As summer is winding down and some schools are opening already, we starting thinking about what to do in Cincinnati for one last family break. A friend mentioned Winton Woods Park to us, because it had many activities, and I’m so glad I took his advice!
Winton Woods Park offers up something we had not expected, cabins! They have eight large deluxe cabins the sleep up to six. They include a kitchen, bathroom, air conditioning (my best friend in the hot Cincinnati summers), linens, dishes, cookware, television, picnic table and deck for relaxing. Everything I needed was right here and I did not have to drive miles to get here. Additionally, there are 123 camping sites, 68 sites with 30-amp hookups and 10 basic cabins to choose from. The campground has a store with a snack bar, activity center, and Wi-Fi access.
The Winton Woods Riding Center (WWRC) is a horseback riding lesson facility for beginners through advanced riders. For weekenders like us, they also offer group trail rides. One hour long trail rides are offered Monday through Thursday during the day. They can also be scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays in the evenings. Group trail rides must be reserved at least one week in advance. Full payment is required at the time of reservation-check in advance for reservations-rides book up fast! The park’s experienced staff of equestrians will escort you on their beautiful trail through the woods. Patrons must be at least 7 years old and 48 inches tall, there are weight restrictions as well. Call ahead for more information 513-851-2267.
The 156 acre Winton Lake has a boathouse that offers rowboat, pedal boat, motorboat and pontoon boat, canoe, kayak and bike rentals. BYOB (boat, that is) currently licensed private canoes and kayaks, and electric and gas motors up to 6 hp, are permitted. Tour boat rides on the Winton Queen are also available for weekend tours and there is a bank fishing area. The harbor also features an observation tower, snack bar, outdoor dining area, restrooms, hiking and biking trail, and two basketball courts.
Parky’s Farm is a 100-acre educational farm with live animals, wagon and pony rides! Parky’s Playbarn is a former dairy barn that has been converted into an indoor, farm-themed, accessible playground for children ages 2-12. So much fun, even the grownups didn’t want to leave.
Nature is at its finest in Winton Woods and there are many places to sit and relax or you may opt to walk many of the trails. Playgrounds, disc golf, bicycling, a 9-hole golf course and picnicking are also great ways to spend your time. The Park can be as adventurous or relaxing as you want it to be, and for us, it was the perfect way to spend a late summer weekend.
10245 Winton Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45231