All you need to know about the best Cincinnati playgrounds – from swings to slides to sandboxes, not to mention the location of the nearest bathroom.

  • Dogwood Park
    One of our favorite toddler playgrounds is Dogwood Park in Mariemont. This playground was designed for ages 2 to 5, and is completely fenced-in!
  • Gorman Park
    Reopened in May 2022, Gorman Park in Sharonville is a great spot for summer fun with a new playground, a splash pad, picnic shelter, and more.
  • Washington Park Children’s Playground
    What’s got a water feature, a sandbox, a castle, is fully fenced in, and pays homage to the Queen City’s history? It’s Washington Park Children’s Playground! This playground in Over-the-Rhine is beautifully designed with many features to explore and enjoy for everyone.
  • Inwood Park
    This newly renovated playground at Inwood Park has one of the largest playground areas for the littlest little ones. And don’t worry – there’s still an area for bigger kids to play too. Designed with input from children and accessibility experts and built with a grant from PNC, this playground is best enjoyed on a cooler morning with a few clouds in the sky.
  • Swaim Park
    his playground is a great spot to take toddlers and primary school aged kids to run and play. Plus it’s got a sandbox with a really cool sit-on digger.
  • Gower Park
    With a large playground and a cute little creek to explore, Gower Park in Sharonville is a great park to spend a few hours. Gower Park boasts a large playground for big kids, a toddler playground, swings, and new features for this summer. And did I mention there’s a creek right next to the playground?
  • Sharon Woods Harbor Playground
    Sharon Woods Harbor has become one of our favorite spots this summer with a large playground, toddler area, splash pad, man-made creek and saber-toothed tiger (yes, you read that correctly). There are still pieces of the prehistoric theme, such as the large rock formation with saber-toothed tiger on top, dating back from our childhood. The playground itself however, is from a much more modern era.
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  • 1000 Hands Every Child’s Playground at Sawyer Point
    While you wouldn’t typically think to look for a playground under a bridge, the 1000 Hands Every Child’s Playground at Sawyer Point is one playground you don’t want to miss. Located under the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, this steamboat-themed playground is not only great for kids of all ages, but was designed for kids of all abilities.
  • Schappacher Park
    This newer playground in Deerfield Township is a great spot for crawlers and bigger kids. This playground has artificial turf, but it’s also somewhat shaded by the large oak trees throughout the park. Schappacher Park also has a dog run park for your furry kids.
  • Blue Ash Nature Park
    This Blue Ash park has 5 playgrounds to choose from, is pretty shaded, and has easy walking trails through the woods.
  • Cincinnati Reds GABP Playgrounds
    9 innings can seem like a really long time with little kids. But thanks to not one, but two, play areas at Great American Ballpark, a day at the Reds game can feel like a walk in the (ball)park.
  • West Fork Park
    There is so much to love about West Fork Park. Located in Green Township, this park has play areas for the littlest ones up through elementary school age.