This year’s noteworthy summer activities.

Summer permits no excuses when it comes to having fun. Yes, sometimes there is work to be done. But it’s also important to make time for moments that bring joy to your heart. Whether you’re feeling adventurous or wish to enjoy a relaxing stroll in the park, these four summer hot spots are bound to bring endless smiles and create many unforgettable memories. 

Covered Bridge Tours

Explore Ohio’s greatest hidden wonders. 

Avon-based business Scarlett Transportation and Adventure Tours offers the perfect summer activity that can be enjoyed rain or shine. Their Covered Bridge Tour begins just east of Cleveland, taking passengers to six different covered bridges and historic structures. The tour lasts six hours and along the way there is a lunch stop at a covered bridge-turned-pizzeria. Groups of 12-24 people can book a private Covered Bridge Tour or individual tickets on a pre-scheduled tour can be purchased in advance. At each stop, passengers are given time to take pictures, walk around and revel in the beautiful scenery. 

Metroparks

Free fun for all.

The Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, otherwise known more simply as the Metro Parks, is a public agency serving the citizens of Central Ohio by providing a regional system of clean, safe and natural area parks. Metro Parks features 20 outstanding natural area parks with more than 230 miles of trails and over 27,000 acres of land in seven Central Ohio counties. Some things to know about this independent system of parks: The Metro Parks protects 2,400 species of plants and animals, including 297 species of birds. Within the system of parks is two golf courses, two disc golf courses and four nature centers with displays. The Parks offers over 3,600 different programs and activities for all age rages. The Metro Parks are extremely dog-friendly with 19 pet trails, three dog swimming areas and six fenced-in dog parks. What more can you ask for? 

Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Family Emergent Tower

Immerse yourself in the treetops.

Holden Arboretum’s Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Family Emergent Tower takes its guests on an explorative adventure through the forest and tree canopy. The Murch Canopy Walk is a 500-foot long elevated walkway that is 65 feet above the forest floor. The Kalberer Family Emergent Tower provides a view like none other, taking guests above the trees and to a height of 120 feet. On a clear day, guests may even be able to see Lake Eerie. Tickets are sold at the Corning Visitor Center and cost $14 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-18 years old. Children under the age of five are free. 

Mid-Ohio Balloon Adventures

Experience Ohio at new heights.

Mid-Ohio Balloon Adventures, LLC is a hot air balloon ride business located in Central Ohio in the heart of Morrow County. Their bright and beautiful rainbow balloon offers a safe and exhilarating experience for all ages. Gary Tyo, hot air balloon pilot and co-owner with his wife and crew chief Kim Bucher-Tyo, is a native of North Central Ohio and a ballooning veteran of over 30 years. He has extensive knowledge of the art and science of ballooning and is dedicated to keeping the balloon business safe, exciting and enjoyable for every passenger that flies with him. Gary is a member of the Central Ohio Balloon Club and a long-time member of the Balloon Federation of America. He has an excellent flying record with no accidents or injuries.