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This Weekend: Outdoor recreation best bets in Columbus

Wildflower hikes are just one of the highlights of this weekend's outdoor recreation activities in Columbus
Wildflower hikes are just one of the highlights of this weekend's outdoor recreation activities in Columbus
Andrew Kennett

The last weekend of April should be a fun one for outdoor recreation in the Columbus area. While passing rain showers may dampen spirits on Saturday, sun and warmer temperatures will return on Sunday to pull us through the weekend.

The Metro Parks have a good line-up of events for visitors this weekend:

  • This Saturday kicks off a series of dates when the Pleasant Valley area of Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park will be open until midnight for activities like hiking, fishing, star-gazing and more. This area, located off SR 62/SR 3 toward the southern edge of the park, will be open until midnight on the last Saturday of the month through September.
  • On Saturday at 1pm, take the kids to Blendon Woods for a Family Hike and Campfire. The hike will be 1.5 miles, and afterwards visitors can roast marshmallows over a campfire.
  • Wildflower hikes will be going on at several parks. Come out to search for the beautiful colors of an early spring. Hikes will be held at Battelle-Darby Creek (Saturday, 1pm), Clear Creek (Sunday, 2pm), and Prairie Oaks (Sunday, 2pm).

If you would rather watch some sports, this will also be a good weekend. The Pawtucket Redsox are in town to take on our Columbus Clippers in a four-game series Friday through Monday, and the Crew will be hosting the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday evening.

Spring is nearly here, and that means it’s time for car shows and festivals. Highlights this weekend include:

  • Evolution of Transportation Auto Show (4/28, 12pm-5pm at the Sid Griffith Equestrian Center). This show highlights the changes in personal transportation throughout the years with areas dedicated to horses, classic cars, contemporary cars, and advanced vehicles. There will also be horse demonstrations and free pony rides.
  • Ashville Viking Festival (4/28 and 4/29, 10am-5pm at the Ashville Village Park). Experience a Viking All-Thing from the 10th century in your own backyard. The festival features entertainment, craft demonstrations, period merchandise, food and more. A canned donation to the Ashville Food Pantry is requested for admission.

As an added note, this is the last weekend to buy your Zoofari tickets before the prices go up. Tickets are currently being sold for $85, but the price jumps $10 on May 1. Zoofari is always a fun evening of food, drink, and live entertainment. The event, held Saturday, June 16, is a great party and a great way to support the Columbus Zoo’s conservation efforts. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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