Hello friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
We had some fun around Cincinnati this weekend, so I thought I’d share a few of our favorite kid and baby-friendly outdoor spots in Cincinnati!
Adeline and I visit Ault Park on a weekly basis. I love the playground at Ault park because it is well-shaded, and there is plenty of play equipment for kiddos of all ages. We stick to the baby swings and to crawling around the smaller play area. There is usually plenty of parking near the playground, and there is a water fountain and picnic tables in case you decide to have a picnic.
Ault Park is also home to a number of hiking trails, we’ve taken Adeline for a hike or two in the Ergo carrier! Silas, our dog, also loves to come on hikes with us. Ault ALSO offers a nice loop for walking/running, and you can really challenge yourself by running up and down the LONG hill at the entrance of the park.
One of our new favorite parks is the Lunken Playfield near Lunken Airfield. There is a FANTASTIC fenced-in playground called the Land of Make Believe attached to a building which houses restrooms, a water fountain and seasonal concessions. The Land of Make Believe does charge $1 for kids ages 2-12, but anyone younger or older than that is free. If you go before or after the facility is open (10am-7pm), you can get in through the back gate. I wouldn’t mind paying a small fee for such a nice place for kids to play. The fenced in playground can certainly give parents a sense of certainty that their little one won’t be able to escape, and I don’t mind the convenience of a clean bathroom one bit!
(photo from CincyKidsApprove.com)
The Land of Make Believe playground is also VERY well shaded, and there is quite an expanse of play equipment for the kiddos. There are a few baby swings, and the grass is kept nice and short, Adeline really likes crawling and “walking” on the green space. Additionally, there are a few picnic tables under a shelter in the playground, so pack a lunch and enjoy the outdoors! There is also another playground at Lunken, though I’ve never been over there. It’s not shaded, but it does have some nice play equipment!
Running alongside the Lunken Playfield is a great paved trail for runners, bikers and walkers alike. The Lunken Airport Bike Trail is a paved 5 mile trail that takes you around the airport. It is pretty flat, and there is a GREAT view of the runway. The runway lookout is only about a mile from the playfield, so be sure to take a walk to watch the planes take off!
Otto Armleder Memorial Park
The Lunken Bike Trail also connects with a 1-mile trail that leads you to Otto Armleder Memorial Park. Otto Armleder is one of my favorite places to run. There is a nice 1.8 mile loop that goes around the park with many branches to make the run shorter (say, if your baby is crying in the jogging stroller).
There is also a playground (no baby swings here, folks) and a sheltered area with plenty of picnic tables. Otto Arlmeder also boasts an impressive dog park, and Silas goes NUTS when we take him out to run about. There are also many soccer fields, and there’s even an access point to the Little Miami River if you feel like fishing or canoeing! My favorite attribute of Otto Armleder is how serene it is. You can just enjoy the sounds of nature (with the occasional plane flying overhead) without the white noise of traffic and cars.
We also visited Alms Park this week. Nestled in the adorable Columbia-Tusculum area, Alms Park has some great views of the river. Alms also has a nice playground and some swings (baby swings, too!) There is a cool slide at Alms that is nestled into the hillside. There is plenty of green space for kicking a ball or having a picnic, and there are some big trees to provide some nice shade in the summer. I haven’t spent a ton of time at Alms Park, but we like going there for a change of scenery.
Located in Over the Rhine (and just a few blocks away from some unique eating and shopping locations) is Washington Park. One of the best things about Washington Park is definitely the water fountains. There are always kids running in and out of the fountains, and it’s a great way to cool off (for FREE!)
The playground at Washington Park is pretty great too! It is another fenced in park, so kiddos can’t go running too far. There are also a few buildings with restrooms and water fountains, and there are plenty of benches outside of the playground area. There are sometimes people hanging out at Washington park who look a little rough around the edges, but I’ve never been scared or nervous about hanging out at the park.
The biggest downside to Washington Park (for me) is that you’ll most likely pay for parking. There are plenty of street meters, so bring your change! There is also a parking garage underneath the park, and you can pay to park there as well. There are a couple of baby swings and WARNING there is a sand pit (in case your little one likes to bring sand home in his/her pockets )
Here are a few great links for even more information about Cincinnati Parks:
What is your favorite outdoor activity? Any great parks that we should visit soon?
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