We love a good playground. There are so many options in the Cincinnati area to get outside and play, but I especially love the ones that are unique. My kids are generally happy with a slide and a swing, but they also appreciate the spaces that are different and creative. When I came across a new park only ten minutes from our house, I knew we had to check it out!
NaturePlay at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park definitely has that unique factor!
Located just below the museum, they literally seemed to carve the space out of the side of the hill and it’s a beautiful place to explore and play! Follow signs to the museum, park in the lot and follow the path through a whimsical wooden arch that leads down to the main area of the park. It’s heavily shaded, so even on a warm day it’s an ideal place to visit.
NaturePlay is exactly what its name suggests – playing in nature. Traditional playground equipment – a slide and a swing – is given a new twist to make it even more fun. The tall slide follows the side of the hill and instead of a ladder, you climb up a rock formed stairwell to get back to the top. I’ve never seen a swing like the one at NaturePlay. I will warn you — be careful with the really little ones. My two-year-old slipped through the hole when she tried it on her own. It was much more fun when I rode it with both of my kids. And it is FAST!
We spent most of our time on the “natural” aspects of the park. There are rocks to climb everywhere, alongside ladders made out of branches. It had rained heavily the night before, or we would have definitely played in the sand and gravel pits! The small log cabins and large wooden boat provide plenty of opportunity for creative play. They even have little elevated gardens scattered throughout the park.
Devou Park is arguably the most beautiful park in the Cincinnati area and is worth a trip for the view of downtown alone. The Behringer-Crawford Museum is also a great place to visit with your young ones! But now, the park has added another incentive in a beautiful little nature park — perfect for active, curious kids!
If you visit during museum hours, be sure to stop by the front desk and ask to borrow a “Science and Art Pack” to add even more adventure to your experience. For more info and park updates, follow NaturePlay at BCM on Facebook.
A native Cincinnatian, Andrea has experienced life in all four corners of this city. After growing up on the west side, she headed north to attend Miami University, then moved east to Hyde Park and now lives in Northern Kentucky with her family.
When she’s not playing trains and doing the “hot dog dance” as a stay-at-home mom to her two toddlers, Andrea is busy writing for Cincinnati publications and sites. With a newfound passion for fitness and overall health, she spends a lot of time at her family gym and loves to play outside.
Andrea worked in education for several years and has a special love for children’s literature. She loves showing her children all our city has to offer and enjoys sharing her finds with other parents. Her favorite spots include the Cincinnati Zoo (although she steers clear of the bird house), her local library and any playground.