Top Five Adventures to Try in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio, has a lot to offer the more adventurous crowd. Check out these five fun and exciting activities that help you remember what living is really all about.

1. Vertical Adventures

Vertical Adventures has indoor rock climbing options for people of all fitness levels, from beginner to advanced level. Now there's no excuse for your sedentary friend to sit this one out. Climbers can go solo or partner up with friends. For your first visit, there's an introductory class that takes about 90 minutes to complete. You'll learn how to hold the rope for others, and all about the safety aspects of climbing. But when you're ready for the vertical part of Vertical Adventures, there will be plenty of chances to show off your new climbing skills.

Staff recommends that all climbers wear long, tight-fitting pants so you don't scrape your knees or legs against the wall. Climbing shoes are best, but sneakers are fine, too. You'll need to sign a waiver for insurance purposes, but in general, this facility is considered super safe, even for intrepid youngsters. The staff is really friendly and helpful, and no matter how scared you might feel when you first arrive, you'll soon realize you're in very good hands.
Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

2. Columbus Food Adventures

Those who prefer to partake of adventure on a plate should try the Columbus Food Adventure. This adventure involves a van ride to a walking tour of areas of Columbus such as Short North Arts District, German Village, Old Worthington and many more. Stops are made so participants can appreciate artisan food producers and the best that local cuisine has to offer, including some from food trucks. Along the way, tourists learn about the history of the area and a culinary behind the scenes look.

Join the tour as part of the general group or schedule a private tour for you and some close friends. Though children aren't strictly prohibited, parents should know that most tours are approximately three hours long, and certain restrictions apply. Prices and tour times vary. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.

3. Room Escape Adventures

You may have seen this kind of adventure when it was first shown on the television show, "BrainGames." Basically, you're trapped in a room with other people and you have to find and decipher clues in that room in order to escape. Room Escape Adventures has, of course, taken this concept to a whole new level. Now participants can choose to be trapped in a room with a zombie. At the end of the adventure, the staff of Room Escape Adventures supplies your team with an evaluation of your overall performance and ability to work together.

Perfect for friends looking for a completely new experience, companies looking to build teams, and anyone else who likes to have a good time. Participants must be at least 8 years old, and there are other restrictions about participants. Located at the Bosco Center in Columbus, as well as a handful of other locations around the country.

4. Wild Zipline Safari

About an hour east of Columbus, in Cumberland, Ohio, is Wild Zipline Safari. Here, you participate in a 1 to 2-1/2-hour zipline tour through a wild animal park known as The Wilds. There are 10 ziplines in all for you to fly over watering holes, lakes, pastures, through the trees and more. Definitely not for the faint of heart, and probably best if you enjoy a modicum of fitness. Three tour types are available, including one at sunset. Comfortable apparel is essential, such as shorts, light t-shirts and sneakers or hiking shoes.

5. Air Force Museum

The Air Force Museum in nearby Dayton, Ohio has interactive exhibits where you and your kids can experience the sensation of flying in the Morphis Movie Simulator Ride. The Air Force Museum has tons of other great adventure stories and actual adventures for visitors of all ages, including a 360° Interactive Simulator.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Interactive exhibits have separate hours of operation. The best part? Parking and admission are free!

Not many cities in the U.S. have such a broad range of adventures available to residents and visitors. These five adventure activities are just a sampling of the myriad of fun to be had in Columbus, Ohio.

Kate Supino is a professional travel writer in Columbus, Ohio.