LIMA — With tourism being down in recent months due to COVID-19, Visit Greater Lima has been focusing its efforts on hidden local gems.
Tina Koester, of the Convention and Visitors Bureau for Lima and Allen County, gave a presentation to the Lima Rotary Club on Monday afternoon featuring 20 of the area’s must-see places.
“I wanted to share with our local residents things to do during the pandemic that we can still enjoy right here in our own backyards, things that we would normally promote to visitors outside the county to bring them in,” Koester said. “By sharing this with our local residents, they can share it with their family and friends, which brings a greater perception of the area to visitors.”
The presentation highlighted outdoor activities, entertainment venues, local eateries and other community-based activities, including:
• Bluffton Discovery Days, July 25 and Aug. 22
• Bluffton University Nature Preserve’s swinging bridge
• Delphos Canal Museum
• Farmers markets in downtown Lima, Bluffton and Delphos
• Harrod Veterans Memorial Park
• Hermon Woodlands Park campfire ring
• Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Lima created by the Altrusa International Club of Lima
• Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Amphitheater
• Lima Mural Project, West Market Street and corner of Cole Street and Allentown Road
• Ottawa Metro Park disc golf court
• The Lion, the Niche and the Wardrobe line dancing lessons
• Westgate Entertainment Center
“We have the same old, same old that we do with things like the museum, which are all wonderful amenities, but I wanted to find things a little off the beaten path,” Koester said. “Some of them aren’t new, but they’ve added some new things that maybe people haven’t seen before, so it gets them to go back out and re-experience some of those things.”
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