Unless you’re a local, you likely don’t know about Ft. Liberty Playland (website). But just beyond the highway lies a wooden castle. A palace just for tiny people, complete with ramps and rock walls for climbing, tires for swinging, and courts for bocce-ing. Affectionately named “The Bunny Trail” by our family, Ft. Liberty Playland is a hidden gem, known primarily to people who live within 5-10 miles away, but is well worth the trip no matter what part of town you live in. Why do we call it The Bunny Trail you ask? Because part of the charm of this tiny little park is the way its nature trails are brimming with wildlife. Deer, blue herons, frogs, and of course lots and lots of bunnies call this place home and rarely shy away from visitors.
Aside from a variety of swings (including infant swings, handicap swings and tire swings), Ft. Liberty Playland has plenty of green space to run, slides for barreling down and plenty of spaces for a picnic or birthday party. After lunch, unpack the stroller and head deeper into the park for a stroll along the paved walking trails that wind through the park and around small ponds, or take a wooded challenge and head into the trees on one of the unpaved nature trails.
Ft. Liberty Playland features new amenities, clean bathrooms and plenty of parking as well as well maintained spaces and a safe environment. It’s located just off SR-129 between 747 and LeSourdesville West Chester Road.
Emily grew up just north of Cincinnati in Hamilton, OH and now lives in Western Hills with her husband Jim, their son James and their lunatic yellow lab, Rosey. Emily graduated from Xavier University (Go Muskies!), and is now a stay at home mom after working in marketing and promotions for local radio and TV stations.
Emily spends most of her free time visiting the manatees (James’ favorite) at the Cincinnati Zoo, shopping at local antique shops, or singing Beatles songs with James who typically just stares at her like she’s crazy. Emily hopes one day he’ll join in but for now she enjoys his giggles. She also enjoys photography and has quickly turned into a Pure Barre addict while trying to melt away the daily milkshakes she consumed while pregnant. So far it’s going well, but Skyline frequently gets in the way.
Emily loves to write and is looking forward to connecting with other Moms in Cincinnati while writing for Cincinnati Parent.