5 Ways to Beat The Summer Heat

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5 Ways to Beat The Summer Heat

Summer is in full effect, which means it is the perfect time to take a trip outdoors and enjoy nature. But with temperatures creeping into the 90s, keeping cool can be challenging. Luckily, Cincinnati Parks offers lots of ways to have fun in the sun without getting burnt. Here are 5 park activities to beat the summer heat:


Woman walking in French Park Creek1. Go Hiking in French Park

While French Park is known for the beautiful two-story French House at the center of the park, it is also home to miles of scenic hiking trails weaving throughout the park. The dog friendly trail has plenty of forest canopy to keep you cool while you traverse over creeks and bridges situated throughout the park.

(Photo by Shannon Mowery)



2. Child with sunglasses at Washington Park SpraygroundsGet soaked at the Washington Park Spraygrounds

Washington Parks’ 7,000 square foot splash park is a great way to keep the whole family cool during the hot summer days. Open daily from 11am-7pm, the park features 130 water jets that can synchronize to music & lights.

(Photo by Kendal Fields)




Kids walking in Avon Woods3. Meditate in Avon Woods

Looking for a peaceful place to reconnect with nature? Look no further than Avon Woods. Located just four miles from downtown, it is the perfect place for a tranquil break from the city. Featuring hiking trails, a stream cut valley, and lots of forest to shade you from the heat, you will find plenty of space to meditate without ever having to leave the city.

(Photo by Katie Jumper)



  1. Peek in the Mt. Airy TreehousePhoto of Mt. Airy Treehouse


Reconnect with your inner child with a visit to the Mt. Airy Treehouse. Open year round, the 14-foot-tall tree house has been playfully dubbed “Everybody’s Treehouse”. The nickname certainly fits, as it is Ohio’s only wheelchair accessible public tree house.

(Photo by Sadie Mae Stuart)




Child fishing at sunset at Fernbank Park5. Fish at Fernbank Park

Managed in partnership with Great Parks of Hamilton County, this 63-acre park sits right along the Ohio River for more than a mile. Fishing is permitted with an Ohio State fishing license, so grab your fishing pole and head down to the riverbanks to catch the big one!

(Photo by Eric William Abel)


If you visit any of our parks, feel free to snap a pic and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @Cincyparks. Stay cool!