Although it is not officially summer yet, it certainly feels like it, now that the schools are closed and the temperatures are higher.

Locally, Fairfield County has many ways you can spend part of your summer.

Here are just a few:

Visit a local park

Fairfield County is home to many beautiful parks.

Whether you head to Rising Park to eventually climb Mount Pleasant or take part in disc golf at Alley Park, the city-run parks offer a variety of options.

Not to be outdone, the Fairfield County Park District operates the Sensory Trail Park in Pleasant Township or check out the sculptures at Flight of the Hawk Park in Berne Township, among others.

LANCASTER, OHIO MARCH 10, 2021: A large sculpture of a Red Tail Hawk is seen by passersby on State Route 33 at the Flight of the Hawk Park in Lancaster, Ohio.LANCASTER, OHIO MARCH 10, 2021: A large sculpture of a Red Tail Hawk is seen by passersby on State Route 33 at the Flight of the Hawk Park in Lancaster, Ohio.

LANCASTER, OHIO MARCH 10, 2021: A large sculpture of a Red Tail Hawk is seen by passersby on State Route 33 at the Flight of the Hawk Park in Lancaster, Ohio.

So if the outdoors is your thing, check out what we have in our own backyard in the way of parks

Beavers Field is the place to be in the summer if you love baseball

People looking for something to do this summer can always head to Beavers Field and catch an American Legion Post 11 game.

There are also several tournaments, including the Lancaster Post 11 Baseball Classic Tournament at Beavers Field, which has been held since 1993. This year’s tournament starts on July 3 and ends on July 7. Admission is free for all Post 11 and tournament matches.

Lancaster Post 11's Ronnie Rowley leads from first base during Tuesday's 4-3 district tournament loss to Pickerington Post 283 at Logan High School on July 18, 2023.Lancaster Post 11's Ronnie Rowley leads from first base during Tuesday's 4-3 district tournament loss to Pickerington Post 283 at Logan High School on July 18, 2023.

Lancaster Post 11’s Ronnie Rowley leads from first base during Tuesday’s 4-3 district tournament loss to Pickerington Post 283 at Logan High School on July 18, 2023.

Beavers Field will also host the Ohio American Legion Junior State Tournament beginning July 18 and ending July 21, as well as the Ohio American Legion State Tournament July 26-30.

You can view Post 11’s senior and junior schedule at: https://www.beaversfield.com

AHA! A hands-on adventure, a children’s museum

Jude Coolidge (right), 3, and Tilian Welch, 5, both from Lancaster, play in the water table area at AHA!  A Hands-On Adventure A Children's Museum on February 2, 2023 in Lancaster, Ohio.Jude Coolidge (right), 3, and Tilian Welch, 5, both from Lancaster, play in the water table area at AHA!  A Hands-On Adventure A Children's Museum on February 2, 2023 in Lancaster, Ohio.

Jude Coolidge (right), 3, and Tilian Welch, 5, both from Lancaster, play in the water table area at AHA! A Hands-On Adventure A Children’s Museum on February 2, 2023 in Lancaster, Ohio.

If you have young children and haven’t experienced AHA yet! A hands-on adventure, the local children’s museum, then plan your trip today.

With more than 60 exhibitions in which children can use their imagination and creativity, the museum offers a wide range of adventures for children from 6 months to 8 years.

Don’t miss the Raymond B. Martens nature play paradise during your trip.

The museum is located at 1708 River Valley Circle South, Lancaster.

Looking for something a little more low-key?

Maybe you don’t feel like going out into nature and just want to relax at home with a good book? Then visit one of the local libraries.

You can experience other worlds and interesting characters simply by checking out a book in the library.

However, the Fairfield District Library doesn’t just offer books. They have robust programming year-round with things like Storytime in the Park, Family Storytime, and even yoga.

Are you a history buff?

If you love local history and haven’t yet visited the Sherman House Museum or the Georgian Museum, what are you waiting for?

Both museums are operated by the Fairfield County Heritage Association.

The Georgian is located at 105 East Wheeling Street. Guided tours are available of the three restored floors of the house built in 1832 by Daniel Sifford for Samuel and Sarah Maccracken.

Then there’s the Sherman House at 137 East Main Street. It is the birthplace of William Tecumseh Sherman, the famous Civil War general.

Michael Johnson, director of the Sherman House Museum, examines General William T. Sherman's sword that the museum recently won at auction in Columbus.  The museum's winning bid was $130,000.Sherman House Museum Director Michael Johnson examines General William T. Sherman's sword that the museum recently won at auction in Columbus.  The museum's winning bid was $130,000.

Michael Johnson, director of the Sherman House Museum, examines General William T. Sherman’s sword that the museum recently won at auction in Columbus. The museum’s winning bid was $130,000.

You may have read about a recent acquisition by the museum: General William T. Sherman’s sword that will go on permanent display in the future.

If you want to postpone your trip until the sword is finished, keep an eye on the Fairfield County Heritage Association Facebook page for announcements.

Get out and explore Fairfield County

This is by no means an exhaustive list of things you can do, just an introduction to get you started. The point is that the province has a lot to offer when it comes to things to do. Many of the communities have their own unique offerings and events. Perhaps experience Music in the Park in Canal Winchester or take a day trip to Buckeye Lake. Take a dip in one of the local pools.

There are things you can do, you just have to decide what is best for you.

This article originally appeared in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette: Plan your summer adventures in Fairfield County with plenty of options