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5 Cool Outdoor Activities for Kids in the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

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The Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks offer kids (and adults alike) unique opportunities to get outdoors in Columbus and Central Ohio!

I will continue to repeat that our Metro Parks allow us so many cool opportunities to drive 30 minutes and find ourselves lost in nature. I hardly ever visit a Metro Park without saying “Wow, I did not know this was here!”.

waterfall at Inniswood Metro Gardens

Inniswood Metro Gardens

We have some really great Nature Centers that are GREAT for kids and I’ve written about those on the blog:

There are also a lot of really great programs including programming for preschoolers:

The Metro Parks also have some really amazing playgrounds:

And though, admittedly, one of those playgrounds makes this list, this list is about some of the other outdoor things kids can do within the Columbus Franklin County Metro Parks! These are some of the most unique and fun outdoor activities in Columbus and Central Ohio!

While there are so many other things to do while you are at each of these parks, you can pick one of these activities as your main event and then spend the rest of the time exploring what each park has to offer!

5 Cool Things for Kids to do Outside at the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks:

1. Rock Climbing at Scioto Audubon Metro Park

climbing wall at Scioto Audubon Metro Park

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

There are three climbing towers that are free to climb in the playground area of Scioto Audubon Metro Park. These reach a height of 35 feet. Climbers have to bring their own harnesses and must be 13 or older. There are a few 10-foot boulders that all kids can climb regardless of their age.

To access the rock climbing towers you can park at the playground area or walk down the path from the Nature Center! There is a great free, indoor play area inside the Nature Center, as well!

water tower at Scioto Audubon Metro Park

Scioto Audubon Metro Park


2. Bird Watching at Blendon Woods Metro Park

bird in the water at Blendon Woods Metro Park

Blendon Woods Metro Park

If you are visiting the Nature Center within Blendon Woods Metro Park, take the Lake Trail to the northeast to reach Thoreau Lake. This lake is in the middle of Walden Waterfowl Refuge and you can enter the shelter to watch for birds and other wildlife in and around the lake!

While you’re at Blendon Woods, check out the great Nature Center that has hands-on activities for kids plus windows for bird watching and the great Natural Play area with a good-sized zip line and opportunities for creeking!

bird watching area at Blendon Woods Metro park

Blendon Woods Metro Park


3. Ninja Course at Glacier Ridge Metro Park

climbing area at Glacier Ridge Metro Park

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

This area is often called the Ninja Course by locals. It features ramps, ropes to climb and a small zipline. Lots of fun opportunities for climbing, swinging and jumping! Nearby is a more traditional playground as well. This play area is on the North side of the park and on the other (south) end of the park you can visit the Honda Wetland Education Area.

ninja course at glacier ridge metro park, columbus, Ohio

Glacier Ridge Metro Park


4. Bison Watching at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

bison in the field at Battelle Darby metro Park, Columbus, Ohio

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

We love the Nature Center at Battelle Darby Metro Creek, but when you visit, don’t miss taking a walk to look for bison in the park! There are a couple of different pasture areas so you may want to ask at the Nature Center where the bison are currently hanging out. There is a bison observation area about a 1/2 mile walk from the Nature Center.

several bison in the field at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park


5. Exploring the Kid-Friendly Gardens at Inniswood Metro Gardens

boy on wooden suspension bridge in Inniswood Metro Gardens, Columbus, Ohio

Inniswood Metro Gardens

Inniswood Gardens is full of beautiful, carefully curated gardens! There are several themed gardens including the Sisters Garden, a frog pond and a brick labyrinth to name a few. There is a great tree house surrounded by wooden suspension bridges that kids love off the Sister’s Garden Loop.

The park also includes a lot of other beautiful gardens to explore. Keep in mind no food or drink is allowed inside this park!

boy in the garden at Inniswood Metro Gardens, Columbus, Ohio

Inniswood Metro Gardens

Read more: 3 of the Most Unique Parks in Columbus Ohio


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5 Super Fun Playgrounds in Dublin

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Looking for a great playground or park in Dublin, Ohio? Try out one of these 5 super fun parks for a day out with the kids in Dublin!

Dublin, a northwest suburb of Columbus, Ohio, is home to many beautiful and fun parks and playgrounds! There are play structures for all ability levels and don’t miss Leatherlips, a classic landmark in Scioto Park!

5 Super Fun Parks and Playgrounds in Dublin, Ohio:

1. Coffman Park

  • 5200 Emerald Pkwy, Dublin, OH 43017

Coffman Park in Dublin Ohio

Coffman Park is a huge park complex with a skating rink, amphitheater, rec center and playground area. For best access to the playground area, park in the parking lot near City Hall.

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My son loved this slide with 3 different heights! We spent a lot of time here!

Coffman Park in Dublin, Ohio

This play structure has a lot of musical-themed activities like drums, bells and horns! The park area surrounding the playground is beautiful for walking and enjoying the green space. 

2. Emerald Fields

  • 4040 Wyandotte Woods Blvd, Dublin, OH 43016

Emerald Fields Park in Dublin Ohio

This very colorful playground has several different play areas including swings, balance structures, and an NEOS 360  Interactive playground. The main play structure is completely accessible, there are musical features here, too and a really cute dinosaur bike rack!

This park is also great because of the spongy surface, making it mostly mud-free!

Emerald Fields playground in Dublin, Ohio

There is plenty of parking for this playground and a restroom is close by!

Emerald Fields playground in Dublin

3. Scioto Park

  • 7377 Riverside Dr, Dublin, OH 43017

Scioto Park in Dublin, Ohio

There are two play structures in this playground off Riverside Drive in Dublin: one for older kids and one for toddlers! Nearby the playground area is a creek that is fun for exploring!

Playground at Scioto Park in Dublin, Ohio

Scioto Park is also home to the famous Leatherlips Monument, a striking feature in the side of the hill. Leatherlips was the first outdoor public sculpture dedicated by the Dublin Arts Council!

Chief Leatherlips was known for being a friend to Native Americans and the white settlers in the area. He was given the name Leatherlips because of his reputation of never breaking a promise!

Leatherlips sculpture in Scioto Park in Dublin, Ohio

4. Amberleigh Park

  • 4715 Vista Ridge Dr, Dublin, OH 43017

boy at Amberleigh Park in Dublin, Ohio

This park has been a favorite of ours because of it’s unique and very cute little play town! My kids have especially loved the fire truck!

playground at Amberleigh Park in Dublin, Ohio

There are a few different components to this playground in addition to the little town, including swings, a slide built into a small hill and a couple of climbing structures. There is a pavilion close by with restrooms and plenty of room for a picnic!

play structures at Amberleigh Park in Dublin, Ohio

5. Miracle League Playground at Darree Fields

  • 6259 Cosgray Rd, Dublin, OH 43016

Miracle Playground at Darree Fields in Dublin, Ohio

Darree Fields is a huge sports complex in Dublin and includes the Miracle League Field, an accessible baseball field, and Miracle League Playground of Dublin, a playground for children of all ability levels.

Darree Fields playground in Dublin, Ohio

It’s not a huge playground area, but it’s a great option for kids who are in wheelchairs! There are swings, monkey bars and some musical chimes!

Feel free to leave your suggestion for a great park or playground in Dublin, Ohio in the comments!

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5 Super Fun Playgrounds in Grove City

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These 5 parks and playgrounds in Grove City, Ohio will keep your kids entertained and tired out for nap time!

Grove City, just southwest of Columbus, offers a cute downtown area, a really amazing new library, a Metro Park and some really cool accessible playgrounds for kids of all ability levels! 

These 5 parks in Grove City are super fun and very unique! If you’re looking to round out your trip to one of these playgrounds try out Transcend Coffee in Grove City Town Center or a good old fashioned donut stop at Jolly Pirate Donuts

5 Super Fun Parks and Playgrounds in Grove City, Ohio:

1. Windsor Park Dream Field Playground

  • 3400 Ventura Blvd, Grove City, OH 43123

Kids playing on Merry Go Round at Windsor Park, Grove City, Ohio

The Dream Field Playground at Windsor Park is an amazing park for kids of all abilities. Windsor Park is quite a large complex with several baseball fields and shelters. The playground area has a soft turf and is wheelchair accessible. 

windsor park in Grove City

The playground area is nice and spread out and there are quite a few umbrellas for shade. There is also a large pavilion area for eating!Windsor Park Playground in Grove City

2. Fryer Park

  • 3899 Orders Rd, Grove City, OH 43123

Fryer Park, Space Themed park in Grove City, Ohio

Fryer Park is a unique playground because of it’s space theme! The sun, moon and planets are represented in this park that also has a sand pit, swings and  This park is next to the Grove City YMCA and Century Village. Rotary Lake is close by too, with catch and release fishing! There is also a nice walking path and sledding hill!

Sand Pit at Fryer Park in Grove City Ohio

A splash pad was recently added to the park and it also has a space theme!

splash pad in Grove City, Ohio

This playground in Grove City is ideal for toddlers. It’s a rather flat playground, which is great for kids who aren’t quite ready for climbing and tall slides. There is a small climbing area better for older kids, but overall, I would recommend this playground for younger kids.

boys playing at Fryer Park in Grove City Ohio

3. Gantz Park

  • 2255 Home Rd, Grove City, OH 43123

Gantz Park Playground in Grove City, Ohio

Gantz Park in Grove City was remodeled in 2019 and offers a lot of fun, nature-themed features. There is a play structure for older kids and a separate play structure for toddlers. There is also a large pavilion area for eating or shade!

toddler play structure at Gantz Park in Grove City, Ohio

The Gardens at Gantz are adjacent and beautiful to walk through! Along the park is a creek that is popular for creeking and a super tall slide that is built into a hill! The slide is super fast, be forewarned!

boy playing at Gantz Park in Grove City, Ohio

slide in Gantz Park in Grove City, Ohio

4. Scioto Grove Metro Park

  • 5172 Jackson Pike, Grove City, OH 43123

Playground at Scioto Grove Metro Park

One of the newer Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Scioto Grove Metro Park has a lot of scenic paths for hiking and walking and it has a small but mighty playground!

Large Slide at the playground at Scioto Grove Metro Park, Grove City, Ohio

This playground area within Scioto Metro Park is best for older kids! It’s largely made of netting and requires a good bit of climbing to get to the tallest slide! There is also a set of slides at the playground area!

Playground area at Scioto Grove Metro Park in Grove City, Ohio

5. Henceroth Park

  • 2075 Mallow Ln, Grove City, OH 43123

Playground in Grove City: Henceroth Park

Henceroth Park has been a favorite of my kids since they were little! If you have kids who are vehicle lovers, this neighborhood park in Grove City will offer tons of fun! 

Train at Henceroth Park in Grove City, Ohio

Vehicles featured are a train, boat and jeep! There are also swings and a larger climbing structure that would work well for older kids!

Jeep play structure at Henceroth Park in Grove City Ohio

Do you have a favorite park or playground in Grove City, Ohio? Leave a note in the comments!

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