14 Outdoor Activities Around Columbus To Do Before Summer Is Over

Whether we like it or not, we’re in the last month of summer.

If I’m being honest, this summer has absolutely flown by. I don’t know if it’s because time has just been a little weird since the start of the pandemic, but it doesn’t seem possible that it’s almost September already. But before we say goodbye to warm weather and summer vibes, there are a few things we ought to check out.

Remember when heading out to mask up, wash your hands frequently, and give people their space. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s dive right in.

Visit a sunflower field
From the golden sunlight to the golden flowers, a sunset visit to one of central Ohio’s sunflower fields is something that you absolutely need to do while the flowers are still blooming. You can have a gorgeous photo op and then buy a flower or two to take with you. The Coshocton Sunflower Festival and The Patch on 37 are both fantastic fields to visit.

via Coshocton Sunflower Festival Facebook

Chill out with some outdoor yoga
Life is stressful, so why not enjoy the last days of summer while outside and doing something great for your body. From free sessions in parks to Cave Yoga, you’ve got plenty of options to park yourself and your mat somewhere gorgeous.

Yoga at Olentangy Caverns

Balance the day away while paddleboarding
This is one of the most time-sensitive activities because before you know it you won’t want to risk falling off your paddleboard into the water. If you have your own board, there are plenty of waterways around Columbus to put in and paddle away. But if you are looking to rent a board for the afternoon, you can head to the marina at Alum Creek for a day of fun in the sun.

Go apple picking
U-pick farms are available Spring through Fall. Late summer is a great time to grab both peaches and apples around Columbus, and nothing says Labor Day weekend quite like some homemade apple pie made with freshly-picked local apples. Wondering where to go pick? Check out Cherry Hawk Farm in Marysville.

via Cherry Hawk Farm Facebook

Catch an outdoor concert
Live music is making a comeback this summer. Different venues around Columbus have different requirements when it comes to vaccinations and mask-wearing, so be sure to check with individual venues before you head out.

Picnic with the Pops. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

Go to the drive-in
Nothing says summer in Columbus quite like a visit to South Drive-In. This summer the theatre has been playing some action classics, some kid-friendly films, and some new releases. Grab your crew, load up the car, and head to South Drive-In. You’ll have a blast.

Take a stroll around Franklin Park Conservatory
Franklin Park Conservatory is gorgeous all year round, but the park itself is at its peak in the summer. If you have little ones, the Children’s Garden is a fantastic place for them to enjoy the great outdoors. The Chihuly exhibit is always a treat to see and you should definitely make time to check out the Paul Busse Garden Railway.

via Franklin Park Conservatory Facebook

Clean up your neighborhood
As we’re all spending more time at home than ever, I think we can all agree that keeping the neighborhood looking fresh is worthy of our time. Cleaning up litter is something that the whole neighborhood will love you for, and it really is a great way to feel connected to your community. Obviously this is an activity you could do all year long, but you’ll never have better weather for it than late summer. Don’t forget to wear gloves!

Enjoy a meal or drink on your favorite patio
Looking for something yummy? Head directly to your favorite Columbus patio and enjoy a nice meal or yummy cocktail. Need some patio suggestions? How do rooftop views sound? This should go without saying, but remember to tip your servers, people!

Get some stamps in your Ohio Parks passport
If you haven’t heard yet, an Ohio Parks passport you can get stamped for visiting various parks around the state. Exploring Ohio has never been so rewarding and yes, even though I’m in my 30s, I still love the idea of getting a prize for doing something that I’d be happy to do anyway.

Take a self-guided walking tour through German Village
German Village is one of the city’s most iconic historic neighborhoods. Experience the brick streets, the beautiful parks, and the charming vibes for yourself by taking a self-guided tour. According to the German Village Society, “You’ll see and learn about historic architecture, as well as the way early German residents lived, worked, and built the village we live in today.

Visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Spend the day with some of the cutest animals in the world, including my favs, sea lions and seals at the Zoo’s newest exhibit. They’ve also had a slew of adorable babies born recently, some of which are already available for viewing.

Photo by Grahm S. Jones, courtesy of Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Explore some public art
Of course, it’s always a good time to visit the Columbus Museum of Art, but if you’re focused on staying outdoors, you should really make time to check out some of the incredible murals we have around the city. There’s a huge variety of murals and street art in Columbus and we’ve got a guide to some of our favorites right here.

Enjoy a day at your favorite beach
Before you know it we’ll all be sipping pumpkin spice lattes and snuggling up in our favorite oversized sweaters. So before that happens, let’s just enjoy what’s left of a very intense summer. 2020 has not been easy and there’s no better way to end the summer season than by reveling in a relaxing day at the beach. Don’t put that swimsuit away just yet! There’s still some fun to be had. Here are some beaches around Ohio worth checking out and here are a few places where you can splash around if that’s more your speed.

via Maumee Bay State Park Facebook

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