The Scioto Mile

#5 in Best Things To Do in Columbus, OH
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Key Info

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Parks and Gardens, Sports, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.2

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

After years of organization and environmental rehabilitation, the Scioto Mile opened in 2015 and comprises several acres of parkland. Miles of trails snake along the Scioto River – perfect for strolling, jogging or biking – and the 15,000-square-foot interactive fountain (and its water spouts) at Bicentennial Park attracts young ones while the park's free summer concert series appeals to the adult crowd. The area is also home to a free outdoor climbing wall and the environmental- and conservation-focused Audubon Center. Recent visitors said a visit here can make for a romantic evening, a fun-filled family day or a place for solo reflection and admiration of the city. Travelers add the sunset views are spectacular and that you should remember to bring your camera to capture the moment.

You'll find the Scioto Mile in downtown Columbus, along the banks of the Scioto River stretching from Broad Street to Rich Street. It's free to access and open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily; parking is available nearby. For a list of events and festivals, or more info about the Scioto Mile, visit its website.

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