Posts

3 of the Most Unique Parks in Columbus Ohio

Spread the Love

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

This post may include affiliate links. See my disclosure.

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
Topiary Park, columbus Ohio

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?

IMG_8735

Share this post with your friends!

Need more ideas? Check out Over 100 Fun Things to do in Columbus, Ohio

Save this post on Pinterest!

3 of the Most Unique Parks in Columbus Ohio


Spread the Love

2016 Columbus Holiday Scavenger Hunt: 25 Things to Find Before New Year’s Day!

Spread the Love
  • 7
    Shares

Welcome to What Should We Do Today’s Holiday Scavenger Hunt! If you’re out and about over the next two weeks, entertaining kids on winter break, doing last minute Christmas shopping or trying to squeeze in all Columbus has to offer during the holidays, here’s a list of 25 things to look for on your way! I’ve made a printable list so you can take it with you!

****CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD SCAVENGER HUNT PRINTABLE!****

Please, enjoy Columbus and have a Merry Christmas!

1. Glass Ornament Tree at Franklin Park Conservatory


2. Rotating Railroad at Franklin Park Conservatory


3. Polar Express Train at Ohio History Center


4. Book Tree at Grove City Library


5. Thomas Train at Main Library


6. Larger than Life Nutcrackers outside Grove City Library


7. Nutcracker display at Grove City City Hall


8. Christmas Tree in the Lazarus Building

 


9. Nativity Scene at Easton


10. The Three Wisemen at the State Auto Christmas Corner


11. Santa on the train at Easton


12. The Holiday Tree Farm at the Think Outside the Brick Exhibit


13. Santa’s Fire Truck at Columbus Commons


14. Large glowing balls at Bicentennial Park


15. Rudolph at Wildlights at Columbus Zoo


16. “Short North Pole” sign in Short North Arts District


17. Gingerbread Carousel at KDB Easton Town Center


18. Gingerbread North Market at Franklin Park Conservatory


19. Santa’s Gingerbread Camper at The Shops at Worthington Place


20. Life-sized Playmobil Knight at Learning Express Toys


21. Christmas Tree at Topiary Park


22. An underground world at Main Library


23. A painting snowman at Polaris Fashion Place


24. “Happy Holidays” on the Nationwide Building


 25. Large Hanging Wreaths at North Market


****CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD SCAVENGER HUNT PRINTABLE!****


IMG_8735

Make sure to follow What Should We Do Today? on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram and never miss a post!

ICYMI: Columbus Museum of Art: Think Outside the Brick


Spread the Love
  • 7
    Shares

What Should We Do This Weekend? August 12-14, 2016

Spread the Love
  • 31
    Shares

Believe it or not, I cut a few things from this list – and still ended up with 15 things to do with your kids this weekend! 🙂 There are a lot of celebrations and festivals to squeeze in before summer comes to a close! Enjoy them! Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for tickets to the New Albany Classic – you can do that through my Facebook page under the NAC post (pinned to the top!) The contest ends Thursday night at 10:00 PM. Good luck! 🙂

1. Farm Days at COSI

When: Wednesday-Sunday, August 10-14, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Meet local farmers, climb aboard tractors, navigate a pedal tractor course and more!

2. All-Ohio Balloon Fest at Union County Airport

When: Thursday-Saturday, August 11-13, 2016
Time: Gates open Thursday at 5:00 PM and Friday and Saturday at 2:00 PM
Location: 760 Clymer Road, Marysville, OH 43040

Kids 12 and under are free to enter the All-Ohio Balloon Fest! Besides watching amazing hot air balloons, this festival also features live music, food, helicopter rides and tons more! For an extra $10 there is a Kids City with bounce houses, a balloon artist, and visits with 2 Ninja Turtles and Batman! See the link for more details about attending the festival.

3. Food Truck Festival at Columbus Commons

When: Friday-Saturday, August 12-13, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This two day festival features over 65 food trucks and vendors, an arts alley and on Saturday there is a kids zone with bouncy houses, face painting and games! The festival is free from 12-6 on Friday and 12-5 on Saturday, see this link for more information about evening prices and ticketing.

4. Family Fun Night at Little Skippers Play Cafe

When: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 3615 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-771-9281

Your kids can meet Spiderman and Supergirl at this superhero-themed family night! Donato’s pizza is available for purchase and cost is $6 per child.

5. Music Bash: Classic Rock at Slate Run Metro Park

When: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Marquis66 is the featured artist at the last of three summer concerts sponsored by Friends of Metro Parks! This event is free and family friendly.

6. Archery for Kids at Battelle Darby Metro Park

When: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Nature Center, 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-508-8111

Children 8 and over can learn to use a bow and arrow and shoot at targets. This event is also happening on Saturday.

7. Perseid Meteor Shower Campout at Blues Creek Park

When: Friday-Saturday, August 12-13, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM Friday – 9:00 AM Saturday
Location: 9627 Fontanelle Rd., Ostrander OH 43061
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 6.

This year’s Perseid Meteor shower promises to be spectacular! Preservation Parks is hosting a overnight campout that includes a campfire, telescopes and activities! You must bring your own food and camping gear and register ahead of time (online or by calling), but the event is free!

8. Farmers’ Festival at North Market

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-463-9664

This free festival celebrates the North Market as the oldest running farmers’ market in Central Ohio. There will be children’s activities from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM including face painting, balloons, music by Mr. Eric, Sam Sizzle basketball spinning and more! Check the link for the schedule for the day.

9. Sugar Social at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

If you like sweets and are interested in the history of sweets and how they were made, you’ll enjoy the Sugar Social at Ohio Village! This event includes taste testing, contests, a pie eating contest, recipe swap and more! The Ohio Village Muffins also play base ball at 1:00 and 3:00.

10. Touch-a-Truck at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Parkway , Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

See fire trucks, dump trucks and more outside at Polaris Fashion Place! The Sunny 95 treat truck will be there along with prizes and activities!

11. Columbus South Side Homecoming Festival at Barack Community Recreation Center

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 580 E Woodrow Ave, Columbus, OH 43207

Celebrate the rebirth of Columbus’ South Side! Meet your neighbors and neighborhood businesses at this community festival!

12. Back to School Expo at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Fenlon Square, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-337-2200

The Back to School Expo is full of resources for parents, whether your kids are in preschool or college! There will be exhibitors, a family fun zone, a fashion show, prizes and live entertainment!

13. PBJ & Jazz in Topiary Park

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

This Saturday’s guest artist is The Bobby Floyd Trio. There is a story time at 11:00 AM provided by Columbus Metropolitan Library, the concert at 12:00 PM and an art activity with Columbus Museum of Art at 1:00 PM!

14. Celebrating 35 Years at Slate Run Farm

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-508-8111

In celebration of 35 years at Slate Run Farm, you can take your family on a self-guided tour and participate in activities at the farm!

15. 1st Birthday Bash at Rocky Fork Metro Park

When: Sunday, August 14, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Millstone Picnic Area Bulletin Board, 7180 Walnut St., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Come out and celebrate the first birthday of Rocky Fork Metro Park! There will be tram tours, activities and games, family-friendly songs and comedy by Musical Mark and cookie decorating!

IMG_8735

Make sure to follow What Should We Do Today? on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram and never miss a post!

ICYMI: 8 Reasons to Take Your Kids to the New Albany Classic

*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!*


Spread the Love
  • 31
    Shares