Outdoor Places in Cincinnati to Visit During the Extended Spring Break

With all the recent closures in the area, we’re all feeling overwhelmed. What do we do with our kids the next few weeks? What’s safe? How can we all stay healthy — and not go stir crazy?

Luckily, spring is springing in Cincinnati, and we can all go outside. Avoid cabin fever these next few weeks by embracing the great outdoors.

Here’s a roundup of Outdoor Places in Cincinnati to Visit During the Extended Spring Break:

ArtWorks Murals

Since 2007, ArtWorks murals have brightened the streets of Cincinnati, creating over 100 public works of art. Take your kids on the ArtWorks “Spirit of OTR” walking tour, a mile-long look at a dozen dazzling works of art.

Cincinnati Nature Center

UPDATE: Closed as of March 24 in accordance with Gov. DeWine’s Shelter-in-Place Order. Tentatively reopening April 6; check website and Facebook for updates.

Cincinnati Parks

At this time, all Cincinnati Parks remain open and all general rules, including social distancing, apply. A few exceptions: Pancakes in the Woods has been canceled; all Explore Nature! programs have been canceled through April 6; Cincinnati Parks volunteer events have been canceled through April 6; Krohn Conservatory and Carol Ann’s Carousel are closed.

Great Parks of Hamilton County

All outdoor parks are OPEN. However, Great Parks is canceling all indoor and outdoor programs and events through at least April 5, including reservable areas, indoor play areas, visitor centers, exhibit areas and the Nature Center at the Summit.

Missing Great Parks fun programs? The Parks@Home series provides fun and educational activities, crafts, videos and more that parents and nature lovers can engage in from the comfort of their own homes. Parks@Home programming is located at greatparks.org/category/parks-at-home/ — and much of the content will also be posted on Great Parks’ social media channels.

Loveland Bike Trail

The Loveland Bike Trail is perfect for beginners: you start in Downtown Loveland near a fun playground/picnic area, and can literally make the ride as long (or short) as you’d like. Grab a helmet and spend a day pedaling along the Little Miami.


Most local outdoor playgrounds remain open, with staff upping health and safety measures. Check out this extensive list of local playgrounds — we recommend calling before you go to double check hours.

Purple People Bridge

At 2,670 feet long, a round-trip across the Purple People Bridge is roughly a mile, making it the perfect length for little kid legs. It’s purple, it’s for people and it’s a literal rite of passage for any Cincinnatian. 

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

Outdoor sculpture park IS OPEN; all tours and public events have been canceled through April 3.

Summit Park

Open and regularly sanitizing playground equipment.

Trammel Fossil Park

Trammel Fossil Park is 10 acres of rocky, rugged terrain, exposed to the elements and rich with remnants from the past. There’s an abundance of fossils available at the tip of your fingers (or shovel), and you can take whatever fossils you find.

A few things to note: If you or your kids are feeling at all sick, please stay home. The above places are meant tp be safe, outdoor options; however, all coronavirus safety restrictions apply. Also, we will continue to update this page with information as it arrives. However, due to the rapidly changing news surrounding the coronavirus, we advise checking websites/calling before you visit.

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