10 Ways to Get 10,000 Steps in Columbus This Summer

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Got a Fitbit? Then the idea of walking 10,000 steps a day is nothing new; the fitness tracking device sets the goal every day. It's around five miles, and the gadget jubilantly alerts users when they've hit the magic number. We dreamed up 10 fun ways to hit 10,000 this summer-without hitting the treadmill.

July 3

Pack plenty of water and get to Downtown early to walk to the myriad entertainment stages, watch the parade and settle in for a night of fireworks.

July 4

This Independence Day parade through Victorian Village and the Short North is not just fun to watch-it's fun to walk. Anyone can participate; just line up around noon by Goodale Park on Park Street.

Saturdays through October

A stroll through the Olde Worthington open-air market and its lovely surrounding streets will help rack up those steps. Park just north of the downtown area and start perusing the market by way of the neighborhood's bucolic Village Green.

At 8:30 a.m. every other Saturday, a Mount Carmel Health physician will lead an hour-long walk at a local park. The doctor will give a presentation on various health topics beforehand. Participants get a coffee, water and a snack and can walk for however long they like. Visit the website for specific times and meet-up locations.

July 4 (first Saturday of every month)

Plan to walk the length of the Short North strip and back during this monthly entertainment mainstay. Try going earlier in the afternoon to get in your steps before the sidewalks get packed, and grab a bite al fresco afterward.

July 17 to 19

Park on Neil Avenue or a Victorian Village side street and walk downtown to this annual festival of delicious food and music. Enjoy the beautiful homes until you reach the riverfront festival site. Walk along North Bank Park and the Scioto Mile promenade between noshes.

July 18

Spend a summer evening strolling the streets of German Village, sipping wine, checking out artists' work and listening to local music.

July 29 to Aug. 9

Come in through the south entrance on 11th Avenue and first take a spin through the Natural Resources Park on your right. The 8-acre area offers an aviary and walk-through butterfly garden, and a kayak pond will give the more daring a bonus upper-body workout. Then zigzag your way through all the arts and crafts barns, and walk between the barns to get to the north entrance (and avoid the neon sign food temptresses).

July 31 to Aug. 2

Check out the schedule of music and dance acts online to make an entertainment game plan. Walk to a new one of the seven stages after each performance. And make time to walk through the re-created 10th century Irish village and the marketplace brimming with Gaelic goods.

One of the easiest trails to navigate in the Metro Parks system is also one of the most beautiful. The 1,159-acre park offers palatable paths at different lengths; don't miss the Native American burial mounds onsite.