What to Do in Ohio: July 13-19
From Oak Openings' most Instagram-worthy spot to living history at Hale Farm & Village, here's how to make the most of the days and nights of summer this week.
Step into the Past at Hale Farm & Village: It’s been 210 years since Jonathan Hale stepped foot on his new property in the Western Reserve. Today, it’s the site of Hale Farm & Village, a living history museum located on 90 acres in Bath. Explore 32 historic structures, watch craft demonstrations, enjoy interpretive experiences and more. A highlight of museum tours, the Goldsmith Garden illustrates an ornamental cutting garden from the mid-19th century. halefarm.org
Find the Perfect Picture at Oak Openings: With its rows of pin-straight trees shooting toward the sky, it’s no wonder the 4-acre stand of red pines at Toledo’s Oak Openings Preserve has been dubbed “The Spot” for Instagram photos. Visit Toledo’s largest metropark to get your shot, but don’t miss the more than 50 miles of trails and diverse natural habitats throughout this park, too. metroparkstoledo.com
Connect constellations at John Bryan State Park: Feel just a little closer to those celestial bodies twinkling in the night sky. The Miami Valley Astronomical Society often hosts stargazing events throughout the summer at John Bryan State Park as well as other Dayton-area sites, but you can also visit alone — no NASA experience required. mvas.org
Discover How Art and Nature Connect: Rising above a golden field, a blue mountain range is shaped by needlework. Titled “A River Runs Through It,” the textile piece is just one of those on display at Dublin Arts Council’s “Sue King: The Great Outdoors.” The Lancaster artist’s works convey the need to conserve America’s wild places for future generations. Read more about this exhibition here. Through July 24, dublinarts.org
Explore the Covered Bridges of Washington County: Ohio's covered bridges are beautiful remnants of a bygone era. History buffs and travelers who simply want to enjoy a scenic route will enjoy the Washington County Covered Bridge Driving Tour. The self-guided tour passes through nine of the county’s 10 covered bridges and can be completed any time, year-round. mariettaohio.org