Fun Activities for Active Seniors in Columbus

Looking for senior activities among the many things to do in Columbus? Serving as the state capital, Columbus is the largest and most populous city in Ohio. It’s also the 14th most populous state in the US, which means it has a healthy metropolitan area.


We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite senior activities in Columbus—plus some suggestions for active adult communities in Columbus and the surrounding area, so you can find the active retirement lifestyle that you’ve been dreaming of.


Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Explore exotic plant collections, special exhibitions, and Dale Chihuly’s artworks at the Columbus botanical garden and conservatory. Containing more than 400 plant species, you’ll find biomes representing global climate zones that include the Himalayan mountains, tropical rainforest, desert, and Pacific Island water garden.


Built in 1895, additional plant collections include a Bonsai courtyard, showhouse with seasonal displays, orchids and tropical bonsai collections, and palm house with more than 40 species of palms. With another 88-acres of park grounds surrounding it once you’re outside, this conservatory easily makes our top senior activities list in Columbus.


Brewery Tours

If you like your senior activities to include the opportunity to learn something new, then you might consider trying one of the many brewery tours in the Columbus area. If you’re up for a drive, Henmick Farm Brewery is a unique place to start. Located within a restored 1860’s barn, you’ll find tons of seating indoors with a beautiful yard outside, picnic tables, chairs, fire pits, and all kinds of spacious areas to hang out with friends or family.


Plus if you’re looking for active adult communities in the Columbus area, you’ll enjoy the fact that Nottingham Trace is less than a half-hour drive away.


Columbus Scavenger Hunt

Looking to cover all of the things to do in Columbus all in a single day? It might be possible with one of the area’s scavenger hunts. Typically about a two-hour event, you’ll have the opportunity to hit some of the best landmarks and hidden gems in the area. And some tours offer a more gamified experience, allowing participants to answer trivia questions and solve unique challenges—as a team, or working against each other.


German Village

Cross the bridge over Interstate 70 and walk into a whole other world that survives in the shadows of Columbus' tall city buildings. In German Town, you’ll find architecture so well preserved you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into the 1800s. Most buildings were built between 1840-1890 and not one of them is higher than three stories. Along the streets, you’ll come across orange sidewalks and masonry—and at least half of the roads are still paved brick.


In terms of senior activities, it’s easy just to enjoy a stroll in the area. The neighborhood is relatively dense, so you won’t go more than a few steps without something new to take in.


If you’re looking for ways to stay active in retirement, exploring new cities is a great way to do it. Or you might consider looking into our active adult communities in Columbus, where you’ll find a slew of amenities and opportunities to challenge yourself and stay fit..


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Published  12.30.21 

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