Krohn Conservatory at Eden Park

Krohn Conservatory
Krohn Conservatory

Explore one of the country's largest public greenhouses featuring more than 3,500 plant species from around the world and a rainforest waterfall.  You can travel from a desert landscape to the tropics with exotic fruit trees and rare orchids all in one day. (Beware the carnivorous plants!) Krohn also hosts annual shows like the Butterfly Show and a special holiday show.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Cincinnati Gardens & Zoos: Zoo Blooms (Photo: Michelle Curley)
Zoo Blooms (Photo: Michelle Curley)

Opened in 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo is the second oldest zoo in the United States. Trek through the venue and view 500 animal and 3,000 plant species, plus the largest publicly accessible urban solar array in the country, which consists of 6,400 solar panels that produce 20% of the zoo's energy! If you visit in April, enjoy one of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest during Zoo Blooms. And, of course, be sure to stop at Hippo Cove, and see if you can spot local celebrity Baby Fiona swimming with her mom Bibi.

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

Cincinnati Cemetery, Garden: Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

You can experience Cincinnati history year-round on these 750 acres that offer picturesque landscapes, diverse topography, and 1,200 labeled plant species all in this world-class horticultural garden. Check out Spring Grove's website for information on fun tours that you can pre-register for. Visitor favorites include the yearly Owl Prowl and Full Moon tours, as well as monthly Twilight Tours and Weekend Walkabouts.

Mt. Airy Forest

Mt. Airy Forest Treehouse
Mt. Airy Forest Treehouse

Accessible from the neighborhoods of both Mt. Airy and Westwood, this forest's 1,459 acres includes both hiking and bridle trails, as well as Ohio's only wheelchair-accessible public treehouse! The Mt. Airy Arboretum is home to a magnificent collection of trees, shrubs, flowers, and a picturesque lake.​

Glenwood Gardens

Cincinnati Gardens: Glenwood Gardens
Glenwood Gardens

This beautifully landscaped park includes a paved trail and a wetland nature trail, as well as formal gardens, prairies, and forests. The Highfield Discovery Garden is designed with kids in mind, but visitors of all ages are encouraged to explore the seven smaller gardens within. Keep a sharp eye out for wildlife that you may encounter!

Parky's Farm at Winton Woods

Cincinnati Gardens: Parky's Farm - Photo courtesy of Great Parks of Hamilton County
Parky's Farm - Photo courtesy of Great Parks of Hamilton County

Parky's Farm is an educational farm within Winton Woods park covering more than 100 acres. Pet ponies, chickens, goats, and cows in the barnyard and learn about where food comes from in the orchard. Parky's Farm is also home to many natural habitats including fields, open spaces, ponds, wetlands, and woods.

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Cincinnati Parks: Big Bone Lick State Park (Photo: Erin Woiteshek)
Big Bone Lick State Park (Photo: Erin Woiteshek)

Take a walk on the Discovery Trail and get a glimpse at what life was like during the Ice Age. The trail passes through grasslands, woodlands, a woody savanna, the salt-sulfer springs, and an area to view bison up close!