Exploring the Columbus Commons

Have you had the chance to head to the Columbus Commons in downtown Columbus? The events are top notch and family-friendly. Some events this summer include Commons for Kids, Free Fitness Classes, Food Truck Food Court, Concerts, Family Fundays, Movie Nights, and more. Even if you can’t make it to a scheduled event this summer, there is still plenty to do at the Commons. Below I have a list of seven ways to enjoy the Columbus Commons almost any day of the week.

1. Ride the Carousel

Take a ride on the carousel Monday – Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. for $1.

2. Bring a Picnic

Pack a picnic lunch and take a seat at one of the many tables located on the south side of the park. There are even tiny tables for the tiny humans in your life.

3. Make Some Art

The Art Box contains a variety of arts and crafts supplies and is free to use during Open Play hours, Wednesday – Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Check out the supplies and get your art on.

4. Run the Open Fields

The open field in the center of the park is plenty of space to run off some energy right in the middle of the city.

5. Grab a Bite to Eat

If you aren’t interested in packing a lunch, you can pick up some Mexican street food at Tortilla or a tasty treat at Jeni’s ice cream, Monday – Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

6. Read a Book

Pick out a book at the Columbus Commons Reading Room. Sit at a shady table or chair and enjoy  the book — supplied courtesy the Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

7. Take on the NEOS 360

Give the NEOS Electronic Playground a try. The equipment combines the speed and fun of electronic games with the explosive movement of aerobic exercise to create a high-excitement play experience.


The Columbus Commons has put together a checklist that lists can’t-miss, warm-weather activities for this summer. Use #CommonsSummerChecklist when you post a picture from the checklist for a chance to have your photo featured on social media or on the LED screens that overlook the park.

Columbus Commons Summer Checklist 2017

Location: Columbus Commons is in the heart of downtown Columbus. The address is 160 S. High Street.

Parking: There are parking garages underneath the park and across Rich St from the park. We somehow always get lucky and park at a meter within walking distance from the Commons.

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