In the historic German Village district of Columbus is Schiller Park, a European-style promenade. Established in 1867, Schiller Park was named after the romantic German poet Friedrich von Schiller, whose statue marks the center of the park. During World War I, due to anti-German wartime sentiment in America, the park was renamed Washington Park until the end of the war. Today, 23 acres unfold before you, alongside wide red brick paths that circle around a tranquil fishing pond. A community recreation center, tennis courts, and outdoor theater that puts on productions during the summer months are also available at Schiller.
Schiller Park, 1069 Jaeger St, Columbus, OH, (614) 645-3300
Technically, the Scioto Mile is comprised of several parks linked by a greenway that stretches along the Scioto River. 145 acres of parkland and sweeping boulevards connect the Arena district to the beautiful Whittier peninsula. Rent a bike from the ‘CoGo’ stand to tour the lush parks along the river, and stop off at the 15,000 square-foot interactive fountain or eat at Milestone 229, a futuristic restaurant overlooking Bicentennial Park. The Scotio Mile is a wonderful and green-conscious way to experience Columbus.
Scioto Mile, W. Whittier St, Columbus, OH, (614) 645-3800
The Whetstone Park of Roses is 13 acres of over 300 types of roses, surrounded by a lush central park. This charming spot is a popular wedding venue in the Victorian-style gazebo overlooking a sea of beautiful blooms. The rose park connects to the central Whetstone park along the Olentangy Trail and acres of greenery, ponds, and recreation centers. Be sure to catch the roses when they’re in season from mid-June to mid-September.
Whetstone Park of Roses, 3923 N. High St, Columbus, OH, (614) 645-3300