Things to do besides watching the OSU Michigan game this weekend

It’s a good bet that the majority of Ohio and Michigan residents will be watching the Buckeyes-Wolverines contest at Ohio Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Fair enough – but what about the rest of us?

For those whose interests lie elsewhere — or who are just content to watch the highlights of the game later — there are plenty of things to do and places to go in central Ohio while the Buckeyes are out of school collide with the state to the north.

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Below is a selection of events and activities to keep you or your family busy on Saturday – and throughout Thanksgiving weekend.

Local parks offer plenty of opportunities to shut down the game and get outside this weekend.

Go hiking

Hiking is on the menu at Metro Parks after Turkey Day and all weekend long a three-mile hike at 9am at Scioto Grove Metro Park (Arrowhead Picnic Area, 5172 Jackson Pike, Grove City). The ambitious can challenge themselves to a six-mile “Gobble Hobble” covering all trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park (6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg) at 11 a.m., or a two-and-a-half mile off-trail canyon hike at 1 p.m :00 p.m. at Sharon Woods Metro Park (Apple Ridge Bulletin Board, 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville). Walks will continue on game day – Saturday – and range from an easy mile and a half family ‘Give Thanks for Wildlife’ walk. 10:00 a.m. at Blendon Woods Metro Park for a brisk two-mile “Turkey Trot”; 1:00 p.m. at Glacier Ridge Metro Park (9801 Hyland Croy Rd., Plain City) for a six-mile hike along the Greenway 10:00 a.m. at Three Creeks Metro Park (Confluence Park bulletin board, 3860 Bixby Rd., Groveport).