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3 of the Most Unique Parks in Columbus Ohio

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These three unique parks in Columbus, Ohio provide beautiful scenery for your next walk in the park!

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Columbus has so many parks to explore! Parks are great options for families because they allow space for little kids to run around and they don’t cost a dime to explore!

While Columbus is full of playgrounds and parks, these three parks are particularly unique. They offer not just paths for walking, but some of the most beautiful and interesting scenery along the way. These three parks are one of a kind and are three of the must see parks in Central Ohio!

Three of the Most Unique Parks in Columbus:

1. Topiary Park

  • 480 E Town St, Columbus, OH 43215
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Topiary Park

Topiary Park in downtown Columbus is truly one of the most unique parks in Columbus, if not Ohio and beyond! It is the only known park of its kind – plants depicting art! Obviously, the best time to visit this park is in the spring and summer when it is in full bloom. 

Plant Sculptures in Topiary Park, Columbus Ohio

Topiary Park

This public park features a recreation of Georges Seurat’s painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of LaGrande Jatte. With larger than life size plant sculptures (created with yew trees), it’s a sight to behold! The garden consists of 54 people, boat sculptures and animal sculptures. (By sculptures, I mean created out of trees!).

(Surprise your kids by reading them this picture book featuring the scene before or after you go!)

plant sculptures in Topiary Park, Columbus Ohio

Topiary Park

You can enter the park through the you can visit the park through the Main Library or through the gatehouse on Washington Ave.

2. Inniswood Metro Gardens

  • 940 S Hempstead Rd, Westerville, OH 43081 
waterfall in Inniswood Metro Gardens

Inniswood Metro Gardens

Inniswood Metro Gardens is arguably the most curated of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks! The 123 acre park is filled with gardens and hidden gems.

treehouse and bridge in Inniswood Metro Gardens

Treehouse in Inniswood Metro Gardens

There is an herb garden, a rose garden, water features and more. The Sister’s Garden is specifically geared toward children with a small house to play in and a water pump to splash in. The trails are beautiful to walk! This park is in bloom in the spring and summer and the foliage is spectacular in the fall as well! 

Don’t miss the tree house with its suspension bridges and wooden walking paths! It’s one of the best places for kids to play in the park! (Please note, no food or drink is allowed inside the park but there are picnic tables just outside if you’ve brought a packed lunch!)

walking path and steps in Inniswood Metro Gardens

Walking path in Inniswood Metro Gardens

labyrinth path in Inniswood Metro Garden

Labyrinth path in Inniswood Metro Garden

3. Park of Roses

  • 3901 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214 
Roses in the Park of Roses, Columbus, Ohio

Park of Roses

The Park of Roses was opened one 1963 and covers 13 acres in the Clintonville neighborhood featuring over 12,000 rose species. 

walking path in the Park of Roses

Walking Path in the Park of Roses

There are several distinct rose gardens, plus additional gardens displaying perennials, trees and herbs. . The park is in peak bloom June through September and admission is free.

Park of Roses, Columbus, Ohio

Park of Roses

There is a structure you can climb to view the gardens from on high – lots of fun for kids! And the park makes for a beautiful place to take a walk on a warm summer night!

gazebo in the park of roses, Columbus, Ohio

Park of Roses

I hope you get the chance to enjoy these unique parks in our beautiful city! I have enjoyed spending time in these parks with my family and they also provide educational experiences for our kids! What are some of your favorite parks in Columbus?

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9 Things to Do with Your Kids This Fall in Columbus

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Fall is such a fun time in Central Ohio! Here are 9 things you can only do during the Fall in Columbus and Central Ohio!

What Are Some of the Best Things to do with Kids During the Fall in Columbus?

There are so many things that can only be done during the fall season and we love to take advantage of as many as we can! From pumpkin farms, to marching bands to model trains, here are 9 things we enjoy doing as a family during the fall!

1. Attend a Skull Session at St. John Arena

My kids love instruments and any kind of band, so we were excited, though a little nervous, about taking them to a Skull Session at OSU! It’s a great way to get caught up in the football spirit, even if you don’t have tickets to the game!

A Skull Session is basically a pep rally where the marching band plays, the players come out and the coach gives a little speech . . . it’s very high energy and really a lot of fun!

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I’d recommend either parking on West Campus (parking is $20!) and taking a shuttle or parking in a neighborhood along the Olentangy bike path and walking up the path to St. John Arena.

The Skull session happens 2 hours and 20 minutes before each game and lasts an hour. When it’s over, you can mull around amongst the tailgaters, pick up some free samples (1/4 of a Sugardale hot dog, anyone?) and enjoy the energy of game day.

We were nervous because we weren’t sure what would happen to our strollers when we got there! We were able to take our strollers (yes, we had two) into the arena, but we left them outside the gymnasium, along the outer wall. It was a risk, but no one decided to walk off with a stroller on game day. Phew! I don’t know where else you could put your stroller, as the seating in the gymnasium is very tight. It worked out for us and we were really glad we did it!

You can see the schedule of OSU games here! Friends recommended arriving 20-25 minutes early to get good seats, and I will pass that advice on to you. We got there around 9:20 AM for the 9:40 AM Skull Session and were able to get good seats facing the band.

2. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

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There are so many pumpkin patch options, it’s kind of amazing! Every weekend in October is filled with Fall Festivals – honestly, I had no idea before I started this blog how many there are! Make sure to visit my post, Central Ohio Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals for a complete list!

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We recently visited Jaquemin Farms on a Monday! This one is great, in my opinion, because it is open during the week and for only $2 kids ages 3-10 can play in the corn box and run through the straw maze! Kids 2 and under are free! During the weekends, they have bouncy houses and the price is a bit higher. So if you have preschoolers at home during the week, this is a great way to spend an inexpensive morning at a pumpkin patch! Other weekday options include Circle S Farms, evenings at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm.

If you want the BIG pumpkin farm experience complete with kettle corn, a zip line, a huge pumpkin trampoline, mazes, corn bins, pedal carts and more, make sure to check out 15 Things to Do at Leeds Farm!

Another place we love to go is Smith’s Farm Market! The picture below is a few years old, but they always have a large selection of pumpkins and picturesque settings for fun pictures with pumpkins!

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3. Go Apple Picking

I’ve shared about our visit to Orchard and Company, and Branstool Orchards, and here’s a list of more apple picking ideas from Columbus Moms Blog! It’s getting late in the season, but there are still apples to be picked at many farms and a lot of them have farm festival weekends as well! If you’re looking for some options during the week (as opposed to the weekend), a few farms are open on select Fridays: Lynd Fruit Farm, and Cherry Hawk Farm, to name a few.

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4. Attend Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo happens for THREE weekends in October this year! The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has added an additional weekend for 2019! The weekends in October are the 11-13th, 18th – 20th, and the 25th – 27th. Dress your kids (or yourself!) in costume and visit a lot of vendors in different areas of the zoo who want to fill your kid’s basket with candy! It’s also totally acceptable to take your baby in a cute pumpkin costume in a stroller and accept candy on his or her behalf! 😉

5. Take a Road Trip

I shared 6 Ohio Road Trips to Take This Fall here, one of them being the Fall Festival at The Farm at Walnut Creek. Even if you can’t make it for the festival, a drive to Amish Country will be beautiful when the leaves (finally!) start to change!

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More fun road trip ideas include:

Fall is my favorite time of year for a road trip!

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6. Visit a Metro Park

Once the leaves start to change, there are some great options for leaf viewing in our local Metro Parks! A great one is Battelle Darby! There are walking paths through the woods and also bison viewing! While you’re there, check out the living stream in the Nature Center!

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Inniswood Metro Park is also beautiful in the fall. Seriously, check out this picture I took during the fall (below)! It felt like a fairy tale! It was amazing!

7. Visit a City Park

Don’t underestimate your local city park for fall beauty. Here is a list of all the Columbus City ParksFranklin Park is particularly beautiful in the fall! Keep an eye out for the Harvest Parties at Columbus Rec Centers. You don’t have to go far to celebrate! 🙂

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8. See Model Railroads at COSI

Mark your calendars for Model Railroad Days at COSI: November 20-24, 2019. My kids LOVE this special couple of days when several model railroad clubs take over a few galleries at COSI. There are a lot of model trains to see and also trains to play with! It only comes once a year, but it’s one of those things my oldest son always asks about!

model railroad days at COSI

9. Visit the Huntington Holiday Train at Main Library

This is something I consider a Christmas tradition for our family, but it does arrive before Thanksgiving, so technically, it’s a fall activity, right? 😉  In mid November, the train will be installed at the New Main Library! It’s really beautiful, and if you have train lovers, like I do, it’s something you have to see!

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What else would you add to the list of “can’t miss” fall activities in Columbus?

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What Should We Do This Weekend? August 5-7, 2016

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Lots of fun things going on this weekend! If I can combine a little shopping, superheroes and a free root beer float, it will be a success! 🙂

1. Tax Free Holiday

When: Friday – Sunday, August 5-7, 2016
Time: Starts Friday at 12:00 AM and ends Sunday at 11:59 PM
Location: Everywhere in Ohio!

This weekend only you can purchase clothing items that cost $75 or less and classroom supplies and instructional materials priced at $20 or less tax free! THIS INCLUDES DIAPERS, my friends! They count as clothing! As long as you’re not buying a case of diapers over $75, now is the time to stock up! This tax free holiday happens everywhere you shop in the state of Ohio!

2. Dublin Irish Festival in Coffman Park

When: Friday – Sunday, August 5-7, 2016
Time: Friday: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM, Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: 5200 Emerald Parkway, Dublin, OH 43017

This weekend is Dublin’s celebration of Irish culture, the largest 3 day Irish festival in the world! For kids there will be Fairy Tea and Pirate Parties (register online here), a Wendy’s Wee Folk area with crafts, music and activities just for kids, several fun kids vendors with face painting, photo booth, WeJoySing music, sand art and more! On Sunday, gates open at 9:30 AM for Sunday Services and breakfast. Free admission will be given until 11:00 AM on Sunday if you bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Dublin Food Pantry. At the gate, general tickets are $12 and kids 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at a discount online ($10) until Thursday night at midnight.

3. Peppa Pig Party at Worthington Libraries, Northwest Library

When: Friday, August 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 2280 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-807-2626

Enjoy a Peppa Pig-themed party with songs, stories and games! Ages 5 and under.

4. Back to School at the Bay at Zoombezi Bay

When: Friday, August 5, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-724-3600

WNCI sponsors a Back-to-School concert at Zoombezi Bay! Tickets are $14.99 for that day only. The movie Minions will be shown that same evening at 9:00 PM

5. Rhythm on the River and Movies on the Mile at the Scioto Mile

When: Friday, August 5, 2016
Time: Music starts at 7:30 PM, but food and beverage sales begin at 6:30 PM
Location: 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Head down to the Scioto Mile for a free outdoor concert and movie! JD Eicher plays at 7:30 and the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens plays at dusk! Donatos sells pizza on site. This is the last movie of the summer!

6. Mom 2 Mom Consignment Sale at Westerville Christian Church

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 471 E College Ave, Westerville, OH 43081

Shop for gently used baby and kids clothing as well as toys, baby gear, maternity clothes and more. Regular Sale: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Half Price Sale: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

7. Junior Garden Volunteers at Inniswood Gardens

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Innis House, 940 S. Hempstead Rd. Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

If your teen or tween is looking for opportunities to volunteer, check out the Junior Garden Volunteer program with the Metro Parks. This weekend kids ages 11-17 can help with cleaning up the gardens at Inniswood Metro Park. They must be pre-registered and have a parent’s permission.

8. Superhero Day at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Fenlon Square, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

Superhero day will be filled with activities like face painting, live music, a parade, costumed characters and a concerts by the Shazzbots at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Come dressed as a superhero and/or make a super mask at one of the activity stations!

9. Weinland Park Community Festival in Weinland Park

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 211 E. 7th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201 (Behind Weinland Park Elementary School)

This family friendly neighborhood festival celebrates summer with food trucks, face painting, a bounce house, farm animals, a live DJ, a pie eating contest, over 50 vendors, and more!

10. 6-1-Pho 1 Year Anniversary

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4386 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-706-4903

6-1-Pho in Clintonville is celebrating it’s 1st anniversary! There will be  half off bowls, a performance by 5-star dragon dancers at 1:00 PM, free treats and door prizes! You can also get 1/2 banh mi and kids bowl for $8.

11. National Root Beer Float Day at A&W

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – close
Location: 3 A&W Locations in the Columbus Area

Get a free root beer float at any Columbus area A&W location to celebrate National Root Beer Float Day!

12. Family Night at Paper Moon Art Studio

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-332-9149

The whole family can experience the Magic of Art during this open house style Family Night full of arts and crafts! Cost is $25 per family. Call to register – space is limited!

13. Olympic Fever at Sharon Woods

When: Sunday, August 7, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Apple Ridge Bulletin Board, 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Kids ages 3-8 can test their skills against some of nature’s world record holders!

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*

 


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