Dublin Ohio Riverboxes ~ Free Family Fun

By | April 15, 2013

Dublin Springs Park

I am always looking for free things to do here in Ohio that the kids will enjoy. So I was excited to stumble upon the Dublin Ohio Riverboxes. Since we already love letterboxing, this was a great way to spend a weekend afternoon.

The Dublin Riverboxes combine letterboxing and Art in the Park into a fun scavenger hunt for families. The art is located in several parks scattered along the Scioto river.  Each piece of art has a compartment where you will find a stamp and a logbook. There are currently 10 riverboxes out there for you to discover. We ran out of time and only were able to visit 5 of them, but we will definitely be back to get the rest.

We started off in Dublin Springs Park.  There are two riverboxes there.

Dublin Ohio Riverboxes

This one is called Ghost Tree Sprout.  The little compartment at the base holds the logbook and stamp.

Dublin Ohio Riverboxes

The other riverbox in this park is Fly Away Home. Sad to see all the graffiti on it, but it was still fun to find the stamp.

Dublin Springs Park

I would love to come back and explore more of Dublin Springs park when the river isn’t flooded. There in the middle of the picture is the top of a park bench. So you can tell how flooded the river is.

Dublin Springs Park

Here is the art for the Vigilant Vegetation Riverbox.  It is located in Kiwanis Riverway Park.

Dublin Springs Park

Next we headed to Scioto Park.  It is the home of two riverboxes and also a really cool stone sculpture of Leatherlips.

Dublin Springs Park

This Dublin Ohio Riverbox is called Big Turtle.  The turtle shell lifts to reveal the compartment for the logbook and stamp.

Dublin Springs Park

This is the House of Spirits Riverbox. A door on the front opens to reveal the stamp and logbook.

Dublin Springs Park

I was quite excited to see several smashed pennies used to decorate this piece of art!

These fun Riverboxes were placed by the Dublin Arts Council.  For more information on this fun family activity and how you can find the boxes, be sure to visit the Dublin Riverboxes homepage.  For more information on letterboxing in general, be sure to visit AtlasQuest.

So tell me….  Have you ever visited the Dublin Ohio Riverboxes?  Does you hometown have something similar?  If so I would love to hear about it.  Be sure to leave any comments below.

5 thoughts on “Dublin Ohio Riverboxes ~ Free Family Fun

  1. Kat Riley

    Do you geocache? We are in Springfield and geocache quite a bit. Very much like letterboxing just with gps coordinates. Last year Hilliard OH had a 20 stop geocaching route with stamps and such much like the Dublin one. There is also an event coming up in Lancaster OH that is a geocaching tour of Fairfield County. If you go on vacation, Williamson WV has a great tour of the Hatfield and McCoy Feud sites.

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    1. Jen

      We do geocache a bit, but have gotten frustrated over the past few years that nearly all of them are micros. We only do the larger ones so the kids can do some trading. I will have to look into those city geocaching events. Is the Hilliard one an annual event? Sounds like it was fun!

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    2. Debbie Stamper

      We are rolling out a new geocache trail located at over 30 of our barns that have quilt designs on their sides on June 29. Go to our web site and click on geocaching to get more details.

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      1. Jen

        Very cool! I look forward to doing this with the kids when it is live. Thanks for letting me know about it.

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