20 Essential Things to Do in Columbus During the Winter

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Are you looking for something different to do with family and friends in Columbus? Check out our essential list of 20 things that you can do this winter! 

  • Go Sledding with the Grandkids
    There are many local spots to enjoy one of winter’s most delightful activities. We suggest Highbanks Metro Park, but make sure to bundle up and pack some hot coco!

  • Ice Skating
    Bring out your inner child and join in on the Adult Skate at the Dispatch Ice Haus, conveniently located next to Nationwide Arena, or bring the grandkids along for a fun day trip.

  • Blue Jackets Hockey
    Cheer on your local NHL team at a Blue Jackets game. Find schedules and game times on the Blue Jackets' homepage.

  • See a Live Show at CAPA
    Take advantage of staying inside during the cold by seeing a show through CAPA! To see what’s available at their numerous theaters, consult the CAPA schedule.

  • Go to the Movies and Enjoy a Drink
    From new releases to old classics, Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse offers a variety of showings, along with fun events such as beer tastings and cult film events!

  • Visit the Ohio Historical Center
    Learn more about Ohio and Columbus history at the Ohio Historical Center. For admission information and more, visit ohiohistory.org.

  • Take the Grandkids to COSI
    There is plenty to see at the Center of Science and Industry, making it a fun winter activity to enjoy with the grandkids. Buy tickets, explore the exhibits, and much more at COSI’s site.

  • Take Part in a Distillery Tour and Tasting
    Foronly $10 per guest, learn about the Middle West Spirits distillery and participate in enticing taste tests.

  • Go to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 
    Another great activity to do with the grandkids is seeing the diverse animals and aquatic exhibits at the Columbus Zoo. Plus, you can get half-price admission in winter!

  • Take a Cooking Class
    Learn a new dish or just have some fun with friends and loved ones at the Seasoned Farmhouse. Cooking classes are a great way to get out and about during the winter months while picking up vital skills.

  • Visit the Columbus Museum of Art
    See your favorite pieces and what’s new at the Columbus Museum of Art. Coming soon is “A Dangerous Woman” by Honore Sharrer, which will be on view from February 10th – May 21st.  Find out ticket information and more on their website.

  • See the Stars at Perkins Observatory
    If you’ve never been to the Perkins Observatory, it should definitely be on your list of things to do. Observe specific astronomical events, partake in various scientific programs, or just take in the stunning view.

  • Try Your Luck at the Hollywood Casino
    Give the dice a roll and see if you can win big at the Hollywood Casino. With dining and other entertainment options available, the Hollywood Casino is a great place for fun this winter.

  • Dress Up for the Columbus Theatre
    See the best independent shows in the area at the Columbus Theatre! To see a full list of their current and upcoming shows, visit their website.

  • Go Wine Tasting and Make Your Own Wine
    Visit Camelot Cellars and find a new favorite wine, or make one of your own. They offer a variety of delicious wines to enjoy and visitors can also tour the winery itself.

  • Get Crafty at the Ceramic Studio
    Make a gift for a loved one or something for yourself at Clayspace/Gallery 831. Check their website for class information.

  • Make Your Own Candles
    Host a candle party or go on your own to make a custom candle for yourself or others. The Candle Lab offers the unique experience of allowing guests to create their own candle, scented to their liking.

  • Visit Franklin Park Conservatory
    Make your winter a little brighter by visiting Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. There, you can roam the grounds or take a class on a variety of engaging subjects.

  • See a Live Concert
    See an old favorite or discover someone new who’s visiting Columbus. There are many opportunities for live music throughout the city, so be sure to find out who’s coming to the city on Eventful.

  • See a Show at the Wexner Center for the Arts
    From film to dance to musical performances, there is always something worthwhile to take in at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Check their website for current performance listings. 
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