Date ideas you’ll both love in your Metro Parks

Great dates don’t have to cost a fortune—or anything at all if you take your sweetie to a Metro Park. We’re free, fun and open every day of the year.

Hanging out and hammocking in the woods is the perfect  no-cost date. Photo/Matt Noble

There’s no reason to put away the hammock because temperatures are a little chilly or there’s snow on the ground. Find a spot where the sun is shining, cozy up with your honey, sip cocoa from a thermos and discover the season’s soundscape. Winter is the best time to hear some amazing nature noises, as sound travels farther when the air is cold and crisp.

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Let nature be your backdrop for the perfect date as you trek through the snow. Photo/Cheryl Blair

Escape with your partner to the great outdoors and spend some time hiking the trails! If you’re morning people, make it a sunrise hike to Pickerington Ponds Metro Park. You’ll get some superb Instagram shots and fond memories of time together in nature. Bring your binoculars since the park is a premier spot for birdwatching, with more than 260 species recorded. Nature is full of so many beautiful things to explore and there are endless ideas of things to do to make memories that you’ll love for years to come.

Wrap up warm and rediscover your inner child as you fly down one of the many sledding hills in your Metro Parks.  Photo/Rick Bennett

Grab a sled and whisk down hills small and large for a fun winter date. Wrap up warm and rediscover your inner child as you fly down one of the many sledding hills. Sledding hills are located at Battelle Darby Creek, Blacklick Woods Golf Course, Blendon Woods, Highbanks, Scioto Audubon, Scioto Grove, Sharon Woods and Walnut Woods. Follow us on Twitter, to find out if the hills are open.

Photo/Brad Paskievitch

Valentine’s Day is for the birds and the bees at Blendon Woods Metro Park. Bring your special someone to enjoy a Valentine’s treat and learn about some of the fascinating courtship and mating rituals in the animal kingdom. Meet at the nature center Friday, Feb. 14 at 6:30pm.