Top Places to Explore in the City of Westerville, OH

This northeastern suburb of Columbus, Ohio, is bordered by Lake of the Woods to the east and situated next to the I-71 and I-270 intersection to the west. That puts this historic town just 15 minutes from the bustle of downtown Columbus. But if you want to explore closer to home, here are some local favorites.

Walking path in a park.

Outdoor Activities in Westerville, OH

Innis Metro Park: This 123-acre nature preserve is open year-round and full of streams, woodlands, wildflowers, landscaped gardens and trails. This park has a horticultural library and hosts local artists in the main room each month.

Hoover Reservoir Park & Sharon Woods: Constructed in 1955 to supply water to Columbus, you’ll find plenty of activities at the 4,700-acre park, including:

  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Disc golf
  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic areas

Sharon Woods: Home to towering forests and prairie fields with several paved, gravel and natural hiking trails under two miles. Fish at the lake, take your pet for a stroll or come back in the winter for sledding.

Highland Park Aquatic Center: There’s something for everyone at the Highland Park Aquatic Center.

  • An eight-lane, 25-meter pool
  • Two water slides
  • A lazy river
  • A simulated rock slide
  • A spray playground

Westerville Golf Center

The golf center is open to players of all skill levels. There are 100 tees and 40 heated stalls, so you can practice driving year-round. Adults and children can take lessons or head to the miniature golf course for a family outing. Westerville Golf Center also has batting cages open daily.

Westerville History Museum and Hanby House

Explore the past at Westerville History Museum. Westerville was once ground zero for the prohibition movement and the Anti-Saloon League. The Hanby House is another historical site that was the home of Benjamin Hanby, a composer who wrote “Up on the Housetop.” The house was also part of the Underground Railroad and one of the few open to the public in Central Ohio.

Urban Float Polaris

The float spa is located off Polaris Parkway in the northwestern corner of Westerville. Unwind in a sensory-managed DreamPod to relieve physical and mental tension. The pods at Urban Float Polaris also use a full-spectrum infrared sauna and red light therapy to provide pain relief, treat skin conditions and improve circulation.

Restaurants in Westerville, Ohio

Uptown Deli & Brew: Grab a sandwich and a craft beer from Temperance Row Brewing while you lounge on the patio and people-watch on State Street.

Northstar Café: This Westerville staple is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and offers breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner items made from locally grown, organic food.

101 Beer Kitchen: The extensive craft beer list is complimented by rustic food options, including blackened walleye, housemade macaroni, ale and cheddar soup and the 101 burger.

Rusty Bucket: Located on Polaris Parkway, Rusty Bucket features classic tavern fare like fish and chips, burgers, Reuben sandwiches and pizza.

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