Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC)

855 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH 43210 • Phone: (614) 247-8680 • Driving Directions

Guest Passes are available for these and all Rec Sports facilities. The OAC only accepts credit card or BuckID for payment. 

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Spring Finals and Break Hours (Tuesday, April 22 - Saturday, May 3)

Monday - Friday: Noon - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.*
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.*

Family Hours
Saturday: 8 a.m. - Noon
Sunday: 8 a.m. - Noon

The OAC will be closed Monday, May 12 - Sunday, May 18, for cleaning and maintenance. 

May Session and Summer Term Hours (Sunday, May 4 - Friday, August 15)

Monday - Friday: 2 - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 2 - 8 p.m.*
Sunday: 2 - 8 p.m.*

Memorial Day Weekend
Friday, May 23, Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25: 2 - 8 p.m.
Monday, May 26: 2 - 8 p.m.*

Independence Day
Friday, July 4: Closed

Family Hours
Saturday: 2 - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 2 - 6 p.m.


*Notes: Family hours will be held during scheduled building hours on all (*) marked days. 

The OAC, located within the Adventure Recreation Center (ARC), is home to the Tom W. Davis Climbing Center with a 4,000-square-foot, 35-foot tall climbing structure and bouldering cave; outdoor equipment rental office; and a trip-planning resource center.

Adventure Trips

Take the skills you have learned at the Tom W. Davis Climbing Center and use them in the great outdoors. The OAC offers a variety of adventure trips. View our Adventure Trips calendar. View photos from previous trips.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Plan your own unique adventure trip at the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) Resource Center. Work with our skilled outdoor adventure professionals on a personalized journey into the wilderness of Ohio, North America, or beyond. Guidance and information are always available at the resource center and the sky's the limit on where you go and what you do while you're there.

Situated next to the Tom W. Davis Climbing Center in the OAC, you can find material on a wide variety of outdoor sports, such as rock climbing, skiing, backpacking, biking, and fishing. There are also popular adventure sport magazines, and a growing collection of maps and atlases. Since materials cannot leave the resource center, we have a cozy reading area where you can enjoy the compelling information that is available.