Cincinnati Day Trips: Lakes with Public Beaches

If you’re like me and you love the water, then living in a “landlocked” state can be frustrating. If you want a place to float around mindlessly on your unicorn tube, that’s where this list will come in handy!

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! Especially now with many public pools closed, these are great options for a fun day in the sun!

  1. Please always call or check the websites for the individual parks before visiting as things are always subject to last minute changes! 
  2. There are of course more places that I’m sure I’ve missed, please leave a comment if you want me to add any places
  3. Check out the map I made below to determine which beaches are closest to you- keep in mind these pins are general and not placed directly at the beach area. Please do your research before visiting:

If you’re looking for other fun day trip ideas within a one hour drive from the city, CHECK OUT THIS POST!

caesar creek beach, lake, ohio

acton lake, hueston woods, ohio, beach
Image via Hueston Woods Visitors Bureau

cowan lake beach ohio
Image via Wilmington News Journal

brookville lake indiana beach swim
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
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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Lakes with Public Sandy Beaches near Cincinnati Ohio

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