Smale Riverfront Park

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Key Info

166 W Mehring Way


Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Managed and operated by the Cincinnati Park Board, Smale Riverfront Park was completed in 2015 and offers a comfortable, interactive green space for visitors and locals alike. There are an array of levels and terraces boasting amenities for kids across the park's 45 acres. Such features include jungle gyms, rock climbing walls, a carousel, a water splash area and a giant foot piano. Adults will enjoy taking in scenes of the Ohio River and Roebling Bridge while picnicking in the grass or wandering along the waterfront paths. The park also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including farmer's markets, folk festivals and yoga classes on the event lawn.  

Recent visitors said Smale Riverfront Park is a great spot to walk, ride bikes or just hang around. Travelers enjoyed lounging in the large swings along the river and dining at the plethora of nearby restaurants. While most parkgoers noted that there are ample restroom facilities on the premises, some felt they could be better spread out throughout different areas of the park.

Smale Riverfront Park is open to the public between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily unless otherwise noted. Entrance is free for all visitors. If you plan to drive, parking is available in the garage at Mehring Way and Main Street, or at Sawyer Point and the Public Landing. Parking fees range from $5 to $20, depending on what events are taking place in the area that day. The park is conveniently located between the Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium (home of the Cincinnati Reds baseball and Cincinnati Bengals football teams, respectively), so consider making a few stops as you tour the area. To learn more, check out Smale Riverfront Park's website.

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On a nice, sunny day, Eden Park lives up to its paradisiacal name. Located in the trendy Mount Adams neighborhood, the park encompasses 186 acres of green space and tree groves complete with walking paths. There are also a couple of lakes, a magnolia garden and several scenic overlooks.

One TripAdvisor user was blown away by Eden Park's setting, saying it has "beautiful views of the city — especially at night time." However, some travelers say that the park is a little hard to find. To get there from downtown, drive north on Gilbert Avenue until you reach Eden Park Drive. You can also just call a taxi. For more information, visit the Cincinnati Parks website.

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