Powell is both historical and charming with its family oriented feel and minimal commercialism. The whole of Powell reaches an entire 4.8 square miles of space; however, the downtown area gives the illusion of a small town with its side-by-side house-turned shops and quaint front porch openness. Outside of downtown Powell, there are a remarkable seven parks to explore.
Alum Creek State Park is something to note for many an out-of-towner because it boasts Ohio’s biggest inland beach with numerous activities. Along the Olentangy River, the Highbanks Metro Park is steeped in Native American history with its two Adena Indian burial mounds and is home to a pair of nesting bald eagles.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium finds its home here in Powell; the 90 acres park contains a remarkable 700 species of wildlife! There is plenty here to keep the kids busy learning, parents walking, and friends having a good time. Zoombezi Bay Waterpark provides an excellent alternative to the zoo on a hot day with its wave pool, river, and waterslides. The 22.7 acres allow families and friends much needed play time that can be followed by a visit to the zoo right next door.
Every Saturday from mid-May to mid-October, Powell hosts its own Farmer’s Market from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Annually, a Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony is held in downtown Powell and Powell Festival is in late June at Village Green Park as a two-day event with music and community activities.