Outdoor Recreation in Lima

Outdoor Recreation in Lima, Ohio

Experience everything we have to offer. Feel the thrill of our sporting events from collegiate baseball club games to stock, sprint and midget car races at our motorsports park; or join the excitement at our regional and national events and championships at the Allen County Fairgrounds. Try a round of golf at one of our many courses, or take in scenic walking, hiking and biking in our city and county parks.

A multitude of arts and cultural activities are readily available: see a Broadway show, hear our powerful symphony orchestra or enjoy an innovative production at our local community arts theater.

Visit our accredited county museum and its historic exhibits and various curiosities.

Return to the 19th century as you tour a Victorian mansion and continue back in time to see our train exhibits and learn about our remarkable railroad heritage. Don’t leave the county without seeing our canal history museum and the region’s only postal museum.

There is no shortage of fun, excitement and thrills throughout Lima/Allen County. For more information on what we have to offer to visitors and residents, including a detailed community calendar of events, check out www.VisitGreaterLima.com.

Recreation in Lima

Axe Cave

The Axe Cave is an axe-throwing experience that is raising the bar for local entertainment, making sure you have an experience you’ll never forget. Also offering adult game nights each Friday night. Call for reservations.

Bradfield Community Center

Offers child care, basketball, volleyball, computer training, a fitness center and meeting rooms.

Crosshairs Lima

Paintball and Nerf and Archery Tag.

Empowered Sports Center

Indoor sports complex providing high school and college regulation pitching lanes and batting cages for softball and baseball, as well as a 12,000-square-foot multi-sport field for more than a dozen sports in one convenient location.

Kangaroo Cave

Indoor active play center with inflatable attractions suitable for children. Birthday party and group packages available. Open Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and on Sundays noon-3 p.m.

Ottawa Metro Park Beach

Enjoy a 450-foot sand beach swimming lake with wheelchair access, “raindrop” water fountain, Aqua Jump water trampoline with Aqua Launch attachment, slip-n-slide, vending machines and covered picnic area. Beach is also available for after-hours parties, from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. (one week advance notice). The beach is supervised by certified lifeguards and park rangers for visitors’ safety.

Schoonover Park & Pool

Featuring a 25 acre lake, multiple shelter houses, a public pool, walking trails and Lima’s only observatory.

20th Century Lanes Bowling

Westgate Entertainment Center

Lima Family YMCA


Lima Locos
825 S. Cable Rd., Lima
(419) 22-LOCOS (225-6267)

Home Field: Simmons Field, 616 Heindel Ave., Lima

The Lima Locos are a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. Each season provides an approximately 40-game schedule against teams from Cincinnati, Xenia, Celina, Athens, Toledo, Adrian MI, Flint MI and Canada. Come out and watch some future professional players right here in Lima, Ohio.

Limaland Motorsports Park

This 40-acre facility and racetrack play host to racing events each Friday night, April through August. It’s the place to be on Friday night for good times with great friends and racing excitement. See Northwest Ohio’s Quarter-mile of Thunder! For a complete schedule and event information, visit their website or call (419) 998-3199.


Bluffton Golf Club

PGA professional course includes pro shop, driving range, practice areas, banquet facility and snack and beverage bar. 18 holes, par 72.

Colonial Golfers Club

PGA professional course/public practice range with 18 holes par 72, watered bent grass fairways, complete pro shop and lounge with beverage and snack menu.

Hidden Creek Golf Club

18 holes on 160 acres featuring 26 acres of natural areas to complement the bent grass fairways, tees and greens, four sets of tees on each hole, paved cart paths, pro shop, beverage and snack bar. Banquet facilities and outdoor pavilion.

Oaks Golf Club
PGA professional course, 18 holes, par 72.

Shawnee Country Club

Tamarac Golf Club

Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District
2355 Ada Rd., Lima

The Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District, created in 1972, is a comprehensive system of natural areas and preserves designed to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Allen County by providing passive outdoor recreational and educational opportunities while conserving and protecting the natural resources of the area for future generations. The park district currently has 12 park areas with over 1,400 acres for activities including hiking, picnicking, interpretive programs and guided nature walks, camping and swimming, fishing and boating, horseback riding and bicycling. For information about events and organized programs taking place in the Johnny Appleseed Metro Parks, call (419) 221‑1232.

Agerter Road River Access
15410 Agerter Rd., Spencerville

Allen County Farm Park
1582 Slabtown Rd., Lima

Deep Cut Historical Park
22900 SR 66, Spencerville

Ft. Amanda State Memorial
22901 SR 198, Logan Township

Heritage Park
2092 Reed Rd., Lima

Hermon Woodlands Metro Park
485 N. Wapak Rd.

Kendrick Woods Metro Park
971 N. Defiance Tr., Spencerville

Lauer Historical Farm
800 Roush Rd., Lima

Lippincott Bird Sanctuary
3093 Bellefontaine Rd., Lima

McElroy Environmental Education Center
2355 Ada Rd., Lima

McLean-Teddy Bear Park
2004 N Dixie Hwy.

Motter Metro Park
10740 Columbus Grove-Bluffton Rd., Bluffton

Ottawa Metro Park
2632 Ada Rd., Lima

Rotary Riverwalk/Ottawa River Bikeway

Veterans Freedom Flag Monument
1157 Buckeye Rd., Lima  
handicap accessible.

Harrod Railroad & Veterans Memorial Park
Corner of Napoleon and Harrod roads, Harrod

City of lima department of parks, recreation and forestry

900 S. Collett Street, Lima

The City of Lima’s park system maintains 11 parks and three recreation areas totaling over 335 acres. The park system offers facilities for traditional park activities, such as picnics and playground equipment, and a variety of active recreation facilities programs. For information about events and organized programs at city parks, call the parks department in Lima at (419) 221‑5195.

Town Square Downtown Lima

Baxter Park
1500 Ellison Drive, Lima.

Buttonbush Wetland Preserve
2319 Central Point Pkwy., #2303

Cook Park
Michael Avenue

Faurot Park
Woodlawn Avenue and North Shore Drive

Hover Park
Collett and Kibby Street

Lima Stadium Park
East Bellefontaine Avenue adjacent to Spartan Stadium

Lincoln Park
East Elm Street near Lima Memorial Hospital

Ottawa River Corridor/River Walk & Bikeway
A nearly 14-mile hiking and biking trail along the Ottowa River

Robb Park
Metcalf Street and Robb Avenue

Schoonover Park
Findlay Road (State Route 81) and Jefferson Street

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
East 8th Avenue

Kibby Corners Park
Main Street and Kibby Street

Collett Street Recreation Area
Collett Street, south of North Shore Drive across from Hover Park

Simmons Field Recreation Area
On the Riverwalk between Collett Street and Heindel Avenue, south of the Ottawa River


Agerter Road River Access
Agerter Road, via St. Rt. 81

Bresler Lake Reservoir
10 miles west of Lima, bordered by St. Rt. 81, Agerter, Kemp and Conant roads

Buckeye Quarry

Ferguson Lake
3 miles east of Lima on Reservoir Road

Lima Lake Reservoir
1.5 miles east of Lima on State Route 81, next to Ottawa Metro Park

Lost Creek Reservoir
Roush and Reservoir Roads, two miles east of Lima

McLean-Teddy Bear Park
2004 N. Dixie Hwy. in Bath Township

Metzger Lake
3 miles east of Lima on Reservoir Road; adjoins Ferguson Lake

Schoonover Park Lake
Findlay (State Route 81)

Williams Reservoir
10 miles west of Lima bordered by St. Rt. 81, Grubb Road, Agerter and Sunderland roads t