The Best Places To Eat, Play, & Shop in Powell, Ohio

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My family and I absolutely love exploring Powell and all of the wonderful local businesses there. We can spend all day there between the wonderful parks and local places to grab a bite to eat. Tons of hidden gems are located in the heart of Powell which is only about 12 minutes from one of the newest M/I communities, and the drive takes you first past one of our favorite parks O’Shaughnessy Reservoir Park. I love the M/I communities because the houses are beautiful and the neighborhoods are filled with lots of green space, a playground, and walking trails. This neighborhood will even have a central park and a gazebo.  I thought I’d share some of our favorite places in Powell along with a FREE printable for you to use as a resource the next time you go.


To Shop

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Smidge and Pinch - This adorable baking store has everything you need to bake and decorate super cute and themed goodies.  Even better? They sell cheesecakes from The Cheesecake Girl, which are by far the best cheesecakes in Ohio. 

Cute As a Button - Boutique located in the heart of Downtown Powell that carries gifts for everyone in your life.  What started as a line of baby products has now grown into items for babies, children, teens, and adults. I love finding unique products here that I can’t find anywhere else.

Liberty Antiques - Specializing in unique antiques and located on N. Liberty street. 


To Eat

Local Roots - Locally sourced American food using quality ingredients.  They host lots of special events like live music on the patio and a delicious seasonal menu. Because they source local ingredients they change up the menu based on the best ingredients.

Be Fit Cafe - I was SO happy to find this cafe on Sawmill Parkway so close to the heart of Powell and is our go to on our way to the Powell Splash Pad. They serve healthy sandwiches, wraps, soups and some of the best smoothies in Columbus.  We stop by Be Fit Cafe every time we head to the zoo, parks in Powell and especially before a day at Zoombezie Bay.

Powell Village Winery - I was first introduced to Powell Village Winery over two years ago and since it’s been one of my favorite places in Columbus and is by far my favorite place in Powell.  The wine is amazing, and the menu has the perfect blend of flatbreads, cheese plates, and other small plates perfect for a night out. If I lived in Powell this would be a weekly spot for me.  

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To Play

The Powell Splash Pad (Village Green Park) is one of the best in Central Ohio.  Ample parking, large shaded picnic area, and a playground right next to the splash pad.

Highbanks Metro Park - My family loves to hike and explore and Highbanks gives us many opportunities to explore nature through walking trails, the creek, and it’s a beautiful spot for family photos!

Recreations Outlet - You may have heard of Recreations Outlet? It’s one of the best hidden gems in Columbus and is worth the trip to Powell if you’re considering.  Recreations Outlet sells outdoor play equipment like swing sets and trampolines and they offer playtime everyday during open hours. The hours and rates change depending on the day of the week so be sure to check here for more information.  They also offer charitable play Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am - 11am, it’s only $2(per kid) for all three hours and 50% goes to a worthy charity.

Columbus Zoo - The Zoo is a Columbus staple for sure, but when you’re already in Powell it’s a 5 minute drive for a few hours of so much fun for the whole family.   

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Zoombezi Bay - Who doesn’t love a day at the water park!? As part of the zoo, there’s plenty of parking, you can take in your own food, and you can add it on to your zoo membership so that you can go all summer long while saving lots of money!

O’Shaughnessy Reservoir Park - My kids love watching the dam at this Powell park.  Located pretty close to the zoo, it’s a great place for a picnic or to take a quiet stroll.  



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