These popular Cincinnati tourist sites capitalize on the natural beauty of a riverfront coupled with the conveniences of a city. See for yourself by hitting up these three spots when you’re in town.
The concept: The gem of the beloved Over-the-Rhine borough, Washington Park has been around for more than 150 years. Eight landscaped acres, which impeccably maintain the district’s historical integrity, include a stage for live performances. It’s a picturesque place for jogging, biking, enjoying picnic lunches or playing fetch with Fido.
Why it’s a must: It’s hard to walk by Washington Park without joining in on the fun. Year-round events, like Workout on the Green and Bandstand Bluegrass, draw healthy crowds.
What people are saying: “The park has been revitalized and is a true centerpiece and representation of the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.” —Jill P. Meyer, president and CEO, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Great American Ball Park
The concept: In Cincinnati, “take me out to the ball game” means, “take me out to the heart of the city.” Great American Ball Park, known to locals and loyalists as Reds Country, is home to the Cincinnati Reds (baseball’s first pro franchise), who storm the bases in a stadium that uses the city’s dazzling skyline as a backdrop.
Why it’s a must: Whether you know all the words to the song “The Whole Town’s Batty About Cincinnati,” or are a diehard supporter of another ball club, chowing down on a foot-long hot dog (topped with chili, of course) and chanting in the stands is a Cincy rite of passage.
What people are saying: “A ballgame at Great American Ball Park is the perfect way to experience our region’s deep-rooted passion for baseball and tradition, and have some fun.” —Mike Laatsch, COO, Cincinnati USA CVB
John G. & Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park
The concept: Set along the banks of the Ohio River, Smale Riverfront Park stuns with views of the water. With trickling fountains, manicured greens and modern architectural elements, the natural oasis is an embodiment of the city’s beauty. The park’s 45 acres are sandwiched between the Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium, and flank the magnificent John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge.
Why it’s a must: A true symbol of Cincinnati’s playful spirit, Smale is a magnet for kids—or kids at heart. Warmer weather inspires dashes through the sprawling splash pad and loops along the colorful carousel, and every visit warrants a ditty (performed with your toes, like in the movie “Big”) on Smale’s giant foot piano.
What people are saying: “For anyone visiting Cincinnati, especially with an active family, Smale Riverfront Park should be on the top-five list.” —Ric Booth, general manager, Duke Energy Convention Center
Honorable Mention: Kings Island