Located just 15 minutes from Downtown, this quieter suburban community is known for great schools and some hidden cultural gems.

Located just 15 minutes from Downtown, this quieter suburban community is known for great schools and some hidden cultural gems.

Eat up:

Starliner Diner

5240 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard

614-529-1198

starlinerdiner.com

On paper, this Hilliard standby makes absolutely no sense - and that's exactly why it's so awesome. Starliner combines '50s-era Americana with the flair of Latin America, and a greasy-spoon kitchen with a bar. Whether you venture in for some early-morning eggs or a late-night burrito and beers, you'll get great food, friendly service and the opportunity to ogle some of the oddest wall decor in town.

Have fun:

Franklin County Fair

July 17-24

fcfair.org

Ohio is known for its fantastic summer festivals, and this one celebrates what happens right here in Central Ohio. At the annual Franklin County Fair, expect plenty of livestock displays, thrill rides, tractor pulls, live music, demolition derbies and fair food. If you're not from around these parts, that means lots of things bein' fried, coated with sugar and dipped in butter. The fairgrounds are located at 4100 Columbia St.

Have fun:

Hilliard Family Aquatic Center

3850 Veterans Memorial Dr., Hilliard

614-876-4296

cityofhilliard.com

Every community has a pool - but few have one like Hilliard's. Renovated in 2006, the Family Aquatic Center is more like an amusement park than the soggy place you took swim lessons as a kid. Inside are two 30-foot slides, competition pool, kiddie play zone with 450-gallon dump bucket and 560-foot lazy river. There's no better place to cool off in the summer. Seasonal membership costs $95 for individuals or $185 for a family of four.