10 indoor activities to enjoy in Columbus

Find indoor fun this winter. Use clues to solve puzzles at an escape room, get your game on in a retro arcade, or channel your sporty side with go karting and axe throwing.

Feel nostalgic with classic games at 16-Bit Bar + Arcade. | Photo via @16bitbar

Feel nostalgic with classic games at 16-Bit Bar + Arcade. | Photo via @16bitbar

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Is cabin fever setting in? The cold isn’t going anywhere quite yet, but that doesn’t have to stop you from having fun in Columbus. Here are indoor ways to make the most of these winter days.

Escape the cold

These local escape rooms will put your mind to the test:

Breakout Games, 835 Grandview Ave.
Each room — like “Wild West” and “Mystery Mansion” — has a story line and a set of clues to follow.

All In Adventures, 1500 Polaris Pkwy. Space 2252
Get ready to search for clues and solve puzzles in rooms like “Sherlock’s Library” and “Treasure Island.”


X-Golf is located in Grandview. | Photo by @xgolfamerica

Let’s get physical

Stay active at these indoor spots:

X-Golf Columbus, 1165 Yard St.
Practice your swing with indoor golf simulators that take you through world-famous courses.

Coliseum X, 100 Dillmont Dr.
Play a game of laser tag or try a round of axe throwing.

Buckeye Raceway, 4050 W. Broad St.
Have a need for speed? Race around the track in the electric go karts.

Fun and games

Feel like a kid again with these indoor games:

The Kee, 225 Neilston St.
Try the arcade room for pop-a-shot, pool tables, or skee-ball, then hit the “Sportism” section for giant chess, wall Scrabble, Connect Four, and ping pong.

16-Bit, Multiple locations
Play 40+ retro video games like “Pac-Man,” “NBA Jam,” and “Donkey Kong.” Bonus: If you’re drinking, games are free.

Columbus Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum of Art has many attractions for children and adults. | Photo by @columbusmuseum

Use our City Guide page to find more indoor fun like:

  • 12 must-see museums: Calling all history buffs — spend a day at the Ohio History Center or the Orton Geological Museum.
  • 35 kid-friendly activities: Take the kids to exhibits like Otherworld, which features large-scale, interactive art pieces.
  • 12 rentable venues: Plan your own party this winter at one of these beautiful indoor spaces.
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