10 Ways To Spend a Day in Delaware, OH

10 things to do in delaware

Exploring new parts of Central Ohio is one of my favorite hobbies.  I love finding new unique hidden gems and finding the best of the best, and sharing them with all of you.  We've explored Delaware many times over the last few years and I'm excited to finally share some of my favorites with all of you! I was inspired to share my favorite places in Delaware because my husband and I recently checked out a new community in Powell and it's only a short 10 minute drive from the super cute Historic Downtown Delaware.  We've always had our eyes on a new build for when we move and we really like Clarkshaw Moors because of it's location, style of home, and that the school system is one of the best in Central Ohio.  


Ollie’s Fine Ice Cream

Ollie’s Fine Ice Cream - One of my favorite things to do in a new place is to scoop out a local ice cream spot and Ollie’s is one of my favorites.  :-) Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 5:30pm-8:30pm and Sunday 5:30pm - 8pm. The hours are subject to change so be sure to check their website for the latest info.

Son of Thurman

Son of Thurman - THIS IS MY FAVORITE!! We don’t go to Delaware without stopping at Son of Thurman for lunch.  You may know The Thurman Cafe in Columbus, popular for the delicious and large burgers, well one of the family members brought it to Delaware and Son of Thurman was born.  It’s kid friendly, down to earth, and relaxed.  I love the veggie burger and my husband gets The Thurman Burger.  If you get the Thurmanator you have to send your pics to me using #614mom on social. I’ve always wanted to see how big they are.

1808 American Bistro

1808 American Bistro has been on my list for awhile now and I'm so glad I finally got to try it.  I'm a vegetarian and my husband is not, and the menu offers very pleasing options for both of us.  I really loved the carrot and kale salad and my husband loved the 48-hour short rib (without the mushrooms)! I highly recommended eating here.  

Canvas Creations For You at a 614 Mom event a few years ago

Canvas Creations For You at a 614 Mom event a few years ago


Canvas Creations For You

Canvas Creations For You - Do you love to get creative and try new things at the same time?  Canvas Creations For You is the perfect place to get creative with either a private event or at one of their workshops. The owner has taken a lot of time to record hot to videos on iPads so you can go at your own pace and not worry about following along in a structured setting. Be sure to check out their class schedule to learn more.

The Arts Castle

The Arts Castle - The Delaware County Arts Council (also known as The Arts Castle) offers a wide range of artistic experiences from drawing, photography, glass, ceramics, jewelry and more. The Arts Castle is full of rich history - you can stop by for a self guided tour and see for yourself all that it has to offer.


The Dinosaur Park

The Dinosaur Park is what most kids know it as but the best way for me to describe it to you (and so you can easily find directions online) is to call it by it's formal name Veterans Park Splash Pad located behind the Delaware YMCA.  This dinosaur themed park has lots of fun slides, a whole section dedicated to the splash pad and lots of fun places for kids to climb and have fun.  It's definitely worth the drive.

Shale Hollow Park in Delaware 

Shale Hollow Park in Delaware 


Preservation Parks of Delaware

Preservation Parks of Delaware - Committed to preserving the natural areas of Delaware County, Preservation Parks allow visitors to experience an intimacy with nature that is unique from other parks in the area. The natural play areas are so fun and such a hit for the kids.  Some of my favorites are Shale Hollow, Hogback Ridge Park, Deer Haven, and Char-Mar Ridge Park.

Stratford Ecological Center

Stratford Ecological Center - This organic farm welcomes visitors year round to explore the land, visit the animals, hike, visit the greenhouse or explore the pond.  They also offer workshops for children and adults that you can sign up for using their website.  Stratford is open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm and Saturday 9am -1pm! Also, make sure you’re following them on social media - that’s how we knew the piglets were born two summers ago and we hopped in the car that week to make sure we got to see those sweet little guys.


stratford ecological center


Tanger Outlet Mall

As you guys probably know - I love saving money and I'm so happy there is an outlet mall close by now so I can get awesome quality at great prices. It's a total win and we find us exploring Delaware even more now.  


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