Serpentine Wall, Cincinnati
Serpentine Wall is a curvy stepped wall rising up from the Ohio River on the Cincinnati side located near the Public Landing Dock (you might even see an old-fashioned riverboat or 2). This is a very popular place for the locals to hang out when the weather is nice to watch the barges glide past, the speedboats zip past, watch the Riverfest's WEBN fireworks the Sunday night before Labor Day, jog, bring the kids to play, read!
Bring a picnic basket & hang out with the kids & do some people watching, climb up & down the steps. Climb to the top, walk east a bit & start the River Walk and look for the Cincinnatus statue near Sawyer Point (where they have a Wednesday concert series during the summer), or hang out at Yeatman's Cove (a landing dock during Revolutionary days).
Also nearby is the free-to-the-public Concourse Fountain, a 1-foot-deep wading pool - just follow the sounds of splashing & laughter!
The Serpentine Wall is a massive contoured wall of steps forming the boundary to the Ohio River at Yeatman's Cove and Sawyer Point near downtown Cincinnati. The wall has practical as well as asthetic purposes, since the water levels in the river can fluctuate widely. These steps are used as informal bleachers for riverfront events, such as the Tall Stacks festival, and speedboat races. This is also a popular place to just hang out and watch the barges and other river traffic on a beautiful day.
Click on the web link below for a schedule of current or upcoming happenings on the river.
If you happen to get hot while you're walking along the downtown river front, stop on in at the Concourse Fountain near the Serpentine Wall. It is open in the summer, is free to the public, usually has a life guard on duty, provides plenty of places to soak your feet or watch the kids play in the water. The fountain is relaly like a shallow pool - 9 inches deep, and water cascades out of numerous stone projections and down a set of steps. Only one real rule - infants must wear swimmer diapers if they get in the water.
Nestled between Bicentennial Commons and the pro sports stadiums along the Ohio River is the Serpentine Wall. It is an interesting piece of architechture that provides a place to sit and enjoy some of the activities that happen along the riverfront. Such things as - the Labor Day fireworks, Tall Stacks, Seafood Festival, and many free concerts.
Strolling along the old riverfront in Cincinnati is a delightful way to pass a summer's afternoon. Here are scenic vistas of the Ohio River, the Kentucky shore (Covington and Newport), and several fine pieces of sculpture.