Go on an adventure, discover a new place, support local!
We’re all looking for things to do over the summer, both for kids and adults, so we put together 20 suggestions from some of our favorite foods, drinks, hikes, museums, events, and so much more. We hope it will inspire some of your adventures this summer!
BONUS: tag your adventures with #summerfunwithnick to be entered to win one of four $25 gift cards to local breakfast spots! Each tag will count as one entry; we’ll pick four random winners after August 31st.
Why do we focus on Food, Park, Drink, & Art? Learn more here!
Order birria tacos from Los Agavez Taqueria
Los Agavez taco truck was one of the first to bring this Jalisco style of tacos to Columbus. Find the truck at Pacemont and High in Clintonville; they typically serve birria tacos Thursdays-Saturdays.
Cool off with sundaes from Little Ladies Soft Serve
Little Ladies soft serve and sundaes are our favorite summer treat!
Eat a giant sandwich at Boxwood Biscuit Co.
This Short North shop builds sandwiches from house-made biscuits + chicken sandwiches, gravy flights, bowls.
Build your own meal at Somali fast casual Afra Grill
Discover the rich flavors of Somali cuisine at this Morse Road shop. Build from rice, noodles, chicken, steak, goat, then loads of veggies and sauces.
Dig into burgers and shakes at Double Happy
This seasonal Hilltop spot makes their soft serve to build creative shakes – perfect with a Double Happy burger and waffle fries.
Look for concretions in the creek at Shale Hollow Park
Just off Route 23 in Delaware, Shale Hollow features trails and a creek along shale cliffs, with interesting spherical rock features.
Interact with a working historical farm at Slate Run
Learn about life on an 1880s Ohio farm in renovated buildings, where workers raise animals, farm crops, plant gardens, and cook meals.
Hike the trails at Battle Darby Creek and spot the bison
This favorite metro park features a nature center, playgrounds, and miles of trails along the river. A small herd of bison roams the remnants of the Darby Plains.
Enjoy the quiet of the Tall Pines area at Walnut Woods
There’s plenty to explore in Walnut Woods Metro Park, but the stunning Tall Pines area lets you stroll amongst the dense forest.
Stroll the new Dublin Link bridge
The new bridge connects Historic Dublin and Bridge Park on either bank of the Scioto River. Savor the views while you stroll after dinner or drinks in the district.
Get coffee or iced mochas at Honey Cup Coffee Co.
Find this little truck usually parked at Hudson and Summit, in the SoHud Food Park.
Sip pilsners and IPAs at Crafted Culture Brewing
The taproom of this Gahanna watering hole, the first Black-owned brewery in central Ohio, is already humming with activity this summer.
Explore the creative cocktails at Lawbird
Luke and Annie Williams Pierce’s cocktail bar was earning accolades even before it opened in late 2019.
Relax with a pint at the vacation-themed Getaway Brewing
Owned by the same gang behind Seventh Son and Antiques on High, Getaway in Dublin feels like kicking back in the coolest airport lounge with your favorite beer.
Order cortados and cappuccinos, and buy beans at Florin Coffee
This family-run North Linden coffee shop and roastery serves up great coffee, local snacks, swag, and beans to brew at home.
Attend a Franklinton Fridays (second Friday of every month!)
Franklinton comes alive these nights with galleries and studio tours, live music, activities, plus local food and drink.
Use the ColumbusMakesArt.com public art site to find and visit murals
In addition to listing local arts events and artists, the website features a growing database of murals, sculptures, installations, and more public art across the city.
Catch a concert on the Worthington Village Green
Hard to beat free local music on the northwest quadrant of the Village Green, every Sunday at 7 p.m. (except the 4th of July) through August 15!
Explore old trains and take a train ride at the Ohio Railway Museum
This volunteer-run museum is open every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., with train rides offered on the half hour starting at 12:30.
Visit the Cartoon Research Library to see The Dog Show: Two Centuries of Canine Cartoons (open thru Oct. 31)
Located in Sullivant Hall at Ohio State, the library is currently open Thursdays-Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Admission is free, but you need to make a reservation before you visit!