in Grove City, Ohio
Summertime means longer days and more time to do the things you love. Have the ultimate outdoor adventure this summer in Grove City.
Explore Central Ohio’s Scioto Grove Metro Park along the picturesque Scioto River. Follow the winding river as you hike along miles of trails. Scioto Grove is the first park in the U.S. to be sponsored by outdoor retailer REI, which helped to fund the creation of a backpacking trail along the river with five campsites. The REI River Trail allows visitors to experience an overnight backpacking trip close to the city.
Awaken your senses at Gantz Park as you walk through the Gardens of Yesterday, Today, or Tomorrow, where you can learn about horticulture through time, including how plants were used for fragrance, medicine, dyes, and culinary purposes. Then, venture through the arboretum to learn about different tree species.
Get up close and personal with nature at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, where you can see a herd of free-range bison roaming restored prairie fields. Then, learn about the history of the land at the state-of-the-art Nature Center, which features an interactive 52-foot living stream.
For your next adventure, paddle down the Big Darby Creek River, a National and State Scenic River. Begin your trip at Trapper John’s Canoe Livery, where you can rent a canoe or kayak. Then, enjoy a leisurely ride down the river and see if you can spot any unique animals or plants along the way–it’s a highly preserved riparian ecosystem with tons of biodiversity.
If you want something more relaxing, don’t miss out on Circle S Farm’s Sunflower Season, which kicks off July 10th through mid-August. Walk amongst an expansive field full of beautiful sunflowers. And don’t forget to grab a pair of shears to cut a bouquet to take home to decorate the dining room table.
Quench your thirst and satiate your hunger at Grove City Brewing Company. With seasonally crafted beers and an expansive menu, you’re sure to find something to satisfy the appetite you’ve built up after a day of adventures. Or head next door to Plum Run Winery, where their vintages come from the only working vineyard in Franklin County. Have a flight or a food and wine pairing while you enjoy beautiful summer weather on the patio.
Ohio isn’t too bad when it comes to unique pizza parlors. While in town, stop by Visit Grove City to grab the 3rd volume of the Pizza Trek. Make your way through the Pizza Trek by eating at the participating businesses. Once you’ve visited six of the eight pizza places, come back to the visitors’ center to collect your prize!
Whether you’re into backpacking, green living, nature walks, or kayaking, Grove City is a place where you are free to roam. Plan your Altogether Adventure to Grove City and book your stay now!