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Feeling stressed? Has burnout taken hold in your daily life? Maybe it’s time to get out of your normal routine and find some fun things to do in Columbus, Ohio to help relieve some of the stress you’re feeling. Columbus has some great options to relax and destress. Here are four ideas to check out!

Highbanks Metro Park

Getting out in nature is excellent for our mental health! Did you know there are more than 20 Franklin County Metro Parks around the Columbus, Ohio area? Highbanks, located in Lewis Center, Ohio, is one of them. There are nine trails at Highbanks, varying in length and difficulty, so there’s something for everyone. Take a walk or jog along the scenic trails through the woods and along the Olentangy River to help relieve stress.

Sunset at Highbanks Metro Park located in the Columbus, Ohio area in Lewis Center. The sky is orange and pink and shown in the reflection of the water surrounded by trees.

Image from Highbanks Metro Park Facebook page

Columbus Museum of Art

A great way to escape daily life stresses is to celebrate the creative process by visiting the Columbus Museum of Art, located on East Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio. The museum’s mission is to “create great experiences with great art for everyone.” They do that with the many art and exhibitions they showcase and by making art family friendly and accessible. The museum is free to everyone on Sundays and always free to veterans and active duty military and their families. 

Interesting 3D art of the wall of the Columbus Museum of Art in downtown Columbus Ohio on East Broad Street. There is also a horse sculpture against the wall in front of the window.

Image from Columbus Museum of Art’s website

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers a relaxing way to let nature and art relieve your stress. You can explore the Conservatory and the exhibitions they offer like art galleries and butterfly gardens. You can also find stress relief in the many gardening, cooking and art classes offered. There is also The Scott’s Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden, a 2-acre garden located on the Conservatory grounds, which offers a place for parents and children to connect with nature and each other. 

Franklin Park Conservatory located in Columbus, Ohio, showing the front of the building along with beautiful flowers and the garden in front.

Image from Franklin Park Conservatory’s website

Columbus Metropolitan Libraries – Main Library in downtown Columbus

If stress relief for you is reading a great book in a quiet place, check out the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, specifically the Main Library in downtown Columbus on Grant Avenue. It’s a beautiful building with many rooms and spaces to relax in, including a cafe. You can also visit the Main Library’s outdoor space, Kaufman Plaza, for some fresh air.

West facade plaza of the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries Main Library located in downtown Columbus, Ohio on Grant Avenue. The picture also includes Peter Pan Fountain.

Image from Wikipedia – Main Library (Columbus, Ohio)

Columbus Ohio Therapy for Stress

If it feels like you’ve tried everything and these options aren’t providing enough relief from your symptoms, you can also manage your stress with the help of one of our Columbus therapists at Blue Boat Counseling. Working with a mental health professional is a proven way to begin healing. Contact Blue Boat Counseling to get scheduled with one of our highly skilled therapists so you can get back to doing fun things and enjoying life with less stress.

Other Therapy Services Offered at Blue Boat Counseling

We offer more than therapy for stress relief at Blue Boat Counseling. Our team offers a variety of other mental health services to meet your needs including anxiety therapy, depression therapy, and counseling specifically for teens, families and couples. Contact us to get scheduled or visit our blog to learn more about mental health.