Great Parks’ Top 5 Mother’s Day Ideas

Moms are amazing, but getting them that perfect gift or treating them to an amazing day can be tough. No worries! Great Parks has a few easy ideas that you and your mom will love. Here are Great Parks’ Top 5 Mother’s Day Ideas:

1: Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 14

What better way to reach mom’s heart than with food! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet at Mill Race Banquet Center in Winton Woods. Seating times are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Purchase tickets at

2: Picnic & Hike

Pick a park, pack a lunch and find yourself a prime picnic spot. Great Parks has multiple areas that are open to the public and reservable. Afterwards, enjoy quality time with mom on a walk or hike along a nature, shared-use or fitness trail. Learn more at and 

3: A Day at the Harbor

Harbors at Winton Woods, Sharon Woods and Miami Whitewater Forest are a one-stop-shop for fun in the sun. Snack bar, bike rentals, boat rentals and fishing are just a few of the things to enjoy with mom. Find out more at

4: Take a Class

Share the experience of learning something new with mom by joining a fun class like golf, paddling, horseback riding or even gardening. Check out our events calendar for ideas at

5: Give a Gift

Give mom a gift as unique as she is! Here are just a few items you can find at Nature’s Niche stores located at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Glenwood Gardens, Sharon Woods and Miami Whitewater Forest. More information at

  • Laurel Burch: cat-themed T-shirts, bags and mugs
  • Charley Harper: ornaments, books and puzzles
  • Cashmere: locally made lotions and soaps
  • Bird houses, feeders and seed 

A valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the parks. Cost for residents of Hamilton County: $10 annual/$3 daily; other visitors: $14 annual/$5 daily. Otto Armleder Memorial Park and Fernbank Park are cooperative ventures with the City of Cincinnati; a Motor Vehicle Permit is not required.

Great Parks of Hamilton County’s mission is to protect natural resources and provide outdoor education and recreation. For additional information, visit or call 513-521-7275. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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