Beaches Near Cincinnati: Best Swim Spots

If you’re like me and love the water, living in a “landlocked” state can be frustrating.

If you just want a place to float around on a unicorn tube, here’s where to find the beaches near Cincinnati you’ve been dreaming of!

These lakes, within a 1-2 hour drive from Cincinnati, all have “public beaches”. This means you can pack a beach chair, umbrella, and a cooler and pretend you’re in Florida for a few hours! 


  1. Always check websites for individual places before visiting. Things are subject to last minute changes! 
  2. This map shows the closest beaches to Cincinnati area, but these pins are general and not directly at the beach area.

⇒ See my Cincy day trip ideas within a 1 hour drive

⇒ See my Cincy day trip ideas within a 2 hour drive

Some links in this post are affiliate links, meaning if you book or buy something through one of these, I may earn a small commission, at no additional cost to you!

If you would rather swim in a pool- check out SWIMPLY. With this website, you can rent pools by the hour in your area (like an “AirBNB of swimming pools”). If you use my link, you get 50$ off your first rental! 
I’ve used Swimply before, and had a great experience! See more about it on my Cincy Staycation Post! 🏊‍♀️

Lakes with Beaches near Cincinnati (in order of distance):

stonelick lake, cincinnati, closest beach cincinnati

caesar creek beach, lake, ohio

acton lake, hueston woods, closest beach to cincinnati
Image via Hueston Woods Visitors Bureau

cowan lake beach ohio
Image via Wilmington News Journal

brookville lake indiana beach swim
Image via Visit Indiana

  • White Rock Adventure Park (75 mins from Cincinnati – includes cliff diving!)
white ro
Image via Visit Indiana

lagrange quarry kentucky lakes beach
Image via La Grange Quarry Website

mineral springs lake ohio beach swim
Image via The Columbus Navigator

natural springs resort, ohio, sandy beach, closest beach cincinnati
Image via Natural Springs Resort Official Website

jump rock red river gorge
Image via Natural Bridge Cabin Rentals

  • Hocking Hills: Tubing, Ohio : This is not a sandy beach, but fun just the same! This has options for 4-5 hour tubing trips (145 mins from Cincinnati)
tubing hocking hills ohio
Image via Hocking Hills Tubing Adventures

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Enjoy this list of the closest beaches to Cincinnati!

Lakes with Public Sandy Beaches near Cincinnati Ohio. List of closest beaches to Cincinnati

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