We're getting out of the office - and touring Ohio - with our #FHroadtrip travel series. Tag along as we explore what there is to see, do and eat across the great state of Ohio!
Before I moved to Columbus, I scoped out the neighborhoods around the FrazierHeiby office looking for the perfect place to live. There are a lot of great communities in the area, but the one that had everything I wanted - and fit my first-job-out-of-college budget - was Hilliard. In the four years since, I've been able to explore a bit and have found some amazing hidden gems in my own backyard.
What to SeeIf you're a fan of public parks, this is the place for you. The city boasts more than 25 facilities featuring community pools, walking and bike paths, sports fields, beautiful ponds and even a historical village.
The newest addition is Hilliard's Station Park, an event space with an amphitheater and a lighted splash fountain for kids to play in. This summer, the park will host weekly outdoor events including live music and food trucks, family movie nights and Saturday morning yoga classes.
What to Do
Looking for some quirky, off-the-beaten-path attractions? This city has you covered. Visit the Early Television Foundation and Museum to learn about the history of TV technology and see vintage sets dating back to the 1920s. If you're a comic book fan, Eisner Award-winning local shop Packrat Comics sells comics and hosts game nights. Hilliard is also home to the Franklin County Fair and has its own annual street fair, Old Hilliardfest (who doesn't love deep-fried fair food?).
Where to EatSpeaking of food, this is a great place for locally owned restaurants. You can eat at not one, but two delicious Cuban-inspired places: Starliner Diner (currently moving but scheduled to reopen very soon!) and Louie's Grill Fusion Restaurant. The Olive Tree Mediterranean Caf© features authentic Mediterranean food (including a unique breakfast menu) and the Lil' Donut Shop bakes fresh and unique pastries. There are also plenty of taverns and family restaurants if you're looking for a casual evening on the patio.
If you're searching for a nearby city with a hometown feel and lots of great things to do, see and eat, you can't go wrong with Hilliard, Ohio. What are your favorite local attractions?