Scioto Mile

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  • Address: 233 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215, Columbus City, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +1-6146453800
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Waterfront, Park, Family And Kids

The Scioto River bisects the city of Columbus. The area around the river, especially close to downtown, used to be seedy and run down. To save it, local businessmen partnered with the city to give it a makeover. Thus the Scioto Mile was born - a greenway of acres and acres of the city's greatest public space. The boulevard is lined with parks, gardens, playgrounds, fountains, a free climbing wall, , benches from which to view the river flow by, restaurants galore, and basically everything a waterfront ought to be.


  • Bicentennial Park: a public amphitheatre, great restaurant, and huge interactive water fountain lit up by LED lights in the evening.
  • The Audobon Metropark: The delight of shore birds and birds of prey, with its own nature center
  • The country's largest free outdoor climbing wall.
  • The Cultural Arts Centre: Classes in ceramics, sculpture; drawing, painting and printmaking; fiber arts; jewelry and enameling; and beading.
  • Genoa Park: check out the city's skyling from the amphitheatre in the evening, when it's lit up with LED lights. Note the fountains and deer sculptures
  • The Promenade: Cool your heels in the shady swings. Play chess on the tables. Take in the views of the downtown riverfront from Coleman’s Pointe or the birch-tree shaded Prow
  • Battelle Riverfront Park: Take in all the monuments to firefighters, workers, and other departed
  • The World's Largest Gavel: Find it along the Lower Scioto Greenway. It's made of bright stainless steel. 

Scioto Mile Travel Tips

  • Check the attraction website for upcoming public events.

Scioto Mile Hours

Fountain hours:

  • Sunday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Interactive play hours are 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

How to Reach Scioto Mile

  • Buses 3, 6, 14, 15 stop W Main St & S Ludlow St

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  • Scioto Mile Address: 233 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215, Columbus City, United States
  • Scioto Mile Contact Number: +1-6146453800
  • Scioto Mile Timing: 24-hrs
  • Best time to visit Scioto Mile(preferred time): 06:00 am - 08:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Scioto Mile: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 13.13% of people who visit Columbus City include Scioto Mile in their plan

  • 75% of people start their Scioto Mile visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Scioto Mile

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

57.14% of people prefer walking in order to reach Scioto Mile

People normally club together Cosi and Shadowbox Live while planning their visit to Scioto Mile.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Scioto Mile Reviews & Ratings

  • This area has been transformed into a very beautiful place to bring your friends and family. There's always something going on, a festival an event or something interesting. COSI is just across the river if you want somewhere to visit.

  • Had a great time with family. It’s a fun place for kids to play.

  • Awsome place you can walk the tracks or look at the water great place to hang out for a date nite

  • Great bike paths! Very scenic, and well maintained. Flooding has receded after the rains, so some paths are a bit dirty, but very usable. Good for other activities, but so many miles, (interconecting several suburbs) the best way to access it all is by bike.

  • The walk from downtown Columbus to Scioto Audubon Park and back was a very enjoyable, low-imact and low-stress workout. The colored sky at sunset complemented the bridges' and buildings' colored lights and their reflections in the Scioto River.

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