrill rides are just for amusement parks? Think again! The Center of Science and Industry is an interactive, hands-on science center right in Columbus that exposes the more thrilling aspects of science.

Here, you can experience the phenomenon of balance by riding the High Wire Unicycle across an 84-foot cable while you’re suspended 17 feet in the air, and you can lift an actual car in Big Science Park with the help of levers.

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Get shocked and shock your friends with an electrical current, and lift yourself off the ground at the Pulley Chair with the help of simple machines.

In the Life Exhibit, you can see what you’ll look like in 50 years, experience the eerie silence of an echo-free chamber, and test your strength, flexibility, heart rate, and brain power as you explore the human body and mind.

Shore up your teamwork skills at the Mindbender Mansion & Amazing Mazes exhibit, where you’ll put your problem-solving skills to work as you gather hidden clues and secret passwords by solving brainteasers and mastering group challenges.

From top to bottom, the Center of Science and Industry is wildly excited about science, and after visiting you will be too. 333 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215


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German Village

German Village is a historic neighborhood just south of downtown Columbus, Ohio. Initially platted in 1814 in Columbus’s South End, the German Village area primarily developed between 1840 and 1914. It was settled largely by German immigrants in the mid-1800s.

Today, it is a vibrant area with shopping, restaurants, parks and more. Definitely worth the time to stroll the streets of German Village to see what’s around the next corner. 588 S 3rd StColumbus, OH 43215


Scioto Mile

In the heart of downtown Columbus is the Scioto Mile, an urban oasis on 175 acres of park land.

Get a gander at flocks of shore birds and birds of prey in their natural habitat at the Scioto Audubon, and spend some time splashing around in the 15,000-square-foot interactive fountain.

Climb the country’s largest free outdoor climbing wall, and run or walk along the Lower River Walk for breathtaking views of the city skyline and the river.

You’ll encounter lots of public art, statues, fountains and other points of interest, and you might catch a public concert, be entertained by street musicians, or stumble onto other cultural events that make Columbus a magnet for the arts. 233 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215


Olentangy Indian Caverns

A half hour north of Columbus is a caving adventure you won’t want to miss. The Olentangy Indian Caverns were formed by an underground river that cut through the limestone, creating natural, winding passageways and cavernous underground rooms where native tribes took shelter.

You can take a guided tour of the caves and hear the fascinating geology and human history behind them, or you can take off on your own to explore as you please.

Once you’re back above ground, enjoy a game of mini golf on the 18-hole course, wander the Native American-themed garden, or learn all about gem mining and take home some uncut gemstones for your rock collection. 1779 Home Rd, Delaware, OH 43015


Zoombezi Bay

If it’s hotter than blazes, shimmy into your swimsuit and dive into the clear, cool waters at Zoombezi Bay, a 20-plus acre water park located at the Columbus Zoo featuring 17 state-of-the-art water slides, a rockin’ wave pool, and 1,500-foot Roaring Rapids ride with its own wave generator and spectacular waterfalls.

The newest addition to the park is SoundSurfer, a five-person raft ride alight with LEDs and outfitted with speakers to offer you a sonic experience as you take on 512 feet of curves, loops, and drops until you finally plunge into the pool below.

Big Boa Falls takes you through pitch-black tunnels before sending you over a zero-g, 50-foot hill and into the landing pool, while three challenging body slides propel you from the 63-foot tower down to the pool at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. 10101 Riverside Dr, Powell, OH 43065


Magic Mountain Polaris

All year-round, rain or shine, Magic Mountain Polaris in Columbus is the place for family entertainment. With attractions including go-karts, miniature golf, laser tag, bumper boats, and a state-of-the-art arcade, there is something for everyone to enjoy! 8350 Lyra Dr, Columbus, OH 43240


Slate Run Living Historical Farm

Ever wondered what farm life was like 150 years ago, before smartphones and indoor plumbing? Here’s your chance to find out.

The Slate Run Living Historical Farm, located about 20 minutes southeast of Columbus, is a fascinating experience that will make you really appreciate your electric lights, in-house bathroom, and the local grocery store.

Costumed characters make their way through the day, inviting you to help perform the tasks and chores of daily life just as they were done in the 1880s, from canning fruit in the kitchen and plowing the fields with horses to shearing sheep and making goods like apple cider and maple syrup.

Explore the barns and interact with the animals, including pigs, geese, horses, and turkeys, and head down any one of the nine nature trails that offer an unfettered look at the wildlife that inhabit the area.

You’ll definitely come away from this unqiue experience with a whole new perspective on modern life. 1375 St. Rte. 674 North, Canal Winchester, OH 43110


Traveling with your team is a great opportunity to bond. Whether you enjoy science, nature, or thrilling recreational activities, you and your team will find lots of fun things to do in Columbus.