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Eden Park

Eden Park
Eden Park

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Eden Park is more than just another public green space, it's a 186-acre destination. Crowning one of Cincinnati's signature hills, this former vineyard boasts views, flowers, and trails as well as art, theater, and history. Stroll along the paths up to the old water tower which dates to 1894, the Twin Lakes in a former quarry at the Victory Parkway entrance, and the Spencer Overlook with its sweeping view of the Ohio River (one of several lookout points you find in the park.) Follow the many walking paths that crisscross the park, marked with maps, guiding you to the many attractions. The Hinkle Floral Trail meanders from the Conservatory past gazebos and sculptures, through landscaped gardens and a forest area, ending at Mirror Lake.

Mirror Lake is surrounded by sunbathers, feet paddlers, frisbee players, and joggers in the summer. In the winter the pool freezes over and becomes an ice-skating rink. Climbers of various levels can scale the old reservoir wall located just below the lake. Don't forget your skates or your climbing ropes; though these activities are free there are no equipment rentals. Those who prefer a more leisurely visit can take a tour of the park on a motorized Segway.

For a more constructed nature experience, enter Krohn Conservatory. This Art Deco greenhouse at the center of the park is particularly known for its annual springtime butterfly show, a favorite for the kids; but its desert cacti and tropical waterfall are an enjoyable refuge year-round. If the preservation of nature is what interests you, check out the solar panel garden and wind turbine powering the park's administration building, at the other end of the park by the Gilbert Avenue entrance.

Although Eden Park is a beautiful place to pass that perfect summer day, it is worth a trip even when the elements are against you. You can explore the Art Museum's extensive and varied collection, which covers local artists in the Cincinnati Wing, ancient artifacts, European masters, and American photographers. Even better, it's free! At night, there may be a free concert in the Seasongood Pavilion amphitheatre, or a play at the Playhouse in the Park. This award-winning theater has several stages and offers a range of shows. The Mt. Adams neighborhood and downtown are both nearby, with plenty of dinner and drink options to complete a night out.

Whether you're looking for a quick escape from the downtown grind, a full-day family outing, or some sun and culture with your friends, Eden Park has something that will fit the bill.

Eden Park Information

Krohn Conservatory Information

  • Hours:
  • Monday through Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Admission:
  • Free (Donations accepted, Butterfly Show and other special exhibits may have fee)
  • Contact:
  • Location: 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH
  • Phone: 513-421-4086
  • Website: www.cincinnatiparks.com/krohn-conservatory/

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