Burnet Woods with its lake, band stand, picnic areas and trailside museum is partly bounded by two of Clifton’s main streets. Out on the brow of a hill, affording a magnificent view west and north is Mt. Storm Park. Rawson Woods Bird Preserve has 10 acres and is located at Middleton and McAlpin Avenues.
Clifton Meadows is a private club with ample facilities for swimming, tennis, baseball, shuffleboard and basketball. The handsome Clifton Recreation Center has a gym and the many separate facilities offer volleyball, handball and crafts to all. Golfers are a 15- minute drive to many private and public courses and tennis fans have easy access to many courts in the vicinity. In addition, University of Cincinnati offers many recreational activities to the whole city, many of which are free of charge.
The Clifton Cultural Arts Center is located on Short Vine (with plans to build in Clifton in the future). The building houses art exhibits as well as classes for art, dance, music, foreign language and theater. A prominent landmark is the Esquire Theater on Ludlow Avenue. It was established in 1911 showing silent films and live acts. This movie house is now known for art films as well as first-run movies. It has been named a Best Movie Theater several times for the Cincinnati area.
For those who enjoy the nightlife, the Brewery District in Over-the-Rhine is a short drive away, or one can stay in Clifton and enjoy music from the Ludlow Garage or head to Uptown Clifton to Bogart’s for a concert. Outdoor concerts are held at the Burnet Woods band stand and the Ludlow Plaza in the summer.
For those who enjoy bicycling, there is a Cincy Red Bikes station on Howell Avenue.