Right in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, you will find The John G. & Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park, a recreational and leisure park suitable for the entire family. The park is located in The Banks area facing the Ohio River and features fountains, gardens, and walkways. The Cincinnati Park Board is in the process of converting the 45-acre space into more community space with greenery, playgrounds, a marina, and a carousel.
Things to Do
- Watch the fountains and water curtains light up at night at the Walnut Street Grand Stairway and Fountain. During the daytime, kids can round around and play at the Main Street Fountain.
- Spend time relaxing and playing with the kids at the swing, enjoy the view of the Ohio River, and watch the boats go by. There are also open spaces perfect for family picnics.
- Visit the Cincinnati Bike Center and go for a ride with the kids! Rent bikes and get tour information from the center. Segway units are also available for rent.
- Cross the Roebling suspension bridge. This bridge that connects Cincinnati and Covington, Kentucky used to be the longest of its kind when it was built in 1866.
- Explore, walk on the Labyrinth, and see the art installations including a monument of The Black Brigade. The park is also a good place to take your dog for a walk. Visit the park's website to get a copy of a walking tour map.
Smale Riverfront Park Insider Tips
- The park can be a crowded than usual and parking slots can be hard to find during a Cincinnati Reds game .