Must See Parks And Outdoor Activities This Summer In Central Ohio

If you are looking for great places to enjoy the scenery, get a little exercise, or maybe just have a picnic with a side of fresh air – look no further. 

Simply print this list and make it your 2019 Summer Bucket List!

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical GardensA major part of Columbus’s history since 1852, Franklin Park Conservatory sits on 28 acres and an amazing site to see and explore.  Whether spending a day outside exploring the park and plants, visiting one of the exhibitions, or attending a class, Franklin Park is a must experience!  Address:  1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus.

Zip Zone Not for the weak at heart, Zip Zone is great for hardcore outdoor adventure enthusiasts!  Trails and adventures for those ages 4 and up.  Ziplines and guided tours through the treetops of Camp Mary Orton, centrally located near Interstate 270 and High Street, Columbus.  Address:  7925 N. High Street, Columbus.

Hayden Falls ParkGreat for a quick visit and unbelievable site.  Home to a 35-foot waterfall.  Especially beautiful after heavy rains.  Address:  4326 Hayden Run Road, Dublin.

The Topiary Park A landscape of a painting of a landscape.  Based on Georges Seurat’s famous painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of Grand Jatte” the topiary park is 7 acres of beautifully designed topiaries.  The origin of the park dates back to the 19 century and is part of the Ohio School for the Deaf property.  It is the original vision of James and Elaine Mason.  Address:  480 E. Town Street, Columbus.

Scioto Audubon Metro Park A park that has it all, for all, and by that we mean bring your four-legged friends!  Walking trails, climbing wall, wetland exploration, canoeing and kayaking, picnic areas, obstacles courses, and recreation areas!  More than 120 acres of exploration, nature, and more.  Address:  400 Whittier Street, Columbus. 

Columbus Park of RosesA 13-acre rose garden, located in Whetstone Park in Clintonville, is the home to more than 11,000 types of roses.  The park boasts beautiful scenery, walking trails, and picnic areas.  The best time to view the roses in full bloom is June-September.  Address:  3901 N. High Street, Columbus.

Schiller Park Looking for a great park with rich history?  Schiller Park is the second oldest park in Central Ohio.  Located in Historic German Village, the park has beautiful gardens, walking trails, recreation areas, picnic areas, and fishing.  Plan a day to explore the park and some of the rich history of this area.  Address: 1069 Jaeger Street, Columbus.

Scioto Park A 218-acre state park along the Scioto River.  Boating, fishing, hiking, and picnic areas.  Address:  7377 Riverside Drive, Powell. 

Sharon Woods Metro Park A great way to spend a beautiful day!  This 761-acre park has walking/jogging/biking trails, a lake, playground for kids, tons of nature and wildlife, and picnic areas.  Address:  6911 Cleveland Avenue, Westerville.

Inniswood Metro Garden Beautifully landscaped gardens to explore and enjoy the scenery.  Great for photographers and landscape art enthusiasts. Address: 940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville.

 

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