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…


Ballantrae Spray Park

Dublin Family Favorite Free Hidden Gem Outdoor Play Splash Park

Beat heat, dance with 15-foot-tall bunnies Housing developments tend to look alike with “rows of houses that are all the same,” as the Monkees sang in their 1960s hit song “Pleasant Valley Sunday.” But the whimsical community of Ballantrae, in the Columbus suburb of Dublin, is a pleasant exception. It resembles an Irish countryside with stone houses, fabricated rolling hills,…


Antrim Lake

Family Favorite Free Hidden Gem Outdoor Play

Plan a Teddy bear picnic at picturesque park Antrim Lake in northwest Columbus was once a quarry pit before it was filled with water and deemed the main attraction of Antrim Park in 1970. Now its rocky bottom and 30-foot depth contribute to the lake’s vibrant blue hue, making it a magnificent centerpiece of the 1.2-mile walking trail that loops…


Christmas Corner

Downtown Columbus Family Favorite Free Hidden Gem Seasonal

State Auto’s life-size Nativity scene  is awe-inspiring in its beauty, simplicity When I first moved to Columbus in the late ’80s, one of my top holiday joys was touring the Christmas displays in the downtown area. A favorite stop was the Nativity scene located at the State Auto Insurance Co., 518 E. Broad St. The life-size figures depicting the happenings…