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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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8 local seafood dishes to send your palate on a vacation

Kevin J. Elliott

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“You can’t get good seafood in this town…”

Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard it all before. But, these eight dishes prove that Columbus is trying to buck the trend with inventive dishes that prove that theory all wet.

Make the most of no-coast Columbus with these seafood standouts.

Paella Mariscos | Barcelona, 263 E Whittier St, Columbus

The menu of Barcelona has stood the test of time and weathered Columbus’s ever-shifting palettes. If you’re craving a bounty of seafood, there’s no better refuge than the German Village mainstay. Especially considering their Paella Mariscos as the be-all, end-all feast. Their take on the Spanish rice tradition features fried soft shell crabs, lobster, shrimp, squid, clams, mussels, and plenty of spice. If you’re in search of seafood, this should have all of your bases covered.

Mussel Escabeche | Lupo on Arlington, 2124 Arlington Ave, Columbus

Lupo has quickly become a new gem in Columbus’s dining scene, and fans of seafood and Spanish-inspired tapas should take particular note. In addition to frequently having a variety of oysters on the half-shell, their menu is packed with fresh, delicate, seafood dishes. The mussel escabeche is relatively foreign to Columbus menus, but here it’s done to perfection. Served cold, the mussels are first cooked in a citrus and vinegar marinade, before being presented with saffron, white wine, and garlic. It’s a perfect summer delicacy, best enjoyed on Lupo’s scenic patio.

Grumpy’s Gumbo | Frank’s Seafood, 5249 Trabue Rd, Columbus

We’ve spotlighted this Hilliard fish market and their subsequent restaurant in the magazine before, but we wanted to highlight them once again. Beyond the fresh fish and shellfish you can order to-go, or their expert boils, Wil Mendez’s award-winning gumbo—chocked full of shrimp, crab, and andouille sausage—is a genuine crowd-pleaser and the only gumbo you should order outside of New Orleans. Frank’s has a definite seaside vibe, even within is confines among a west side industrial park.

Lobster Bisque | Lindey’s, 169 E Beck St, Columbus

Lindey’s and lobster bisque are basically synonymous. This menu mainstay is a creamy concoction of sherry chantilly, chives, and diced shrimp. It would be irresponsible to start your meal any other way. And speaking of your meal, Lindey’s is a sanctuary for seafood. Market fresh fish, crab cakes, trout, Australian sea bass, sixty south salmon and more swim through the menu daily.

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Coquilles St. Jacques | Windward Passage, 4739 Reed Rd, Columbus

For the ultimate seafood dining experience, there’s no better place to visit than the timespun Windward Passage. Eating in the windowless, scrimshaw filled Henderson Road fixture is akin to eating on the stern of a pirate ship. Among their staples is the Coquilles St. Jacques, served in a colossal shell, it’s a French-inspired recipe that bakes scallops into a decadent casserole of mushrooms, breadcrumbs, and cheese. Save room for all the oyster crackers between courses.

Read Gary F.‘s review of Windward Passage Restaurant on Yelp

Charred Octopus | Cosecha Cocina, 987 N 4th St, Columbus

Perhaps seafood’s trendiest dish, octopus has been spotted on menus all over town as of late. But the charred octopus starter at Cosecha is a simple dish accenting the texture and bubblegum-of-the-sea flavors of the centerpiece. Over a bed of tomatoes, pepitas, olives, and potatoes, the charred octopus is a must-order on your next visit to the Cocina.

Oysters | The Guild House, 624 N High St, Columbus

We know that Cameron Mitchell gets most of his oyster press from The Pearl across the street, but you’d be wise not to overlook the Guild House’s version, served with champagne mignonette, grape granita, black pepper, and shaved grapes. It’s somehow simple and decadent at once, and tastes twice as good as it looks—which is crazy, because it’s one of the best-looking dishes you’ll see.

Gouda Grits and Shrimp | Momma Can Cook

Try to track down Momma Can Cook and you’ll get hip to their most popular menu item with a couple rudimentary scans of their reviews. While the culinary crowd is lighter in the seafood sea, there are food trucks everywhere, so when people are dropping lines like “one of the best meals I’ve ever gotten from a food truck,” we’re lining up to taste that gouda, tomatoes, bacon, scallions, and of course … shrimp!

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614 Shoutout: 5 unique makers you should be following

Laura Dachenbach

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Most of our Instagram feeds are filled with photos of our aunts on vacation at the Outter Banks, former friends from college letting their hair down somewhere on Park Street, and fitness, fashion, and food influencers. But where are all the artists that make this city so creative?

Here are five local makers to pepper some awe-inspiring work into your feed.

@Rockswithsass

These crystals actually do heal! A portion of Amanda Heslinga’s crystal and jewelry sales go towards the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Heslinga started her work as a therapeutic outlet during a Crohn’s flare-up. Now these colorful, sparkly pieces serve to brighten the day of her customers and followers.

@marsder

Taking the miniature Christmas Village idea a few steps further, the miniature worlds created and photographed by Derrick Lin will make you both wonder and smile.

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@audienceof1_snackbags

Jeff Stelle, a tattoo artist, started drawing on his son’s lunch bags to reduce his anxiety at school. Now these totally creative designs from Yoda to Uncle Sam to the “snackalope” serve as encouragement for more than just elementary-school fans.

@Cheeruppress

Alaina Cherup creates wedding invitations and fine stationery like we’ve never seen. Beautiful colors, scripts, and thick, torn-edge papers are features of simply her gorgeous and unique invitations and cards. Cheer Up Press also uses sustainable paper products such as cotton and recycled cardstock whenever possible and supports the Eden tree-planting projects.

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5 ultimate fetch destination for aqua dogs

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We can’t be sure what dogs dream, but we’d imagine it’s a lot of neon yellow tennis balls, frisbees, bones, and playing fetch in ice cold water. Make your pup’s dream come true this summer with these awesome places to take your dog for a dip.

Prairie Oaks Metro Park| 3225 NE Plain City-Georgesville Rd, West Jefferson

Located just 19 minutes from downtown Prairie Oaks Metro Park will instantly be your dogs newest muse. Besides making your good boy/girl the happiest lil doggie in the world, this is also the ultimate destination to wear your dog down. A few leaps off this carpeted launch and Fido will be zonked just minutes after loading up for home.

Life with Metro Parks: Splash around in the lake at Prairie Oaks Metro Park

Be the cool dog mom or dad and take your pup to Prairie Oaks Metro Park. Your dogs would rather be jumping off the dock and splashing around in the lake instead of lounging in the yard. Bring them out to the park! 🐾 💦

Posted by Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Friends of Alum Creek Dog Park | 3993 Hollenback Rd, Lewis Center

People get their own beaches, so why can’t dogs? They can at Friends of Alum Creek Dog Park! Bring your pooch for play dates with their best fur-friends by the waterside.

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Indian Run Falls Park | 700 Shawan Falls Dr, Dublin

At Indian Run Falls Park, there’s a waterfall for humans to gush over and loads of water and fun obstacles to keep the doggos entertained. Talk about the perfect pic for the ‘gram!

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park | 1775 Darby Creek Dr, Galloway

Run your dog in and around Big and Little Darby Creeks and even give them an education in bison…from afar, that is. We’ve never seen a sad dog at Battelle Darby Creek.

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Walnut Woods Metro Park | 6716 Lithopolis Rd, Groveport

At this Groveport Metro Park, your pup can have its own pool! Dog cannon balls allowed.

Are your pups ready for some good news? The dog pond is now open for the season !! 🐕🐾📷: Dave Milam

Posted by Walnut Woods Metro Park on Saturday, April 27, 2019
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