The Scioto Mile, located in the heart of downtown Columbus, OH, which spans more than 175 acres of verdant parkland, is an urban paradise situated in the center of Columbus. Our riverside parks connect downtown to the Scioto River through an integrated system of parks, boulevards, bikeways, and pedestrian routes that stretches along the waterfront from the thriving Arena District to the scenic Whittier Peninsula.
The Scioto Mile, which supports some of our city’s most renowned features, offers something for everyone, including a stunning interactive fountain measuring 15,000 square feet, world-class events like the Jazz & Rib Fest, Rhythm on the River Music Festival, and miles and miles of immaculately maintained trails. The Scioto Mile is an undeniable highlight for Central Ohio and beyond thanks to our municipal parks, greenways, special events, vistas of the downtown skyline, and picturesque setting.
You and your family can travel the Mile and its surroundings on foot, by bicycle (either your own or one from our CoGo Bike Share), by canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard trip, or by walking. The possibilities for entertainment are almost endless. Take the kids to the fountain to splash about, visit the Cultural Arts Center to browse the exhibits or create some art of your own, have a bite to eat or a few drinks at the highly regarded Milestone 229 restaurant.
Numerous festivals and other special events take place in The Scioto Mile, especially in the summer. In addition to Rhythm on the River Music Festival and An Evening of Dance with BalletMet, we also host our signature Jazz & Rib Fest, which features an incredible lineup of musicians and an equally remarkable selection of rib burners. WinterFest is a day of music, local food, and beer held in December with a charitable emphasis. Then there is the Columbus Science Festival, Red White & Boom!, Festival Latino, Columbus Food Truck Festival, Columbus Pride Festival, and March! Fireworks on July 4th are only one of the many events.