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Columbus, OH 43206
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Activities

Bring your bike and take a ride on the many trails in Columbus, including the newly renovated Scioto Mile highlighted by miles of trails, artwork and beautiful skyline views. Or try The Original Canoe Livery in Hocking Hills. They offer the best trips by canoe, kayak, raft or tube. Trips vary from 2 hours to 2 days. Hocking Hills Adventures also has special packages that include go-karts, miniature golf and horseback riding. Our mission is to provide safe and memorable experiences through fun and friendly service. Great option for family fun for the kids of any age, romantic getaway with that special someone, or group activity/retreat.

Hocking Hills Adventures

31251 Chieftain Dr., Logan, OH 43138

(740) 385-8685/1-800-386-0386

www.hockinghillscanoeing.com

The Original The Original Canoe Livery in Hocking Hills offers the best trips by canoe, kayak, raft or tube. Trips vary from 2 hours to 2 days. Our prices beat our competitors everyday! Special events include Romantic Moonlight tours and Torchlight tours. Some trips require reservations. Camp along the secluded banks off the Hocking River or stay in a rustic cabin. Hocking Hills Adventures also has special packages that include go-karts, miniature golf and horseback riding. Our mission is to provide safe and memorable experiences through fun and friendly service. Great option for family fun for the kids of any age, romantic getaway with that special someone, or group activity/retreat. . Trips vary from 2 hours to 2 days. Our prices beat our competitors everyday! Special events include Romantic Moonlight tours and Torchlight tours. Some trips require reservations. Camp along the secluded banks off the Hocking River or stay in a rustic cabin. Hocking Hills Adventures also has special packages that include go-karts, miniature golf and horseback riding. Our mission is to provide safe and memorable experiences through fun and friendly service. Great option for family fun for the kids of any age, romantic getaway with that special someone, or group activity/retreat.

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

10714 Jackson St., Rockbridge, OH 43149

(740) 385-9477

www.hockinghillscanopytours.com

Hocking Hills is home of Ohio's 1st World-Class zipline canopy tour, the new "X" Tour in 2014, the home of the only dual racing Super ZipĀ® (1400ft+), Off-Road Segway Adventure Tours, and "Dragon Fly - Zipline Adventure for Kids"! Celebrating its 8th year of operations, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours offers two spectacular 3-hour zip line adventures giving thrill seekers the unique opportunity to zip through the treetops on a network of cables and adventure sky bridges suspended high above the forest floor, overlooking the natural features of Hocking Hills. Boasting over 30+ zip lines, this location has something for everyone! Our friendly and experienced guides will give you a detailed safety and equipment orientation before you are fitted with your personal safety gear for any of the tours offered. You will also have the opportunity to practice "zipping" techniques that you will be using on the tour. On the 100% Tree-based canopy tour, you will complete 10 zip lines, traverse 5 adventure skybridges and rappel back to ground level at the finish line. The new "X" Tour has 11 zip lines, including zipping into a recessed cave and over the Hocking River. You will enjoy amazing views from the observation platforms while your guides point out interesting highlights of the area, including native vegetation, animals, as well as local history. The SuperZipĀ® is the answer to all of your requests for a higher, longer and faster zip. Launching two at a time from the tower, you'll plunge into the forest, fly through the tree canopy until the bottom drops out at the edge of a rock cliff - then swoop down the middle of the Hocking River... all this while in a SUPER HERO flying position. You'll want to zip it again and again. DRAGONFLY - Zipline Adventure for Kids! Now young zippers can enjoy the zipline experience just like adults, as they fly from platform to platform taking in the natural beauty of Hocking Hills. Treat your kids, ages 5 to 12 yrs to this one-of-a-kind, zipline adventure! Great idea for birthday parties, graduations, and other kids events! Want to keep your feet closer to the ground? Check out the Off-Road Segway Adventure Tour, the "coolest" way to take a hike! For thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike, these tours are the perfect adventures for families, couples seeking to escape the fast-paced city, group outings, or adults and kids looking for something new.

Central Ohio Greenway Trail

c/o The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

111 Liberty St., Ste. 100

Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 233-4112

CoGo Bike Share

610 Oak St., Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 352-2649

www.cogobikeshare.com

 

SegAway Tours of Columbus

Greater Columbus Convention Center

400 N. High St.

Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 222-3005

www.segawaytoursofcolumbus.com

Enjoy the thrill of riding on a 2nd generation Segway. This two-hour guided tour you will explore miles of peaceful parkland along the Scioto River, the thriving Short North Arts District and historic downtown.

Snow Trails

3100 Possum Run Rd., Mansfield, OH 44903

(419) 774-9818

www.snowtrails.com

Snow Trails is making winter yours to enjoy this winter season, located off I-71 & Rt.13 in Mansfield. With our massive snowmaking system, featuring the best in snowmaking technology, Snow Trails offers guaranteed snow conditions across 17 beautiful pristine slopes, now four terrain parks with the addition of a new training park, and our vertical descent snow tubing park! The new Timberline Trail is the longest trail in Ohio! Nestled in the valley, no matter if you plan to come skiing, Ssnowboarding and/or snow tubing, Snow Trails has all the equipment you will need. Our newly added state-of-the-art 9,000-sq.-ft. rental center with self service and boot drying system has double the equipment inventory. Knowledgeable instructors coach all levels each and every day at the resort, to create and build on the fun and excitement of skiing and snowboarding at Snow Trails, for many years to come. You'll experience lots of laughs Snow Tubing in the vertical descent tubing park at Snow Trails! The fun of tubing down the longest tubing lanes in Ohio, then relaxing as you ride the conveyor carpet back to the top, all before doing it over again. You will find whether you hit the slopes or settle into a comfy corner with a book, beside the fireplace in the rustic day lodge, Snow Trails has something for everyone. Join in the fun with family and friends. Plan your visit at www.SnowTrails.com

Grange Insurance Audubon Center

505 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 545-5479

www.grangeinsuranceauduboncenter.org

The Grange Insurance Audubon Center is the first in the country to be built so close to the heart of a major city - only one mile from downtown Columbus. It is the focus of a major urban reclamation and redevelopment project that involves Audubon, the City of Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. The facility is located within The Scioto Audubon Metro Park, on the Scioto River. At least 212 bird species have been recorded at this IBA (designated Important Bird Area). It provides habitat for Neo-tropical songbirds, is a migrant trap for warblers, and is a nesting site for Prothonotary Warblers. Plus, it functions as a hunting ground for Peregrine Falcon. The Scioto River-Greenlawn IBA has historical importance as a breeding area for Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, a high conservation priority species. The center is a community gathering place for those who live and work downtown, as well as everyone in the Central Ohio area.

Columbus Commons

150 S. Front St. , Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 545-4700

www.columbuscommons.org

Columbus Commons is a six-acre park in downtown Columbus with more than 240 programs and events each year. From large scale concerts and local bands to free fitness classes to family activities, Columbus Commons is a gathering place for the community. Check out our events calendar for more details.

Arnold Sports Festival

1215 Worthington Woods Blvd., Columbus, OH 43208

(614) 431-2600

www.arnoldsportsfestival.com

The three-day Arnold Fitness EXPO at the Greater Columbus Convention Center features more than 900 exhibit booths offering the latest in fitness apparel, equipment, training tools and nutrition. The event is the largest multi-sport festival in the nation and features 18,000 athletes competing in 70 sports and events, including 14 Olympic sports throughout Columbus. Hotels fill up fast! Make sure to book your lodging early! For all the details for the Arnold Sports Festival Weekend, visit www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.

Lazer Kraze

459 Orange Point Dr., Lewis Center, OH 43035

(740) 548-7788

www.LazerKraze.com

Multi-level laser tag. Perfect for youth, family outings, corporate team-building, team events and birthday parties.

Franklin Park Conservatory

1777 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43203

614.715.8000

Inspired by horticulture, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens elevates quality of life and connects the community through educational, cultural, and social experiences.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a premier botanical landmark and cultural attraction featuring exceptional plant collections and gardens, seasonal art- and nature-based exhibitions, and a dynamic array of educational opportunities and special events for visitors of all ages.

The Conservatory is situated in the 88-acre Franklin Park just two miles east of downtown Columbus. Featuring indoor gardens filled with exotic plant life and artwork, including a collection of glass works by artist Dale Chihuly, the Conservatory offers enjoyment of the natural world any time of the day or year. Outdoors, botanical gardens, art sculptures, open green space and a one-mile walking loop offer respite from everyday life.

Seasonal exhibitions include Orchids , and family favorites Blooms & Butterflies and Merry & Bright . The Conservatory hosts special, temporary exhibitions of works by national and international artists each year.

All ages can partake in a variety of special events and activities throughout the year. A full menu of classes, workshops and camps are offered in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness.

With its natural surroundings, both indoors and out, the Conservatory serves as a premier venue for special events and corporate gatherings.

Alum Creek

Alum Creek Trail in Columbus, OH

As with many trails that move through urban landscapes, there's a lot see along this bikeway. The trail skirts alongside housing developments, roadways, businesses and a golf course. It bobbs and weaves along the Alum Creek, moving under bridges and across the creek numerous times. Like the Olentangy Trail , connecting parks along its route is a major objective, linking the trail with recreational facilities, as well as water and restroom locations.

Bow Truss Bridges Abound

The trail also pays homage to a great bike racer, Major Taylor , who receives trailside honors. Bikeway visionary Ed Honton is also remembered with a plaque and bridge dedicated in his memory. Ed founded the Ohio-to-Erie Trail project in 1991.

If you are a fan of bridge design and architecture, you'll see an interesting variety of examples along the bikeway, with the bow truss being the most common.

The trail does a wonderful job of avoiding many busy road crossings by using bridge underpasses along the creek. This adds continuity to your ride and keeps you moving along. The only downside is that a number of these underpasses are prone to flooding and can be impassible during high water.

With some bikeways, such as the Ohio & Erie Towpath , trail closures due to flooding are not unusual. The heavy layer of dried mud we encountered along several Alum Creek underpasses demonstrates that it too suffers from flooding. For recreational riders this is a minor inconvenience. For commuters or those using the corridor for travel, this can present problems, especially where street-level crossings are not available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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