F.A. Seilberling Nature Realm

F.A. Seilberling Nature Realm is arguably one of the most beautiful Summit Metro Parks and though most of us don’t want to think of winter, the Nature Realm is great all year-round adventure. Many consider the F.A. Seilberling Nature Realm to be a hidden gem known mostly to locals but a surprise for visitors.

F.A. Seilberling Nature Realm is a great day trip destination. The trails range in difficulty though they are all considered to have an easy or moderate so you can bring a variety of friends or family. Mingo Trail, a 3-mile trail, is considered the most difficult at the park.

Patrons should note that the Mingo Trail has a no-dog area which is clearly marked.

One popular destination at the Nature Realm is the Suspension Bridge. It won’t be difficult to find as most of the trails converge at the bridge. To double check, please refer to an online map or paper map available at the park.

The Seneca Deck is a popular winter spot. There is a fireplace where hikers can cozy up and enjoy the landscape after their winter hike.

Spring and summer hikers may want to take the Seneca Trail which winds through the exquisite Rock and Herb Garden.

Families with children will enjoy the Visitor Center, which is open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday. It is also open 12pm to 5pm on Sundays. The Visitor Center includes seasonal exhibits, a kid’s area, gift shop. There are even several live animals they can view. Naturalists are available to answer questions about the park.

Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest July: Friday, July 21st to Sunday, July 23rd

This summertime tradition offers both jazz and rib connoisseurs the finest in music and barbecue. With the addition of 33 acres of parkland along the Scioto Mile, the newly revitalized downtown riverfront provides the perfect location for Jazz & Rib Fest. Relocating this year to both sides of the Scioto River in Bicentennial, West Bank and Genoa Parks, the festival offers three days of continuous jazz by renowned international and local musicians while barbecue pit masters serve up sizzling ribs, chicken and more. Savor the best ribs from around the country as 23 award-winning barbecue teams compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights.

In 1979, Music in the Air launched Jazz in July, a series presenting jazz through music, film and visual arts at various City of Columbus parks and facilities. Several activities were hosted at the Cultural Arts Center including a Jazz Film Festival and an art exhibit entitled, “Jazz Totems… An Affirmation of Life.” Weekly lunchtime performances were held in the Cultural Arts Center courtyard and featured the newly formed Jazz Arts Group. This was the foundation for what is now the Jazz & Rib Fest – Columbus’ largest free outdoor music festival and one of the nation’s largest rib cook-offs.

From Jazz in July to the Riverfront Jazz Festival to the Jazz & Rib Fest, for more than 35 years the festival has provided opportunities to experience the finest jazz musicians and savor the best BBQ from across the country. The Jazz & Rib Fest has become one of the most anticipated summertime traditions in Columbus.