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Bring your chess set, board game or laptop for a quiet tabletop game on the Promenade of the Scioto Mile after running and playing in the rest of the park.

Bicentennial Park is a downtown park boasting a fountain, park restaurant, and performance pavilion as well as flower gardens and the Promenade.

John W. Galbreath Bicentennial Park by Pina Triplett

The Promenade is a lovely wide paved walking trail that connects Battelle Riverfront Park with Bicentennial Park. There are swings, canals, and tables for board games or chess lining the walkway, and beautiful gardens and trees, too. This is a fantastic place to walk, river gaze, swing, chat and relax on summer days, especially with that cool river breeze blowing the city heat away!

The AEP Foundation Fountain is a stunning interactive fountain, with splash features for children, and lighting and fog effects at night. Fountain shows are actually scheduled throughout the summer. Pets are not permitted, and children under 8 must have an adult with them…and a word to the wise, the water is recycled so it’s not for sipping.

Mile 229 is the Park Restaurant, which offers views of the riverfront and fountain. While pricey, the food is delicious and the excellent staff is very accommodating of well-behaved children. Pets not permitted.

The performance pavilion is host to free music, dance and theatrical performance presented by Columbus Parks and Rec, and is available for rent for events.

This park is another of our summer sweethearts but is worth visiting three seasons a year. Only in the cold winters is it too frigid for real enjoyment.

Bicentennial Park
233 Civic Center Drive
Columbus, OH 43215

Photo Credit: Pina Triplett

Trains, Trains, TRAINS! at the Ohio Railway Museum

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For those families with avid trainspotters, railway enthusiasts, and Thomas the Tank Engine’s best friends, this is the afternoon for you! For a small admission, you get to view exhibits on the history of rail travel in Worthington, and Central Ohio, and you can climb aboard the “Big Three”…steam, electric, and diesel trains. For train lovers, this is heaven!

ohio-railway-museum-focht-flickrThe price of admission includes rides on their streetcars and their Pullman passenger cars! Honestly, this is a fun afternoon even for those of us who just count the cars at railroad crossings. Come and explore a whole century of rail travel, and learn.

Open Sundays only from 12-4. Admission is $9.00 for Adults, $7.00 for Seniors and Military with ID, and $8.00 for kids 4 and older. Children under 3 are FREE.

Please check their website or facebook page for up-to-date hours and prices.

Ohio Railway Museum
990 Proprietors Road
Worthington, OH 43017
614-885-7345

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Come play in the heart of Columbus!

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Columbus Commons is located in the center of Columbus, where City Center Mall used to be. Bounded by State and Rich Streets, and South Third and High Streets, this park is easily accessible to all. The perfect urban park is a great place to bring your family to play any day of the week. There’s so many ways to play in the Commons: Run on the grass, ride the carousel, enjoy bocce ball, pretend Columbus Commons Carouselyou’re in an adventure story on the life-sized chess set, experience the electronic playground called NEOS, and even settle in with a good book in the outdoor reading room (an outdoor free library) for quieter play with your favorite storybook characters!

The Bicentennial Pavilion offers outdoor performance space, the vendor area houses seasonal businesses with something delicious to eat, beautiful gardens are maintained by the Franklin Park Conservatory, events happen almost daily throughout the warmer months, and there is even underground parking! Everything you could ask for in an outdoor play-space in the heart of our fine city.

The Commons is open every day for families to play. Looking for something more structured? Check the website for current events and attend a concert, food truck gathering, or theater presentations.

Fun in the sun at Easton Town Center!

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Splish, splash, you’ll be having a blast in the Easton fountain in the Town square! Right next to Townsfair Way, the fountain is a grid of water jets that kids just love to play with, and parents love the shaded benches surrounding the fountain area. A perfect place to beat the summer heat. All summer long there are snack vendors, bathrooms, and sometimes even towels just a step away from the fountains.

easton-town-center-fountain-play-daveyninConcerned that it’s quite a drive for your family to just play in a fountain? Combine the splashy fun with a trip to the Lego Store, a Barnes & Noble story time, indulge your child of any age at Build-a-Bear Workshop, or take in one of the evening outdoor concerts! There’s a ton of stuff to do at Easton, and with a so many restaurants, Mom doesn’t have to cook that night, and the dine-in AMC theater is a great place for dinner and a family flick!

Have fun splashing around, and take advantage of all the family fun at Easton Town Center!

Easton Town Center
160 Easton Town Center
Columbus, OH 43219

Photo Credit: Dave Ynin

Frank Fetch Park is German Village’s Hidden Treasure

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Frank Fetch Park is a small park with beautiful flower gardens. It is a secret jewel of German Village, and a perfect stop in a day exploring the gems of German Village. Designed to resemble a German social or Bier Garten, it is filled with flowers, brick paths, and wrought iron features. Many native to Columbus have never been here, and it’s their loss!

Plenty of flowers, fountains, benches and picnic tables, this is a park to wander through and explore. The size of a botanist’s back yard, it’s tiny, but beautiful, and a wonderful oasis in German Village.

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Combine with a trip to other German Village attractions, or plan a leisurely stroll through this tiny park to enjoy flowers, butterflies, and a peaceful spot near downtown Columbus.

Great for lazy summer strolls, this one is a summer and spring spot for us, since the main attraction is the foliage and flowers.

Frank Fetch Park
228 E Beck Street
Columbus, OH 43206

Photo Credit: Ed Elberfeld (courtesy of German Village Society)