Outdoor Day Trips Around Ohio

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Outdoor Day Trips around Columbus

Here are a few unique outdoor day trips within a few hours drive of Columbus.


Go kayaking at Lake Erie

Head on up to Sandusky for one of many outdoor day trips and rent a kayak from Paddle And Climb. You can rent kayaks and stand up paddleboards by the hour, for a half-day, or for the whole day. Prices for kayaks are $16/hour, $40/half-day, and $60/full day rental.

Stroll through Cedar Bog

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is a protected wetland in Champaign County. It was left behind by the glaciers that carved through much of the state of Ohio. Boardwalks go through the wetland so you won’t need to pack your rain boots. To help with park upkeep and preservation, there is an entrance fee. Adults pay $5, kids 6 to 12 cost $4, but kids under 6 are free.

Take a treetop tour at Holden Arboretum

The Judith and Maynard H. Murch IV Canopy Walk takes you 65 feet into the air so you really are one with the trees. If you can make it to the Kalberer Emergent Tower, it will take you up a total of 120 feet above the ground. You’ll be so high up you can see Lake Erie.

It will cost $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 3 to 12, kids 2 and under are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are not available onsite.

Spend an evening stargazing at John Glenn Astronomy Park

In addition to weekly programming, the park is also open to stargazers who want to plan their own evening. Visitors can come to the park any time, as it’s open 24/7, so it’s perfect for all of you night owls out there.

There’s no admission fee and you don’t need tickets to visit.

Explore the epic Loveland Castle

Loveland Castle is one of Ohio’s unique outdoor day trips and destinations. Construction on the castle began in 1929 by a WWI veteran who was inspired while living in France and wanted to create a beautiful castle of his own. It costs $5 to get in and explore, but your kids 5 and under are free. It’s the perfect place to check out as a family!

Hunt for Bigfoot

Salt Fork State Park is reportedly full of these bipedal cryptids. Salt Fork is also where the annual Ohio Bigfoot Conference takes place.

We hope these give you some new ideas for some outdoor fun as you Get Out And Enjoy Columbus!

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