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11 Fun Things to Do in Worthington, Ohio

Worthington, Ohio provides many enjoyable attractions for visitors and locals alike, no matter what your age!

Worthington, Ohio is located in Central Ohio and is a suburb of Columbus. There is easy access to the city from State Route 315, Interstate 71 or High Street. The city is full of fun things to do and Old Worthington is a great place to spend an afternoon!

As a family, we have had a great time exploring the different areas in Worthington! From parks to restaurants to the popular Farmers Market, there is so much to enjoy! Read on to find something new to do in Worthington, Ohio!

1. Play Arcade Games for Free at Level One Bar + Arcade

  • Address: 130 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, OH 43235
  • Website

Level One Bar + Arcade is tons of fun for all ages! We have taken our boys there a couple of times and they think it is the coolest thing! They can play any arcade game they want, for free!

Two boys and a father playing video games at Level One Arcade in Worthington, Ohio.

This “bar-cade” is family-friendly between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM Monday through Friday and from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. All other hours are 21+ only! So depending on your age and family situation, choose your hours accordingly!

A drink on a table in front of arcade games and pin ball games at Level One Arcade and Bar.

As mentioned, the arcade games are free to play, as long as you buy a drink! There is a huge bar menu and quite a large selection of non-alcoholic drinks and mocktails, too! They even sell Capri Sun!

Pinball games are $.50 to play so bring quarters (they also have a change machine on site)!

2. See Model Trains at Central Ohio Model Railroad Club

  • Address: 6471 Proprietors Rd, Worthington, OH 43085
  • Website

The COMRC opens their space for regular open houses throughout the year! They have multiple model train lay outs including HO scale, O gauge, N scale and Scale models. There is a Thomas & Friends train that kids can operate!

A young boy driving a Thomas the Train model train at the Central Ohio Model Railroad Club in Worthington, Ohio.

Open house hours have typically taken place during the summer months and over the holiday season. We have visited during their Holiday Open House which takes place on the weekends beginning Thanksgiving weekend and lasting through at least January 1st!

Boys looking at model train displays in Worthington, Ohio.

It’s best to keep an eye on their website (linked above) or their Facebook Page for the most up to date info on open houses!

3. Eat at Joya’s

  • Address: 657 High St, Worthington, OH 43085
  • Website

Joya’s is one of the hottest restaurants in Central Ohio right now. Chef Avishar Barua is a graduate of Ohio State University and the Culinary Apprenticeship program at Columbus State Community College and he competed on Top Chef Season 18. He also (spoiler alert) beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network Show Beat Bobby Flay.

Inside Joya's Cafe in Old Worthington.

Joya’s Cafe is a Bengali American restaurant in Old Worthington and it is always packed! I’ve been fortunate enough to eat some of their delicious food off-site at local events so I can attest that it is delicious.

A hand holding up a Joya's Latte outside the restaurant.

I stopped into Joya’s just before they closed one afternoon to snag a Joya’s Latte which includes sweetened condensed milk, espresso and textured milk. It was delicious! If you get a chance, you should definitely get the brown butter rice krispie treat!

4. Climb and Play at Selby Park

  • Address: 358 Selby Blvd. S., Worthington, OH 43085
  • Website

Selby Park was newly remodeled a few years ago making it one a super fun playground in Worthington! There is a lot of fun to be had here including unique climbing walls and a large net structure to climb on! This park is also home to a lot of swings, including three face-to-face swings!

The play equipment at Selby Park in Worthington, Ohio.

This playground has artificial turf which is great for keeping kids out of the mud! There are also picnic tables, a shelter house and restrooms.

5. Get Crafty at AR Workshop

  • Address: 661B High St, Worthington, OH 43085
  • Website

AR Workshop is a fun space where you can get creative with your family or a group of friends! This workshop in Old Worthington offers workshops where you can paint wooden signs, knit chunky blankets, or make any number of creative projects!

AR Workshop hosts events (think showers and birthday parties)! They also have summer camps for kids and DIY take-home kits!

A painted sign made at AR Workshop in Worthington.

I had fun painting a decorative sign! It’s an easy way to get creative without having to purchase and prep all the materials yourself! My family has also done their take-home holiday ornaments and given them as gifts!

A boy doing a DIY Kit from AR Workshop.

It’s also worth stopping in to check out their boutique! I myself have purchased premade items there as well as a super cute pair of earrings I couldn’t pass up!

6. Watch Your Pizza Be Made at Dewey’s Pizza

  • Address: 640 High St, Worthington, OH 43085
  • Website

If we’re looking for a family-friendly restaurant in Old Worthington, Dewey’s is our go-to! Pizza is always a winner for our family and our kids love to watch the pizza being made behind the large window at the front of the restaurant.

Two boys watching pizza be made at Dewey's Pizza.

I’m a fan of the salads at Dewey’s and our go-to pizza order is the Bronx Bomber! I recommend booking a table online ahead of time! It’s easy to do that on their website and makes for a shorter wait!

Two large pizzas and a boy taking a piece inside Dewey's Pizza restaurant.

Dewey’s is located in the heart of Old Worthington so it makes for a great spot to eat when exploring the area! During the holiday season, you could eat dinner at Dewey’s and then check out all of the decorated shop windows!

7. Stroll the Worthington Farmer’s Market

  • Address: Summer: Downtown Worthington
  • Winter Market: 7227 N High St., Worthington, OH 43085
  • Website

Worthington’s Farmer’s Market is the largest farmer’s market in Central Ohio! There are around 100 vendors and the market takes place year round! During the warm months (May through October), you can visit the market on Saturday mornings in Old Worthington.

And during the winter months (November through April), the market takes place on Saturday mornings inside The Shops at Worthington Place.

Stalls at the Worthington Farmer's Market.

This is a very popular farmer’s market in Central Ohio, so make sure to arrive early to find parking and to purchase your favorite items before they sell out!

8. Visit the Story Garden at Northwest Library

  • Address: 2280 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH
  • Website

It’s worth a trip to Northwest Library just to view the amazing artwork that is the Story Garden! This library is part of the Worthington Libraries and the children’s area here is just incredible!

Stautes in the Story Garden at Northwest Library in Worthington.

The Story Garden features statues and artwork depicting characters from popular children’s stories. Examples are Charlotte’s Web, Frog and Toad, Winnie-the-Pooh and many more!

The Story Garden includes a semi-enclosed area called Three Bears Cottage where there is a space for play for young children with lots of toys and seating! You can read more about it in my list of fun libraries for kids in Columbus!

9. Grab a Treat From Mrs. Goodman’s Baking Co

  • Address: 901 High St, Worthington, OH 43085
  • Website

I’m definitely a sucker for a good local bakery! If you love cookies and other baked goods, plan a visit to Mrs. Goodman’s bakery in Worthington! Several varieties will be available to choose from at the counter.

A boy choosing a cupcake at Mrs. Goodman's Baking Co in Worthington, Ohio.

There is also a wide selection of cupcakes and whole cakes, too. My kids like the cupcakes! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with anything you choose!

10. Have Brunch at The Whitney House

  • Address: 666 High St, Worthington, OH 43085
  • Website

Honestly, you can have any meal at The Whitney House! But, for the record, brunch was delightful! My husband and I had brunch here before walking around the farmer’s market in Old Worthington!

A breakfast of egg, potatoes and sausage at The Whitney House.

My food, pictured above, was simple but delicious! Everything was perfectly seasoned and full of flavor. They know exactly what they’re doing here! The Whitney House would be a great spot for weekend brunch or a date night in Old Worthington!

11. Feast on a Warm Cookie from Lion Cub’s Cookies

  • Address: 7105 N High St, Worthington, OH 43085
  • Website

Lion Cub’s Cookies opened its second location in March 2024 in the new Worthington Gateway building. There’s lots of parking here making it easy to access freshly baked, GIANT cookies!

A box of Lion Cub's Cookies at the Worthington Gateway location.

Pictured below is the Monster Cookie! Some of my other personal favorites are Puppy Chow, Cookies and Cream and classic Chocolate Chip!

A Monster Cookie from Lion Cub's Cookies in Worthington, Ohio.

Lion Cub’s Cookies offers a 2-hour rule! The cookies on display have been out of the oven for no longer than 2 hours, so you know they are going to be fresh! (And those that have been out longer than 2 hours are donated within the local community!)


I hope you enjoy this list of some of the best things to do in Worthington, Ohio including kid-friendly activities in Worthington! There are a lot of great things to do around the city and we’re always game to explore! Give us a follow on Instagram for more ideas for adventures for your family in Columbus, Ohio and beyond!

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