What to do and see in Delaware, United States: The Best Places and Tips

March 9, 2018 Renato Branum

Delaware is a city in and the county seat of Delaware County, Ohio, United States. Delaware was founded in 1808 and was incorporated in 1816. It is located near the center of Ohio, is about 30 miles (48 km) north of Columbus, and is part of the Columbus, Ohio Metropolitan Area. The population was 34,753 at the 2010 census, while the Columbus-Marion-Chillicothe, OH Combined Statistical Area has 2,002,604 people.
Restaurants in Delaware

1. Alum Creek State Park

3615 S Old State Rd, Delaware, OH 43015-9455 +1 740-548-5992
Excellent
42%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 138 reviews

Alum Creek State Park

Reviewed By Sightsee_Eat - Worthington, Ohio

We came to look for the birds next to the dam this last time, but have come here for events for school and church. Had youngest daughter's birthday party here one year in high school in a nice shelter house. When the kids were young, we camped just a day and night, with hiking, tent and hot dog and marshmallow roasting, and then packed it up next morning to go to breakfast at Bob Evans.

2. Delaware State Park

5202 US Highway 23 N, Delaware, OH 43015-9714 +1 740-548-4631
Excellent
44%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 56 reviews

Delaware State Park

Reviewed By Sightsee_Eat - Worthington, Ohio

Came for a woods hike with oldest daughter and worked up a good sweat on the up and down dirt trail past the large reservoir over roots, rocks, logs and over streams. Probably similar to how the Delaware Indians hiked through this their land years ago. Also offered is camping, swimming, and boating, There's a Labor Day campout and Fall Festival coming up in Sept. I cant get over how blessed we are to have SO MANY beautifully maintained yet natural outdoor areas in Ohio to play and enjoy nature.

3. Deer Haven Preserve

4183 Liberty Rd, Delaware, OH 43015-8616
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 13 reviews

Deer Haven Preserve

Reviewed By Junglechet - Delaware, Ohio

Short and long trails. Some with dogs allowed and some without so you can choose the experience you want. Nice nature center, restrooms, etc. Wetlands, open prairie, woods, ravines, creeks, ponds, large old growth Oak forest! It is a very nice place. Probably our go-to hike location when with friends and family.

4. Stratford Ecological Center

3083 Liberty Rd, Delaware, OH 43015-7868 +1 740-363-2548
Excellent
91%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 11 reviews

Stratford Ecological Center

Reviewed By Emelia M - Delaware, Ohio

I am a photographer and Stratford Eco Center is Heaven.
I have been in every season and as much as I dislike snow, there is nothing more beautiful than watching snow fall quietly among the trees at Stratford. It is something from a Robert Frost poem.
In the Spring and Summer months it is an amazing place !
The staff love their jobs and it shows !
They are knowledgeable and take the time to show visitors some of the wildlife in the area, they even have a Red-tailed Hawk that is an often seen resident there !
After expressing my desire to photograph birds I was ushered to the back of the main building, where to my delight, I was able to capture Red Headed Woodpeckers and some other birds that I had not had the chance to photograph before.
And, again, the staff was amazing and told me so much about the area and the wildlife at the eco center that I had to return with a journal to take notes!
I am very impressed with the lengths Stratford takes to preserve the area for the wildlife there. And the plants and trees where they live.
There is a loving respect that the staff shows for the eco center that warms the heart and gives hope that while other eco centers have failed in their preservation endeavors, Stratford Eco Center
has not and will not fail. Their love for the animals and plants that have been intrusted to their care is amazing and I know that this one plot of earth is well protected and most of all, loved, and will be around for generations to come.
I salute you Stratford Eco Center, and I thank you for making my numerous visits ones I will remember for years to come.
And also, I thank you for putting up with my many questions and quietly smiling at my excitement and the showing of my many photographs of the area I know you see everyday, yet sharing my excitement with me, and oohing and awing at the photos none the less.

5. Little Brown Jug

236 Pennsylvania Ave, Delaware, OH 43015-1279
Excellent
68%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Little Brown Jug

Reviewed By Nihilator - Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

We went there for 7 years. I was able to go also a few years in a row after he passed. We love harness racing. It is at the fairgrounds. They have it in mid to late Sept. depending on how Labor Day falls. The fair is the same week. It is a wonderful atmosphere and experience. We enjoyed sitting in the covered grandstand watching the races and smelling all of the wonderful food flavors of the fair. We would walk around fairgrounds and the track. Overall a very nice experience. I miss spending the time with my dad on our annual trip.

6. Blue Limestone Park

500 W William St, Delaware, OH 43015-2225 +1 740-203-1450
Excellent
50%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Blue Limestone Park

Reviewed By Paul S - Marion

Blue Limestone Park is a few blocks west of Liberty Street on Williams. Take a sharp right on Johns Street and it will bring you down to a stream and the park. The main attraction is the accessible fishing dock and observation deck on the edge of the lake with views of the cliffs of blue limestone. The park also features ball courts, a playground, and picnic shelters. Local residents claim the area is haunted by victims of a train wreck by the lake long ago. (See website). I just found it hauntingly beautiful.

7. Gallant Woods Preserve

2151 Buttermilk Hill Rd, Delaware, OH 43015-9559
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
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Poor
0%
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5 based on 6 reviews

Gallant Woods Preserve

Reviewed By Thom P - Delaware, Ohio

Gallant Wood Preserve is one of several Delaware County Preservation Parks. (Visit every one if you are able.) A sister area, Gallant Farm, is just across the road.

It is one of the larger Preservation Parks with more parking. The trails are slightly improved. You need to be relatively able-bodied to hike. Bring your family and camera - and enjoy.

It also features real restrooms, a playground, and a reservable shelter house. Visit their web site for more information.

8. Blend Of Seven Winery

1400 Stratford Rd, Delaware, OH 43015-2922 +1 740-417-4286
Excellent
51%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
14%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Blend Of Seven Winery

Reviewed By scubatimm - Maui

Apparently they buy the juice and blend and bottle it themselves onsite. Tasted a couple and bought a bottle to take home. Liked it.

9. Gallant Farm Preserve

2150 Buttermilk Hill Rd, Delaware, OH 43015-9735 +1 740-524-8600
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 5 reviews

Gallant Farm Preserve

Reviewed By Paul S - Marion

Do you remember watching the Waltons on TV? Their farm was in Virginia, but Delaware's Gallant Farm Preserve is set up to reflect the same era as area farmers struggled with the economy and rapid new developments in agriculture practices. The farm is open daily, but the farm house is only open Thursday-Saturday for tours. There is a path around the grounds and the pond, but I wouldn't recommend wheelchairs. Strollers with sturdy wheels should be fine. Parking lot is unpaved.

10. DPS Antiques & Collectibles

17 N Sandusky St, Delaware, OH 43015-1901 +1 740-362-1140
Excellent
33%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

DPS Antiques & Collectibles

Reviewed By cheryl h - Durham, North Carolina

If this place had not had so many great collectibles to go through I would have rated it much lower. There were many narrow walkways to go through. Their floors in some places were also buckled (made it hard to walk as it threw you off balance), uneven where two different materials came together (a serious tripping hazard), and cracked. There was also a lot of cluttered areas. In spite of the terrible floors we did find a few items to bring home with us. The lady in the front was very nice and told us all about the history of the building.

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