As part of the country’s largest and most influential generation, you’re doing your part to make history. But you also need a break from time to time. The eclectic state of Ohio offers twenty- and thirty-somethings an array of cultural, outdoor, and delicious activities to keep you refreshed and inspired. What will it be this weekend?
Here are our recommendations for places in Delaware County, located right in the heart of Ohio.
Take a Hike
Alum Creek State Park has it all! This natural gem in Delaware County offers swimming on a 3,000 ft. beach, jet skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking, boating, waterskiing, picnicking, fishing, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, bridle trails, disc golf, and a dog park for your furry family members. And don’t let a little Ohio snow stop you. Winter recreation activities like sledding, ice skating, snowmobiling cross-country skiing multi-purpose trail, ice fishing, and even ice boating abound!
Wander a Walkable Downtown
If you’re looking for charm, Historic Downtown Delaware, a designated Preserve America Community, has it in overdrive. Stroll tree-lined streets with your friends and family amid 1800s architecture while browsing unique boutiques filled with gourmet cheeses and oil and vinegars on tap, while enjoying fresh-made frozen custards and gelato. Dine inside or out at local restaurants and cafes, sip craft brews and wines, and take in a movie at the historic 1916 Strand Theatre. Visit anytime, or for a true community experience, come for a First Friday event (monthly) or a Wednesday afternoon or Saturday morning Farmers’ Market (May-Oct.).
Paint Your Day Cultured
For an off-the-beaten-path experience with arts and culture, embark upon the Mosaic Art Self-Guided Tour, which takes you throughout Delaware County to view the beautiful mosaic works of Lynda Elias and Virginia Corwin. Immerse yourself in more art and cultural experiences by visiting the Ross Art Museum, Gallery 22, and Arts Castle in Delaware. Beautiful art enjoyed at your own pace!
Eat Something Unique
This Ohio-proud eatery is the best in farm-to-table cuisine, featuring all-Ohio natural meats, produce and herbs from its own garden, and local beers. The menu changes frequently, featuring seasonal specials made with love. Stop in for a true taste of Ohio! For more farm-to-table experiences visit the Delaware Community Market, or the Glass Rooster Cannery in Sunbury.
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Make Family Memories
Are you a millennial with some minis by your side? There are plenty of activities for the family man or woman that are fun for kids and parents alike!
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Take to the skies by leaps and bounds at the Sky Zone Trampoline Park. Whether your crew prefers flipping - or flopping - about on the wall-to-wall trampolines or wants to take their competitive drive to dodgeball or the hoops, Sky Zone has something for everyone.
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Bring your kids face to face with Ohio’s rich agricultural history. Stratford Ecological Center is a small, diversified, organic farm that blends ecology with agriculture. The center features a demonstration farm and nature preserve offering hands-on outdoor experiences for a refreshingly unique local experience.
Explore More in Delaware County
There’s even more off-the-beaten-path, shareworthy restaurants and experiences all throughout Delaware County. Discover all that Delaware County has to offer (and what your friends haven’t even found yet) at www.visitdelohio.com.