Our Perfect Findlay Day


The Cramer Family

Parents: Craig and Mary Ellen
Children: Carrigan, 8, Caleb, 6, and Callie, 4

The itinerary: Breakfast at Fort Findlay Coffee & Doughnut Shoppe would be the first stop. Our family loves sitting at the old fashioned counter on the bar stools and eating their yummy selection of doughnuts or egg and cheese bagel sandwiches. We think their all-natural coffee is the best in town. Next, we’d visit Riverside Railroad, one of our kids’ seasonal favorites, and play Putt-putt at Swing Time for 18 holes of fun. For lunch, we’d go to The Sweet Retreat for hot dogs, grilled cheese, shredded chicken and ham and cheese sandwiches, this place has all the kids’ favorites. Plus, it’s all about dessert here, as in gourmet cupcakes, ice cream, and more. It would only makes sense to stop by Fort FIndlay Playhouse since it’s just across the street. Kids enjoy this wooden play space and the mass of green fields that surround it. Another free place to go and explore nature walks, trails, and lots of animal and habitat displays inside is Oakwoods Nature Preserve & Discovery Center. By then, it will be  time for dinner at Hunan Gardens. Our family really likes Chinese food and their family-friendly atmosphere makes it a great place to dine in or take out. At night, we’d be off to Ali’s Alley for a night of bowling. Finally, a stop at Dietsch’s for ice cream. Always the perfect way to end a day. Hand-dipped deliciousness, here we come!

The Lloyd Family

Parents: Brian and Bridgette
Children: Nicholas, 10, Nathan, 8

The itinerary: We’d start the day at Panera for coffee/juice and morning bagels. Our kids love the cinnamon crunch bagels there. Then, off to Riverbend to the Dog Park with our family dog, and then over to the playground for some fun. After dropping the dog off back at home, we’d stop in at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library to look at new books we haven’t read yet. They also have great classes for kids there. Sometimes we make sure to stop in for one of their movies in the Lindamood Room. The last one we saw there was “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” Lunch would be at Culver’s because they have fantastic burgers. We go there because Dad is from Wisconsin and Culver’s originated in Wisconsin, so it’s a must! We would then go fishing at Oakwoods Nature Preserve and then spend some time geocaching. Dinner would be at Logan’s Irish Pub downtown! We love the atmosphere, the potato pancakes and the friendly staff. After our long day outside, we’d head to Dietsch’s for a yummy treat. We love the ice cream as well as their gift shop and may even pick up some chocolates for a gift.

The Woods Family

Parents: Tom and Tina
Children: Lee, 8, Hope, 7

We’d take Grandma and Grandpa out to breakfast at the Dark Horse Restaurant, for pancakes, fried mush and Grandma Oler’s Country Scramble. Eating great food with family is a great start to the day. Then, we’d head to the Tiffin Flea Market, which takes place one weekend a month from May through October. We usually each find a treasure there. Back in Findlay, we’d eat a late lunch at Hunan Gardens. We have picky eaters, but they love the dishes with chicken and vegetables there. After lunch, we’d grab our swimming suits, friends, and snacks and head to the McComb Pool. The zero-entry portion of the pool was ideal for when the kids were young and just learning to swim, and now they love the slide. A quick stop home to change, and we’d grab our bikes and a yummy pizza from Jac and Dos and head out to Riverbend to eat, play on the playground and ride our bikes on the trails. On the way home, we’d stop at Mr. Twister for soft serve ice cream, then relax with neighbors around a campfire in the backyard. The perfect end to a perfect day.

The Gaerke Family

Parents: Brian and Michelle
Children: Collin, 12, Brandon, 10, and Madison, 7

We’d start our day with breakfast at Bob Evans. Our kids love the pancakes, and we enjoy the great service. There is something on the menu for everyone! We’d spend the morning at Riverbend riding bikes on the trail and near the reservoir, playing on the playgrounds, and fishing! Mom may try to sneak away for a quick shopping trip to the Findlay Village Mall or Kohl’s before lunch. Lunch would be at Chipotle, where each member of the family can get their tacos and burritos exactly the way they want them.  In the afternoon, we’d relax by the pool at Northridge Country Club. We enjoy playing tennis there and the kids like to play volleyball during swimming breaks. Dad may sneak away to get in a few holes of golf at a local course. Dinner would be on the patio at The Beer Barrel. Our family really likes their pizza and the kids love the Table-Top Campfire S’Mores. Finally, we’d head to Cold Stone Creamery for ice cream and then off to Sundance Kid Drive-In in Oregon for a movie, old-fashioned 50’s style.