Summer is officially here, and Great Parks of Hamilton County has plenty of options for patrons of all ages and interests. With 17 parks and four conservation areas, Ohio’s southernmost park district is the hub for outdoor fun. We spoke with Kimberly Whitton, Great Parks’ marketing communications coordinator, about her tips for having fun outside during the summer months.

1. Hit the Links

Great Parks boasts seven golf courses all over the city. Little Miami Golf Center and Meadow Links and Golf Academy both emphasize hitting the range and developing young golfers through the use of PGA professionals.

If traditional golf doesn’t pique your interest, Little Miami Golf Center houses a par 3 FootGolf course, a cross between soccer and golf.

2. Take a Hike

“There’s a variety of different trails for people to get out and get on and have fun and exercise,” says Whitton. A 3.15-mile extension to the Little Miami Scenic Trail was recently added. It ranges from Little Miami Golf Center to the Beechmont Levy. The latest stretch gives Great Parks 78 miles.

3. Have a Staycation

Winton Woods is one of the most diverse parks, according to Whitton. Offering camping options from primitive setups to deluxe cabins, patrons can use the trails to reach the harbor from the campground, where families can attend an event at the amphitheater and kids can play at the wet playground. The harbor houses a boathouse on Winton Lake, where kayak and watercraft rentals are available.