My Favorite Spots In Hilliard
I graduated from Darby High School many (many, many) years ago, so Hilliard will always hold a special place in my heart. Hilliard has seen some amazing growth since I graduated and there are a lot of new and exciting things to check out but there are also a few staple Hilliard originals that will never go out of style. I'll share some of my favorites below and if you have a favorite I would love for you to leave them in the comments.
Ten Pin Alley
I have so many wonderful memories at Ten Pin Alley and while they've always been wonderful - they recently went through a total renovation and the place is even better! It's so spacious, and fun! We went a few weeks ago and had a blast bowling, playing in the arcade and of course playing laser tag. In the summer they will open the patio and they have a private room that has a few lanes - perfect for any party. I would recommend this bowling alley as the perfect place for adults night out or a family day.
If you're looking for a fun and unique dining experience Starliner Diner is your place. The menu is Cuban inspired with American and Southwest influences. The eclectic menu brings people from all over Columbus over to Hilliard. I recommend making it your first stop so you can try the delicious breakfast.
Coffee Connections is a newer business to Hilliard but the impact they have made in the last few years has been so powerful. They are doing amazing things and watching their impact on the community makes my Hilliard heart so happy. We needed them. They have an amazing play area in the back building that they offer as a free play space to customers. I could go on for hours about how amazing Coffee Connections is but I will leave that for another post! :)
One of the best parks around got even better just a few years ago when they were bought by The Metro Parks. There is now a beautiful field of wild flowers and a nature center. If you go, make sure to stop by the nature center to see the animals and to get a scavenger hunt for your visit. The kids get a small prize at the end.
I'll be honest, I had never been to a comic book store until I had kids. My kids love Packrat Comics and I have to agree with them. It's a wonderful place, and every year they celebrate Free Comic Book Day - and they do it big! With vendors, characters, bounce house, and more. This year the date is May 5, 2018!
Heritage Rail Trail
This 7 mile bike path is true bliss. The trail stretches between Hilliard and Plain City, Ohio with the trailhead located in the “Old Hilliard” historic district on Center Street. Restrooms and water fountain is available.
First Responders Park
The second largest commemorative 9/11 park in the United States features a reflecting pool, three memorial walls, art sculpture and steel from New York.
Anthony Thomas Chocolates
My kids love taking a tour of the Anthony Thomas Candy Factory. The tour includes start to finish candy production, a fun tour guide, and a small sample at the end. Tours are $1 for kids 3-18 and $2 for those over 18. Children under two are free. There is also a very large gift shop so you can be sure to take home some goodies.