We went on an adventure in Cincinnati and hit a few sites…
Cost: $2 (Cincy has an awesome parks system, but what I don’t like about it is that you have to pay to get into most of their parks. The cost is minimal, but still. $2 to play on a playground?)
Time: 1-2 hours
The park is called Colerain Park and the play area is Megaland. The first thing we did when we got there was eat our picnic lunch. There’s a nice picnic shelter right by the playground. Matthew and Jordan spent the next hour playing – it’s definitely a mega playground! It’s all wooden and huge with multiple levels, slides, tunnels and climbing structures. I didn’t have my 2 year-old with me, but this playground is suitable for all ages.
The other cool thing about this park is the amphitheater. In the summer they have outdoor movie nights and Shakespeare in the park. See their website for dates and times.
Overall this park was great fun and I’m sure we’ll visit again. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re already in the Cincy area, but don’t make a special trip just for this park if you’re traveling more than 1/2 hour or so (like I am, coming from from Dayton).
Cost: $5/car one-way
Time: <1 hour
Again, the Anderson Ferry is not something you make a special trip for, but if you’re in the area then it’s worth checking out. There were once dozens of ferries that served the Cincinnati area but the Anderson Ferry is the lone survivor. Built in 1817, it was used by Kentucky farmers to transport goods across the Ohio River to Cincinnati. It was fun to teach my kids how those who lived nearly 200 years ago traveled across the river, before they had easy access to the other side by bridge. The boys were fascinated. We boarded our car from the Kentucky side and bought a one-way ticket to the Ohio side. They let us get out of the car to see up close how the ferry operates. You can also board the ferry by foot.
Cost: $5 for Parking
Time: 1 hour – all day
From the ferry, we drove a few short miles to downtown Cincinnati and Sawyer Point. I can’t believe I’ve lived in the area for 8 years and have never visited Sawyer Point! This park is gorgeous and SO fun! Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove are two parks that stretch along the Ohio River bank for a mile. The park offers a walk/bike path, plenty of green space to play, surrey and bike rentals, playgrounds, splash pad, fishing pier, tennis courts, sand volleyball and amphitheater. Sawyer Point is also a great jumping off point for other area attractions. It’s about a 1 mile walk to Fountain Square in downtown Cincy, Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati Reds) and Newport on the Levee which is home to the Newport Aquarium. The possibilities are really endless with a visit to Sawyer Point!
On this visit, we first took the path to 1000 Hands playground which is located underneath the yellow “Big Mac” bridge. It was built by volunteers to give a place for children of all abilities to play together. This is an awesome playground! My boys could have played here forever. There are so many activities and I love that the playground is completely shaded by the bridge. From the playground we followed the path further until we got to the amphitheater where the park holds various events throughout the year. My boys had tons of fun running up, down and all around while it was empty though. 🙂 Next we stopped by the fishing pier to take in the view and then moved on to the Serpentine Wall – a huge flood wall that snakes along the bank of the river. There we found the entrance to the Purple People Bridge (a place we’ll visit next time) and the surrey rentals.
To wrap up the day we walked up to Fountain Square to ruin our dinner with a few scoops of Graeter’s Ice Cream (the best ice cream on the planet!)
It was a ton of walking for little 7 yr-old legs but totally worth it (we want to wear them out anyway, right?!). Sawyer Point is one of my new favorite places and I’m sure we’ll visit often.