Summer is well underway and if your family is like many then the phrase “I’m bored” has been thrown around a few times. Luckily, we’re here to help! Pick up a Summer Passport at the Visit Findlay Welcome Center and follow our guide for your family’s summer fun. Gather stickers, stamps, or doodle from each location and when your family has the passport filled out, return it to the Welcome Center for your chance to win a Findlay goodie bag! Check out what you have to look forward to:
Attend lots of events!
Findlay and Hancock County are home to so many events every weekend, we’ve highlighted a few that we think your family will enjoy! Check out the YMCA Glow Run and Kid Zone on June 23, celebrate Independence Day with the parade and Ice Cream Social on July 4, and see the balloons go up at BalloonFest on August 11-13! There are even more events your family can take advantage of on our Event Calendar!
Taste test the best sweets
Its a job that needs to be done – we need to know which ice cream flavor at Dietsch’s is your favorite. Try all the flavors and let us know which is the best!
Visit the Mazza Museum
If your family hasn’t been to the Mazza Museum yet, you’re missing out. This art museum is one of the most unique you’ll attend. All of the artwork hung on the walls are original children’s book illustrations. Visit your favorite book’s illustration, find a new one to admire, and don’t miss the pop-up book area! Mazza is open Wednesday – Friday, Noon – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m. with other times available by appointment.
Get Outdoors and Get Active
City of Findlay Recreation is teaching different sports in different parks throughout the summer. Learn a new activity or just play an old favorite at many different parks this summer!
Head to CMF!
Located inside the Findlay Village Mall, across from Shoe Dept., the Children’s Museum of Findlay will entertain children for hours and have their imaginations working in overdrive. Throughout the different displays children are encouraged to learn by play and play they do – they can go camping, perform on stage, build a fort, become a fireman, a farmer, banker, EMT, teacher, veterinarian, and more!
Make something beautiful
There are so many great places to allow children to exercise their creativity and make something new. Check out classes at Awakening Minds Art, Findlay Art League, and Gaslight Studios!
Explore Hancock County
While Findlay may be the county’s seat, the villages surrounding the county are the heart – so get out and enjoy all they have to offer! There are many different great events taking place in Mt. Blanchard, McComb, Rawson, Bluffton, Arcadia, and Arlington this summer!
Play on every Playground
Playgrounds can be found at nearly every city and county park, but which is the best? We’re challenging families to try them all and let us know!
Check out the Library
Did you know that the Findlay-Hancock County Library hosts events nearly every day? Check those out, check out some books, and check items off your children’s summer reading list!
Go Ice Skating at The Cube
There is no better way to cool off on a hot summer day than ice skating, right? You can do just that during public skates at The Cube, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-Noon; Friday-Saturday, 7 – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 3 – 4:50 p.m. until they end on July 14! Don’t forget, The Cube accepts cash only!
Visit the Lima Avenue Rootbeer Stand
If you’re looking for a quintessential Findlay summer activity, then pulling up to the Lima Avenue Rootbeer Stand, ordering a float, and a Spanish Dog is for you. Enjoy car-side service or take a seat at a picnic table!
Take a ride at NWORRP
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc. located on County Road 99 is a hidden gem in Hancock County. Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 – 4 p.m., visitors can take rides on the Riverside Train or the 901 Steam engine, check out the museum and model trains for a minimal fee – rides are just $2 for adults and $1 for children!
Enjoy a day on the water
One of the best views in Hancock County is one from the water, and there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Rent canoes or a pedal boat from Zonta Landing at Riverside Park, go fishing at Dold or Shank Lakes at Oakwoods Nature Preserve, or go for a walk around the Findlay Reservoirs!
See a movie at Shannon Theatre
Take a break from the heat and catch the latest blockbuster at Shannon Theatre in Bluffton. Catch movies Monday -Friday at 7 & 9 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays at 1:30, 4, 7, and 9 p.m. Don’t forget to get some Shirley’s popcorn too!
Attend the Hancock County Fair
Officially the end of summer, the Hancock County Fair takes place over Labor Day weekend each year. Visit the animals, pick up your favorite fair foods, and see the displays and go on rides! There is no better way to wrap up summer.
Once you’ve completed your summer passport bring it to the Visit Findlay Welcome Center, 123 E. Main Cross St., in Downtown Findlay and enter to win a Findlay prize pack! If you miss a few spots, that’s okay! Bring in as much as you have done and still enter, the drawing will be September 8. Pick up your passport today!
Even once you’ve completed your summer passport, there is still plenty of fun to be had in Findlay! There are events every day, great places to eat, and awesome gifts and items for you waiting at local stores around town. Don’t miss a thing by liking all our social media platforms. We’re on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Snapchat. Make sure to chronicle your summer fun by using #VisitFindlay!