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4 Family-Friendly Activities for the Fall

Grab a sweater to celebrate the last days of lovely autumn weather

Temps in the low 70s make October the perfect time to walk through Columbus’ countless parks, neighborhoods and attractions. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite fall activities for families.

1. Gallery Hop

Got teens? The Short North is filled with tons of fantastic shops and restaurants that are great to walk through on a nice day. On the first Saturday of each month, the area hosts Gallery Hop. See a variety of local artists showcase their craft: paintings, clothing, sculptures, jewelry and more. Take a walk down High Street, pop into unique shops and enjoy lunch or an ice cream cone along the way.

2. Battelle Darby Creek

With more than 7,000 acres of land, Battelle Darby Creek is a city treasure. Take a walk on one of the many trails, see the Big and Little Darby creeks and enjoy the restored wetlands and prairies. There are even two enclosed areas where bison have been reintroduced to the park. They roam freely and are an especially unique feature the kids will love to see up close.

3. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

While spring blooms at these botanical gardens, autumn offers a whole different experience. Bring the whole family to the Franklin Park Conservatory for paper lantern crafting and origami folding (corresponding with the Origami in the Garden exhibition). Even better: Trick or treat in an unforgettable garden setting on Saturday, Oct. 29.

4. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is consistently a top zoo in the country. There are all kinds of exhibits unique to this area, as well as fun seasonal events. Kids can get hands-on with interactive activities and learn more about the animals, thanks to the experts who work there. Make a day of it by exploring the zoo and aquarium, riding rides, playing games and enjoying lunch.

Want the perfect meal for fall? Use these tasty stew recipes tonight!