Always going to the same playgrounds or parks? Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to branch out! Check out a new park or playground each week & use this list as your guide. We’ve got the best jungle gyms around Cincy’s Eastside (& Central), so change it up & discover somewhere new with your little explorers!
The Land of Make Believe, Lunken Airport, Mt Lookout
This playground is completely fenced in with lots of shade in the summer & a nice centrally located picnic shelter. The play sets are HUGE, there are indoor restrooms & a snack bar (seasonally). You’ll have to pay $1 during the season (May-Oct, 10 AM-4 PM), but it’s worth it. Off-season, the back gate is open for you just to drop on in, but you’ll have to travel far, to the golf pro shop, for a restroom. Bonus: you get to see the airplanes in the sky!
Sawyer Point, Downtown
If you haven’t checked out this enormous new playground & play area – you are missing out! The 2 huge parks at Sawyer Point offer both low structures with a soft play surface for toddlers! Though parking can be up to $4, there is free parking in the lot for the small International Friendship Park just past the entrance to the Ribs King Boathouse. From that lot it is a short, beautiful stroller ride to the parks.
Beech Acres, Anderson
This multi-use park boasts amenities to suit tons of rec interests including a fantastic playground, a rentable shelter, an entertaining amphitheater, a Firefighter’s Memorial, athletic fields, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, restrooms & a skate park, all surrounded by a paved hike/bike trail. Anderson Township Parks District also hosts a plethora of events here in the summer. The park is great for all age groups, offering a lot of things to do on the playground.
Thousand Hands Park, Pleasant Ridge
At the Pleasant Ridge Rec Center is a great park with a really big, unique play structure that even as a parent you can get up on & chase the kids around to get in on the fun! The play sets & swings are surrounded by plenty of field space to play a sport together too.
Otto Armleder Park, Mt Lookout
The play set & swings are great fun for sure, but what makes this park dynamite is all the open grassy space, as well as the paved pathway that winds throughout. It’s all completely flat, so it’s easier to keep an eye on multiple explorers. This park also features a large dog park so feel free to bring the whole family!
Washington Park,Over-the-Rhine The newly renovated Washington park is a great place for kids! A totally fenced in area to run around & play in. Features include a play castle, climbing wall, sandbox, dual slides, a canal boat in a stream, & musical instruments – all creatively integrated into a safe & imaginative play space for tots of all ages. The water fountain park is also a blast for kids of all ages in the summer. Parking is easily accessed underneath the park and very reasonably priced.
Alms Park, Columbia-Tusculum
This gorgeous park features a “castle” with beautiful tall trees and an amazing view! The long stone slide is AWESOME and so is the birds-eye view of airplanes land at Lunken from the overlook.
Ault Park, Mt. Lookout
Observatory Avenue terminates in the heart of Ault Park – the fourth largest park in Cincinnati with its 223.949 acres. Providing picnic facilities, nature trails, and children’s play areas, Ault Park adds to its attractions with a splendid Pavilion and lookout point and beautiful gardens.
Swaim Park, Montgomery
This park is smaller but great for tots. With two adjacent play sets, a sand area, swings, as well as tennis & basketball courts, your sure to please various ages here. The duck/goose pond is also a favored attraction.
Miami Meadows, Milford
This big playground features climbers for toddlers & big kids, swings, sandbox, picnic shelters, walking trails, pond, basketball hoops & even a skate park! This park seems to have it all for a wide range of ages. They also have a big lake for “catch & release” fishing!
Julifs Park, Anderson
Kids can live their dreams on the park’s award winning virtually all-sand playground or exercise their imagination on a tricycle track complete with pretend gas pumps. A popular hike/bike trail winds around the park’s perimeter. Within its bounds reside sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, baseball diamonds, lush soccer fields & tennis courts. Sprinkled throughout the park are picnic tables with grills & 2 shelters.