Cincinnati is a big city by any standards. Actually it’s the third largest city in the state of Ohio. I had an extended stay in this city on a business trip earlier last year and it was fun. After touring all those famous memorials and monuments in the city, I hit the museums for some historical insights. And every evening I enjoyed a good show in one of the countless theaters in the city. After following this routine for about two weeks, I started getting bored. I wanted something new, something fresh. That is when it hit me; I needed to explore the true outdoors of Cincinnati, OH. I decided to visit the public nature parks in the city to enjoy that fresh air and get in touch with nature. I didn’t know where to begin until I stumbled on a very useful website maintained by the city — it featured all the parks and their amenities. That is how I came to visit the following great parks in this amazing city.

Eden Park

Eden Park is one of the most popular places in Cincinnati, OH., as far as the outdoors go. The park is home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, where you can enjoy a comprehensive collection of contemporary and ancient art. The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is also located here. The famous Krohn Conservatory is also found in Eden Park. You will get over 3,500 plant species in the observatory and make sure to visit during the International Butterfly Show to see thousands of colorful butterflies flying freely in the garden. In addition to these special facilities, Eden Park also features a picnic area, a playground, a bandstand/amphitheater, and a rental pavilion/lodge. The park has two lakes called Twin Lakes where you can have a lot of fun and many walking trails where you can take a stroll or go jogging.

Smale Riverfront Park

First opened in opened in May, 2012, Smale Riverfront Park is located at West Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202. The park has many interesting features including the Black Brigade Monument, Carol Ann’s Carousel, Anderson Pavilion, Fath Fountain, Rosenberg Swings, and many more. The Heekin Family/PNC Grow up Great Adventure Playground is located in Smale Riverfront Park. This playground has a rock climbing canyon, twin racing slides, a rope bridge, log climbers, and a mist feature. Smale Riverfront Park has many hiking and biking trails including a section of the Ohio River Trail. Visiting the Gardner Family Grove & Rose Garden in the park is a true revelation of nature and botany.

Sawyer Point Park & Yeatman’s Cove

This is a historic park that invites and welcomes you to the city. Sawyer Point & Yeatman’s Cove stretches for a mile along the riverfront between Smale Riverfront Park and Berry International Friendship Park. Its many amenities include outdoor tennis and volleyball courts, a playground, a performance pavilion, bike rentals, and many monuments. The Armeleder Memorial Sprayground, the Serpentine Wall, the Public Landing, and the Showboat Majestic are all found in the park. Sawyer Point Park & Yeatman’s Cove has breathtaking landscaping and you can learn a lot about the history of Ohio and the Miami-Erie Canal here.

Washington Park

Located at 1230 Elm St. Cincinnati, OH 45202, the Washington Park has a bandstand/amphitheater, a playground, and restrooms. There are several monuments in the park including the local Civil War hero Robert L. McCook Monument, the philosopher and artistFriedrich Hecker Monument, and the Sculptural Bench.