Cincinnati and the surrounding region frequently deliver when it comes to scenic views, but it’s the spring blooming season that really gives the area’s natural beauty a chance to shine. In fact, in 2019, the city was ranked among the best places in the world to see cherry blossom trees. The bloom doesn’t last long, so while there’s still time, take a trip to these five Cincinnati parks to take in the beauty of the season.
In the 1930s, 1,000 Japanese cherry blossom trees were gifted to the city. Since then, Cincinnati Parks staff and the Japan America Society have teamed up and planted additional trees to keep the spirt of Ault Park’s Weeping Cherry Grove alive. Along with the assortment of cherry tree groves, this lush 224-acre space also features nature trails, a pavilion, various gardens, and a spot to view the scenery from above. The picture-perfect views make it an ideal location for public and private events and family portraits. Picnic shelters and playground equipment complete the list of amenities to ensure there is something for everyone. 5090 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park
This mile-long stretch between Smale Riverfront Park and Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park on Cincinnati’s riverside is the perfect spot for a spring photo op. Walk along rows of cherry blossoms near the stone steps of the Serpentine Wall and while you’re there, enjoy the massive Armleder Memorial Sprayground. The park is also home to eight outdoor tennis courts, three sand volleyball courts, a performance pavilion, and a renowned playground. 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Riverfront
Bellevue Beach Park
Bellevue Beach Park boasts beautiful views of both sides of the river. The waterfront trail offers a sprawling look at Cincinnati’s east side, which makes for a spectacular picture no matter the time of the day. In the spring, visitors can walk along a path dotted with vibrant cherry blossoms. There’s also a playground for children to enjoy and benches facing the river, perfect for watching the boats go by. 643-655 Frank Benke Way, Bellevue
Back in 1869, the city began to transform the “the Garden of Eden” vineyard, then owned by Cincinnatian Nicholas Longworth, into what is now Eden Park. Today, visitors can enjoy the 180-acre park—one of the most popular in Cincinnati—and its vast array of landmarks and spring blooms. Take in a clear view of the Ohio River and Kentucky on the overlook, walk to the gazebo through the memorial tree groves that bloom in the spring at Hinkle Garden, and make your way to Mirror Lake and the Bettman Fountain for the perfect Eden Park experience. 905 Eden Park Dr., Eden Park
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum
The Spring Grove website proudly proclaims that its gardens are always in bloom. The cemetery-slash-arboretum is home to 750 acres of gardens, which are organized in online photo galleries by what time of year they bloom. Cherry trees are slated to bloom in mid-April, while “Hally Jolivette” cherry trees bloom later in the month. Spring Grove has postponed most of its public and private tours and large events until July 1, but smaller events on the schedule include the 16th Annual Matt’s 5K Pursuit on April 11 and a lantern lighting ceremony in the fall so families can enjoy the space while spreading hope and remembering their loved ones. Until then, there’s still plenty of time to catch the spring blooms. 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati