Who says humans have to have all the fun? In Cincy there are many different parks that allow man's best friend. Don't forget: be a good neighbor and always remember to pick up after your four-legged pals!
The most convenient spot if you’re staying downtown is the small (12,000 square feet) but well-designed dog park within Washington Park. It features a small creek and tiered water fountain for dogs and their people, with benches set up along the perimeter for supervision. Washington Park is smack dab in the middle of Over-the-Rhine, with fantastic views of the historic Cincinnati Music Hall. Doggie owners can grab a local brew at the park's very own full-service bar, or snag some lunch at one of the many food trucks set up around the perimeter. Make a day of it! 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org
Otto M. Armleder Park
Otto M. Armleder Park is about 20 minutes east of downtown, but it offers much more room to run and stretch those four legs. It has dedicated areas for small and large dogs with tons of shade trees and benches, as well as water hoses for cleaning up muddy pups. 5057 Wooster Pike, Mt. Lookout, cincinnatiparks.com
Miami Whitewater Forest
If your pup needs tons of space, Simmonds Family Dog Park at Miami Whitewater Forest is the largest off-leash dog park in the region, clocking in at 11 acres. It has four separate fields, trees and structures for shade, plus agility equipment and play zones. 8715 Hamilton- Cleves Rd., Cleves, greatparks.org
Others to try:
- Boone County Dog Park in Burlington, KY
- Kenton Paw Park in Pioneer Park in Covington, KY
- Newport Dog Park in Newport, KY
- Symmes Township Park in Loveland, OH
- Schappacher Park Dog Park in Mason, OH
Written by Jessica Gordon, updated by Laura Barfield.