Our Top Picks for Best Virtual Reality Gaming Experience
in Columbus, Ohio

Virtual reality (VR) technology has transformed gaming by immersing players in interactive digital worlds. For those seeking a cutting-edge VR gaming experience, Columbus, Ohio, offers a few gaming centers to pick from. This article explores our top picks for the best virtual reality gaming experiences based on personal experience, online reviews, game offerings, and other features and amenities.

Virtual Reality gaming is great for birthday parties, corporate team-building, and date nights with a small group of friends. It is best for older children, teens, and adults, as many gameplay experiences include intense situations, scary moments, and loud noise.

Here are our top choices for the best virtual reality game centers in Columbus

Sandbox VR Dublin (Top Pick)

Sandbox VR delivers unmatched immersion with full-body motion capture technology and realistic haptic feedback. Sandbox VR Dublin opened in the Fall of 2022 and is located in Bridge Park, at 6737 Longshore St #130, Dublin, OH 43017

Sandbox VR has four virtual reality rooms where you can choose between several exclusive immersive worlds to play in. Once you choose your virtual reality experience and gather brief instructions, you will gear up with VR headsets and backpacks and head into your digital world. At Sandbox VR, you have complete freedom to move around.

With a rating of 4.9 over 1798 Google reviews and counting, this social gaming hub lets groups of up to six players game together through cooperative adventures.


Seekers of the Shard

Journey through a fantasy world and explore a fortress, underground river, haunted tomb, and dragon tower. Choose between different story paths with unique experiences, encounters, and enemies. Embody unique Heroes with distinct styles, weapons, and abilities.

Deadwood Valley

Engage in an adrenaline-fueled zombie thrill ride through a town overrun by the undead. Fight through isolated roads and dark valleys. Wield shotguns, magnums, rifles, and more.

Amber Sky 2088

Join friends to defend Earth against an invading alien swarm. Blast off on a space elevator, leave Earth behind, and take the fight into outer space.

Deadwood Mansion

Do you and your friends have what it takes to survive a zombie horde? Select your arsenal – dual pistols, machine gun, or combat rifle. Work together to discover the terrible secrets of Deadwood Mansion and make it out alive.

Curse of Davy Jones

Do battle on the high seas against spooky supernatural creatures. Great for kids and adults! Choose your pirate and hunt for Davy Jones’ lost treasure.

Star Trek Experience

Engage in exhilarating shootouts using your iconic Starfleet Phaser. Beam down with friends to explore breathtaking alien worlds. Find a lost Starfleet ship and uncover its mysteries.


Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside your favorite fighting game? Become a futuristic Gladiator and test your skills. Split into teams and battle friends with tridents, laser swords, and claws. Enjoy a great workout as you play.

Located in the Bridge Park area, Sandbox VR Dublin offers the most advanced VR technology in Columbus for live-action experiences.

Photo Credit: Bridge Park

Location and contact information

Reservations, Booking, and Information
Address: 6737 Longshore St #130, Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: (614) 502-1212

Omni Arena – Star Lanes Polaris (Runner-Up Pick)

Omni Arena is located inside the arcade area of Star Lanes. Star Lanes is a bowling alley, arcade, and entertainment center located in the Polaris area of North Columbus, just off I-71. It has a 4.3 Google ranking with over 1460+ reviews and counting, but most of those reviews are for the whole bowling alley and entertainment center, not just Omni Arena. Star Lanes also made our list of best bowling alleys in Columbus earlier this year.

Unlike Sandbox VR, where you can move around a room freely, gameplay in Omni Arena has you settled in on a platform that limits movement around the room. You can still jump, crouch, kneel, walk, or run, but you do it in place to avoid running into others. You are also limited to a 4-player max per game.

There are currently seven games to choose from: Dead Zone Zombies, Gunslinger, Blackbeard, Elite Force, Core Defense, Hardpoint, and Paranormal.

One interesting thing you can do at Omni Arena is join leagues or contests and compete for monthly prizes. You can also track your stats.

Location and contact information

Reservations, Booking, and Information
Address: 8655 Lyra Dr, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: (614) 468-4830