Forest Park – Cincinnati, OH

Forest Park, Ohio was developed in the mid-20th century. Adjacent to Winton Woods, this area has an abundance of wildlife and recreational opportunities. With shopping, dining, and schools nearby, residents rarely need to travel into the big city if they don't want to, except perhaps for entertainment or work. Convenient access to highways makes commuting practical, since downtown Cincinnati lies only about 16 miles to the south, and Dayton sits 44 miles away in the opposite direction.

Schools in Forest Park

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Winton Road houses the majority of area restaurants, but Route 4 also provides several choices. Located on Springfield Pike, J Austin's American Eatery provides a variety of options, from brunch and lunch to dinner. Try one of their Craft Burgers -- the J Austin is topped with bacon, a fried egg, and cheese on a cheddar biscuit bun. Entrees include Chicken 'n' Waffles, All American Pot Roast, and Southern Shrimp and Grits. When you're in the mood for Mexican food, drop by Mi Familia Mexican Restaurant and Bar. From taquitos or nachos to steak fundido or enchiladas jalisco, Mi Familia's dishes bring authentic Mexican flavors right to your table. Try some fried ice cream or sopapilla for dessert, or head to the bar for an after-dinner drink. Whether you want to dine in, carry out, or opt for delivery, First Wok Chinese has you covered. Start off with an appetizer of fried jumbo shrimp or barbecued ribs, or try some yat gai mein soup. Follow it up with a combination platter or some chow mein. Chinese donuts make a great dessert, and, of course, so do the fortune cookies. Since Forest Park is mostly a quiet residential neighborhood, locals leave here to enjoy the music and comedy venues in nearby towns. One popular choice, the Underground, presents a wholesome alternative to typical bars and nightclubs. With state-of-the-art equipment, this club and concert venue books first-rate local and national entertainers. The smoke-, drug-, and alcohol-free facility can be rented for corporate and private events as well. JW's Sports Cafe welcomes patrons with a hometown atmosphere, ice-cold beer, and free Wi-Fi. Package deals for multiple sporting events -- and huge HDTVs to watch them on -- make this a popular destination. You can reserve the private party room with its 42-inch TV for free. With a full menu of tasty snacks and the cheapest domestic drafts around, JW's keeps locals coming back for more. Laugh until your sides split at the Go Bananas comedy club. Aspiring comics come here to be mentored by the pros. Tickets may sell out, so be sure to call ahead and check, especially when nationally-known comedians are performing.

History & Culture

Forest Park is one of Cincinnati's northernmost suburbs, located along I-275 and bordered along the west side by Hamilton Avenue. Part of the Winton Woods Golf Course stretches into Forest Park, while the vast Winton Woods Park is along the south end. This wooded, suburban neighborhood boasts quiet, sun-dappled streets, lush lawns, and plenty of sidewalks. The Mt. Healthy Historical Society Museum sports 19th century buildings that visitors can tour for a fee. The Forest Park Recreation Department sponsors several annual events, such as a 5k run, the Jazz in the Park festival, a gospel fest, harvest fest, and even a breakfast with the Easter Bunny.

Transportation

Metro buses from Cincinnati run through Forest Park, but the fare costs more here than it does for residents who live closer to the city. Passes can be purchased to help defray that cost for those who often use mass transit. Taxis and Uber cars are available when summoned by phone, but most locals own and drive their own vehicles. Parking costs nothing no matter where you need to go in Forest Park, but bring change if you go to neighboring communities, as some of them require feeding parking meters. Interstate 275 passes along the north end of Forest Park, connecting to Interstates 71 and 75. All streets are lined with sidewalks, which makes walking and jogging simple and safe.

Cost

This neighborhood costs less to live in than many of the surrounding areas. It costs almost $3 to get to downtown Cincinnati on the bus. You can get a draft beer at your local pub for $2 or less, but a bottle costs an average of $4 to $6. A one-bedroom apartment in Forest Park goes for only $640, and gas prices in the area trend about three percent below the national average.

Shopping

Tri-County Mall in Springdale is the local shopping hotspot. Here you'll find, Macys, Sears, Pac Sun, rue21, Claire's Boutique, and Yankee Candle. Downtown Cincinnati is loaded with interesting shops and boutiques, antique stores, specialty markets, and art galleries. The suburbs possess a few unusual gems, like Magnolias on Main in Springboro. For groceries, residents head to Kroger, Aldi, and the Walmart Supercenter, all of which sit within a few blocks of each other. The nearby Wyoming Avenue Farmers' Market functions more as a co-op than an actual market, but you can order the available packages online and over the phone.

Parks

The 21-acre Central Park, Forest Park's largest park, sports water fountains and a picnic shelter with picnic tables and grills. A playground delights the youngsters, and numerous athletic facilities are available. Lights on the basketball and tennis courts, as well as on the baseball, football, and softball fields, allow for nighttime use. Nearby Kemper Meadow Park's nearly 18 acres hold three soccer fields and a shelter house with picnic tables. Winton Woods, south of the neighborhood, dwarfs all other parks in the area and boasts a riding stable and campground, as well as a lake with boat rentals. This park also provides winter sporting activities when the weather permits. Numerous playgrounds can be found throughout the park's 2,555 acres, and hiking trails up and down the hillsides and around the lake present plenty of opportunities for exercise. The few dog parks in the area, including the Simmonds Family dog park, sport canine agility equipment and have rules in place to ensure your pets' safety.
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