Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sharon Woods

Sharon Woods
Sharon Woods

Website: http://www.greatparks.org/parks/sharonwoods.htm
Address: 11450 Lebanon Rd. Sharonville, OH 45241
Phone: (513) 367-4774 or (513) 563-4513

Info: New Harbor playground with water features. Full-service harbor snack bar. 35-acre Sharon Woods Lake with boathouse. 2.6-mile paved multi-use trail. Visitor center with exhibits, Nature’s Niche Store, indoor play area ($2.50 per child). Reservable Lakeside Lodge, shelters and picnic areas. 1.0-mile Parcours fitness trail. .7-mile Gorge Nature trail. 18-hole golf course. Full-service banquet center.

Sharon Woods is a huge Hamilton County park which could not possibly be enjoyed and admired in just one day. For outdoor fun, there is the harbor with the extensive modern playground, mini-water world with fountain sprays, rental paddle boats and canoes, and a covered pavillion for picnicing. For indoor fun, there is the “Treehouse” or Adventure Station in the Sharon Center, as well as educational nature displays and the tunnel fish tank.

The Heritage Village is also on the premises of Sharon Woods. It is a living history museum depicting life in Southwestern Ohio through-out the 19th Century.  Real homes, out-buildings and equipment on the museum grounds were moved here from other locations in the region to be preserved and aid in telling the story of our recent past.  Interpreters at the museum provide the facts and stories that bring the Village to life with nostalgic glances of days gone by. Click here for more information on The Heritage Village.

Typical Day: If ‘the weather outside is frightful’, then the Adventure Station is a wonderful way to spend the day. It is completely designed like a treehouse. There are stairs inside a tree trunk to go to the second level. There are tunnels, monkey bars, horse saddles, a covered wagon, and slides hidden inside decorations like a giant bird nest. There is also a small ball-pit for the little ones and an extra small slide for the not-so-brave-at-heart under 24-month olds. We also spend time in the Free nature room across the hall where there are tons of interactive flip-flaps, fish tank, a tunnel, computer quizes, and buttons with bird calls.

If there is ‘sunshine on my shoulder’, then the Sharon Woods Harbor is the place to play and splash. The playground is modern and big with monkey bars, slides, a couple swings, a small wall and tiger to climb on, and round handles used to race cars built into the sides of the play area. In the summer, the foutain sprays shoot up from the ground every few seconds. Running in and out of the sprays is the perfect activity for any hot day for all ages. There is also a tiny-river that flows offering plenty of entertainment for a good imagination. We’ve also enjoyed the paddle boats down at the harbor boat rental, and the harbor snack bar has the most gigantic ice-pops you ever saw (definitely big enough to share).

On a side note, the Hamilton County Parks website www.greatparks.org has a great calendar of events, and their parks have monthly programs year round which are usually free. At the Sharon Woods Center, we have enjoyed creating ornaments out of recycled paper, melting crayons into new molded shapes, and had a blast with their indoor sports during the winter months.

Cincy Kids: APPROVE!

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