5 Great Places to Have a Picnic in Cincinnati, OH

When the weather cooperates, we all love to get outside and explore the world around us. There is nothing more refreshing and soothing to the soul than a picnic in the sun, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Every city in the United States has incredible locations for picnicking. Below are 5 Great Places to Picnic in Cincinnati.

Ault Park

Walking in Ault Park feels like stepping back in time. Its main feature is a 1930s pavilion high on a hill, overlooking the city and grassy lawns below. Walking up to the pavilion you’ll experience classically landscaped gardens, with large lawns perfect for spreading out a picnic blanket. On each side of these lawns are nature trails that fill the rest of the park, offering shade and a chance for a relaxing stroll among the trees. Ault Park especially shines during the Spring when its Cherry Trees are blossoming.

Smale Riverfront Park

Nestled along the Ohio River, this park has endless views to take advantage of. No matter where you land for your picnic, you’ll experience views of the city, the river, and the historic bridge linking Ohio and Kentucky. Or perhaps, you’ll find yourself on a bench or table near the Carousel. Kids will love exploring this park, taking a ride on the carousel, and playing in the sun on the open fields.

Eden Park

Walk to Eden Park Overlook for a breathtaking view of the river and the city below. There is so much to enjoy in Eden Park: playgrounds, the Krohn Conservatory (featuring botanical gardens and butterflies), Spring House Gazebo on Mirror Lake, and walking trails that wind through the entire park. One of the best places to enjoy a long afternoon with great food is in The Memorial Groves at Eden Park. The choices for a shady tree for picnicking are endless.

Alms Park

A hilltop park offering some of the best views of any Cincinnati Park. This park is 97 acres, and once you reach the top of the hill, no matter which way you turn you’ll have a phenomenal view of the Ohio River and its valleys. There are shaded pergolas on the edge of the hilltop for the most dramatic views, large pavilions with picnic tables and grills, and plenty of open space for spreading out and playing frisbee or tossing the football around. There are also playgrounds throughout the park for young children.

Sawyer Point Park

An extremely popular city park, just a block or two from downtown Cincinnati. Enjoy views of the Ohio River and Daniel Carter Beard Bridge. As with any true riverfront park, you’ll see Riverboats traveling by, have the option to play volleyball or tennis on one of the courts in the park, and a chance to enjoy the occasional concert on the lawn. 

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