There’s always something to do in your Metro Parks!

Whatever the season, there’s something exciting to do at Metro Parks. From winter hikes under twinkling lights to summer movies in the park, everyone can join in the adventure. Our inclusive events and programs let you connect with nature, learn about the local wildlife, and find an engaging activity for you and your family.

Want to host your own race, community or sporting event at Metro Parks? You will need a Special Event permit to do so. Click here to complete a Special Event Application.

Ready to start exploring? View our Events calendar below to see the most up-to-date offerings at all our parks. Click on each event to learn more, including time, description, and age range, or search by a specific topic or park. Take a refreshing hike on one of our trails, participate in an outdoor adventure program, or check out what else we have to offer!




Summer Solstice Hike


Clear Creek


185 Clear Creek Road, Lancaster, OH, United States

Celebrate the longest day of the year on a 4-mile backcountry hike. Be prepared for elevation gain. Terrain at Clear Creek is rugged and steep, wear sturdy hiking shoes and ...Read More


First Day of Summer Party!


Homestead


4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, OH, United States

It’s officially summer! Schools out and there’s lots to do at the parks. Join us for an afternoon full of sun, water sports, animal encounters, games, and lots more! This ...Read More


Event Series
PreK on the Pond


PreK on the Pond


Battelle Darby Creek


1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, OH, United States

Hop over to the nature center and park on a lily pad to learn about some of our slow pond friends. Best for ages 3-5.


Storytime


Blendon Woods


4265 E Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, United States

Introduce your little one to nature through stories, songs, and large motor activities.


Event Series
PreK on the Pond


PreK on the Pond


Battelle Darby Creek


1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, OH, United States

Hop over to the nature center and park on a lily pad to learn about some of our slow pond friends. Best for ages 3-5.


Event Series
Click Clack Moo


Click Clack Moo


Slate Run Living Historical Farm


1375 OH-674, Canal Winchester, OH, United States

Program ongoing from 11am-3pm Enjoy the Click, Clack, Moo Story Walk and try to find the stuffed animals hidden around the house. Afterwards, visit with the real animals.


Fly Fishing 101


Quarry Trails


2600 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH, United States

Have you ever wanted to learn about fly fishing but didn't know where to start? Come to this free and fun program and learn what fly fishing is and how ...Read More


Full Moon Hike


Battelle Darby Creek


1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, OH, United States

Take a brisk 4-mile hike through forests and fields. Meet us at the Ranger Station, 1775 Darby Creek Drive.


Strawberry Full Moon Hike


Quarry Trails


2600 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH, United States

Meet in the Lake parking lot. Use address 2319 Quarry Trails Drive. Come grab some strawberries and go for a 2 mile hike!


Pride Climb


Scioto Audubon


400 West Whittier St., Columbus, OH, United States

Join us at Scioto Audubon Climbing Wall for Pride Climb! Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure will be at the wall providing climbing equipment, belayers, and instruction! Closed toed shoes are recommended. ...Read More


Event Series
Click Clack Moo


Click Clack Moo


Slate Run Living Historical Farm


1375 OH-674, Canal Winchester, OH, United States

Program ongoing from 11am-3pm Enjoy the Click, Clack, Moo Story Walk and try to find the stuffed animals hidden around the house. Afterwards, visit with the real animals.


Pollinator Garden Open House


Inniswood Metro Gardens


940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville, OH, United States

Join us for our pollinator garden open house. We will highlight the many ways the Pollinator Garden serves pollinators. Enjoy family-friendly activities and the opportunity to view some of our ...Read More


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THE SONG CONTEST

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Tim Talks: Blacklick Woods Canopy Walk

In our latest Tim Talks video, Metro Parks Executive Director Tim Moloney presents 60 seconds of fun at the Blacklick Woods Canopy Walk, as Tim and invited guests check out …Read More

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