Great Adventure Playground at Smale Riverfront Park

I spent the morning wandering around Smale Riverfront Park today and all I can say is WOW! We’ve all grown accustomed to the great features that have been there for a few years – the giant swings, the splash playgrounds, the monuments and the statues. And this year (2015) marks a stellar year of new additions to the area including Carol Ann’s Carousel and the Great Adventure Playground.


Smale Riverfront Park is located along the Ohio River, between Great American Ballpark and Paul Brown Stadium. Riverfront Park is one of the many wonderful City of Cincinnati Parks.

Great Adventure Playground location

The new playground is located at the base of the John Roebling Bridge. To take this picture (above) I was facing south and the Ohio River was in front of me (although you can’t see it in the picture).

Great Adventure Playground at Smale Riverfront Park

The playground features twin racing slides (as seen in previous pic), rock climbing areas, log climbers, and a rope bridge.

Log Walls to Climb at Smale Park in Cincinnati
The Rope Bridge at Great Adventure Playground
Rock Climbing at Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati

There’s a pit under this rope bridge with wall-mounted ladders down either side for the bigger kids.

The ground is covered with very thick rubber (?) flooring that gives as you walk.

The Roebling Bridge beyond Smale Riverfront Park

Smale Riverfront Park is free, as is the new playground. There’s a parking garage right underneath the park and there is limited street parking (metered) around too.

Leave some time to enjoy all of the rest of the park when you go to play. It really is a fabulous way to spend the day!

Great Adventure Playground is located in Smale Riverfront Park, 100 W. Mehring Way
This is just one of the wonderful City of Cincinnati Parks

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Bridgett Raffenberg
My name is Bridgett Raffenberg and I am the creator of 365Cincinnati. I've been uncovering and sharing all of the best things to do in Cincinnati since 2010. I enjoy exploring new spots, discovering local events, and meeting the people who call Cincinnati home!

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