Hayden Falls

Free Hidden Gem Outdoor Play

A pocket of paradise amid urban sprawl There’s a pocket of paradise amid urban sprawl on the Northwest Side of Columbus, where you’ll find rare plants in a wooded gorge and an impressive, 25-foot-high waterfall. Located at 4335 Hayden Run Rd., near the intersection of Hayden Run Road and Riverside Drive, Hayden Falls has been drawing nature lovers and romantics…

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Gallant Farm Preserve

Delaware Free Hidden Gem Indoor Play

Play parlor games at Depression-era home, living-history museum Moms and daughters, dads and sons enter the warm, welcoming farmhouse in Delaware County. A kind volunteer, wearing an apron-covered gingham dress, greets the visitors of Gallant Farm Preserve by making cocoa on a vintage wood stove. Gallant Farm, a living-history museum at 2150 Buttermilk Hill Rd., opened in October. The recreated…

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Huntington Holiday Train

Downtown Columbus Free Hidden Gem Seasonal

Model train makes return visit to Columbus Main Library Central Ohioans need not travel far this holiday season to see a magical train exhibit built by a landscape magician who turns natural objects, such as nuts and shells, into fanciful displays. The Huntington Holiday Train chugged into the lobby of the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S….

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Chief Leatherlips

Dublin Free Hidden Gem Outdoor Play

Play by 12-foot-high limestone head at park by Scioto River Little did we know that on the very day we visited the Leatherlips monument in the Columbus suburb of Dublin, the limestone sculpture of a Native American chief was quietly celebrating its 22nd birthday. Not that we would have known. There was no one else around the 12-foot-high limestone head…

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