The Best Thrill-Seeking Adventures Around Central Ohio

Originally published 6/5/18. Updated 5/21/19.

Looking for that heart-pounding, life-changing, adrenaline rush? There are so many ways for thrill seekers in Ohio to get their kicks.

From the classic methods like wicked fast roller coasters to helicopter rides, Ohio has some amazing options. We may not be known around the world for our adventure, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of thrills just waiting for you.

Here’s where you can get your adrenaline pumping around the Buckeye State this summer.

Ohio Dreams Slip N’ Fly

A new twist on an old backyard classic, the Slip N’ Fly is located at Ohio Dreams, an adventure camp for teens. This summer, the slide will open up to the public for SlipnFly Fest August 16-19. That means those who are crazy enough to embark on this unique ride can finally have their turn. The slide can also be rented for private events.

Sky Diving

What better way to to get yourself all pumped up than to jump out of an airplane thousands of feet in the air? Okay, sure, there may be easier ways, but skydiving is pretty cool. There are a lot of places in Central Ohio to book skydiving experiences, but I’ve heard great things about AerOhio. It’s a bit of a drive, but you’re going to be jumping out of a freaking airplane, so I feel like you can handle a little roadtrip.

Ohio’s Best Roller Coasters

The state of Ohio has a ton of heart-pounding options when it comes to roller coasters. Cedar Point is the only amusement park on the entire planet that has 5 roller coasters that are taller than 200 ft. Last year, 3.6 million people visited the park, all seeking that unique adrenaline rush that only the tallest coasters can provide. The best coasters for thrill seekers are the Magnum XL-200, Millennium Force, Wicked Twister, and Top Thrill Dragster.

On the opposite side of Ohio sits King’s Island. Although it doesn’t have the accolades of Cedar Point, King’s Island is the perfect destination for those who want an old school ride. From wooden roller coasters like the brand new Mystic Timbers and classics like The Beast to all steel beauties like the Banshee and Diamondback, there are plenty of rides to keep thrillseekers coming back for more.

Zip Lining

Cruise through Ohio’s tree canopies on a zip line for the perfect adventure. Zip Lining is one of the best ways to combine a love of nature with your desire to experience fast speeds and gorgeous scenery. There are a plethora of places to choose from in Central Ohio including ZipZone Adventures in northern Columbus. But none are as scenic and beautiful as zooming through the Hocking Hills. Hocking Hills Canopy Tours offer their new SuperZip Tour, which is over a quarter mile long with speeds upwards of 50 mph! Plus, if it’s good enough for Matthew McConaughey, then it’s good enough for me!

Helicopter Rides

Want to get a bird’s eye view of the capital city? Helicopter rides are becoming more and more popular throughout Columbus and Ohio. Fly over our tallest buildings and get a view of the Scioto River like you’ve never seen it before! Helicopter rides are perfect for thrill seekers with a mild appetite, especially since you never leave the safe confines of the chopper. Through Due North Aviation, you can get the thrill of a lifetime. In addition to a guided tour of Columbus, they also offer helicopter tours over the Hocking Hills.

Pure Speed

If you like your thrills a little closer to the ground, then Pure Speed Racing is definitely for you. Coming to the Columbus area on September 8, 2019, there are a ton of racing options that are guaranteed to get you over 100mph. Whether you’re just looking for a couple drags down the track or you want to spend all day out there, it’s all up to you.