30 Free Things You Gotta Do This April In Columbus
Spring has sprung!
For people who don't live in Columbus, the city may not seem all that enticing and interesting, but once you find out all the cool things that are happening here, you'll definitely want to book yourself a visit!
Columbus is home to some amazing and beautiful parks, museums, malls and markets. Even better is the fact that despite popular opinion, you don't have to spend money to have fun at all! If you've spent your whole life in Columbus, you may take all the free things around you for granted, but this list is here to remind you that those free things can actually be the most fun.
Be ready to fall in love with your city all over again this April. The weather is finally warming up, so you no longer have any excuse to stay huddled up inside! If your 2018 hasn't been all that exciting thus far, consider this month to be a fresh start for you. Step outside your comfort zone, try something new, and see how much you can accomplish.
Columbus not only has a lot of cool things to do, there's also a ton of interesting people to do those things with. If you're looking to expand your group of friends, a simple day at the market or a trip to the park can help you connect with other, like-minded members of the community who are looking to get outside and enjoy the same things you do.
What do you plan on checking out this April in Columbus?
30. Pay a visit to the Riffe Gallery
If you want to support local artists, the Riffe Gallery is the place to do just that! The museum is run by the Ohio Arts Council, and has an ever-changing list of amazing exhibits, so you can go back time and time again.
29. Browse the North Market
Browsing through the market is a great way to spend a day. You don't have to buy anything, but you can still go and mingle with local vendors and other people while getting an idea of what sorts of things are out there!
28. Check out the Wexner Centre for the Arts
The Wexner Centre shows off the works of many Ohio State students, and trust us when we say they're VERY talented. The museum displays a ton of mediums, with everything from film to performing art troupes for your enjoyment!
27. Relax in the Franklin Park Conservatory
These botanic gardens are like an oasis in the middle of the city, and make for the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring! Bring a book to read, or your camera to take some cool pictures!
26. Visit Thurber House
If you're a James Thurber fan, this place is probably already on your radar. But if not, it should be! Many of Thurber's short stories were written here, so perhaps a visit will help you find some creative inspiration to get writing.
25. Have a photoshoot with friends in the Topiary Garden
Want to make it look like you spend your day in an enchanted forest? The Columbus Topiary Garden can do just that for you! This lush, green garden is seriously breathtaking, and will get you all the IG likes you could dream of.
24. Spend a day reading at the Columbus Metropolitan Library
A day of reading can do you a world of good, especially somewhere this beautiful. The Columbus Library has an amazing selection of books for you to choose from, you'll never run out of new things to read.
23. Take a walk through Schiller Park
Schiller Park is the second oldest in the city, and a great place to catch up with old friends while you go for a stroll! There are gazebos for you to sit under, and a variety of public art for you to admire as well.
22. Take a tour of the Ohio Statehouse
If you want to learn more about our state's government, the Ohio Statehouse should be calling your name. Guided tours are offered on weekdays from 10 - 3, and on weekends from 12 - 3!
21. Snap some photos during a Columbus Art Walk
Columbus has plenty of free, public art to be admired, and partaking in an Art Walk will show you the best of the best. Bring along your camera and be ready to be in awe of the beauty of the city!
20. Head to the Columbus Museum of Art
While it's not free everyday, the Columbus Museum of Art is free every Sunday, so if you're looking for the perfect way to start your week, you just found it! This museum is full of hundreds of unique artworks from all around the world for you to check out.
19. Relive your childhood at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
As kids, we all watched cartoons. Just because we're adults now doesn't mean that we have to stop! The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library is located on campus at Ohio State, and has over 2.5 million comic book clippings, among other things.
18. Take your pup for a walk in Scioto Audubon Park
Scioto Audubon is one of the cities' newest parks, and covers 71-acres of land. In the park you will find hiking trails, sand volleyball courts, fishing spots, and a climbing wall, all of which are super fun!
17. Pose for some photos in Inniswood Metro Gardens
This is a popular spot to stop and take photos, but it's so gorgeous, so there's no doubt about why! The Inniswood Metro Gardens are home to beautiful wildlife, wildflowers, and waterways!
16. Cool off by the Easton Fountain
April means warmer weather, and after a day of exploring outside, you'll want to take a chance to cool down! The fountain at Easton Town Centre is the perfect place to do that!
15. Stop and smell the flowers at Columbus Park of Roses
Spring is in the air, and that means that all your favourite flowers will soon be in bloom at the Columbus Park of Roses. After a hectic day, take time to stop and appreciate the beauty and relax for a few minutes!
14. Explore the ancient burial of Shrum Mound
Shrum Mound is a historic spot in Ohio. It was a burial ground for the ancient people of Adena, and has been around since approximately 800 B.C. The surrounding area is lush and gorgeous as well, so there's plenty to be seen here!
13. Go for a jog in Columbus Commons
If you can't be bothered to pay for a gym membership, Columbus has plenty of great places where you can get fit for free. Lace up your shoes and go for a jog through the beautiful Columbus Commons this April!
12. Go people-watching at Pearl Market
If you don't want to spend money at the market, but still want to go then you can definitely distract yourself with some people-watching. You're bound to see some interesting characters while you browse!
11. Take a tour of campus at Ohio State
If you're not a uni student yet, taking a tour of campus may just inspire you to apply! Ohio State is a great university, and there's almost always something going on on campus for you to check out.
10. Explore the German Village
Most cities have an expansive Chinatown for you to visit, but Columbus is all about their German population! The German Village will make you forget that you're even in Ohio, and give you plenty of new ground to be explored.
9. Go window shopping at Polaris Fashion Place
Just because you don't have money doesn't mean you can't enjoy a day at the mall. Let's be honest, half the fun comes from trying on all those clothes you can't afford anyways!
8. Go on an adventure in Short North
Known as the "Art and Soul of Columbus", the Short North is full of interesting sights and colourful wall murals. There's plenty of great pubs to check out if you've got money for a meal as well!
7. Browse Easton Town Centre
Easton Town Centre is much more than a mall. It's the perfect place to do some browsing and try on clothes, or check out one of the many free events that's always happening there!
6. Check out the Book Loft
If you love books, this spot will quickly become your home away from home. The Book Loft has 32 rooms, or an entire city block's worth of books, all just waiting to be picked up and loved by you!
5. Have a picnic at Mirror Lake
If you're planning a date, but don't have the funds for a fancy dinner, a picnic at Mirror Lake with your loved one will be just as romantic! Pack a blanket, your favourite foods, and maybe a bottle of bubbly for the two of you to enjoy.
4. Wander through the Ross Art Museum
Another free gallery worth checking out is the Ross Art Museum. The museum is located on campus at Ohio Wesleyan University, and has a constant flow of interesting exhibits for you to visit.
3. Feed the ducks at Creekside Gahanna
Not only is this a great place to hangout, Creekside Gahanna is also a great place to admire some wildlife and feed the ducks! There's also swans around, and paddleboats are available for rent for a small fee!
2. Take a tour of Al's Delicious Popcorn
Popcorn is a favourite snack for many, and a tour of Al's Delicious Popcorn will show you all the work that goes into making your favourite hand-crafted snack! Who knows, you may even get a treat at the end of it.
1. Check out the aquarium at Cabela's
Apart from being a retail giant, Cabela's is also home to an 8,000 gallon aquarium with live fish, and an extensive wildlife display that features polar bear, elk, wolves, and more.