Leading an active lifestyle in Columbus doesn’t have to be hard work, in fact it’s the opposite. With bike paths and parklands to shopping and entertainment, being active will be a side effect of the fun to be had.
Here’s a look at how to get active around Columbus to include activities and events that are affordable or better yet, free.
Columbus has an abundance of Central Ohio parks to explore − 353 to be exact, with 8,221 acres of parkland and 120 miles of regional trails. Parks are perfect for walking, running, cycling and just taking in the great outdoors.
One can take a refreshing splash in the MWR pool or take a dip into one of the eight Columbus outdoor pools.
Another great way to beat the heat is to visit Zoombezi Bay, Columbus' 22-acre outdoor waterpark. Discount tickets are offered through MWR ITR.
From local festivals to theater and concerts, there’s something for everyone in Columbus.
This year’s summer festivals include annual favorites such as Rhythm on the River, Red, White & Boom, and Jazz and Rib Fest and all offer opportunities to walk, dance, explore and enjoy.
For theater lovers, Schiller Park is a perfect spot to enjoy a nice stroll, picnic and show. Admission is “pay what you will.”
The Ohio State Fair is also a summertime favorite in central Ohio with rides, exhibitions, musical performances and more. Discount tickets are offered through MWR ITR.
Golfers can play on the installation at Eagle Eye Golf Course or at one of the six Columbus Municipal Golf Courses. Eagle Eye also offers clinics for golfers of all ages.
MWR’s Fitness Center offers associates various intramural leagues from softball to sand volleyball. Columbus Recreation and Parks Department also offers a variety of leagues and offerings for youth and adults.
Maybe you’re looking for an organized program but don’t want to be committed long-term. Here are some activities that can be done as an individual or with a group without making a re-occurring calendar date: geocaching, walking clubs and 5K programs.
Read more about Summer in the City: Exploring Columbus for an active life.