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Let the dogs out at these 10 parks around town

Kelsey Lawrence

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Sun’s out, tongues out! Now that we’re experiencing some true spring weather, it’s time for you and your pooch to get out and enjoy the warmer temps. Change out those dreaded, slush-filled walks with a nice, sunny trip to any or all of these 10 friendly dog parks around central Ohio.

Tail Wags Playground |11010 W 5th Ave, Columbus

Get the best of both worlds at this dog park/lounge. A godsend for you busybees, this playground has a work lounge so you can be productive while your pup plays! The lounge offers coffee and tea, so you can real

Godown Park |6099 Godown Rd, Columbus

This fully-fenced park has options, with a one acre space for small dogs and a 4.5-acre space for larger ones. There’s also a dog rinsing station as well as a water fountain so no pups go thirsty!

Metro City Doggie | 717 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus

Take your dog to these sitters and they’ll never want to leave. With plenty of indoor and outdoor space, your pup will get great exercise and socialize with all the other pups.

Brooksedge Park Bark Park | 708 Park Meadow Rd, Westerville

This Westerville favorite comes prepared with three different sections for dogs of varying sizes, as well as climbing toys and tennis balls to keep your pup entertained. There are also water bowls and fountains, and doggie bags, so all you need to bring is yourself and your friends!

Pizzurro Park | 940 Pizzurro Park Rd, Gahanna

Make it a family day at this park, which offers pet play areas as well as picnic benches, a basketball court, and playground.

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Wheeler Memorial Park | 725 Thurber Dr W, Columbus

This grassy space gives plenty of room to run around and offers amenities like doggie bags, water, and plenty of seating. This park is set to open for the season on May 9th.

Heritage Trail Dog Park | 7262 Hayden Run Rd, Hilliard

Teach your dog some tricks at this park that offers  hoop jumps, sprinklers, and a 7 mile trail. There’s also a 4-acre fenced play area where you can ditch your leash and let your doggies run.

Walnut Woods Park | 6716 Lithopolis Rd, Groveport

With open space and beautiful scenery, this park will be a favorite for both you and your pup. There’s a large pond inside the pet play area, so your dog will be swimming in heaven. It’s a bit of a drive but definitely worth it!

Spindler Road Dog Park | 2121 Spindler Rd, Hilliard

Play fetch at this spacious park, which has plenty of open space for you and your dog. There’s a trail if you’re looking to take a stroll, but make sure to bring your leash if your pup accompanies you.

Frank Fetch Park | 228 E Beck St, Columbus

More of a dog-friendly park than a dog park, the scenery is guaranteed to make you fall in love. This German Village Garden has beautiful flower baskets and brick walkways so you can have a tranquil stroll with your pets.

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Patio Szn: 5 spacious outdoor plazas along High Street

Aaron Wetli

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Ahh, there’s nothing like capping off a long, stressful day in the office with a frosty pint on a sunny patio.

What’s more, these patios along High Street will provide optimal chances for people watching AKA opportunities for you and your coworkers to talk about something other than Jen from accounting’s chewing or your boss’ borderline inappropriate sense of humor.

Weather’s looking peachy for the next few days so we suggest you spend them on any or all of these five High Street patios!

Cazuela’s |2321 N High St

This campus institution, located directly off High Street, is known for its large patio, margaritas, and all-around great environment.

Running EVERY day from 2-6pm and again from 10-11pm, Cazuela’s happy hour includes half-off apps (bean dip, quesadillas, fries) and discounted margs ($5.99 lime and $6.99 flavored).

Michael’s Goody Boy | 1144 N High St

The newly-renovated Short North staple is back and better than ever after Corso Ventures bought it up and gave it some much-needed TLC. 

Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3-6pm with half-priced shareables, soups, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, desserts, beer, wine, and craft cocktails. 

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The Eagle |790 N High St

Another Short North patio, another great happy hour, another chance to people watch and soak up the rays.

From 3-6pm Monday through Friday, The Eagle offers $4 snacks like pickled vegetables, house-made bacon, corn nuts, and sausage and kale dip. For drinks, they offer half-off house cocktails and beers.

The real star? That $2 18oz High Life draft chalice.

Standard Hall | 1100 N High St

It’s not Ohio’s #1 Uber destination for nothing! Standard Hall’s patio is spacious and sure to make any boozy pop or 90s-themed Throwback Thursday drink taste just a little bit better.

Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3-6pm with #3 canned beers and $5 shareables.

Union Cafe |782 N High St

Located in the heart of the Short North, Union is welcoming and friendly to persons from all walks of life.

A patio with ample shade that is prime for people watching, Union’s happy hours run from 3-7pm weekdays and includes $2 drafts and domestics, $3 wells, and rotating daily drink specials.

Also, capitalize on the $5 small plates of mac and cheese, cheese curds, and biscuits with chicken sliders.

Did we miss your favorite North High patio? Leave a comment below!

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Poochin’ on the patio: 14 dog-friendly watering holes

Jeni Ruisch

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If you’re anything like us, you love your dog more than most people.

If you’re violently nodding your head in agreement, we’ve got news for you!

Last year, the Ohio House passed a bill that stated dogs shall be allowed on bar and restaurant patios at the discretion of the owners of the establishment.

So basically—all the cool kids are doin’ it.

Now, it’s official: You can enjoy your suds with your best bud. Just keep ‘em on the leash and make sure they have plenty of water. 2018 is the summer of the dog.

Seventh Son in Italian Village, and Land Grant Brewing Company in Franklinton had a direct hand in making patios paw friendly for the capital city canine crowd. The new Franklinton BrewDog right across the street will give you another option when those weekend crowds start to fill in. 

Help yourself to some Prestons: A Burger Joint goodness at Woodlands, but their fare is too good to share with your pooch… Right?

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Just up the road, Ohio Taproom is a street-side escape for you and your pal. Oddfellows Liquor Bar is possibly the original dog bar, with a mostly fenced-in patio.

Walk right up the street to Julep for a change of pace with your pup, all in the Short North. Standard Hall has a huge amount of outside space, making it a good starter for dogs who need to learn patio manners. Take them before it gets busy, and bring lots of treats. Pretty soon, they’ll associate cocktails with happiness, just like you do.

Little Rock is the most laid-back spot to bring.. Well, Spot. You might even see a special guest appearance from resident pup, Harvey.

Gresso’s is a German Village doggie destination with food, booze, and plenty of shade for those dog day afternoons. Plus, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump from both Scioto Audubon and Schiller Parks. 

Pins Mechanical Co. downtown also has plenty of patio space, and a little fenced in dog park right around the corner at 4th and Spring, if your pal wants to stretch his/her legs, or if nature calls.

Up north in Worthington, Natalie’s has room for furry friends on the patio, where you can hear the tunes from inside. The Bottle Shop has plenty of shaded tables, underneath which your dog can sit and stare at you longingly.

And Harvest has multiple patio locations where you can find friendly Fidos.

Did we miss your favorite pooch patio? Let us know in the comments below! 

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The Six: Ice Cream

Whether you’re happy or sad, ice cream always make everything better. The frozen treat is more than just a dessert, it has the power of unifying people together. It’s the type of dessert that will have you craving more, especially…

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We selected local influencers to create their Top 6 lists of well, everything! Keep a close eye as you can expect their lists to reflect changes in the local culinary universe. View this influencer’s Bio below.

Ice Cream

Whether you’re happy or sad, ice cream always make everything better. The frozen treat is more than just a dessert, it has the power of unifying people together.

No matter if you’re with family, friends, neighbors, or strangers, it brings out a joy in all of us and creates everlasting memories. It’s the type of dessert that will have you craving more, especially if you go to any of these Top Six Best Ice Cream Shops!

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