Spending a relaxing day in the park with the sun shining, a packed picnic, and your favorite people is one of the highlights of the summer. Being outside in the fresh warm air and taking a break from the stresses of daily life is important for us all, and a picnic is the ideal excuse to take such a break. And it’s good news if you are in Cincinnati because we have compiled a list of the best picnic spots near Cincinnati, OH, to help you know exactly where to go when you want to get out in the open air for your perfect picnic.
- AULT PARK
Ault Park is huge, one of the biggest in the city, in fact, and it also gives you some of the best views for miles around. When you go for a picnic, for many it is important that there is beautiful scenery, perhaps a few activities, and plenty of space, and Ault Park has it all. There are picnic tables, and shaded areas where you can pitch up, there are hiking and cycling trails for you to easier explore the park, and the views of the Little Miami River valley from the hilltops are breathtaking. Even within the park, there is beauty all around you, and if you manage to go during the cherry blossom season, you won’t want to leave.
- FERNBANK PARK
Fernbank Park is a highlight for those who want to go fishing alongside their picnic. This park has a river specifically for fishing where you can spend hours sitting back with your lunch and watching the world go by. As well as fishing there are biking and hiking trails, as well as playgrounds for kids. If you are not interested in fishing, don’t worry because there are separate picnic benches and shelters, where you can still enjoy everything else this park has to offer.
- ALMS PARK
Alms Park is one of the favorites for locals, the enormous space gives everyone lots of room, and the views of the Ohio River and the surrounding valleys are extraordinary. Although there are nearly a hundred acres to this park, there are not too many picnic tables, so on days where it is busy, you should expect to find a spot on the grass rather than at a bench.
- MT. ECHO PARK
Mt. Echo Park is set upon a hilltop in Price Hill which means that whatever part of the park you visit, you will see awesome views of downtown Cincinnati. There is also a pavilion here, play areas for kids, and hiking trails going all around the park. Undoubtedly, you can spend the whole day here and still want to come back over and over again.
The best way to truly see the skyline of Cincinnati is from a distance and every top park in near the city provides impressive views of the city as well as the river and valleys. Whichever park you choose, you can’t go wrong as they are all as good as the previous one.
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