Recreation & Shopping
When it’s time to get off campus, you don’t have to go far to find outdoor activities. Hedges–Boyer Park has been called Heidelberg’s backyard. The 78-acre park has plenty of options for recreation including sand volleyball courts, ball diamonds, a music shell for concerts, walking trails, picnic pavilions, open fields, disc golf, and a swimming pool. Tiffin has 12 other parks in town as well as three golf courses within a ten-minute drive of campus. The Rock Creek Trail (approximately 1.3 miles) was built several years ago to connect Downtown Tiffin with Hedges-Boyer Park for walking, running, and bicycling. Most of this trail meanders beautifully along the Heidelberg campus edge and through the surrounding woods.
The Tiffin YMCA is located right across the street from the park. Through a very unique operating partnership, the Y offers joint programs for its members and for University students and staff, including karate, pilates, cycling, and personal training sessions, in Heidelberg’s Saurwein Health and Wellness Center.
Residents, students, and visitors enjoy exploring Tiffin’s expanding downtown shops including Ralph’s Joy of Living, Cabin Creations Gift Shop, Hawkes Crystal, Reclaim It, Forte Music, Threads, Simply Susan’s, and Washington Street Outfitters and, of course, Walmart as the backup for anything you may need.
Culture & Events
Tiffin and the surrounding area provide a vibrant community atmosphere for events. Every year, the community looks forward to the Heritage Festival, the Tiffin Arts Festival, the Jazz Festival or the Friendly Battle of the Marching Bands, Christmas at the Ritz, and the East Green Concert Series.
The historic Ritz Theatre in town also provides opportunities to see various plays, singers, comedians, and performers, some locally known and others with national reputations. For those seeking bigger venues, Tiffin isn’t far from Ohio’s biggest cities (Columbus 1 hour 45 minutes; Cleveland 1 hour 45 minutes; Toledo 1 hour). The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center at the Sisters of St. Francis is an environmental education center for children, teens, and adults. The American Civil War Museum of Ohio and the Tiffin Glass Museum are two unique locations in Downtown Tiffin.
Dining & Accommodations
There are too many food options in Tiffin to list, but it’s a nice mix of well-known chains (Buffalo Wild Wings, Chipotle, Pizza Hut, Jimmy Johns, Bob Evans, and Dunkin’) and local one-of-a-kind eateries (Put-N-Pita, Benchwarmers, AJs Heavenly Pizza, JTs Bagel Bar, Clover Club, Madison Street Pub & Grille, and Carmies BBQ). The Empire at 138 (located downtown) and the Ironwood Steakhouse (located at the nearby golf course) are newer fine dining establishments that joined the well-regarded Pioneer Mill (located on the Sandusky River). When it’s time to go out, you can choose between fast-food, high-end dining, and everything in between.
Tiffin is home to several hotels (Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Days Inn of Tiffin) and a variety of bed and breakfasts all within ten minutes of campus.