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Columbus is home to a number of great attractions, including some of the best parks in central Ohio. The staff at Preferred Living has put together a list of its five favorite parks that you can checkout and enjoy:

Scioto Mile

This park features more than 145 acres of parkland and stretches from the Arena District to the north end. Located along the riverbank, Scioto Mile has walking and bike trails, scenic views and fountains.This is a great place to go outside and enjoy your lunch break if you work downtown, or just enjoy this scenic park anytime you find yourself in the area.

Park of Roses

This public garden has more than 400 varieties of roses and over 12,000 blooms. It’s open daily from dawn to dusk year-round. The peak bloom season varies for each variety of rose. Even winter is a great time to visit the garden as the hips provide food for animals and the snowfall produces beautiful scenery.

Goodale Park

People who appreciate historical homes and scenery always enjoy this park. Surrounded by classical Victorian Homes, the park features more than 650 trees and also has a pond, picnic area, playground, tennis court and walking trail. This is also the oldest park in Columbus and one of the oldest in the U.S.

Scioto Audubon

Once an industrial part of Columbus, this area has been transformed into a green space where birds and other wildlife come together on a daily basis. The park is great for fishing, hiking and boating. There is also a sand volleyball court and a climbing wall.

Highbanks Metro Park

This park is named after a 100-foot shale bluff that overlooks the Olentangy State Scenic River. Streams have created numerous ravines, which add to the scenic views of the park. Walking trails make it easy to enjoy the picturesque scenery.

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