Cicada Free Parks in Cincinnati

Cicada orchestra not quite your concert of choice? Join the thousands of Cincinnati parents who are looking for an escape from the humming insects. In collaboration with fellow parents, we’ve found a light at the end of the tunnel!

Below are a list of cicada free or mostly cicada free parks in the tri-state:

SMALE PARK

8 E Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
The fountain splash pads are on at downtown’s gorgeous Smale Park! Parents can enjoy the beautiful river bridge views without getting crashed into by the poor flyers. Bring your swim suit and sunscreen, the whole family will have a blast!

MAKINO PARK

6100 Kopfler Court, Mason, Ohio 45040
The new inclusive park in Mason is currently buzzing free! Designed to encourage all ages and levels of abilities to have fun and enjoy a day at the park. Makino is now open to the public!

photo courtesy of Mason Parks and Rec

SUMMIT PARK

4335 Glendale Milford Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242
One of our favorite Blue Ash parks hasn’t seen a single cicada! Will our luck run out? I hope not! For now, the park has kept clean from any shells or bugs. While you’re there, grab an iced latte from Brown Dog Cafe as the kiddos run free.

MIAMI RIVERVIEW PARK

587 Branch Hill Loveland Rd, Loveland, OH  45140
Loveland is booming with business as they’ve recreated themselves into a popular spot on the map! This 35 acre park will keep you cicada free on the playground. Connected to the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail, bring your bikes and enjoy a little peace and quiet. (pictured at top)

CVG AIRPLANE VIEWING AREA

1459 Donaldson Hwy Erlanger, KY  41018
Not totally a park but a fenced in area with a handful of fun airplane swayers and climbing gyms to watch the planes overhead. Safe and fun for kids, nothing beats watching the huge jets land and take off just hundreds of feet away. Bring your airplane lover down to the sunny viewing area, the only things flying down here are jets! Tip: 7am-10am is a high traffic viewing time where you can beat the heat! Bring sunscreen!

 

The Brood X Cicadas are a fascinating phenomenon, but they are not for everyone. In general, parks to avoid if cicadas are not your thing are mostly in Hyde Park, Norwood, Anderson, Delhi and Northern Kentucky areas.

If you do want to catch a glimpse of these interesting insects in action, check out this list of Cicada Hot Spots in Cincinnati Parks.  But hurry! Nymphs will be heading to the ground soon and will be gone for another 17 years!

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