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The Big Ten: Where To Get Wet

No, not like that…

Summertime is supposed to be a chance to get away from all the bull shit at school—not extra time to pick up shifts at your job.

We can’t do much about your boss scheduling doubles for you most days of the week; even the power of journalism has its limitations. But what we can do is make sure your days off work aren’t wasted on the couch catching up on Netflix. Next time you find yourself with a day off thanks to your benevolent boss, check out this handy guide of pools to soak up some rays and enjoy those once-in-a-blue-moon days away from work.

Zoombezi Bay • 10101 Riverside Dr.

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No list of pools is complete without mentioning Zoombezi Bay, and though it’s definitely the longest drive on this list, it’s comes with plenty to offer. From all the slides, the wave pool, the lazy river, the option to grab some booze and food,  the only downside is the $29.99 price of admission plus $10 for parking.

*PRO TIP: Play the lottery for Zoombezi tickets.

Shelling out $29.99 to hit up Zoombezi Bay is a bit of a steep price when you are a baller on a budget, but OSU’s D-Tix is here to help a baller in need. Get your name submitted into the lottery system that opens on June 11-12 and you’ll have the chance to score some Zoombezi passes for the low price of $20 at the Ohio Union.

Devon Pool • 2070 S. Mallway Dr.

LOCATION: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

PRICE: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

AMENITIES: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

So you might be shelling out a little extra for this pool that is exceptionally close to campus, but it’s open late and the price drops from $7 to $3 after 7 p.m. which is great for anyone working those lunch shifts. Bonus points for having a concession stand full of snacks because laying around in the sun all day works up quite the appetite.

Reed Road Water Park • 2000 Hastings Ln.

LOCATION: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

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AMENITIES: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

You’ll be dishing out $12 to get into Reed Road Water Park, but before you start looking at another option on this list, we have two words for you: Lazy. River. Who cares about work the next day? That online assignment can wait. It’s time to float and soak.

Hoof Hearted Brewery and Kitchen • 850 N. Fourth St.

LOCATION: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

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Where Hoof Hearted lose a point on location (parking is a real bitch in the Short North right now) and not being open on Monday and Tuesdays, it absolutely wins in every other category. Free to swim? Hell yes. Booze and food on sight? Now you’re talking our language. Pool inflatables that look like food? WE ARE ON OUR WAY.

Grandview Heights Municipal Pool • 1350 Goodale Blvd.

LOCATION: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

PRICE: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

AMENITIES: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

The quick trip on 315 to Goodale is worth the few bucks in gas or Uber. You are paying a little more here ($8 on weekdays, $10 on weekends), but you’ll get two slides, plenty of greenspace for laying out, and you can pack up a cooler full of snacks and drinks for the day. Just make sure your snacks and drinks are kid friendly because your cooler will probably be checked out before you get in.

Tremont Pool • 2850 Tremont Rd.

LOCATION: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

PRICE: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

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You’re going to be dodging kiddies and parents quite a bit here so be prepared to bring a pair of headphones if you plan on laying out. And it’s $12 to get in. The silver lining is the recently updated pool offers some cool new features like a climbing wall and with tons of kids means there has to be tons of snacks at the concession stand.

David H. Madison Community Pool • 2100 Clifton Ave.

LOCATION: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

PRICE: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

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Making the drive from campus to Bexley is a jaunt, but $10 for a pool complete with diving boards, two different slides, and plenty of lounge chairs is worth it. Plus you’ll get to feel like a fancy Columbusite strolling around in Bexley.

Tuttle Swimming Pool • 240 W. Oakland Ave.

LOCATION: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

PRICE*: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

AMENITIES: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

Being super close to campus and only costing 50 cents (it’s really a $1.50 once you factor in your one-time purchase of a leisure card) are great qualities, but making us Uber there drunk since we can’t drink there—plus no water slides for our drunk asses—means it loses some points for amenities.

Maryland Swimming Pool • 1380 Atcheson St.

LOCATION: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

PRICE*: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

AMENITIES: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

Are you a little too old to play in the splash playground? Maybe. Should you do it anyway? Absolutely. Still no drinking here, which sucks, but at least you can work on polishing up your Olympic form on the diving board and lap pool.

Windsor Swimming Pool • 1300 Windsor Ave.

LOCATION: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

PRICE*: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

AMENITIES: White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2White Medium Star on Apple iPhone OS 2.2

If you aren’t really looking to get into the pools and just hang out near one, Windsor Pool is a good bet. It’s mostly just a really large pool that has some lap lanes so I guess if you’re into competition style swimming, they have that going for ya. But with all that open green space, you can lay out and catch an afternoon nap without feeling like you wasted your money on admission.

*PRO TIP: What the hell is a leisure card?

Tuttle Swimming Pool, Maryland Swimming Pool, and Windsor Swimming Pool require non-members to have a “leisure card” to be allowed into the pool area. That might sound like its an expensive members only card that gets you into the hottest nightclub in the city, but it’s actually just an ID card that only costs $1, lasts for three years, and lets you into any of the recreation centers in Columbus. All you gotta do is register and purchase it at any of the recreation centers you go to. It’s nice when life is simple like this.

All pools are rated on a 1-5 star scale rating based on how close they are to Ohio State’s campus, the relative cost compared to other pools on the list, and the entertainment value offered ranging from alcohol to slides to open space.

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