Where Can You Spend Time Outside in Cincinnati?

June 8, 2022

Sometimes city living can feel crowded with the constant sense of movement and myriad of people. It’s always nice to take advantage of activities that can be done in the fresh air and allow for time to pause and enjoy all that nature has to offer, even amid a bustling metropolis.


As you look at Cincinnati houses for sale, take a moment to enjoy the many things you can do outside the many shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.


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Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Founded in 1873, this is the second-oldest zoo in the nation. There are over 500 animals and 3,000 plant species on the grounds, and the establishment is often listed as one of the best in the country.


Visitors can enjoy the Wings of Wonder Bird Encounter, explore the World of Insects, or check out the Elephant Reserve.


The gardens offer a variety of plants to look at, from a beautiful tulip display to a butterfly garden. There is also pollinator, edible, and conifer gardens, and plant sales and events like symposiums.


Smale Riverfront Park

Take a step outside the bustling city into a green space that allows you to view the hubbub from afar.


The Riverfront Park has giant swings, a water play area for children, pollinator gardens, and a large interactive piano that can be played by foot.


There is also Carol Ann’s Carousel, housed inside a glass building in the park. The stunning functional piece of art is an homage to the city. Forty-four Cincinnati-centric characters are available to sit on as it rotates, and the panels depict animals playing in Cincinnati parks as well as celebrations dedicated to historical landmarks in the city.


You can also take a trip in time through the many historical monuments here, like the Marian Spencer Statue and Black Brigade Monument.

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

Cemeteries have long been a place to turn to for peace and quiet, and Cincinnati’s Spring Grove provides that in spades.


Spring Grove is the third largest cemetery in the United States, so be prepared to take a drive through if you’re hoping to see a good portion of it.


This National Historic Landmark spans 400 acres and has numerous species of trees scattered throughout, as well as a dozen ponds. Many of the memorials showcase Gothic Revival architecture, such as the towering Dexter memorial.

Eden Park

Eden Park is home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, Krohn Conservatory, and Playhouse in the Park. This is one of the most popular parks in the city.


Stop by the Hinkle Magnolia Garden where you may be able to catch a wedding or other even on its gorgeous gazebo, or catch a show at the Seasongood Pavilion.


The Bettman Fountain punctuates mirror Lake in the center. Stroll along the Twin Lakes, once a quarry that is now two small lakes joined by a footbridge.


There’s also the historic 172-foot high Water Tower from 1894, The Memorial Grove, and The President’s Grove.

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