Columbus Monthly’s Best of Columbus 2023: Intriguing Ways to Stay Cool in the Capital City

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Ohio is pool country. Thanks to our less-than-pristine lakes—including the big one to the north—the best (and safest) way to beat the heat is to take a dip in a man-made swimming hole. With the dog days of summer ahead, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most intriguing options in the Columbus region.

Suburban Standouts

A swimming pool arms race is occurring in the Columbus suburbs, and the Northwest Side is the site of perhaps the fiercest battle. The Hilliard Family Aquatic Center is one of the state’s largest, boasting a 15,000-square-foot leisure pool, two waterslides, a 300-gallon dumping bucket and a 500-foot-long lazy river, among other amenities.

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