Where to Get Some Sun in Defiance
Summer is here and that means fun. Outdoor fun to be precise. Here are some great places to go in Defiance for a little sun in your life.
Old Fort Defiance Park
Built in 1794 by General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, Old Fort Defiance was part of a line of defense in the Northwest Indian Wars leading up to the Battle of the Fallen Timbers. Located at the confluence of the Auglaize and Maumee Rivers, the fort is now an historical landmark and park. There’s lots of green grass for kids to run in, the two rivers to enjoy, and of course, the sun.
Forrest Woods Nature Preserve
A short drive down State Highway 24, you’ll find the Forrest Woods Nature Preserve. Owned by Black Swamp Conservancy, Forrest Woods Nature Preserve is 364-acres of protected land. Home to over 30 rare, threatened, and endangered species of wildlife, Forrest Woods is one of the finest remnants of the historic Great Black Swamp.
Auglaize Village & Museum
Visit the Auglaize Village & Museum on Krouse Road and be immediately transported to 1800s rural Ohio. Founded in 1966, the Auglaize Village is a collection of restored buildings from days gone by. Once, a red barn was the only building on site. Now, it is the Mansfield Museum and centerpiece of the village, a collection of restored buildings and newly built period constructs. You can tour four farm museums, a military museum, a natural history museum, and a railroad museum during your visit.
Each year the village hosts outdoor events the whole family can enjoy. Come see the rousing Settlers Reenactment and see how the settlers lived and thrived. They also do a Civil War Reenactment called 1862 at Auglaize Village. Watch the Union soldiers battle the Confederate soldiers on the grassy fields. Concessions are available at both events along with live music.
There is also the Johnny Appleseed show held every year. Here and see the settlers talk about Johnny Appleseed’s exploits across the Midwest. One of the more entertaining events is the Motorama festival. Motorama is a celebration of all things motorized. From classic cars, antique motor bikes, airplanes, and more, you can come enjoy a day of fun and frolic as you view the history of motorized civilization.
Independence Dam State Park
Independence Dam State Park is a 525-acre park along the banks of the Maumee River. There you can enjoy a variety of boating activities including water skiing, kayaking, and canoeing. The river is an excellent spot for angling your favorite fish.
It’s a great place for a summer picnic too. With many picnic tables, public restrooms, and even two shelters you can reserve, there is room enough for everyone. The park also features a 3-mile hiking trail and a 3-mile bicycle trail. The hiking trail meanders between the river and the canal and offers fantastic views and wildlife. The bicycle trail runs along a 3-mile access road that wanders through the park.
So the next time you feel like a little sun is in the offing, check out one of these fine outdoor destinations and have some fun.