If there’s one thing that Columbus is known for, it’s the fall colors. When the trees turn red and gold, it’s a sight to behold. The air is crisp but not too cold, and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the area.
Whether you are a couple, a family, or a gaggle of friends who needs some amusement, there is plenty to enjoy in the area. Here’s a look at five different activities in the Columbus area.
A is for Apples
There are apple trees in abundance around Central Ohio. Over the years, it’s become a common activity not tied to a festival or special event. Plus, it’s the best time of year to pluck the sweet fruit from the trees for a sample.
Among the best-known orchards that allow picking are Branstool Orchards in Utica, Lawrence Orchards in Marion and The Orchard and Co. in Plain City. To get some more suggestions, go to Experience Columbus’ guide to orchards in the area.
Get lost among the pumpkins
There’s something refreshingly Midwestern about a pumpkin patch. It’s a great family activity and there are more than enough patches in the area to make this a special time for anyone.
Some of the more popular pumpkin patches are Lynd Fruit Farm, Leeds Farm and Circle S Farms. Columbus Navigator has a great list of these options and others.
Head to the park
There are some beautiful metro parks spread across the entire city of Columbus. They are all tree-centric and have some great opportunities for a family hike or bike excursion.
Among the parks that you can visit are Scioto Audubon, Three Creeks, Homestead, Prarie Oaks and Chestnut Ridge. Check out all of the parks available to you through the city- and county-led Metro Parks Department.
Take a tour of the fall colors
The riot of colors that are a part of Ohio’s beautiful tree-lined areas is a sight to see every year as October rolls around the calendar. The Preservation Parks of Delaware County and dozens of scenic byways that are a car ride away are among the most interesting spaces in the area. To find out more, check out this roundup from Columbus On The Cheap.
Make a trip to the zoo and aquarium
The city’s outdoor wildlife and aquatic spectacle are busy in the fall. It includes displays of elephants, flamingos, koalas, polar bears and giraffes, among dozens of others. In the aquarium section, you can see zebra sharks, seals, manatees and eels.
Three are also many events that take place at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in the fall months. The Fall Safari at the Wilds event on Oct. 14 features a tour with experts and refreshments. Weekends starting Oct. 14 also feature Boo at the Zoo, as the site is decorated for Halloween fun and what it describes as “merry not scary” fun. To find out more about what the zoo has to offer, go to its website.
Partake in the Columbus Italian Festival
One of the biggest events in the region, this annual festival takes place at the St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church. Held both indoors and outside, the festival takes place for an entire week: Oct. 3-9.
A parade, live performances, seated Italian dinners and a bocce ball competition are all a part of this annual fete. Find out more at the event’s website.
Providing the best for our properties
Care of properties during the fall is also a high priority for business owners and families with homes in Columbus. Maintenance requests are just one part of what we can offer homeowners and property managers who are a part of PMI Scioto Metro. You can see all the services we provide on our website.