Not Your Average Day at the Park
March 26, 2012
This post is written by Tim Simeone, Visitor Information Specialist for Experience Columbus. You can follow Tim on Twitter @TimSimeone .
Looking for an adventurous day? Try the Scioto Audubon Park! It is home to several recreational activities that suit this wonderfully warm spring Columbus is having.
Climbing Wall I have always enjoyed rock climbing and when I found out I was moving to Columbus, I was a little weary as to the number of opportunities to climb outside. One of my first days in Columbus, I went for a bike ride and stumbled upon this within my first ten minutes, the largest free outdoor climbing wall in the country:
What to bring: Rope, harness, two slings with locking carabineers, belay device. (There is a fixed line at the top of the wall. The wall also supports lead climbing with bolts on certain routes.) Equipment is not provided.
Never climbed before? Metro Parks offers demonstrations to help get you started. Register at www.metroparks.net Equipment is provided for demonstrations. See dates below:
March 28, 2012 6pm-8pm April 18, 2012 6pm-8pm May 23, 2012 6pm-8pm
When to go: The wall is busiest from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.. If you can climb in off-peak hours you will be sure to have your pick of routes. The sunset, community of climbers and view of the city is best during the busy times.
Water Tower Lookout If climbing isn’t your thing but you still want a birds-eye view of the city, there is a water tower with a lookout platform and a nice easy staircase to get you elevated.
Hike or Bike Trails The trails in the Scioto go through a canopy of trees and skirt along the Scioto River for a beautiful walk or ride. Keep going and land in Bicentennial Park for a cool spritz in the fountain and maybe dinner at Milestone 229…not in that order.
Dog Park North of the climbing wall is a 2 acre dog park with obstacles. It is separated into a small dog and large dog section with picnic tables in the middle and a drinking fountain for both you and your pooch. This is my dog Harrison’s favorite place.
Too much sun? Dip into the on-site nature center and learn about the Audubon and local plant and wildlife. The center is also equipped with rocking chairs in the shade, for those who like to relax and take it all in.
Wetlands Walk through the wetlands on a board walk and hopefully see some egrets, northern pintail ducks, pied-billed grebe, American bittern, herons and osprey who have been known to hang out in that area.
Do all these things in one day and you will really be utilizing the beautiful days.