You’ll find fun activities in Cincinnati for the whole family at a variety of price points.
Leave time to stop at Jungle Jim’s International Market on your way in or out of town – you could spend a whole day browsing this store!
One of the last great train stations, built in 1933. Includes 3 museums (Children’s Museum, Cincinnati History Museum, and the Museum of Natural History), The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, OmniMax Theater, Terminal tours, art exhibits, original control tower, whispering fountains, and ice cream parlor.
Some experiences are free (excluding museums, OmniMax Theater, and a few others).
COSI members may get free admission; verify current benefits before you go, and make sure to bring your card.
Discovery tickets include admission to the Children’s Museum, Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science, and The Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery. Discovery tickets are $5.50-$14.50. Add-on’s are available for other experiences.
Duke Energy Children’s Museum: Hands on fun, 8 educational and themed play areas.
Museum of Natural History and Science: Experience a world of science, history and nature through interactive exhibits and amazing artifacts. Hands’ on experiments, spelunking, mummies, spacesuits, caves, Ice Age, dinosaurs and more.
Cincinnati History Museum: Step back in time and experience the history of our city, from our earliest settlers to those actively shaping the Queen City today.
Discounts include AAA members; active, retired, and veteran military and families, and Museums for All: Eligible recipients with EBT card and photo ID.
Experience the ocean without the sand, sunburns, and shark attacks. Touch turtles and sharks, encounter animals, and explore exhibits and sea life from all over the world in a million gallons of water.
Admission is $22.99-$34.99 (if you intend to go more than twice a year, buy a membership -you’ll also receive discounts at other attractions including the Columbus Zoo). Columbus Zoo members get 20% off admission (not confirmed for 2023). Other discount options here. Additional experiences are available for purchase, including Penguin Encounters and Backstage Animal Experiences.
Rated one of the top Zoo’s in the country, you’ll find lots to explore at this Zoo with over 500 animal and 3000 plant species.
Kroger, military, and AAA discounts are available. Columbus Zoo members should receive 50% off; verify with Zoo before your visit.
You’ll find over 3,500 plant species from around the world, plus special exhibits. Admission prices vary according to the seasonal show. General admission is $5-$7.
Beautiful downtown parks featuring the Serpentine Wall, fountains and splash pads, playgrounds, and lots of festivals and events in warmer seasons.
Located along Cincinnati’s downtown riverfront, park features include splash grounds and water play areas, playground, picnic area, Carol Ann’s Carousel, Moerlein Lager House and more. West Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Carol Ann’s Carousel: Take a ride on one of 44 whimsical Cincinnati-centric characters that make up Carol Ann’s Carousel. The carousel is an amazing work of art featuring original artwork by Jonathan Queen with panels with animal characters playing in Cincinnati parks. Additional panels celebrate historic landmarks of Cincinnati.
The carousel is housed inside a glass building so it can operate year-round. Check hours before you go. Ride tokes are $2 each, with discounts for multiple purchases.
Located at 8 East Mehring Way, just across the street from the P&G GoVibrant Playscape next to the Roebling Bridge and immediately west of the new Pichler Fountain off of Rosa Parks Drive
Heekin Family/PNC Grow up Great Adventure Playground: This playground next to the Roebling Suspension Bridge contains a rock climbing canyon, log climbers, twin racing slides, a rope bridge and a mist feature.
Labyrinth (Inspired by Barr Foundation): This serene path is a place to walk in peace and meditation.
P&G go Vibrantscape: Talking tubes, exercise pipes, a giant foot piano, a flying pig, and water pumps and channels that can be activated to flood a granite relief map of the park.
River Play: Fountains for children and families to enjoy and play in, and meandering rocks for hopping across the water.
Rosenberg Swings: A series of shade pergolas, each containing two porch-size swings, are positioned along the upper river walk with great views of the river. Sets of swings are found on the east side of the park at the Duke Energy Garden and above the great lawn on the west side of the park.
Pichler Fountains & Plaza: The steps aligning with Vine Street are flanked by water cascades, and a plaza containing a fountain, a reflecting pool, water curtains, and glass balconies.
Themed gardens within the garden on 12 acres. Lots of educational programs. $6 admission ($3 in winter), 2 and under free. Themed gardens appeal to kids of all ages!
10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45215
- Frog & Toads Garden – Look closely between those lily pads and you’ll see they are surrounded by frogs.
- Wizard’s Garden – Pass the purple hat, don’t wake the dragon and take the bouncy bridge to the fairy garden.
- Trolley Garden – Four small scale trains run on tracks surrounding some of your favorite storybook characters.
- Vegetable Garden – Raised beds will put you eye level with common and not-so-common vegetables.
- Grandma’s Scent Garden – You’ll be surrounded by smelly plants for your pretend tea party in this garden.
- Morph Garden – The caterpillars in this garden are huge!
- Butterfly Garden – This garden is shaped like its favorite resident.
Home of the world’s largest indoor train display and A-Maze-N Funhouse: The Greatest Funhouse on Earth, you’ll find lots of fun with the Imagination Junction children’s play area, and imaginative railroading museum.
From Memorial Day thru Labor Day you can engineer your own locomotive around a track in a hand-cranked railroad car or ride the narrow gauge train ride. Admission is $14.95-$16.95; Funhouse is an additional $9.95.
From uncovering hidden gold to saving the day – The Escape Game offers a uniquely premium experience. Unplug and connect with your friends and family as you team up, follow clues, and solve puzzles to complete your mission. You might escape…you WILL have fun!
Huge Sunlight Pool with slides, splash areas, and a massive shallow water section for young kids. The rides were removed from Coney Island after 2019, and they are redeveloping part of the park in the next couple of years.
In addition to the pool, families can enjoy Action Alley, Mini golf, and a Storybook Paddleboat on Lake Como. Advance admission for 2022 ranges from $14.50 – $28 (in 2022), with discounts for admission after 4 pm.
6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230
Catch a Major League Baseball game at the beautiful Great American Ball Park from late March through the beginning of October. Tickets start at less than $10. Check out the game promotions here.
Archery Arena offers two unique action-packed activity options at their indoor arena in West Chester.
Archery Dodgeball (ages 7+) combines the rules and gameplay of dodgeball with custom foam-tipped archery arrows. Each session is led by a game host and includes a mix of game modes including Zombies, Guardian Angel, and Tribute.
Nerf Wars (Ages 6+ subject to size) allows players to battle it out with Nerf Rival blasters with unique game modes including Capture the Flag and Kick the Can.
4950 Provident Dr, West Chester Township, OH 45246
Options a short drive from Cincinnati:
The Historic Loveland Castle & Museum Chateau Laroche dates back to 1929 when Boy Scout troop leader, World War I veteran, and medievalist Harry D. Andrews began building a folly of a historical European castle for over 50 years.
Still guarded by the Knights of the Golden Trail, you’ll enjoy beautiful gardens, fascinating architecture, games, and perfect picnic spots at the castle, as well as pieces of Sir Harry’s collections. You may even find ghosts if you’re looking. Admission: $5; free for 5 and under
Largest Amusement and Waterpark in the Midwest with roller coasters, ride, attractions, Soak City Waterpark, Peanuts-themed Kids’ Area (rated one of the best in the World), Dinosaurs Alive, and more.
Tickets start $39.99 (single day), plus several other options available. (30 min NE of Cincy):
The state-of-the-art 75,000-square-foot museum brings the pages of the Bible to life, casting its characters and animals in dynamic form and placing them in familiar settings. There’s also Ziplines, a Planetarium, Botanical Gardens, Petting Zoo and Camel Rides, exhibits and more (some activities cost extra).
Tickets are $29.95-$49.95, or get a combo ticket for Creation Museum and Ark Encounter at a discount. (45 minutes apart). Kids 10 and under are FREE through 2023! $5 parking. (25 min SW of Cincy)
Ark Encounter is a one-of-a-kind historically themed attraction that presents a number of historical biblically themed events in an entertaining, educational and immersive way — centered on a full-size, all-wood Ark, will be the largest timber-frame structure in the USA. Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel amazes visitors young and old.
Tickets are $29.95-$49.95, or get a combo ticket for Creation Museum and Ark Encounter. $10 parking. Kids 10 and under are FREE through 2023! (40 min S of Cincy)
Learn to climb trees and then play up in the top with a 1.5 hour guided introductory tree climb. All equipment and instruction included. From $59 per climber. (20 min SE of Cincy)
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