Cincinnati Named One of America's 'Best Cities for Recreation,' According to New Report

Cincinnati's recreation opportunities rank in the top 5 in the U.S.

click to enlarge Smale Riverfront Park - Photo: Scott Dittgen
Photo: Scott Dittgen
Smale Riverfront Park

Earlier this year, Cincinnati's park system was named one of the five best in America by the Trust for Public Land. And now another report is shining a light on the Queen City's apparently exceptional recreation opportunities.

In its 2022 list of the "Best & Worst Cities for Recreation," WalletHub ranked Cincinnati No. 3 in the nation.

Las Vegas took home top honors, while Fort Wayne, Indiana ranked last.

WalletHub looked at the 100 largest U.S. cities and evaluated them across "47 key indicators of recreation-friendliness," per the report. Metrics were calculated in categories like tennis courts per capita, share of the population with walkable park access, quality of weather and more.

Cincinnati was in the top 20 cities in the country in areas like number of park playgrounds per capita and number of swimming pools per capita; we took home the No. 1 spot in both of those categories. We also ranked highly in music venues per capita (No. 6), spending on parks and recreation per capita (No. 12) and parkland as a percent of city area (No. 19).

And if you're looking for some recreation opportunities in the city, our Summer Guide lists 25 things to do, ranging from spraygrounds and pickleball courts to amusement parks and bike trails.

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