With the brilliance of October skies and turning leaves, most of us are eager to get out and enjoy the bounty of Fall events and festivals. Staying in and inviting friends over may be our most frequent choice, but there are times when exploring the wider world is more appealing. There is plenty to enjoy in and around Hilliard, Ohio, during this beautiful season.
Locally, our couple dozen parks are at their best this time of year and are perfect outings for family fun, whether it’s heart-pumping hikes or bike rides you enjoy or the tranquility of dipping a line in the water and waiting for a fish to bite. As a special Fall treat, you might enjoy exploring a new park or one you don’t visit often.
You can take your best pal — the four-legged, furry one — to Heritage Trail Dog Park for an off-leash romp and the opportunity to socialize with its own kind. The park has separate areas for dogs of different sizes. The splashpad of the park closes for the season Oct. 31.
Whether you travel alone or with friends and family, there’s a fall festival for you. Some of our recommended events are planned by the Hilliard, Ohio, Chamber of Commerce. A regional celebration of October’s best-known fruit will require a 30-minute drive.
If the 50s (the 1950s, that is) was your decade or you wish it had been, “Cruise In at the Alley” will crank up the nostalgia. Vintage cars, bowling and music of the era are on the program at Tin Pin Alley Oct. 17. This is a benefit for the Special Olympics.
An especially fitting festival for the season is just a 30-minute drive. The Circleville Pumpkin Show has carved out a full schedule from Tuesday, Oct. 20, to the final event at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. There will be music of many beats, parades of babies, pets and beauty queens along with vendors peddling anything they think will sell. Dishes made of the succulent orange orb will be available along with traditional festival fare. You can find the full schedule at pumpkinshow.com.
Then, on Oct. 29, back in Hilliard, the Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Trick or Treat as a family fun event.
Of course, the best times of all may be after the events and between jaunts as you relax and rest in the serenity of your own outdoor-living space. We hope it is. If you have not yet created an oasis at home, why not call us? We’ll be happy to discuss possibilities.