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December 4, 2022

Washington Park Splash Pad

Splash Pads & Lake Life Help Beat the Heat

The August heat just doesn't let up, so keep the summer going!

Splash pads and lake life are the best ways to beat the smoldering July heat. Find the closest body of water and get IN IT — fast!

Luckily, you don’t have to spend big bucks on a motorboat or buy airlines tickets to the coast to find a lake or pad. Take the family for a short drive to one of the lakes in our area and you’ll find all the water fun you can ask for, while practicing safe water fun.

Here are some of the coolest — and closest — parks you can go to and feel like you’re away on a family vacation. Most of the lakes’ boat rentals include kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards (SUP) and pedal boats. We’ve got splashpads here, too.

 

LAKES

MIAMI WHITEWATER FOREST HARBOR

9001 Mt. Hope Road
Crosby Township
513-367-9632

Rent a boat and spend the day out on a stunning 85-acre lake. Stop at the stocked snack bar to wrap up a fun-filled summer day.

 

SHARON WOODS HARBOR

4631 E. Kemper Road
513-769-4326

The park, boat rentals and picnic area are all close together, so work up an appetite and take advantage of the snacks, ice cream and beautiful lake all at once.

 

LAKE ISABELLA HARBOR

10174 Loveland-Madeira Road
Symmes Township
513-791-1663

Grab your fishing gear, rent a rowboat and head out to the lake. No fishing gear? Rent gear and bait when you get there. No fishing license required. Day or season passes are available at the boathouse.

 

LITTLE MIAMI CANOE RENTAL

174 Karl Brown Way
Loveland
513-683-4611

Choose between popular excursions including The Castle Adventure Float Trip starting at $35 for two-four hours; specials and season passes.

 

EAST FORK STATE PARK

3294 Elklick Road, Bethel
513-734-4323

The lake has a 1,200-foot beach, swimming and boat rentals. Have a boat? Pick from one of the six boat docks along the lake, and end the day with a picnic lunch at one of the large picnic areas.

 

CAESAR CREEK STATE PARK MARINA

8574 E State Route 73
Waynesville • 513-897-1092

Park your boat at one of the five boat docks at the marina stocked with boat equipment, supplies, bait and more, and visit the snack bar. The new South Shore Marina (6850 Corwin Avenue, Waynesville) offers boat rentals as well. Then grab the kids and build sandcastles along the 1,300-foot-long sandy beach or park your boat at one of the boat and swim areas.

 

COWAN LAKE

1750 Osborn Road, Wilmington
937-289-2656

Swim at the 1,000-foot long beach, go sailing or practice your kayak and canoe skills with a certified instructor. Want to amp up your family’s water adventures? Contact sarah.blair@dnr.state.oh.us to sign up for one of the Family Outdoor Adventure series and learn some tips and tricks.

 

VOICE OF AMERICA PARK

7850 VOA Park Drive
West Chester

Walk to the little wooden Wheelhouse Outdoor Adventure Center, rent a boat or two and head to the snack bar. You can even launch your own boat for a small fee.

 

WINTON WOODS

10245 Winton Road
513-931-1849

Explore the 156-acre lake by boat and grab a snack and fishing gear at the boathouse. Use the dock for your own boat, or book a 30-minute boat tour on the Winton Queen to learn more about the park’s history.

 

KENTUCKY KINCAID LAKE STATE PARK

565 Kincaid Park Road
Falmouth
859-654-3531

Loaded with scenic views, peace and quiet, the lake has all of that including boat rentals and fishing. After a long day of boating, cool off in the lake side swimming pool.

 

CAMP ERNST LAKE

7615 Camp Ernst Road
Burlington
859-334-2117

Bring a picnic and overlook the 22-acre lake, or launch your boat off the boat ramp and cast a line. Fishing license is required.

 

BOONES LANDING

14036 Boat Dock Road
Union
859-384-0504

Explore the Ohio River by canoe, coast on a pontoon boat or go fishing. The marina is also available if you’re looking to dock your own boat.

 

INDIANA BROOKVILLE LAKE

15179 Old State Road 101
Liberty
765-458-7431

Put your sailing skills to the test at this 17-mile lake. Brookville is great for tubing, and for bigger crowds, they have boats for that, too. Large speed boats, pontoons, sailboats, Hurricane deck boats and fishing boats are available to rent depending on what kind of water adventure you and your family are looking for.

 

SPLASH PADS

Let the little ones run and splash up an appetite at one of these local splash pads for free or for a small fee. Kids love it because no one will tell them to stop splashing!

 

WASHINGTON PARK

1230 Elm St.

This 7,000-square-foot interactive water feature is a year-round attraction, with more than 130 pop-up jets that can be synchronized to music and lights.

 

WINTON WOODS: PARKY’S ARK

801 Lakeview Drive, Cincinnati
$6 per child

 

PARKY’S WETLAND ADVENTURE: WOODLAND MOUND

8250 Old Kellogg Road
$6 per child

 

LOVELAND SPLASH PARK

11605 Lebanon Road, Loveland

 

PICHLER SPRAYGROUND – SMALE RIVERFRONT PARK

West Mehring Way

 

 

About the Author

Amanda Hayward

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, a military wife and mom of three. If she's not writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.