The Scioto Mile

Mommy Points: 2

Saturday we decided to stop down at the new The Scioto Mile park that opened. We were downtown to run a 5K race, and this new park in Downtown Columbus just opened up. So, we thought we’d check it out.  We were quite impressed!!

We stayed mainly at the Bicentennial Park end of the mile.  This location has a bunch of huge fountains for the kids to run in and get soaking wet.  You’ll want to bring towels, suits, and a change of clothes when you go.  I was fine letting my kids run freely, but it would be easy to lose site of little ones here.  I was able to find an on-street parking spot at a meter.  $1.60 got me just over 2 hours of parking, but we only stayed about 30 minutes.  The kids got worn out running in the fountains after running the race earlier in the day.  There are public restrooms near the fountains. We didn’t need to go in, but no one seemed to be complaining about the conditions when they walked out.

There is also a restaurant/bar at the park.  It is being touted as ‘family friendly’ but seemed a bit pricey from the menu i saw – more of a splurge meal than a regular stop.  Some friends that went down for dinner later in the evening said the food was “good… not great but pretty good”.

From Bicentennial Park, you can walk North for quite a ways (I assume it’s a mile 😉 ) along the promenade.  There are other fountains (just to look at), nicely planted planters, benches and some swinging benches along the way.   There are also a few spots to stop and look out at the river… granted, the Scioto River isn’t the nicest river in the world.  Keep in mind, as far North as you go, you have to come back to the car, so don’t get too far away when the kids start whining that they want to go home.

This is definitely on our “Go Back” list.  The next time, more prepared.  We are thinking of a Downtown Day on our next staycation week.  It would be easy to add in the Santa Maria, Cosi, The Columbus Commons,  or many of the other downtown attractions.

The Mile is a free attraction.  Parking downtown will vary depending on where you park.  The meter on the street seem pretty reasonable.  I lucked upon a spot, so didn’t look too hard for cheap parking. If you want to eat in the restaurant, it looks a bit pricey.  There is lots of green space to have a picnic.

Things to take:

  • Swim Suits, Towel, Change of Clothes if you’re going to let them in the fountains
  • Picnic lunch or money for the restaurant
  • A wagon or stroller if there is a chance they won’t walk back

 Kid Review:

This was a hit! They really liked running in the water for a little bit.  Neither kid (Age 6 & 9) was thrilled about the walk along the promenade, but they were worn out. They definitely want to go back.

Mommy Review:

I really enjoyed this new park.  It will be nicer when the construction on the Rich St bridge is finished.

The large center fountain
Kids playing in the spray

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