Oct 13, 2022 - Things to Do

Seven fantastic fall road trips from Columbus

A 101 Dalmatians themed scarecrow display with Cruella Devil sitting in a car next to a blow up dalmatian.

A "101 Dalmatians"-themed scarecrow from the 2021 Fairfield County Scarecrow Trail. Photo courtesy of Visit Fairfield County

Want to hit the road and get away for a little while?

Here are some sublime fall activities just a short drive from Columbus:

👻 Kings Island (75 minutes away) is USA Today's 2022 "Best Theme Park Halloween Event."

  • Celebrate scary season with Halloween Haunt nights from 6pm-12am on Fridays and Saturdays, plus 6-11pm on Sundays until Oct. 30.
  • Tickets start at $45. 6300 Kings Island Dr., Mason.

ğŸŽ¢ Cedar Point (2 and 1/2 hours) hosts HalloWeekends, where you can ride roller coasters and check out the scare zones.

  • 6pm-12am Thursday, 11-12am Friday-Saturday and 11am-8pm Sunday through Oct. 30.
  • Tickets start at $50. 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky.

🏰 Ohio Renaissance Festival (90 minutes) takes you back in time a few centuries for family fun with over 150 costumed characters, 150 arts-and-crafts shops and almost 100 shows daily.

  • 10:30am-7pm Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30.
  • $28 adults, $10 children ages 5-12. 10542 E SR-73, Waynesville.

🚜 Bob Evans Farm Festival (two hours) offers live entertainment, rides and fall favorite foods this weekend.

  • 9am-5pm Friday, 9am-6:30pm Saturday and 9am-5pm Sunday.
  • $5, kids under 5 free. 10854 SR-588, Rio Grande.

ğŸŽƒ The Circleville Pumpkin Show (40 minutes) has a contest for the largest pumpkin, parades, food and rides.

  • 10am-10pm from next Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 22.
  • Free! 159 E. Franklin St., Circleville.

🚂 Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (two hours) is a seasonal, two-hour train tour of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

  • Trains start boarding at 9am until 4:30pm Wednesday-Friday and Sundays, plus 9am - 8:30pm Saturdays through November.
  • $11-$36. 7900 Old Rockside Road, Independence.
  • Of note: The trains have started running but aren't open this weekend. Check the website for more information.

🌽 Fairfield County's Trail of Scarecrows (40 minutes to Lancaster) takes place in 14 communities around the county throughout October and showcases hundreds of scarecrows.

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