7 Columbus Fun Attractions To Explore During The Cold

With the chilly Columbus weather finally setting in, it tends to be enticing to group up in the house the entire winter. While quality family time can be had cuddled before the TV, it is as yet critical to get the children outside now and again to appreciate some colder time of year sports or action. Here are some open air winter exercises children will appreciate and that will inspire you to wrap up and get some natural air all together. Ensure you wrap up and wear layers so you can explore these 10 Columbus Fun Attractions To Explore During The Cold!

1. Columbus Blue Jackets

Ohio’s only NHL team, the Columbus Blue Jackets are a fun, indoor option for sports fans during the colder months. Their regular season runs into April, and games are very family friendly, with lots of afternoon matches and fun promotions. This is a really great option for older kids.

2: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium offers a one-of-a-kind experience that’s aimed to get families thinking about animals, the environment and conservation. The Columbus Zoo is huge; in each direction you’ll experience different habitats and species, all designed to be interactive and accessible. The “North America” area is especially fun; we saw (Santa’s) reindeer, Arctic foxes and a variety of bears. The polar bears, for example, can be seen both above ground and below; definitely visit the underground viewing area. Once you’re down there, you’ll have a front-row seat to watch the bears happily diving and swimming in the water.

The Zoo also boasts an Aquarium that’s extremely cool. Manatees, sea turtles, sharks and more — you can easily spend an entire afternoon at this Columbus attraction. My kids especially loved the Discovery Reef area, which was alive with lots of different water-bound creatures.

4. Columbus Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum of Art (CMOA) is incredible. If the thought of taking kids to an art museum makes you nervous, I understand. However, the CMOA is one of the most accessible and kid-friendly places I’ve ever been, hands down. There’s an entire wing just for kids: the JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity. This space has tons of craft options, open studio hours and classes, plus LEGO bricks for building. 

Definitely visit on a Saturday, as there will be extra activities and events throughout the museum. Serendipitously, on the day we visited, there was a LEGO competition happening in the atrium. My kids entered and had 20 minutes to recreate their favorite movie scene, all from LEGO bricks. They each created a scene from The Empire Strikes Back… and won! It was such a fun way to spend an afternoon.

Also — special shout-out to the staff at CMOA. Every single staff member I interacted with at CMOA was so incredibly friendly and kind. I felt very welcome there with my family — and that makes all the difference in the world, when you’re out with kids.

5. National Veterans Memorial and Museum

In 2018, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum opened in Columbus, making history in a number of ways. Not only does this museum honor the men and women who have served in *all* branches of the U.S. military, but it also tells their stories. Never before has war and military service been so personal, making the National Veterans Memorial and Museum a must-visit for each and every American.

6. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Here in Cincinnati, we are fortunate to have one of the best botanical gardens in the US right at our fingertips. In addition to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, budding botanists can also geek out at Krohn Conservatory, one of the city’s greatest treasures. And in Columbus, you’ll find a perfect marriage of the two at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. 

The Conservatory itself is breathtaking. Located inside the John F. Wolfe Palm House, which dates back to 1895, it’s a huge greenhouse divided into wings with different biomes. And if you’re brave, bundle up the kids and let them explore The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden. It’s a two-acre discovery garden and nature playscape that will keep your kids busy and happy for hours.

7. LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOLAND Discovery Center opened in 2018 in Columbus and is the 12th ‘land in North America and the only location that’s a true day trip from Cincinnati. It’s 36,000 square feet of fun in Columbus’s Easton Town Center, and it’s everything your LEGO-loving kids could dream of… and more!