Ever since they opened last summer, the fountains of the Bicentennial Park along the Scioto Mile have been the place-to-be for families. Who doesn't like a fun day splashing around? Along the edge of the park, there are more than 1,000 jets that shoot water at various heights - the perfect spot for young kids to play. In the center, five huge structures shoot mist, and explode with a 75-foot high tower of water at certain intervals. A 6-minute fountain show set to music happens daily at noon, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The fountains operate through October, weather permitting. The fountains shut off for a few minutes every hour for a safety check. There's no admission charge to the fountains - just walk up and enjoy! There's plenty of metered parking nearby, and several lots as well. Metered parking is free on Sundays.
Some of the best people-watching in the city is from the patio of Milestone 229 - overlooking the Bicentennial Park fountains. Leisurely sipping a creative cocktail or locally brewed beer on a nice warm day can really set you at ease!
The Scioto Mile continues north from Bicentennial Park, and a series of beautiful fountains line the path. While you're not able to play in these fountains, you can snap some great photos of the city from this vantage. Continuing north, you'll pass Batelle Riverfront Park with it's fanciful statues. When you reach North Bank Park, the terminus of the Scioto Mile, there's a smaller set of kid-friendly fountains to play in.