Whether you want to get outside to enjoy cooler weather, or you’re just looking for a way to get out of the house on the weekends, Columbus is full of sports and active outings for you and your family this fall!

As Columbus businesses continue to mind local and state health regulations, you can feel comfortable during these activities that offer ample outdoor space for social distancing or detailed safety measures for guests. For additional options, be sure to check out the local businesses that have signed Experience Columbus’ Live Forward Pledge, signaling agreement to follow federal, state, and local health and safety guidelines for proper reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take an Outdoor Adventure

Girl sits atop the Scioto Audubon Climbing Wall.

Beautiful fall views while getting active outdoors? Count us in! Fall in Columbus is a beautiful time to check out fall foliage and area metro parks.

 Glacier Ridge Metro Park, located just northwest from the city, is known for its range of outdoor activities. Bike trails, natural play areas, a disc golf course and more make Glacier Ridge a perfect destination for an afternoon of outdoor activity. Most notably, the unique park features a 4-acre obstacle course with challenges like tunnels and climbing ropes to entertain the entire family.

In the heart of downtown is the Scioto Audubon Metro Park, complete with its own bike trails and obstacle course. Scioto Audubon also features the largest free outdoor climbing wall in the nation, with room for 20 climbers at a time. There are also smaller 10-foot boulders for kids to climb. 

You can get even closer to the views at ZipZone, an outdoor adventure park offering zip line tours, a tree top obstacle course, ground level kids park and more. Although zip rush and night flight tours are not currently running, ZipZone’s two-hour canopy tour runs Wednesday through Sunday and takes you through 20 acres of Central Ohio forested landscape.

Indoor Options

Photo of golfing bay at Topgolf Columbus.

Columbus is also home to indoor sports activities, which create a perfect all-weather escape from working-from-home or remote learning.

Lazer Kraze, located in Gahanna, has reopened with COVID-19 safety precautions in place. This location combines laser tag, a trampoline park, arcade and more under one roof. Rockin’ Jump, another indoor trampoline park with locations in Westerville and Dublin, has increased cleanliness standards to keep guests safe.

If you’re looking to get a few practice swings in this fall, Columbus is home to a few golf indoor simulation or training centers. The Range, an indoor golf center offering training and simulations of world-renowned courses, offers adult and junior memberships as well as non-member training rates. Topgolf, located north of downtown, has also established safety measures and is offering a discount to teachers and healthcare workers through the end of October.

Get in the Game with Fall Sports Leagues

Softball at Berliner Sports Park

Want to take your competition a step further? There are still opportunities to get involved in fall sports leagues in Columbus with organizations like Columbus Recreation & Parks Department and Columbus Young Professionals. You can find a complete listing of these sports and details here.

From exploring the parks throughout the region to supporting local businesses as they reopen, Columbus has plenty sports and recreation activities to explore this fall. You can check out more Columbus attractions for families this fall here