Attractions In and Around Cincinnati

Family Attractions

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
3400 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-1399
(513) 281-4700

The Zoological Society of Cincinnati was founded in 1873 and officially opened its doors in 1875, making the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden the second oldest Zoo in the United States. Zagat Survey ranked the world famous Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden the #1 attraction in Cincinnati and one of the top zoos in the nation. It has also been recognized by Child Magazine as one of "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids."

 

The Beach Waterpark
2590 Waterpark Drive
Mason, Ohio 45040
(513) 398-SWIM or (800) 886-SWIM

The Beach Waterpark is one of the premier travel destinations in the Midwest. Whether guests seek thrilling water slides, a relaxing tropical island experience, or winter holiday adventures, The Beach Waterpark offers something for every age and interest. The beach features 49 thrilling water attractions including The Aztec Adventure, the only water coaster in the Midwest.

Kings Island
6300 Kings Island Drive,
Kings Island, Ohio 45034
(513) 398-5600

Kings Island is the perfect family vacation destination. The 364-acre theme and water park features more than 80 world-class rides, shows and attractions. Kings Island’s 14 thrill-inducing roller coasters include Firehawk – Ohio’s only flying coaster – and the legendary Beast – the world’s longest wooden coaster. Boomerang Bay, a 15-acre Australian-themed water park, offers more than 50 water activities, including 30 water slides. For the past seven years, AMUSEMENT TODAY readers have awarded Kings Island with the prestigious Gold Ticket for the Best Kids’ Area in the world!

The Children's Theatre
2106 Florence Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
(513) 569-8080

Since 1924, The Children's Theatre has entertained and educated children and their families with new and timeless productions. Little minds grow in imagination and wonder as they are exposed to professional theater, perhaps, for the first time. Timed just long enough and engaging enough to keep the attention of its young, valued patrons, The Children's Theatre productions feature talented adult and child performers. Performances take place at The Taft Theatre.

Newport Aquarium
One Aquarium Way
Newport, Kentucky 41017
(859) 261-7444

Newport Aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water, including the enormously popular “Sweet Pea” and “Scooter,” the stars of the only shark ray breeding program in the world. This state-of-the-art facility was named the No. 1 aquarium in the Midwest in the Zagat Survey’s U.S. Family Travel Guide in 2004 and the Best Rainy Day Outing in 2006 in Cincinnati Family Magazine. Like its sister aquarium, Adventure Aquarium, on the Camden Waterfront, Camden, NJ, Newport Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a leader in global wildlife conservation. The Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located only two minutes from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Kids First Sports Center
7900 E. Kemper Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45249
(513) 489-7575

Home to one of the largest gymnastics programs in the United States, Queen City Gymnastics, Kids First offers instruction and events for children in a variety of sports and other activities. Among its programs: Starfish Swin School, Tumble Bees, TnT - trampoline and tumbling, soccer school, Queen City Dance, taekwondo, basketball, and golf instruction.


Coney Island
6201 Kellogg Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45229
(513) 232-8230

In continuous operation since 1925, Coney's Sunlite Pool is the world's largest recirculating swimming pool with more than three million gallons of water. Situated just along the scenic Ohio River, the pool area includes sunning decks, six diving boards, slides, showers and locker rooms, and restaurants. While there, families can enjoy a variety of classic kiddis and family rides, miniature golf, and bumper and pedal boats.

 

Duke Energy's Children's Museum at Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45203
(513) 287-7000

Duke Energy Children’s Museum opened in 1998 and has since consistently ranked in the top 10 children’s museums in the world. The museum’s exhibits allow kids to climb, crawl, explore and learn about themselves and the world around them. Discover hands-on fun for kids of all ages in our eight educational and dramatic exhibit areas, including two especially designed for preschool age children and younger—Little Sprouts Farm and Kids’ Town. Each year, the Children’s Museum presents over 1,800 hours of programming for children covering topics such as arts, culture, reading, science and more. At the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, fun and learning go hand in hand.

Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place
Cincinnati, Ohio 45208
(513) 321-5186

Situated atop the rolling hillsides of Mt.Lookout, the Observatory is home to the world's oldest telescope still in use nightly by the general public. Two handsome National Historic Landmark buildings; one designed in 1873 by Samuel Hannaford, complement the institutions park-like setting. Continuing the tradition of the original Cincinnati Astronomical Society, the Cincinnati Observatory Center presents free lectures and telescope viewing on most Thursday evenings. The observatory is also open for public stargazing on most Friday nights and many Saturday nights for a nominal charge per person.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E. Freedom Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 333-7500

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center stands as the nation's newest monument to freedom. It brings to life the importance - and relevance - of struggles for freedom around the world and throughout history, including today. Made up of three buildings that symbolize the cornerstones of freedom - courage, cooperation and perseverance - the freedom center's curving architecture reflects the winding river and the often-changing path to freedom. Now as in the past, Cincinnati's location on the Ohio River puts it at the crossroads of freedom's journey. In the 1800's the city served as a major hub of activity on the Underground Railroad and its banks offered refuge to thousands seeking hope and a new way of life. Today, as the home of the freedom center, it acts as a beacon of light once more.

CoCo Key Water Resort
Sheraton Cincinnati North
11320 Chester Road
Cincinnati, OH 45246
(877) 211-6311

Inspired by historic Key West, CoCo Key combines the relaxation and enchantment of the Keys with the wild excitement of a 50,000-sq. ft. indoor waterpark. Every day is a bright, sunny 84 degrees at CoCo Key.

EnterTrainment Junction
7379 Squire Ct
West Chester, OH 45069
(513) 898-8000

EnterTRAINment Junction is unlike any indoor family entertainment center on the planet! EnterTrainment Junction offers the largest interactive indoor G-scale layout known, with more than two miles of track and 90 trains, depicting every era of American railroading. There's also a museum and a 5,000-square-foot play area for kids called "Imagination Junction," that includes a climbing structure and interactive games. The Junction also offers train displays of all different sizes, as well as exhibits on railroading and model railroading.

Creation Museum
2800 Bullittsburg Church Road
Petersburg, KY 41080
(888) 582-4253

The Creation Museum, located seven miles west of the Cincinnati Airport, presents a “walk through history.” Designed by a former Universal Studios exhibit director, this state-of-the-art 70,000 square foot museum brings the pages of the Bible to life. A fully engaging, sensory experience for guests. Murals and realistic scenery, computer-generated visual effects, over fifty exotic animals, life-sized people and dinosaur animatronics, and a special-effects theater complete with misty sea breezes and rumbling seats. These are just some of the impressive exhibits that everyone in your family will enjoy.

Parky's Farm
1003 Daly Road
Cincinnati, OH 45231
(513) 521-7275

A 100-acre demonstration farm that includes: orchards, gardens and crops; live farm animals; a working windmill and an antique farm equipment display; and Parky's PlayBarn, an indoor, two-story, family-themed playground with soft safety flooring.

 

Sightseeing Attractions

Satisfaction Cruises
4609 Kellogg Ave #15
Cincinnati, OH 45226
(513) 231-9042

Voted the best boat charter of 2003 by Cincinnati Magazine, Satisfaction Cruises offers a perfect setting for private gatherings on gorgeous yachts that travel the Ohio River. It is a complete event planning facility that customizes meals, themes and entertainment to each client's needs. Also available is the company's Panama Landing Clubhouse is a historic stable house with a panoramic view of the river. Since 1981, Satisfaction Yacht Charters, Inc. has been creating magical celebrations, flawless execution and attention to detail at reasonable prices. Taking the time to hear your needs and expectations will allow us to propose the best possible rate.

BB Riverboats
One Madison Ave
Covington, KY 41011
(859) 261-8500

A popular tourist attraction, BB Riverboats offers wonderful sightseeing along the Ohio River in sightseeing, lunch, dinner and moonlight cruises. BB also is available for private charter parties.

Carew Tower
441 Vine Street Suite 500
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 241-3888

Built in 1930, downtown Cincinnati's Carew Tower Complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. It includes the 574 feet high Carew Tower office building that includes retail shops and restaurants as well as an open-to-the public observatory atop its 45th floor, the elegant Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Hotel featuring its Hall of Mirrors, and a garage. The Complex is one of the finest examples of the Art Deco style remaining in the country.

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption
1140 Madison at 12th Street
Covington, KY 41011
(859) 431-2060

There are only four major basilicas in the world, all in Rome. The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption is one of only 35 minor basilicas in the United States. This gorgeous, small scale Notre Dame has to been seen to be appreciated. Among its highlights: gargoyles and flying buttresses of French Gothic design, the world's largest stained glass window, mural-sized oil paintings, and exquisite mosaics from Venus.

Celebrations Riverboats, Inc.
848 Elm Street
Ludlow, KY 41016
(513) 931-6752

Celebrations Riverboats offers a unique and fun-filled experience for gatherings up to 400 people. Traveling in Celebrations' The Queen cruise ship is a great way of experiencing the Ohio River. Friendly staff, dancing, catered food, ambiance, and more!

Delta Queen Steamboat Company
30 Robin St. Wharf, New Orleans, LA 70130-1890
Phone: (800) 543-1949

America's only overnight paddlewheel steamboats - the Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen, and American Queen offering river cruises of 3 to 12 nights duration. Meetings onboard are tax-deductible.

Queen City Riverboats
303 Dodd Drive
Dayton, KY 41074
(859) 292-8687

Queen City Riverboats offers scenic three-hour lunch, dinner or sightseeing excursions in an authentic paddlewheel, Spirit of Cincinnati, or in the larger The Clipper pulled by a tug. Both boats have been featured in Cincinnati's grand Tall Stacks events. The boats are also available for private parties.

Findlay Market
Race & Elder Sts.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Findlay Market is Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati's most cherished institutions. The Market is located just blocks from downtown in Over-the-Rhine, a dense historic neighborhood rich in 19th century architecture. Open Wednesday through Sunday, Findlay Market is home year-around to about two dozen indoor merchants selling meat, fish, poultry, produce, flowers, cheese, deli, and ethnic foods. On Saturdays and Sundays from April to November the Market also hosts a thriving farmers market, dozens of outdoor vendors, numerous street performers, and lots of special events.

MainStrasse Village
616 Main St
Covington, KY 41011
(859) 491-0458

Centered around Covington's old German area, the MainStrasse Village is not only a historic district, but a community where people live and raise their families. It is also a collection of unique shops and restaurants set in a neighborhood of parks and Victorian and Classic Italianate homes of the mid- to late-1800s. Designated a national historic district, the City of Covington and the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitor's Bureau initiated the development of the area in the late 1970s. Improvements, including the 100-foot Carroll Chimes Bell Tower, the Goose Girl Fountain and the Northern Kentucky Visitor's Center, became reality.

Meier's Wine Cellars, Inc.
6955 Plainfield Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45236
(513) 891-2900

Ohio's oldest and largest winery, Meier's has been making great wines for more than 100 years. Many of Meier's premium wines have been selected as award winners at prestigious national and international competitions. Its tasting room and wine shop are open year round.

St. Mary's National Historic Site
123 E 13th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45210
(513) 721-2988

Build in 1842 by German immigrants, this Over-the-Rhine church is now home to a diverse congregation of 200 families. It holds mass in Latin, German and English. Tours are available.

Waynesville, Ohio, The Antiques Capital of the Midwest
P.O. Box 281, Waynesville, OH 45068
Phone: (513) 897-8855

35 antique shops, specialty shops, art galleries, restaurants, lodging. Home of
October Ohio Sauerkraut Festival, "Christmas in the Village" 3 week celebration between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Isaac M. Wise Temple
720 Plum Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 793-2556

It was from this building that Rabbi Isaac M. Wise founded the institutions of Reform Judaism. Built in 1866, it was designed by James Keyes Wilson, a prominent American architect and first president of the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Isaac M. Wise Temple downtown reflects a synagogue architectural style that had emerged in Germany in the nineteenth century, a Byzantine-Moorish style. Only one other building with this architectural style still exists, a synagogue in New York. All other examples were destroyed by Hitler.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
222 High Street Ste 201
Hamilton, OH 45011
(513) 868-8336

Located in Southwestern Ohio, overlooking the Great Miami River, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum is a 265 acre sculpture park and outdoor museum combining the lure of nature with the dynamic presence of monumental art. It is a setting where landscape and art come together in natural galleries among vast meadows and woodlands.

Newport on the Levee
One Levee Way, Ste 113
Newport, KY 41071
(859) 291-0550

One of Northern Kentucky's most popular hotspots, Newport on the Levee has something for everyone. In a fun atmosphere overlooking the Cincinnati skyline, the Levee has a variety of restaurants, shops and places to play including the renowned Newport Aquarium, a movie theatre, GameWorks, Funny Bone, and more.

World Peace Bell
4th and York Streets
Newport, KY 41071
(859) 581-2971

The World's Largest Swinging Bell, "The World Peace Bell", was created by The Verdin Company, installed at The Millennium Monument site in Newport, Kentucky and swings everyday at noon. The World Peace Bell was cast by the Verdin team in Nantes France, at Fonderie de l'Atlantique on December 11, 1998

Krohn Conservatory
Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 352-4086

Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park is itself architecturally significant, having been built in 1933 at the height of the charming Art Deco era. But it’s what inside those aluminum and glass walls that make Krohn Conservatory truly special. You’d have to travel a good distance from Cincinnati to visit a rainforest and a desert – or come to Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Parks’ nationally recognized showcase of more than 3,500 plant species from around the world. Our “world” changes throughout the year with special exhibits and programs, including the ever-popular springtime “Butterfly Show,” where thousands of butterflies are let loose in a specially-themed garden. But you can always visit the rainforest waterfall and exotic plants on permanent display in the Palm, Tropical, Desert and Orchid houses.

Purple People Bridge

The Purple People Bridge is a pedestrian walkway, and the longest connector of its kind in the country that links two states. Just over a mile long, the landmark is a seamless link to entertainment, dining, nightlife, sports, parks, and festivals on both the Ohio and Kentucky borders. You can access the Purple People Bridge on Third Street in Newport, Kentucky and on Pete Rose Way near Sawyer Point in downtown Cincinnati.

Heritage Village Museum
Sharon Woods Park, U.S. 42
Sharonville, OH 45241
(513) 683-4686

Heritage Village Museum is a living history museum depicting life in Southwestern Ohio through-out the 19th Century. Homes, out-buildings and equipment on the museum grounds were moved here from other locations in the region to be preserved and aid in telling the story of our recent past. Interpreters at the museum provide the facts and stories that bring the Village to life with nostalgic glances of days gone by. Village interpreters demonstrate many of the historic tasks and crafts of the 19th century such as spinning, weaving, candle-dipping, soap making, hearth cooking, carpentry work, herb lore, gardening, printing, trade and bartering, and communication.

Historic Loveland Castle
12025 Shore Road
Loveland, OH 45140
(513) 563-9484

Harry Andrews built this stone castle in the 1920s on the bank of the Little Miami River. The castle hosts events year-round, including a haunted castle in October. Other activities include picnic facilities, games and tours.

William Howard Taft National Historic Site
2038 Auburn Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45219
(513) 684-3262

The William Howard Taft National Historic Site commemorates the only man to serve as President and Chief Justice of the United States. The house that Taft was born in has been restored to its original appearance. A visit to the site includes a tour of the restored birthplace and four period rooms that reflect the family life during Taft's boyhood. The home also includes second floor exhibits highlighting Taft's life and career. The Taft Education Center, located adjacent to the birthplace, houses an orientation video, exhibits on later generations of the Taft family, and classrooms for visiting schools. The signature exhibit of the center is an animatronic figure of the President's son, Charlie Taft. Charlie tells stories about different family members.

Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad
127 S. Mechanic
Lebanon, OH 45036
(800) 934-9464 or (513) 933-8022

The LM&M takes you back in time on its 1930s train. Ride in closed cars or the open gondola car through scenic Warren County, as the conductor shares railway history and lore. The LM&M's specialty rides are a treat for all ages. Kids love the Muggles Express, Clifford's Big Red Train Ride, A Day Out with Thomas, and others. The Mystery Dinner Train, All Steamed Up, Civil War Train and additional themed rides delight adults and families. The railway celebrates holidays with the Pumpkin Patch Express and Polar Express. Private groups, birthday parties, scout and school groups and others may schedule private rides, as well.

 

Area Convention and Visitors Bureaus

Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau

Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greater Hamilton Convention and Visitors Bureau

Warren County Convention and Visitors Bureau