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11 Reasons Why Summer On The Scioto Is The Ultimate Columbus Hangout Spot

Summer on the Scioto is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. If you’re looking for fun, free activities to fill your summer days, Downtown Columbus has you covered. With an array of events running through fall, here’s why you absolutely can’t miss out on the Summer on the Scioto series.

1. The Scioto Mile Fountain is Back and Better

The iconic Scioto Mile Fountain has reopened after a year-long renovation, just in time for summer! With over 6,000 visitors on its reopening weekend, it’s clear that this beloved spot is the place to be. New features include enhanced lighting, water effects, and plenty of seating and shade. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until September 2nd. So, grab your friends and make a splash!

2. FREE Dorrian Days Fun

Every Tuesday from June 11 to August 20 (excluding July 2), head to Dorrian Green for FREE family fun from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Think giant inflatables, cool games, the COSI curbside van, themed activities, and food trucks. Plus, the Dorrian Green water feature is perfect for cooling off!

3. Rock Out at Fountainside Fun

Select Mondays and Thursdays from June 3 to August 12, join in the Fountainside fun at Bicentennial Park. From live music and performances to tabletop games and food trucks, these events from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. are perfect for a family outing. And yes, the fountain is open for free splashing!

4. Paddle Away on FREE Kayak Days

Experience the Scioto River up close and personal on July 13 and August 10 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy complimentary kayaks, tandem kayaking, and stand-up paddleboard rentals. Perfect for all skill levels, this is a summer adventure you won’t want to miss.

5. Midway on the Mile is Carnival Bliss

Join the fun on the Rich Street Bridge for Midway on the Mile! This unique carnival runs from July 12-13 and August 10-11, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Expect a trackless train, obstacle courses, a wipeout attraction, and more. July brings a roller rink, while August features a putt-putt course. It’s the carnival fun you love with stunning downtown views.

6. Wednesdays on the Water

Save your Wednesdays for a serene paddle down the Scioto River. From May 29 to July 31 (except July 3), you can get a $15 discount on a one-hour watercraft rental. Make sure to book ahead, though walk-ins are welcome if space allows.

7. Scenic Views Everywhere

Whether you’re at Bicentennial Park, the Rich Street Bridge, or paddling down the Scioto River, the views of downtown Columbus are simply unbeatable. Capture some Instagram-worthy shots and soak in the city’s beauty.

8. Free Festivals and Events Galore

Summer on the Scioto isn’t just about weekly events. It also complements dozens of festivals and privately produced events throughout the summer, drawing thousands to the Downtown Riverfront. There’s always something happening!

9. Perfect Picnic Spots

With all the new seating and shaded areas around the Scioto Mile Fountain, it’s the perfect place for a summer picnic. Pack your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing day by the water.

10. Music and Performances

From live bands to solo performers, enjoy a variety of musical performances throughout the summer. Bring a blanket, sit back, and let the music set the mood for your day out.

11. Free Family Activities

The Scioto Mile is packed with activities that are fun for all ages. From inflatables and games at Dorrian Days to the splash-worthy fun at Fountainside events, there’s no shortage of ways to keep the whole family entertained.

For more details on all the fantastic events this summer, visit See you on the Scioto!

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