Spending time outdoors can be a great way to refresh and rejuvenate yourself throughout the year. Whether you’re looking to escape the winter blues, embrace new beginnings in the spring, enjoy the warmth of the summer sun, or take in the stunning fall colors, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in Grove City, Ohio, no matter what season it is.

Exploring Columbus Metro Parks in Grove City

Two of Columbus’ best metro parks find their home around Grove City. Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park is a hidden gem where hikers and walkers can enjoy hours in the woods on ADA-accessible multi-use paths or moderate to difficult jaunts through grass and gravel trails along the waterways or woods. Kids love this park, which has a 9-acre natural play space near the Indian Ridge Picnic area; children can play and build with natural materials, expanding their minds while they create in nature. After they play, the on-campus Nature Center brings to life hands-on exhibits of the wildlife within the park; bison can be viewed from the viewing decks at the center or take the paths by the fenced enclosures. Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park is also an access point to the Ohio to Erie Trail; this 326 mile paved multi-use trail spans from Cincinnati, Ohio to Cleveland, Ohio with plenty to see and do along the way.

Scioto Grove Metro Park creates an outdoor haven for solo travelers, couples, and families to learn to fish in two catch-and-release ponds or on the banks of the Scioto River. Archery lovers and newbies will find the 3-D archery course with 12 foam animal targets an outdoor adventure not to be missed. Grab your disc golf bag and head out for 18 holes of fun. 

Tip: Both of these Columbus Metro Parks offer backcountry hiking and tent camping opportunities by reservation only. And these parks are pet-friendly; see the Columbus Metro Parks website for more information and events.

Get Out on the Big Darby National Scenic River

Kayaking the Big Darby Scenic River is an immersive journey into the heart of nature’s tranquility. As you paddle along its winding path, the river’s gentle flow invites you to explore its hidden corners and meandering channels, revealing an abundance of wildlife along the way. Whether you’re a seasoned paddler or a novice explorer, kayaking the Big Darby offers an unforgettable experience that reconnects you with the wonders of the great outdoors. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your paddle, hop in a kayak, and explore the Big Darby Scenic River at one of the public drop-in points.

Tip: If you need to stretch your legs after your trip on the water, grab a sandwich from the livery and take a short walk around Osprey Lake right across the street. 

Play Paintball on Central Ohio’s Best Paintball Field

Playing paintball at LVL Up Sports in Grove City, Ohio, is an adrenaline-fueled adventure that promises excitement for players of all skill levels. LVL UP is a premier paintball facility that offers a dynamic and immersive experience. Every moment spent at LVL Up Sports is filled with heart-pounding action and strategic gameplay, from navigating through strategically designed obstacle courses to engaging in intense team-based battles. The state-of-the-art equipment and expertly crafted game scenarios ensure a thrilling and safe environment for players to unleash their competitive spirit. Whether you’re dodging paintball splatters behind bunkers or strategizing with teammates to outwit the opposing team, LVL Up Sports provides an exhilarating escape where camaraderie and adrenaline collide.

Tip: LVL Up Sports is open all year round! If you don’t own paintball gear, rent some from LVL Up; they can provide everything you need for a day of fun on the courses. Plus their pro shop is filled with gear to either start your collection or upgrade your existing gear!

Cold Weather Outdoor Fun

In Grove City, Ohio, outdoor winter fun takes on a magical quality, offering a host of activities to delight visitors of all ages. From brisk walks through snow-covered parks to thrilling ice skating adventures on icy ponds, there’s no shortage of ways to embrace the winter wonderland. Families can bundle up for sled riding at  Fryer Park, creating cherished memories amid the frosty landscape. For those seeking more winter fun, snowshoeing when the conditions are right at one of Grove City Parks is sure to bring rosy-cheeked smiles. The city’s extensive network of trails also beckons outdoor enthusiasts for scenic winter hikes, bike rides, and other invigorating outdoor excursions.

Tip: When it’s time to warm up, cozy cafes and eateries offer a welcoming respite, serving up warm drinks and hearty comfort foods.

Hit a Ball like a Pro

Pickleball is all the rage, so grab your bestie and your pickleball racket and head out to Windsor Park or The Park at Beulah for a game or two on the outdoor courts. You’ll enjoy the great outdoors, plus get in a great pickleball workout!

For some fun for all ages, Putt N Play Family Fun Center will keep everyone entertained, with 18 holes of enjoyment. Goofy golf is another great way to get kids engaged on the family-friendly course. Plus they have fully automated outdoor batting and soccer cages. Equipment is provided if you don’t have it and group rentals are also available. 

Tip: Putt N Play officially opens for the season around Memorial Day weekend and is wheelchair and stroller accessible, with handicap putters available.

Experience Paintings in 3-D

The Grove City Area Convention and Visitor Bureau has collaborated with local artists David Lane and Cody Wood to produce a captivating series of large-scale stereo paintings, showcasing the dynamic essence of Grove City, the resilience of the tight-knit community, and deep-rooted connection to its storied history.

Recognizing the unique power of stereo painting to offer visitors a site-specific encounter, Visit Grove City has embraced this innovative medium to showcase the diverse attractions of the vibrant locale. The immersive 3D exhibit seamlessly intertwines past and present, offering viewers a captivating journey through Grove City’s narrative as depicted in the art.

The Artists will be creating five distinctive murals; each painting masterfully compares Grove City’s historical legacy on the left with its contemporary vibrancy on the right. Using a specialized viewer, observers are treated to a mesmerizing fusion of both eras, transforming two-dimensional artwork into a captivating three-dimensional experience. Themes include Grove City High School’s Annual Alumni Softball Tournament, Bison at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, canoeing on the Big Darby, and more. As of 2023, “Game Time” is the only mural completed and can be viewed at Fryer Park.

Tip: You will view the mural at the permanent viewer at the site.