It’s officially playground season! Everyone loves a good playground and spring is the best time to head to your favorites or even try out a few new ones. It can be a little nerve-wracking to head to a park or playground that you’ve never been to, especially if you’re bringing a pack of little ones along with you. If you live in Northern Kentucky – or even if you don’t! – this list will have you covered.
We’ve rounded up the Top 5 Playgrounds in Northern Kentucky, and even have a few that have earned an Honorable Mention:
Directions: Take 75/71 South to the U.S. 42 exit. Go west and turn right onto Farmview Drive, then turn right onto South Fork Park Drive.
South Fork Park is the largest park in the city of Florence. It’s right on the Florence/Union border and has so much to offer on its 42 acres. The playground itself has a nautical theme and you’ll love the blue, soft surface. There are two sets of play equipment, one for ages 2-5 and the other for 5-12 years old. They do have a shelter with picnic tables and temporary restrooms. Another appeal to this park is the large field with an adjacent creek that is perfect for exploring during the summer.
Address: Mineola Pike & Donaldson Hwy 236 Erlanger, KY 41018
This small playground packs a big punch. It’s unique, which is why it earns a spot on this list. Where else can your kids play on airplane-themed equipment, while watching ACTUAL airplanes?! There’s no shade, so bring your sunscreen, and pack a lunch or dinner and have a seat at one of the newly added picnic tables. There are temporary restrooms available and it’s near Houston Road, which has a plethora of food options if you need them.
Address: Philadelphia Street Covington, KY 41011
Goebel Park has something that no other playground in the area can offer…Goats! Yes, I said goats. They are described on their Facebook page as a “landscape company” because that’s what they are! They live in a fenced-in hill and spend their days eating the grass and weeds – no lawn mower necessary. Goebel Park also has a fun playground, shelters and special events throughout the year. It has an urban feel with a little but of Kentucky country thrown in.
Address: 1600 Montague Rd, Covington, KY 41011
Within Devou Park, just below the Behringer Crawford Museum, you’ll find the Nature Play playscape. It’s an untraditional playground, with plenty of opportunity to imagine, climb, play and learn. You can pick up a Science & Art pack in the museum when they are open to enhance your park visit. The playground is built into a hillside, utilizing rocks and other natural elements in its design. They also have raised garden beds and a sand area for digging. If you’re looking for a more traditional playground nearby, Devou does have a couple within walking distance in the park!
Address: 5550 Idlewild Road Burlington, KY 41005
Idlewild wins the amenities award on this list. This 290-acre park has something for everyone. The playground is fenced in (yay!) and has areas for both big and little kids. It also has plenty of swings and a built in sand box! The park also has shelters, a fishing pond, paved walking trail and mountain bike trails.
Tower Park – Ft. Thomas
Flagship Park – Erlanger
General Ormsby Mitchell Park – Ft. Mitchell
Freedom Park – Edgewood
Pioneer Park – Covington
Presidents Park – Edgewood
Railroad Depot Park – Erlanger
As you can see, you have plenty of options for outdoor fun in Kentucky this spring and summer! If we missed any of your favorites, please let us know! We’re always on the look out for hidden gems in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati!
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 brainstorming ideas for her next children’s book! 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.