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8 Wonderfully Nerdy Dates Around Columbus

In the past decade, the once niche realms of nerd culture have spectacularly merged with mainstream pop culture, transforming geeky pastimes into celebrated experiences. Gone are the days when expressing your love for science fiction, fantasy, or gaming was a solitary venture.

Now, embracing your inner nerd is not just accepted; it’s encouraged, opening up a treasure trove of fun and unconventional date night ideas that cater to the whimsical, the curious, and the adventurous.

Whether you’re planning a night out with your significant other or looking to make memories with friends, these nerdy date night suggestions offer a delightful escape from the ordinary. From immersive art installations and adult-themed nights at science centers to wildlife safaris and star-gazing adventures, there’s something for every type of geek.


If science fiction is your thing, then the immersive experience at Otherworld Ohio should 100% be your next date night destination. It’s a lab gone mad, and you’ll have a blast exploring the rooms, finding secret passageways, and just enjoying the incredible artistry. It’s like walking through an alien world and you won’t be disappointed!
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COSI After Dark

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Everyone knows that there’s nothing that says “I’m a little bit of a dork” quite like getting hella excited to spend the evening at COSI. I don’t know if it’s a combo of interesting themes, overwhelming nostalgia, and the idea of drinking alcohol in a place you used to go as a kid, but whatever they’re doing, they’re doing it right. From Game of Thrones nights to the science behind beer, COSI After Dark has hosted some incredible nights. They still have a few night’s planned this summer, so get going!
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The Wilds Safari

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If you’re the kind of nerd that doesn’t enjoy going outside, you feel free to skip this one! But if you’re the kind of nerd who totally related to Tim from Jurassic Park and his seemingly infinite knowledge about dinosaurs, then this one may be for you. Obviously, this doesn’t involve dinosaurs. But it does involve traveling around a beautiful park surrounded by some of the world’s most majestic creatures! The open-air safari at The Wilds lasts for 2 1/2 hours and you’ll get the chance to see rhinos, giraffes, and many other rare and endangered animals roaming in large, natural settings.
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Table Top Game Cafe

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This date is perfect for when you’ve got the whole gang back together. You probably won’t have time to start a new D&D campaign, but you can scratch the itch at Table Top Game Cafe. They have all sorts of games, plus they have awesome themed nights so you can find something you like and make it a regular thing! Have a beer and play some games with your love and your BFFs. That sounds like a pretty good night to me!
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Clay Cafe

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At the Clay Café, you can embrace your inner Leslie Knope. If crafting is for you, then this is your spot. At the cafe, you can choose what you want to make from a wide variety, including Italian-made dinnerware, platters, coffee cups, candle holders, vases, and more. You’ll choose your item, pick your paint colors, and then get busy making something beautiful!
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Ohio Village

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From a Victorian Sci-Fi and Invention event to a vintage baseball festival, Ohio Village at the Ohio History Center is a great place to stretch your legs and have a little fun this summer. You can also check out the village on a non-special event day, where you’ll take a peek back at what life was like in Ohio in days gone by. During the summer months, your admission to Ohio Village is included in your admission to The Ohio History Center. It’s almost like you’re making money on this date!
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Go Stargazing at John Glenn Astronomy Park

John Glenn Astronomy Park
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If you’re up for a little drive, you should pack up and head down to Hocking Hills. That’s good advice any day of the week, but especially if you want to spend an evening under the stars. John Glenn Astronomy Park is such a gem and you can check out all kinds of programming available at the park. The best part is that it’s totally free.
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Olentangy Caverns

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It may not be a mysterious cave that’s really trying to pull you to the dark side, but Olentangy Caverns are still pretty darn interesting. The cavern tours only take about 40 minutes, and once you’re done spelunking around, you can grab a round of mini-golf topside. You and your date can get a tour and play mini golf for less $15 each, which is pretty decent for date night! The caverns are only open seasonally, so be sure to check the calendar before heading out.
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