Fall is here, and the weather in Cincinnati is looking incredibly comfortable this weekend — practically perfect for doing something outside.
And to encourage locals to get out there, the 18th-annual Great Outdoor Weekend is offering more than 100 free activities across area parks, rivers, trails and more.
Presented by regional sustainability alliance Green Umbrella and partner organizations, adults and kids alike can expect to partake in events ranging from rooftop yoga at Rhinegeist to free pedal boat rentals at Miami Whitewater forest and a butterfly walk at Woodland Mound to "competitive bird-watching" at Grailville. See a full calendar of events at greatoutdoorweekend.org.
In a release, the organization also encourages people to get out on their own to bike, hike, or explore Green Umbrella's 40 natural Greenspace Gems or Tri-State Trails' more than 570 miles of trails.
Green Umbrella says spending time outside can help with everything from stress reduction and improving self-esteem to helping with quality of sleep.
"Now more than ever, people are turning to trails and parks to be healthy — both physically and mentally," says Tri-State Trails Director Wade Johnston in a release. "Tri-State Trails' Trail Monitoring Program documented that trail usage was up 19% in 2020 compared to 2019 around the region."
Great Outdoor Weekend takes place Sept. 25 and 26. All events are free. For more info, visit greatoutdoorweekend.org.