Playground time means outdoor fun for everyone. Check out our guide below for the coolest, biggest, most unique, and most accessible playgrounds around Cincinnati!
710 Tusclum Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45226
Not only does Alms Park offer one of the best playgrounds in the city it also has one of the coolest playgrounds. The modern playground has a bunch of opportunity for climbing, bouncing, and swinging while having the safety of astroturf below.
Highlights: Climbing wall, spinning swings, and funky monkey bars
340 Crescent Avenue, Wyoming, OH 45215
Tucked behind the business district of Wyoming in a cute corner of Crescent and Worthington Avenue, Crescent Park is a brand new, fully accessible playground! The impressive structure has several wheelchair accessible spinners and rockers, swings, toddler playhouse and multi-level climber.
Highlights: ADA features, astro-turf
Heroes Park, located at the corner of Millikin and Morris Road, has epic features for kids of all ages! Serviced by Fairfield Township, the park has a little bit of everything- a playground with zip line, spinning nets, toddler space, multi-level climber, musical instruments, covered picnic areas, spacious parking, paved walking trail, veterans memorial and clean restrooms.
Highlights: ADA accessible features, in-ground tunnel, spinners, restrooms, pavilion.
Inwood Park, located at 2308 Vine Street in Mount Auburn is home to the newly updated play space, Grow Up Great Playground. With ADA features and an area designed with younger children and toddlers in mind, the park has stunning hilly characteristics with a pond, walking trails, two separate playgrounds and a covered picnic shelter.
Highlights: ADA accessible features, cushiony floor, zip line, toddler space.
5090 Observatory Circle Cincinnati, OH 45208
Ault Park has it all: hiking trails, massive gardens, lush green spaces, pavilions, cherry blossoms, and not to mention the awesome playground. The playground is divided up into play for children under five and those over five so that everyone can safely play. Another huge plus is the shade and bathrooms!
Highlights: Castle themed play set, cushiony flooring, and clean bathrooms
1201 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45240
Bring your American Ninja Warriors to Central Park located at 1201 W Kemper Road for the ultimate ninja experience! Tall helix climbers, parallel bars, balance steps, rope climbs, zip line and so much more will have your ninja completely exhausted after a few rounds. If your child is typically stacking pillows high, jumping off the couch and (literally) bouncing off the walls, the ninja course at Central Park is a parent’s dream.
Highlights: The largest Ninja course in Ohio!
4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150
The Nature PlayScape doesn’t offer a million slides or climbing walls; it offers something much more unique. Kids are encourage to climb, run around, and get a little muddy in the designated PlayScape zone that includes creeks, fields, and forest.
Highlights: MudZone, exposure to natural habitats, and of course there are a few swings
4740 Playfield Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226
The Land of Make Believe, located within the Lunken Playfield, is a kid’s dream come true. It offers a gigantic playground equipped with slides, bars, swings, and more so that kids can safely run around while “making believe” to their hearts content.
Highlights: Six slides, airplanes overhead, and plenty of shade
5919 Ridge Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45213
This playground is famously known for being built with 1000 hands (thanks to the volunteers of Pleasant Ridge)- and you can tell! The recently built playground is equipped with unique features like rope bridges, Xylophones, and see-saws. Of course, there are still plenty of swings and slides.
Highlights: Nearby spray zone, Crocodile slide, and tire swings
4764 West Fork Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45247
West Fork Park is cool for many reasons. First of all, the playground has many different zones for kids of different ages, sensory needs, and interests. The colorful maze with textured walls is a fan favorite. The main playground is super tall, making an it an adventure to go up and figure a way back down.
Highlights: Zipline, music making area, and tube slides
4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Blue Ash, OH
Summit Park can make for an entire day of fun. Not only does it have a newly renovated playground, the park also has a Nature PlayScape. The playground has “spider webs”, slides, and obstacle courses all on a colorful turf. The new Nature PlayScape offers endless imaginative play with water (perfect for a hot day), mud, and logs to crawl on.
Highlights: Zipline, water play, and “spider webs”
100 W. Merhing Way Cincinnati, OH 45202
Smale Riverfront Park is a recipe for a great day. In addition to their huge and beautiful playground, they have the P&G go VibrantScape, Carol Ann’s Carousel, Riverfront Play, Barr Labyrinth, and Main Street SprayGround (under repair as of 5/18/22). The playground has racing slides, logs to climb on, and rope swings.
Highlights: Mist features, city views, and rock climbing canyon
10397 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn, OH
Highfield Discovery Garden is one of the biggest play areas on the list with a whopping 12 acres. The play area here is a little less traditional. The park has tons of blown up or miniaturized houses, hats, and animals to climb in or around. The many gardens offer tons of sensory experiences, and while the kids are digging around model trains are chugging around all over the park.
Highlights: Tree house, dress up costumes, and mini houses
10073 Daly Road Cincinnati, OH 45231
Parky’s Farm has a really unique focus: community engagement and relationships with the outdoors. But they achieve this in a super fun way. With both indoor and outdoor playgrounds, gardens, animals, and frequent demonstrations from the staff kids can have a ball while learning something about their environment.
Highlights: Indoor playground option, barnyard animals, outdoor ropes bridges
950 Eden Park Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45202
While this is an easy to miss playground, it is not one to miss. Located pretty close to the city center, this more rustic park has log ladders, rope swings, and plenty of slides. Additionally it has pieces of the “forest” like trees and rocks that kids can climb on.
Highlights: Tunnel slides, ducks in the pond, and “tree” climbing
251 Mt. Echo Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45205
The brand new Mt. Echo park is definitely a spot to check out. The motivation for the park was accessibility and fun for kids of all needs and ages. Babies, strollers, and kids of all ages can join mom or dad on the in ground merry go round. The park has tons of climbing apparatuses, slides, and space to play frisbee.
Highlights: Inclusive whirl, buddy rocker, and twisting monkey bars
1230 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Located in the heart of the city, most people have at least heard of Washington Park. Their playground, however, deserves much more recognition. The castle themed play set is perfect for many hours of make believe, the climbing wall is any climber’s dream, and the sandbox is perfect for all ages.
Highlights: Park Play Worker Program, free weekend activities, canal
1322 Sycamore St. Cincinnati, OH 45202
While not the biggest playground on the list the Ziegler Park Playground (and adjoining spray parks) are not to be overlooked. The almost entirely ADA accessible park boasts unique swings, seesaws, tons of slides, and rope nets to climb. Kids above the age of 12 can also check out games in the nearby rec center.
Highlights: Massive “spider web”, bouncing swings, and Play Ambassadors
8531 Forest Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255
Veteran’s park is home to the “Lucky Lanier All-Children’s Playground” which is designed with the physically challenged child in mind. At this park, any child can play in the oversized wizards hat, on the racer slides, or in one of the many swings.
Highlights: Physically accessible, recently renovated, shaded
1546 State Route 131 Milford, Ohio 45150
Miami Meadows is impressively large with an abundance of outdoor recreation. A nice playground, pond, paved trails, dog park, cricket field, pickleball, baseball fields, soccer, football and wildlife.
Highlights: Nature, Recreation
4188 Irwin Simpson Road, Mason, Ohio
Sitting on top of astro-turf, the kid playground is newer with multilevel structures for bigger kids and a separate space for younger children. Kids can climb high on cargo nets, ropes, ladder steps, monkey bars and an extra wide slide. The toddler space has the same features but on a lower level to keep the little ones safe.
Highlights: Kid playground and adult agility fitness course, steps away from each other for parents + kids.