Ah, the glorious summer sunshine! While it sometimes may seem unbearably hot, there are numerous ways to conquer the dog days of summer right here in Union County, Ohio. The sun's warm embrace becomes an opportunity to indulge in the joys that the season brings throughout the county.

Plain City Pool Slide

One of the most exhilarating ways to beat the summer heat is by diving into the refreshing depths of sparkling water. Whether it's a dip in a shimmering pool or a jump through the spray of water at a splash pad, the coolness instantly revitalizes the body and soul. Union County has plenty of places to get wet and cool off from the summer sun. 


Marysville Municipal Pool in beautiful American Legion Park is open every day, where kids can play in the zero-entry area, and older kids can use the diving boards to plunge into the deep end. 


Looking for a splashing good time? Head to the new Richwood Splash Pad located at the Richwood Lake Park. 


The Plain City Aquatic Center offers something for every age! Children will love the zero-depth entry area, spray ground, play area, and twisty water slide. Adults will also enjoy the designated adult only swims diving board, and hours of summer sunshine!

Richwood Lake Kayaking

Embracing the summer heat also means embracing fun in the outdoors. The sun-drenched days provide ample opportunities for exciting adventures and exploration. From hiking in lush forests to picnicking in local parks, nature becomes the ultimate playground. Union County is full of parks ranging from small hidden gems like nature preserves to Glacier Ridge Metro Park. Find a complete guide HERE.

Float down the serene Mill Creek in your kayak as the sun's rays illuminate your surroundings. For wide open spaces to drop in, visit the Marysville Above-Ground Reservoir. Whether it be small motorized boats, kayaks, canoes, or stand up paddleboards, at 171 acres, there is plenty of room to cool off on the water. For those who don’t own kayaks, no worries! You can rent one at the self-serve kiosk at Richwood Lake Park, where an afternoon on the lake will rejuvenate and help you beat the summer heat.

Cold Treats

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Sweet Memory Making

Indulging in icy treats is another delightful way to triumph over the summer heat. From refreshing fruit sorbets to creamy ice cream cones, each lick or bite brings a delightful explosion of flavors, offering a temporary respite from the heat. 


Chef’s Parlour

Dairy Queen

Dolce Vida 

Eda’s Italian Ice 

LS Treats & Eats

Michoacán A Pedir de Boca

Rollies Ice Cream

The Coffee Hall and Creamery

Whits Frozen Custard

Avalon Theatre

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Avalon Theater

Are you in need of some relaxation and entertainment? Look no further than the beautifully restored Avalon Theater located in the heart of Marysville's historic district. During the summer and throughout the year, the theater welcomes visitors to enjoy a variety of movie showings and live performances from talented entertainers. Whether you're seeking a thrilling movie experience or an evening filled with the arts, the Avalon Theater is the perfect destination. So purchase your ticket today and prepare to cool off in the air conditioning and be entertained! 

After an evening at the Avalon Theater, head to one of the hotels in Marysville, Ohio, to continue your summer fun! Pick a location with an indoor pool where you can swim the evening away before bedtime or one with an outdoor sitting area where you can wind down with some locally produced wine from a local winery.

Comfort suites hotel

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The Best Patios

Conquering the summer heat is not a battle to be feared but an opportunity to embrace the joy and vibrancy of the season. By immersing yourself in the refreshing waters, exploring the great outdoors, and indulging in icy delights, one can transform the heat into a source of fun and a place to create unforgettable memories. So, get ready to enjoy the summer sun in the naturally crafted communities around Union County.



Summer Fun Tips:


  • Stay hydrated. This is the most important thing you can do to stay cool in hot weather. Drink plenty of water, even if you don't feel thirsty. Most parks in Union County have a water fountain, but there are many stores throughout.


  • Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day. If you are outdoors, try to do your activities in the morning or evening when it's cooler.


  • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. This will help your body stay cool by allowing more air to circulate. 


  • Stay in the shade. If you're going to be outside for an extended period of time, find a shady spot to sit or relax.