By Chelsea Bray- Elle A. Design
Health and wellness are at the forefront of everyone’s mind right now. Your physical and mental health stretch much further than just making sure you don’t get sick. It is about taking care of your mind and body completely. We are lucky to live in a community that offers many ways to make sure we get the care we need. Everything you need to stay healthy can be found right here in Champaign County!
Take a Fitness Class
Pulse Fitness – 407 W Court St, Urbana, Ohio
Pulse Fitness in Urbana offers a variety of ways to keep active. They have group classes for aerobics, cardio and more. No matter your fitness level, you can find a class to help push you and keep you motivate. They also offer personal training and have membership options. They want everyone who comes to their gym to feel welcome and safe. Right now they have safety regulations in place due to COVID19 that you can learn more about on their Facebook page.
Lakeland Golf Club – 1772 Kiser Lake Road, St. Paris, Ohio
Golf is a great option for people of all ages and fitness levels. If you are looking for something more laid back you can take a cart, but if you are up for the challenge you can walk all 18 holes. The Lakeland Golf Club course offers five sets of tees for players of all skill levels. They offer special rates for tee times throughout the week which can be found on their website. In the off-season you can take advantage of their virtual golf center. To see info about upcoming events, league info, and closings due to weather you can follow them on Facebook.
Try Salt Therapy
NaCl Salt Spa – 646 Bodey Circle, Urbana, Ohio
Never heard of a salt spa? We can help you out! The NaCl Salt Spa in Urbana offers a unique type of therapy known as halotherapy, or dry salt therapy. This natural treatment can be enjoyed by just sitting back and relaxing in a room full of salt, or in the form of a massage treatment. They even have a room full of salt for children to dig in and play while they are taking in the benefits from dry salt therapy. There is an entire list of symptoms and conditions that can be improved with dry salt therapy on their website. Visit their Facebook page to keep up to date on new offerings and updated hours.
Grab a Nutritious Treat
Downtown Nutrition – 221 N Main Street, Urbana, Ohio
One of the newest additions to Downtown Urbana, Downtown Nutrition offers some amazing healthy alternatives to some of your favorite treats. These shakes may just look and taste like a yummy treat, but they pack a powerful nutritious punch. They provide fiber, protein, and even vitamins and minerals that your body needs! Their flavor options seem to be endless and they are always coming up with something new. Follow them on Facebook to check out new flavors and learn more about what they offer.
Connect with Nature
Cedar Bog Nature Preserve – 980 Woodburn Road, Urbana, Ohio
Sometimes you just need a nice long walk through nature to get your body moving and your mind to slow down. Champaign County is lucky to have the perfect spot for that! The Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is one of only 25 National Natural Landmarks in Ohio. The boardwalk is a beautiful path that takes you through the bog on a hike you won’t forget. You can access the boardwalk seven days a week from sunrise to sundown. If you want to learn more about the bog, you can visit the onsite Nature Center which is open Thursday-Saturday from 12am-4pm and some Sundays. Visit their Facebook page to see amazing photos and to keep up to date on their current hours.
Take time to invest in yourself. Your mind, body and soul will thank you.
Start your morning at Freshwater Farms of Ohio, the largest indoor hatchery in Ohio. Get up close and personal with rare, endangered fish at the Sturgeon Petting Zoo and watch the trout jump for joy and splash in excitement as you hand feed them in the Trout Feeding Frenzy. Admission is free but you don’t want to miss out on the gift shop featuring local items.
Travel a few miles down on US 68 to Grimes Field Municipal Airport. Kids love watching small aircraft fly in on a sunny day on the patio at the Airport Cafe, famous for their homemade pies. The airport is also home to three free museums (Champaign Aviation Museum, Grimes Flying Lab Museum and Mid America Flight Museum) bringing aviation history to life! Check individual locations for hours of operation.
Run off some energy at Melvin Miller Park with outdoor recreation including but not limited to playgrounds, skate park, RC track, fishing pond, dog park, walking trails and bike path. Try a round of Disc Golf at Urbana Hilltop Disc Golf Course. This top rated course features a variety of open and wooded holes with some elevation changes.
Head to Downtown Urbana for a treat! Camazzi’s has been a local favorite for kids of all ages for over 120 years! This is THE place in Champaign County to satisfy your sweet tooth serving just about any kind of candy you can imagine. Don’t forget to join Johnny’s Candy Club!
By now, you probably need a place to cool off. Urbana’s Gloria Theatre has a rich history that began more than 113 years ago near the beginning of the twentieth century. Today, GrandWorks is renovating and transforming this community treasure into a modern entertainment venue for movies and live theater. Catch a show or family friendly movie!
End your adventure at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, considered by many to be Ohio’s premiere natural area. It ranks the highest of any site in the state on the Ohio Floristic Diversity Index for its great diversity of plants. The boardwalk is accessible Wednesday-Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM.
Thinking of making this an overnight trip? The Cobblestone Hotel-Urbana is offering special rates for those participating in the Family Fun Trail. Call the hotel directly and ask for the Family Fun Trail Rate.
Follow the Champaign County Visitors Bureau on Facebook and Instagram and check us out on the web at visitchampaignohio.com for more information about great attractions and destinations in Champaign County.
West Liberty’s second annual Summer Street Market is happening July 24th and 25th! We will have local vendors and artists set up on Columbus Street. While you are shopping you can grab a bite to eat from one of the food trucks and enjoy some music by Kevin Ashba Friday evening. To make this event safe for everyone all of our vendors booths will be six feet apart, traffic through the street market will flow one direction, and we will provide a sanitation station at the entrance/exit. Many local shops will be open, and some will even be offering special discounts.
On Saturday the annual West Liberty Fire Sales will be happening village-wide so be ready to shop all day!
This event is the kickoff to West Liberty’s Fourth Friday Events for the rest of the year. Be sure to check out our site or follow us on Facebook to see what we have planned for next month!
There will be a few changes to the typical event. The airport gates will not be open and the there will no chicken barbecue. The community is being encouraged to safely socially distance between the airport gates and State Route 68.
It's also important to note there will be no port-a-potties on the premises so those attending are asked to plan accordingly.
Click here if you would like to learn more about the Urbana Rotary and support them!
The Urbana Rotary club welcomes community support of our various endeavors. If you wish to make a contribution it can be mailed to:
Urbana Rotary Club
PO Box 660
Urbana, OH 43078
Information provided by the Urbana Rotary club.
The building capacity will be greatly reduced during this time. Extra staff will be available to help direct visitors. If you see a group in the building, please wait outside until they leave the building. Please help us by following all directions on signs on the doors and around the building. Please follow all social distancing guidelines while in the Nature Center and Preserve. Visitors are encouraged to wear a face covering.
Credit card use is preferred for admission fees at this time. The gift shop will be open to ADULTS ONLY. Please help by keeping children out of the gift shop. Inventory will be somewhat reduced at this time.
The boardwalk will remain accessible Wednesday - Sunday from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Please remember, restrooms will not be available except when the Nature Center is open.
A public Open House Celebration to tour the facility and meet staff and Cobblestone executives will be announced in about 45 days.
The three-story, 54-room hotel is located intersection of 68 & 55 on the south end of Urbana.
Click here to learn more about the project and what it will mean for Champaign County!