Northside offers over 250 acres of park space within town. Mt. Airy Forest, the largest park in Cincinnati’s park system, lies just west of Northside. Other parks include the Northside Children’s Playground, Jergens Park, Hoffner Park, Parker Woods, Buttercup Valley, Badgley Run Park and Bradford-Felter Tanglewood.
The McKie Recreation Center on Chase Avenue offers a fitness center, 6,000 square foot air-conditioned gymnasium, computer lab, and swimming pool. The Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library is located on Hamilton Avenue.
Bike sharing is important to its residents and the community has a volunteer co-op program (MoBo) for cyclists.
Northside is known for hosting a very hip Fourth of July Parade every summer. The Northside Rock and Roll Carnival is also well attended. Northsiders enjoy an annual yard sale in August. For those with a green thumb, the Gardens at Village Green on Knowlton Street is a community garden with 33 plots. The Northside Community Council and Northside Business Association are very active in making sure residents have plenty of activities to enjoy throughout the year.