Best Outdoor Playground: Homestead Park

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
4675 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard, 614-652-3922,

The perfect antidote to a long winter cooped up inside, the 44-acre Homestead Park offers youngsters three playground areas, including toddler and handicapped-accessible play areas, basketball and volleyball courts, tether ball, a horseshoe pit and a whole lot of fun.

In addition to conventional playgrounds, Homestead also offers amenities such as an old-fashioned train station and caboose, two barns, a stocked fishing pond, paved trails, family events and free outdoor shows in the summer. With so many ways to play, this outdoor haven is not just a park, but a destination.

Runners-up: Whetstone Park of Roses, Millstone Creek Park