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Discover Cincinnati: Things to Do in Washington Park

by Margy January - last edited January

When we’re ready for some bench-time in Cincinnati, we head straight to Washington Park. One of the most scenic spots in the city, this eight-acre green-space is bounded by 12th, 14th, Elm and Race Streets and the Over-the-Rhine neighbourhood’s famous Italianate architecture. Here are a few of our favourite things to do in Washington Park.

 

Cincinnati Symphony | Things to Do in Washington Park

Outdoor concert with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra © Mark Lyons
 

There’s nearly always something going on in the park, and much of it involves artists, musicians, local entrepreneurs and artisans. There are a variety of fairs like The City Flea - a curated urban flea market, the farmers’ market, the Maker Faire – with booths by everyone from tech enthusiasts and scientists to crafters, homesteaders and garage tinkerers.

City Flea | Things to Do in Washington Park

City Flea offers curated local goods © Pam Sattler
 

There’s a music performance almost every day from spring to fall, and holiday events when it’s not too hot. Everyone heads over to the park for music festivals, dancing, improv, and theatre.

 

The park is also the lawn for Music Hall – the home of local favourites like the Cincinnati Symphony and the nation’s second oldest opera company. Surrounded by arts venues and the nation’s only K- 12 performing arts public school, there are all sorts of musical performances that take place in the bandstand and programming on the lawn year-round. There’s even the occasional pop-up surprise performance there too.

Water Fountains | Things to Do in Washington Park

Water fountains and the old bandstand © Margy Waller
 

Washington Park also features water fountains that prove irresistible most of the year, a child-friendly space with permanent musical instruments for practice, a dog park, green space with trees, and the open lawn for running, kite flying, and occasionally a free yoga class.

 

Free Yoga Classes | Things to Do in Washington Park

Free yoga classes draw in the crowds © Washington Park
 

There are plenty of places to enjoy lunch in the area – from picnicking with a view to delicious food-truck fare, both of which are best-enjoyed al fresco within the beautiful park grounds. You’ll often find the city’s food trucks on the edges of the park, or just head to one of the many and varied eateries on 14th Street nearby. Across Race Street, there’s Zula and if you just keep walking along 14th about a block from the park is Vine Street where it’s pretty much restaurant row for local chefs offering everything from Asian street food to gourmet hot dogs.

 

Food Truck | Things to Do in Washington Park

Food truck temptations at Washington Park © Travis Estell
 

Our partnership with Delta Air Lines means you can enjoy our award winning service on Virgin Atlantic flights to New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago and San Francisco and then travel onwards to 44 North American destinations with Delta – earning miles every step of the way.

 

You’ll also be able to book direct flights from London Heathrow to Atlanta, Detroit and Minneapolis. Plus, you can look forward to more frequent flights from Heathrow to New York and Boston, giving you even more choice.

Have you been to Cincinnati’s Washington Park? What’s the most amazing urban park you’ve ever seen? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

 

Written by Margy Waller


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Margy Waller

Margy is a boomerang Cincinnatian: she returned to promote the city’s arts after living in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, and loves to show off her hometown, a place where she knows all the indie shopping spots and architectural beauties. She’s a fan of the region’s surprisingly diverse performances of theatre, dance, and music in unusual spots. Follow Margy @margyartgrrl.