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Visit your local metro park

Looking for something fun, economical and green to do with your family?  Visit a local metro park.  Central Ohio is home of 15 parks within the Metro Park system.  Each park offers you and your family a variety of views and experiences.  All are different from one another in landscape, offerings and amenities.  There is no better way to connect with friends, family or that special someone than by sharing simple times in nature.  

The Columbus Metro Parks consist of the following parks, spread throughout Central Ohio:  Battelle Darby Creek, Blacklick Woods, Blendon Woods, Chestnut Ridge, Clear Creek, Glacier Ridge, Heritage Trail, Highbanks, Innis Woods, Pickerington Ponds, Prarie Oaks, Scioto Audubon, Sharon Woods, Slate Run and Three Creeks.Image Credit:  Heather Church

What can you do at a Metro Park?

Take a hike.  All of the parks have either paved walking trails or more rigorous hiking trails for your athletic enjoyment.  View wildflowers, rock outcroppings, natural forests or a beautiful meadow.  It just depends on the park you choose.  All of them have something beautiful to offer.

Visit a Nature Center.  Blacklick Woods, Blendon Woods and Highbanks all have Nature Centers which are open daily.  Naturalists are typically available within them to provide education.  In most viewing areas, you'll see a variety of birds, chipmunks, squirrels, beaver, deer and many other species native to Central Ohio.

Enjoy a cookout or picnic lunch.  Many of the parks have reservable and non-reservable shelter areas.  If you'd rather enjoy a picnic somewhere else in the park, that's okay too.  There are many more secluded areas throughout some of the larger parks to relax and reconnect.

Learn something new.  Columbus Metro Parks offers a variety of educational programs, from wildflower identification to bird watching to kayak adventures. Programs specialize in younger children, homeschooled childreen, teens and adults.  You name it.  Visit the schedule page here.

So what are you waiting for?  Visit one of your local Metro Parks today.

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