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“Cool place for a picnic and playing with the kids/dogs”
Review of Tappan Square

Ohio
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62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Cool place for a picnic and playing with the kids/dogs”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

Get some lunch from Treehuggers and hang out under all the huge old trees. Plenty of room for kids and dogs to roam and explore. Quiet and breezy too

Visited June 2014
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Traverse City, Michigan
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58 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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“Old Fashioned Town Square Park”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

Tappan Square is a spacious, shady park & community gathering spot in 'downtown' Oberlin. There's often music provided by the talented students of Oberlin College. A great place for a picnic or just relaxing in this historic, small town. Lots of great eateries & bike routes nearby, including the North Coast Inland Trail.

Visited April 2014
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Portland
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345 reviews
86 attraction reviews
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“Frozen in time ... sort of”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

You can't get much more Middle America than Tappan Square. I've been visiting Oberlin for over 40 years. The square is always an anchoring spot -- big, bucolic, sort of in slow motion. There's Gibson's Bakery -- with a facade from the 1950s -- STILL turning out the best donuts anywhere. (Get a "whole wheat cake glazed" and see if you don't agree.)

There's still a Ben Franklin five & dime store, for Pete's sake! The one anomaly, but a good one, is that on Main Street sits Allen Memorial Art Museum. It's hard to think that another town of 8,000 has a museum as impressive as this, with pieces spanning the Renaissance to Monet to Chuck Close.

There's a memorial arch from a century ago and a newer, but nicely distinctive, bandshell. There are encroachments, of course: the college bookstore is now just another Barnes & Noble. And there are some yuppified restaurants near the square -- but good ones.

But if you need to get back in touch with your inner, mid-century not-so-modern self. Park your car and spend 30 minutes walking around Tappan Square. It'll cool your jets in the very best way.

Visited May 2014
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Tampa FL
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287 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Felt like the set of Forrest Fump”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Quiet, soothing and lovely. After a lot of walking around, we sat on a bench and listened to the bells chiming on the hour and watched other people enjoying themselves. Lovely.

Visited July 2013
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Oberlin, Ohio
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“ease of mind”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Tappan Square is centrally located, with variety of benches, structures (bandstand, treeswing), wonderful trees... a delightful hub of this college town. Bring a picnic lunch, enjoy summer concerts and festivities, just relax. Pretty sweet to find something like this these days!

Visited July 2013
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