Who's Got Cabin Fever? 5 Ideas for a Staycation in Columbus

You don't have to travel far to enjoy a great getaway with your family

By Robbi S. Publisher Mom, NE and NW Columbus Macaroni Kid March 25, 2021

Feel the need to get away but want to stay close to home because of the pandemic? We get it! So we've rounded up five great staycation ideas for Columbus. Whether you want to get away for a couple of hours or make it into a day trip close to Columbus, here are five ways to enjoy a family staycation within a short drive of Columbus, Ohio.

1. Mosiac Hunting in Delaware County

Take this self guided tour and check out all of these Mosaics in Delaware County. Some of these locations are walkable from Downtown Delaware and others you will need to drive to. While you are walking around Downtown Delaware make sure to support local businesses by stopping in for a lunch, a treat or some shopping. Some of our favorite places are Hamburger Inn, Fresh Start Cafe and Bakery and Bean Bag Books.

2. Irish Fairy Door Trail

Visit participating businesses in Historic Dublin and Bridge Park and look for Fairy Doors and turn in your completed Fairy Trail Passport for a prize. See particpating businesses and details here. Passports can be picked up at any particpating businesses. 

3. Young's Jersey Dairy

Go enjoy a day at Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio. In addition to the yummy food and ice cream, your family can see farm animals, play mini golf or have fun doing the other activities Youngs has available. 

4. Retro Candy Fun

Share with your kids the candy of your youth at Buckeye Candy Company. While you are visiting Gahanna enjoy a walk through Creekside Park. Beginning June 10th Paddleboats will also be available at Creekside Park. 

5. National Museum of The United States Air Force

Just a little over an hour from the Columbus area is the National Museum of The United States Air Force. This museum is the world's largest aviation museum. Admission and parking is free but there are fees to do some of the special activities like simulators. This is a great museum for all ages, my children especially enjoyed looking at the big planes when they were small. Find out more about planning a visit here

Please note: There may be travel restrictions in place due to the pandemic. Please check with local and state governments before traveling. Also, while we are doing our best to update closures and cancellations, please make sure to double-check with the attraction before heading out!