Top Recreational Activities to Explore

Columbus, IN is best known for everywhere art and unexpected architecture. No city blends world-class architecture and small-town charm quite like Columbus, Indiana. In addition to great art and delicious eats, there are several outdoor activities to experience. Visitors can enjoy canoeing, golfing, hiking, fishing and much more. Here is our list of the top recreational places to visit in Columbus, Indiana!

Columbus Rock Gym

With over 50 different routes to choose from, the Columbus Rock Gym encompasses an entire climbing atmosphere that is passionate, determined and supportive! Climbers of all ages can climb over a padded floor with no ropes or harnesses required. They also offer private training sessions for those who wish to learn from a professional.

CERA Park

This 345-acre park is the perfect place to spend time with family and friends on a beautiful day. Less than ten minutes southeast of Columbus, Cera Park offers a wide range of activities including fishing, paddle boating, row boating, canoeing and more!

Visitors can also enjoy any of the outdoor sporting activities including basketball, shuffleboard, horseshoe, beach volleyball, go-karting, golf, and tennis. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day at the Cera Park Aquatic Center with family. Challenge a friend to a game of golf on the 18-hole miniature golf course.

Visitors may have a difficult time choosing from the many things you can do at Cera Park!

Blue’s Canoes

Located just north of Columbus and nearby Edinburgh Premium Outlets, Blue’s Canoe Livery is an outdoor recreation center that provides canoe, kayak and rift trips on the Driftwood River. Visitors may also enjoy camping and small mouth bass fishing. The most popular river trips flow through a secluded state wildlife preserve and a part of Camp Atterbury wilderness area. While you are rafting you may encounter deer, beaver, great blue heron, osprey and wild turkey!

Mill Race Park

Landscape Management recognized this 85-acre riverfront as one of the top 100 parks in the nation for design, reputation and accessibility. A beautiful setting with original structures, Mill Race Park is a testament to the collaborative spirit of design within Columbus, Indiana. 

Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh, and featuring structures by Stanley Saitowitz, the park includes an 84-foot observation tower, a covered bridge, people trails, fishing, picnic shelters, playgrounds, horseshoe pits, basketball courts and an amphitheater for concerts and other performances!

Anderson Falls

Dedicated as a State Nature Preserve in 2004, Anderson Falls is a unique area with steep-walled valleys and a picturesque waterfall, cascading down to its limestone bed. The falls can be found in the 44-acre park along with two adventurous hiking paths. 

The scenic, moderate terrain makes for a beautiful hike. While you are hiking to the falls keep an eye out for a number of woodland animals as well as birds including migratory songbirds, woodpeckers and hawks.

Anderson Falls photo by Gary Scroggins

Bowling Center

Although we love to spend time outdoors during the summer, we all look for a fun place to visit during rainy days or on a relaxing summer evening. Look no further than the Columbus Bowling Center! Whether you’re a competitive or a casual bowler, there is a lane for you. Visitors will also have a blast under the black lights cosmic bowling with friends. Come listen to music, eat yummy snacks and challenge friends to a bowl-off! Open bowling is available Monday through Sunday for all ages.

Donner Aquatic Center

Round up the family on a sunny day and head to Donner Park in Columbus! The aquatic center’s outdoor pool has a water slide that your kids are sure to love. The park also features an in-pool climbing wall at times, a snack bar and even a zero-depth pool. Grab a snack and relax by the pool at the outdoor picnic area. Families may also enjoy basketball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, tennis and pickleball in the surrounding park!

Columbus Area Golf Courses

There are several golf courses throughout Columbus, each with their own unique flair.

Clifty Creek Golf Course
This nine-hole golf course features 2,955 yards of golf stretching across the rolling hills of southern Indiana. This pristine course on rolling terrain is known as “The Relax Spot.”

Greenbelt Golf Course
Established in the 1930’s, this nine-hole community golf course is located in the heart of Columbus, close to Columbus Regional Hospital. The course was later renovated in 1976 by renowned architect Pete Dye.

Otter Creek Golf Course
Otter Creek has been ranked among the top 25 public golf courses in the U.S. since its inception in 1964. Located in the midst of a serene countryside, this is an original 18-hole championship course.The design of the course harmonizes the gently rolling hills of southern Indiana while utilizing the existing contours of the land to ensure that each shot is as natural as it could possibly be.

Rocky Ford Par 3 Golf Course
Built in 1963 by the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, Rocky Ford Par 3 Golf Course is a local favorite. The course is home to 18 holes of Footgolf! Footgolf is a precision sports, a combination of soccer and golf. The Rocky Ford Par 3 Golf Course boasts a special emphasis on programming for youth and beginners in the game of golf.

Timbergate Golf Course, Edinburgh, Indiana
Timbergate Golf Course is one of four Indiana courses rated as a “good value” by Golf Digest. Timbergate is one of the premiere public courses in Indiana. The links-style design was geared to be both challenging to experienced players as well as playable to any level of experience.