Our kids' favorite feature at Smale Riverfront Park is the swings. These are two- and three-person porch-like swings placed along the river.
Insider Tip: They are so smooth and relaxing, it’s the perfect place to take a break and watch the boats go by.
Carol Ann's Carousel is not-to-be missed! The animals you ride on range from a ladybug to a Reds horse to a Bengal tiger and so many more! The paintings on the carousel depict various historic and notable places around Cincinnati. Take a minute to slow down and investigate all the details of this work of art.
Insider Tip: In order to preserve the carousel, kids need to be dry when riding, so save the water features till later!
Every kid likes a playground, and Smale has more than one to choose from!
The Heeken Family/PNC Grow Up Great Adventure Playground has slides, a rope bridge, wooden climbing structures, climbing walls, hiding places and a squishy soft surface to protect little ones from falls.
Insider Tip: The big slide tends to get hot, so you might want to bring a towel to sit on as you slide down.
Nearby there are some drums and a funhouse mirror to enjoy, too.
Insider Tip: Climb the stairs up to the Roebling Suspension Bridge for a cool bird's-eye view of the park from up above.
The P&G go Vibrantscape playground has some interesting features, too, including a flying pig, fitness equimpent, giant foot piano, water pumps and a whisper phone.
Everyone wants to climb aboard the flying pig. On busy days, the line to ride the pig can be long. Once you are tucked safely inside the pig, the people waiting in line pull on the cables to make the pig fly.
Investigate the Archimedes' screw, water pumps and channels in the water play area.
The fitness equipment is labeled for ages 13 and up, but we noticed kids of all ages enjoying it. There are climbing poles, a balance table, and other unique equipment. Everyone wanted to try out the foot swings.
The giant foot piano and the whisper pipes are a big draw. It can be tricky to try to play a song if there are a lot of people trying to use the piano at the same time.
Insider Tip: The park is also a great spot to throw a blanket on the grass and eat your lunch, enjoy the river views or just do some people watching. You can even walk across the Roebling Suspension Bridge and check out the Roebling Murals on the Covington side of the river.
On a hot day, the water fountains are always a hit. There are several to choose from. Don’t forget to bring your towels!
Insider Tip: There is also an area by the bridge with water misters, so you can cool off without getting drenched.
We walked the Labyrinth and discovered that it takes approximately 500 steps to reach the center. And another 500 steps if you walk the path back to the beginning.
Learn some history at the Memorial to the Black Brigade which honors the hundreds of African American volunteers who erected barricades to protect the city during the Civil War.
Insider Tip: You can even rent a bicycle with your friends and pedal your way along the Ohio River Trail.