Northern Kentucky Picnic Areas

Explore our list of the top picnic spots in Cincinnati and the Northern Kentucky region

General James Taylor Park in Newport, Kentucky

General James Taylor Park is located in Newport, Kentucky at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers with a wonderful view of the Cincinnati skyline. The park has walking access to the Ohio and Licking river banks.  Park amenities include: playground, picnic tables, benches, shelter, grill, swing, and paved parking lot.

Devou Park in Covington, Kentucky

Devou Park provides one of the best views in town. Perched at the top of Devou Park’s highest hill, the Memorial Overlook provides a sprawling panorama of Cincinnati, Covington, and the bridges that connect the two. Bring your camera, a picnic, your favorite book, or all three — this view is worth savoring.

Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati, Ohio

After swinging on the porch swings, splashing through the spray grounds, and playing a tune on the giant foot piano, you’re going to need to refuel!  Good news is, Smale Park has excellent picnic facilities with incredible views of the Ohio river, the sights of downtown Cincy, and the Northern Kentucky skyline.  Other park features include splash grounds and water play areas, playground, picnic area, Carol Ann's Carousel and more. 

Eden Park in Cincinnati, Ohio

Home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Krohn Conservatory, Eden Park is one of the most popular of the Cincinnati Parks. 
Twin Lakes, a landmark within the park, was once an old quarry and features two lakes, a footbridge and walking paths, an impressive view of the Ohio River and Kentucky, several sculptures and a kid-friendly playground. It's a great spot for picnics, chess or launching model boats. 

Bellevue Beach Park in Bellevue, Kentucky

With easy access from Bellevue's Historic Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue Beach Park is a local favorite for a picnic.  Grab a bite to eat at one of the nearby restaurants and enjoy it with incredible views of Cincinnati and the Ohio River.  The park also features basketball courts and a playground area.

Covington Plaza in Covington, Kentucky

Newly built as an ampitheater and performance area, Covington plaza sits at the foot of the Roebling Bridge along the Roebling Murals and is open to the public when events are not going on.  Many locals grab lunch at a favorite Covington restaurant then walk down to the murals to eat a picnic while watching boats float down the river with the Cincinnati skyline as a backdrop.  Located directly riverside of the Embassy Suites RiverCenter and the Marriott RiverCenter (super close to the Convention Center), it's a perfect spot for some fresh air!

George Rogers Clark Park in Covington, Kentucky

Along the route of Northern Kentucky walking tours with several historical statues, George Rogers Clark Park in Covington is a perfect place for a blanket picnic, or grab a bench and stay a while.  Watch the riverboats, take in the sights of the Cincinnati skyline, and listen to the hum of the Roebling Bridge.


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