Top 5 Reasons to Visit Gahanna This Summer

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Gahanna This Summer

Posted on Monday, August 1, 2022 by Visit Gahanna.

There’s no place like Gahanna, the Herb Capital of Ohio. The city’s convenient location is just east of Columbus, five minutes from Columbus International Airport, and close to Central Ohio’s most popular attractions. As we enter the heart of summertime, make sure Gahanna is on your list of places to visit in Central Ohio.

1. Breweries and Distilleries 

Did you know Gahanna is home to three breweries and two distilleries? Edison Brewing Company, Heart State Brewing Company, and Nostalgia Brewing Company are members of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association and are participants of Visit Gahanna’s Herbal Cocktail Trail. Noble Cut Distillery and High Bank Distillery Co. offer award-winning craft spirits here in Gahanna. Read more about each establishment below and start your plan to visit them all!

Edison Brewing Company sits on top of the peak next to the airport giving us a jaw-dropping view of downtown Columbus and a free air show every day! They specialize in German-style lagers.

After conjuring up creative brews as hobos all over the land, Heart State Brewing took its talents to Central Ohio. They brew many different styles: some hearty, some light-hearted, some flagships, some seasonals, some true-to-style, and some rule-bending.

The essence of Nostalgia Brewing is the beer that starts a conversation. Their space brings you back to an enjoyable time, and their beer keeps you having one. Enjoy a flight on their four-seasons covered patio or in the open air under a shade umbrella.

Noble Cut Distillery derives its name from a process in distilling grains where a distiller makes “cuts” to separate unwanted alcohol from the final batch. The heart cut, also called the Noble Cut, is the most desired cut by distillers. Tony, Founder and Head Distiller at Noble Cut Distillery, finds his passion and energy stem from sharing his craft with friends and family. Book a tour Book a tour today! 

High Bank Distillery Co. is an elevated, yet casual, distillery pub with seasonally inspired takes on modern American cocktails & cuisine. They’ve been awarded Home of the Best Blended Whiskey in America by the 2021 & 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. You can Make your reservation to try the award-winning whiskey and their mouth-watering menu today!

2. Best Donuts in Ohio

Rated number one in Best Donut Shops in Ohio by USA Today, Donna’s Delicious Dozen makes all of their donuts to order. With a multitude of icings, drizzles, and toppings to choose from, your options at Donna’s are limitless. You are free to let your imagination run wild. Donna’s offers gluten-free options. With every bite, you’ll feel all the love that goes into each donut!!

3. 750 Acres of Parks

Whether you want to submerge yourself into nature, take a leisurely walk, catch some fish, ride on a paddleboat, or escape city life, you’ll find it all here in Gahanna, OH. Creekside Park is home to a Level I Arboretum, which includes over 40 species of trees identified with placards noting interesting characteristics and fun facts. All the green, open spaces and rentable shelters make Gahanna the perfect destination for reunions and gatherings. You can request a FREE Gahanna Parks & Trails Guide on the Visit Gahanna website.

4. Live Music

There are few greater combinations than summertime, cold beverages, and live music. Gahanna is a premiere destination for all three. Every Wednesday through the end of August, you can catch free live music on Creekside Plaza with Midweek at the Creek(side). A different band plays every week from 6-8 PM. The plaza is within the Creekside Outdoor Refreshment Area (CORA), so you can purchase an alcoholic beverage from the participating restaurants to enjoy as you take in the summer air and music. 

Creekside LIVE is back at Creekside Park & Plaza this summer. Enjoy a Friday night in Gahanna’s picturesque downtown with family and friends while jamming out with local performers. Live music can be found throughout the plaza from 5-10 PM on the second and fourth Fridays throughout the summer. This event is also within the CORA bounds.

5. Ohio Herb Center

One of the Herb Capital of Ohio’s best assets is located in the heart of Gahanna! As Gahanna celebrates 50 years of the Herb Capital of Ohio in 2022, this summer is a prime time to visit. While you’re here, learn about the history of the building, gain some insight into the world of herbs, and browse the gift shop for a tea, book, or herbal beauty product to take with you. The Herb Center parlor hosts classes each month and is even available to rent for a small gathering. You can find out more on the Ohio Herb Center’s website. 

If you’re planning a visit to Gahanna, get in touch with our staff. We are happy to polish off your itinerary with restaurant, lodging, and activity suggestions. You can reach us by calling (614) 418-9114 or sending an email to!