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Here’s When You Can Kayak Or Paddleboard Downtown For Free

The scenic views from the Scioto River are some of the best in town, and on July 29 and August 12, adventure seekers will have the opportunity to experience them firsthand at no cost during Paddle in the City.

Located at the boat launch beneath the Main Street Bridge, near Bicentennial Park in Columbus, Ohio, this event offers free rentals of kayaks, tandem kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards (SUP) to individuals of all skill levels.

With boats, paddles, and floatation devices provided, participants are invited to embark on a memorable journey along the river while taking in the breathtaking sights and enjoying the thrill of paddling.

The Ultimate Water Adventure

Paddle in the City is an event that caters to both beginners and experienced water enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned paddler, this event promises a thrilling and unforgettable experience on the Scioto River. The boat launch under the Main Street Bridge serves as the starting point for this adventure, making it easily accessible for all participants.

Free Rentals and Equipment

One of the major highlights of Paddle in the City is that kayaks, tandem kayaks, and SUPs are available for free rentals. This eliminates any financial barriers and ensures that everyone can partake in the excitement of exploring the river. Participants can simply arrive at the designated location and select their preferred watercraft, as well as obtain paddles and floatation devices required for a safe and enjoyable journey. It’s an excellent opportunity to try out different types of boats and discover the one that suits you best.

Weather and Safety Considerations

As with any outdoor activity, Paddle in the City is subject to weather and river conditions. It is crucial for participants to stay updated on any changes or cancellations due to inclement weather. Keeping an eye on the event’s official announcements and social media platforms will provide the latest updates and ensure a seamless experience.

Personal Responsibility

While the organizers provide the necessary equipment for a safe adventure, participants are reminded to be responsible for their valuables. It is advisable to leave any non-essential items at home and only bring the essentials, such as a small bag for personal belongings like keys, phones, and wallets. Enjoying the event without worrying about valuable possessions will enhance the overall experience.

Convenient Parking Options

For those planning to attend Paddle in the City, there are convenient parking options available. Street parking is an accessible choice for participants, allowing them to park their vehicles nearby. Alternatively, the Columbus Commons Underground Garage at 191 South Third Street provides additional parking space for a hassle-free experience.

Paddle in the City presents a unique opportunity for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts to explore the beautiful Scioto River free of charge. With free rentals of kayaks, tandem kayaks, and SUPs, this event welcomes participants of all skill levels, promising an exhilarating and unforgettable experience on the water.

Mark your calendars for July 29 and August 12 and get ready to paddle your way through the captivating views of the Scioto River during this extraordinary event. For more info, please visit

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