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Picnic Season

Cincy boasts lots of excellent picnic spots with tables, grills, and scenic views


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As the days are growing longer and evening hours are getting warmer and lighter, Cincy residents are slowly getting out of their winter hibernation. The spring blooms wrap the city parks. Spring is in the air and the season of picnics begins. Picnics are the perfect way to spend time with family and friends on a budget. Cincinnati is nicknamed The City of Seven Hills, so you can guess how beautiful the views of the city are when you go for a picnic. The Cincy parks offer designated picnicking areas and lots of things to do besides the actual picnic.

When is the picnic season in Cincinnati

Warm and sunny days are frequent guests in Cincinnati from spring to fall. Picnic shelters and group picnic areas in most Cincinnati parks are usually open from April 15 through October 15. Shelters are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Group picnic areas should be reserved via Cincinnati Parks.

Best places to enjoy picnic in The 'Nati

One of the most scenic picnic spots is Alms Park with an outstanding view of the Ohio River and Lunken Airport. The park has wonderful woodland scenery, hiking trails, a concrete slide for all ages, and a beautiful pavilion in the Italian Renaissance style. The reserved picnic area offers an open shelter, picnic tables, water, swings, grills, volleyball net, and parking. Hiking enthusiasts can enjoy a picnic in Mt. Airy Forest. Miles of hiking trails, bridle trails for horseback riding, the fairytale-like Everybody's Treehouse (wheelchair accessible!), an enclosed dog park, and disc golf can keep you busy all day long. Mt. Airy Forest boasts a couple of forest lodges and three picnic areas available for reservation. If you prefer spontaneity, simply throw a picnic at one of 23 picnic areas within Mt. Airy Forest. They have everything you need for a perfect picnic: tables, charcoal grills, and swings. Another family-friendly picnic spot in Cincinnati is Mt. Echo Park with playgrounds and hiking trails. One of the perks of the location is an excellent view of Downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River. Make a photo stop at the beautiful arched pavilion built in the late 1920s. The reserved picnic area has tables, restrooms, grills, and panoramic views, but alcohol is not allowed at the site. There are lots of other parks with picnic areas and family-friendly activities closer to the city center like Eden Park and Smale Riverfront Park. Whatever place you choose, look for the best spots and enjoy the views of the Ohio River and hills of Northern Kentucky.

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