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Parks & Recreation

Stretch Out On The Grass And Relax – Enjoy Ohio’s Great Parks

Ohio’s cities boast some gorgeous city parks – they are perfect for a jog, a ball game, or a family picnic. In Grove City, Gantz Park has sports fields, a historical farmhouse, and an herb garden. Heritage Park in Cleveland may be small, but it protects a beautiful stretch of the Cuyahoga River and offers scenic views of the city’s skyline. Also in Cleveland you’ll find Impett Park, which has a swimming pool, ball fields, and outdoor movies in the summer. In Ashland, Brookside Park has greens spaces, nice landscaping, and a summer concert series that will surprise you. In Cincinnati, the Caldwell Nature Center feels like a remote state park, but it’s in the heart of the city.

Mansfield has gorgeous city parks full of trees, walkways, and playgrounds – it’s perfect for an alfresco dinner or a game of Frisbee. In Plain City, Pastime Park has walking paths, a disc golf course, and an aquatic center. Also in town is Glacier Ridge Metro Park, which protects a marshy wetland and has trails and a viewing tower. In Grove City, the Scioto Grove Metro Park spans 620 acres and has scenic bluffs, forested trails, picnic shelters, and a fantastic playground.

Belterra Park

Providing gambling, entertainment and more, Belterra draws visitors to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Buckeye Lake State Park

Originally founded as a canal project, the Buckeye Lake State Park became an official landmark in 1949. Located just south of Hebron in central Ohio, the lake is proudly home to endless water-related recreational activities such as swimming, skiing, boating, and fishing. The 3,100-acre lake’s shorelines also serve a great purpose to tourists – bird watching and picnicking are popular non-water related activities that are encouraged while visiting Ohio’s oldest state park.

Canal Park

Home to the Akron RubberDucks, Canal Park is a $32 million baseball stadium located in northeast Ohio in the heart of Akron. The ball park is not only home to the double-A Eastern League team, but also plays host to MLB’s Cleveland Indians during spring training. All RubberDuck game tickets are sold for a single price no matter the row or seat - with the concourse consisting of an onsite team shop and restaurant. Canal Park will occasionally host other city-wide events such as local high school and college athletics as well as the Akron Marathon.

Cardinal Center

A premier host to many outdoor activities, the Cardinal Center is located near Mount Gilead, just 30 miles north of Columbus in central Ohio. The center features trapshooting at the Sporting Clays Course, plus fishing, billiards, and ball fields. The Cardinal Center includes a 25-target 3D Archery Range and a lake for catfish, bass, and bluegill fishing – making it an ideal spot for any outdoor enthusiast. The Cardinal Center also hosts larger events such as meetings, receptions, parties, and reunions – and features the onsite Ole Farmstead Restaurant.

Dillon State Park

Stretched across 2,285-acres, Dillon State Park is a quintessential stop for any outdoors person traveling near Zanesville in central Ohio. The park offers a variety of outdoor activities year-round – hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, and disc golf are just a few activities offered at the park. Home to beautiful Dillon Lake, the park provides boating and fishing to visitors with a proper license. Guests are invited to try their luck catching the vast collection of fish – largemouth bass, muskie, bluegill, crappie, and catfish are ample in the lake waters.

Franklin Park Conservatory

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Franklin Park Conservatory has been a staple of Columbus and central Ohio since it was built in 1895. Open daily, the Franklin Park Conservatory features horticulture exhibits, over 400 plant species, and artwork throughout by the famed Dale Chihuly. Pay a visit to the Palm House – enclosing more than 40 palm species – or stroll though a chunk of the 90-acre park and botanical garden surrounding the conservatory. If you're hungry, be sure and pay a visit to the Garden Café.

Grand Lake St. Marys State Park

Once the world's largest man-made lake, Grand Lake St. Mary’s State Park is Ohio's largest inland lake. Although man-made, the 13,500-acre lake is naturally a perfect stop for those who enjoy water-related activities in central Ohio, including boating, swimming, and fishing. Those with furry friends in tow can visit the Fur-Ever Friends Dog Park or the Celina Rotary Dog Park. Near Wapakoneta, travelers come from all over to partake in the year-round hiking as well, given the park's 52-mile scenic shoreline.

Lake Loramie State Park

Originally created as a feeder canal, Lake Loramie is a beautiful, central Ohioan 1,655-acre lake providing visitors with an assortment of water-related activities – swimming, boating, and shoreline hiking are just a few of the opportunities presented by Lake Loramie. Conveniently located near Wapakoneta, the park provides nearby outdoor events – the Fishing Derby, Family Fun Fling, and seasonal events like Christmas in July create a fun environment for the whole family year round.

Mount Gilead State Park

Perfect for any outdoors person, the beautiful 181-acre park offers year round hiking, fishing, and picnicking, among many other activities. Mt. Gilead Park is centrally located near the town of Mt. Gilead off of State Route 95. The 32-acre Mt. Gilead Lake is perfect for fishing – canoes, rowboats, and electric motor boats are all welcome on the waters. The surrounding woodlands provide natural beauty that is representative of central Ohio.