“Being such an amazing city, it was easy finding fun things to do in Cincinnati”
Here at the Cincinnati Circus we like to have fun so much that our tag line is: “We bring the fun!”. If we’re not putting smiles on the faces of children at one of our Big Shows, we’re blowing minds with our amazing aerialists and team building activities.
As much as we would like to be everything to everybody, we realize that we can’t (but boy do we try!). That’s where this list of fun things to do in Cincinnati comes in handy. It doesn’t matter if you’re a long time resident of the Queen City, or just hanging out for a few days, there’s always something fun and entertaining to do. From beautiful parks to some of the best music and sports venues in the country, Cincinnati is never boring!
3380 Beaver Road Union, KY 41091 • (859) 384-3522
Big Lick Bone Park is a wonderful place to spend some time with your family, get some fresh air and take in a few sights. They have 62 campsites with grills, utility hookups, playground and swimming pool. Laundry facilities are also available. There’s the Discovery Trail if you’re looking to take a stroll through the woods (and back in time), and the trail provides a glimpse what happened during the last Ice Age! Big Lick Bone Park also maintains a herd of Bison in an effort to re-establish the animals.
1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, State Route 128, Hamilton, Ohio 45013 • (513) 868-1234
Enjoy art? How about the outdoors? Pyramid Hill brings both art and the outdoors together creating a unique experience everyone can enjoy. The museum displays their sculptures in a setting of meadows, forests, and quaint gardens. The also have a large Ancient Sculpture Museum that features Greek, Roman, Etruscan, and Egyptian sculptures that are 1000s of years old.
Sawyer Point Park is as historically significant as it is relaxing! From the Flood Column that marks three of the great floods in the area to the Tall Stacks and Canal locks, there’s plenty to do and see. Don’t forget to stop by Yeatsman’s Cove or Otto Armleder Memorial Aquatic Fountain while you’re there.
Devou Park sets on over 700 acres of land and offers an array of recreational and entertainment opportunities including: playgrounds and picnic areas, eight miles of mountain bike trails, paved and unfinished nature trails, an 18-hole golf course, and an amphitheater. You’ll also find NKY Children’s home, The Behringer-Crawford Museum and the Drees Pavilion on the parks’ grounds.
1501 Eden Park Drive in Eden Park • (513) 421-4086
The Krohn Observatory has several exhibits and programs throughout the year including: the always popular “Butterfly Show” where butterflies are free to fly throughout the specially-themed garden and showroom. While you’re there, you can also visit the rain forest waterfall, or view our several exotic plants on display in the Tropical, Palm, Orchid, and Desert houses.
950 Eden Park Dr. Cincinnati, OH • (513) 352-4080
Eden Park is home to the Krohn Conservatory, the Cincinnati Art Museum , and the Cincinnati Playhouse so it’s no surprise the park is one of the most popular in Cincinnati. A few landmarks include Hinkle Magnolia Garden, Mirror Lake, and Bettman Fountain
100 Ted Berry Way, Cincinnati, OH • (513) 352-6180
With a variety of entertainment, recreational, and leisure resources available, Smale Riverfront Park is a park that caters to all – young and old. Smale is a major civic space at the front door of Cincinnati, with access to the Ohio River, and makes the perfect setting for festivals and events. A few features that draw visitors include: playgrounds, a carousel, family-size porch swings, gardens, water features, restaurants, and more. Be sure to see the Carousel while you’re there!
Amusement & Water Parks
6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH • (513) 232-8230
Coney Island is a smallish amusement and water park located 10 miles east of downtown Cincinnati on the banks of the beautiful Ohio River. The park boasts 24 amusement rides, the largest recirculating pool in the world (over two acres), one roller coaster, and three water slides. A great place to spend the day or even the weekend!
6300 Kings Island Dr, Mason, OH • (513) 754-5700
Kings Island hardly requires an introduction! This massive and iconic park sits on 364 arces and has some of the fastest, most extreme rides found anywhere in the world. In addition to amazing rides, the park also features an equally impressive water park. Kings Island is located 24 miles northeast in Mason, OH.
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH • (513) 621-4400
Located in the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood, and bound by West 12th, Race & Elm Streets – Washington Park is a great place featuring a performance stage, music hall, water park, dog park, playground, and more. The perfect oasis for the entire family – even your pooch!
11320 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH • (513) 841-1515
55,000 sq ft of pure indoor watery fun! Located in Sharonville, Splash Cincinnati boasts raft and body slides, family friendly pools, a large arcade, relaxed bar, and real… yes real, palm trees. Groups are encouraged, and private rooms are available; complete with catering and accommodations.
Museums & Cultural Centers
1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH • (513) 287-7000
A great place to spend the day! At Duke Energy Children’s Museum you’ll find a wide variety of hands-on, educational, fun for all ages. Become part of a complex machine in Energy Zone, explore the neighborhood in Kid’s Town , or experience a wild, outdoor adventure in The Woods. The museum is consistently ranked in the top 10 children’s museums in the US. At Duke Energy Children’s Museum, education and good times go hand-in-hand.
2020 Sherman Avenue, Cincinnati OH • (513) 396-5578
The Drake Planetarium has created several programs that help develop in children a love for science and Universe. Most of the activities are hands-on, and some require a fair amount of teamwork. Reservations are required so call during normal business hours with questions.
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH • (513) 333-7500
Opened in 2004, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center welcomes more than 100,000 visitors per year. It is a history museum that recounts of time when basic freedoms were not available to every person equally. The center strives to inspire modern abolition by connecting the lessons of history.
44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH • (513) 345-8400
Take an art class, attend an auction, enjoy a concert or show – the Contemporary Arts Center is as unique as it is varied. With a wide range of exhibitions and programs, most should find something that appeals to their taste.
1330 Monmouth Avenue, Cincinnati OH • (513) 541-6366
With 19,000 square feet of exhibit space, 28 foot ceilings and a working neon light shop, the American Sign Museum is the premier institution for preserving historic signs, and promoting the contributions the sign industry makes to commerce, culture, and the American landscape. Their mission is to celebrate the rich history of American signage through preservation and education. The American Sign Museum is the perfect addition to any day trip to the city.
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH • (513) 241-0343
The Taft Museum of Art is one of the finest small art museums in America. A National Historic Landmark built in 1820, the Taft is home to an extensive art collection that includes European and American master paintings, Chinese porcelains, and European decorative arts. See major works by Rembrandt, Hals, Goya, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Turner, Ingres, Whistler, Sargent, as well as the greatest Gothic-ivory sculpture in America.
100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH • (513) 765-7000
Located on the winding banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Great American Ball Park serves as the home of the Cincinnati Reds; baseball’s first professional franchise. The ballpark just had it’s 150th season and celebrated the retirement of the iconic Marty Brennaman.
One Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 45202 • (513) 621-3550
Who Dey! Founded in 1966 as a member of the AFL, the Cincinnati Bengals have been a source of entertainment, elation, and, at times, frustration. Win or lose, the Bengals have a die-hard following of loyal fans who show up at Paul Brown Stadium every year to support their team. Paul Brown Stadium opened in August 2000, can seat over 65,000 people, and never disappoints when it comes to having a good time.
2700 Bearcats Way, Cincinnati, OH • (877) 228-7849
Constructed in 1989, Fifth Third Arena has a seating capacity of over 13,000 and is the home of the Cincinnati Bearcats. One of the 20 winningest programs in the nation, Cincinnati men’s basketball has won more than 1,700 games, while claiming 28 conference titles, 10 league tournament crowns, and two national championships. The Bearcats were the 2014 American Athletic Conference regular-season champions and currently rank as one of only 11 programs in the nation to advance to the NCAA tournament each of the past five seasons.
Music & Theater
317 East Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH • (513) 232-6220
Opened in 1928 and designated as a Cincinnati Landmark, Taft Theater is know for its Broadway shows, concerts, comedy, and other special events. It’s also home to the Cincinnati Children’s Theater. One of the best things about the theater is that all seats are unobstructed, giving all in attendance a clear view of the stage.
513.232.5882 • 6295 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati’s premier, outdoor concert facility, offering first class entertainment. Riverbend, as the name implies, is located on the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati. For an outdoor concert hall, the musical experience is second-to-none. Great music with the beautiful backdrop of the Ohio River. It’s also worth mentioning that Riverbend is a stone’s throw from PNC Pavillion and Coney Island.
100 Broadway, Cincinnati, OH • (513) 421-4111
U.S. Bank Arena/Heritage Bank Arena is an indoor arena located in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio along the banks of the Ohio River. This first-class, state of the art facility hosts over 100 events each year, and serves as home for the Cincinnati Cyclones.
650 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH • (513) 721-3344
The Aronoff Center is a large performing arts center in downtown Cincy. Typical events include: plays, ballet, music concerts, comedy shows, and musicals. The center was designed by renowned architect César Pelli and named in honor of Cincinnati native and Ohio senator Stanley Aronoff.
Others Definitely Worth A Mention
One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY • (800) 406-3474
Newport Aquarium has showcased thousands of animals from around the world, in a million gallons of water since May 15, 1999. Named one of the best aquariums in the U.S. by Travel Channel and USA Today, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky jewel attraction is home to: The world’s first and only Shark Bridge; the world’s first Shark Ray Breeding Program; Mighty Mike – the biggest and baddest American alligator outside the state of Florida; the largest and most diverse collection of sharks in the Midwest; and one of the world’s largest and most diverse penguin exhibits. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.[Facebook]
3779 State Route 132, Clarksville, OH • (937) 289-2500
A beautiful 370 acre working farm with fresh air, room to roam and run, fishing ponds, woodlands, tree farm, hay fields, grain fields, pumpkin fields, Todd Fork (the biggest creek you’ve ever seen), an old stone wagon road, white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, foxes, otters, coyotes, and other wildlife.
3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH • (513) 281-4700
The mission and vision of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is dedicated to creating adventure, conveying knowledge, conserving nature, and serving the community. The Zoo is opened 7 days a week from 10:00am – 6:00pm
7040 Whitewater River Ln, Brookville, IN • (513) 932-7658
Morgan’s Outdoor Adventures is a unique outfit designed to blow your mind! From camping and canoeing on the Little Miami or Whitewater Rivers to an unforgettable excursion to the Morgan Jungle Lodge located in Costa Rica – Morgan’s has a little bit for every level of adventure seeker.
1332 Vine Street Cincinnati OH • (859) 951-8560
Enjoy a stroll through Over-the-Rhine, home to America’s largest set of historical landmarks. Visit buildings in the Gateway District that were home to over 130 saloons, bars, beer gardens, and theaters that hosted iconic entertainers like Buffalo Bill Cody. Then, descend below the city streets to a hidden crypt where some of Cincinnati’s first residents were buried. Next return underground to explore newly discovered tunnels vital to Cincinnati’s brewery heritage. Finally end the tour with a visit to the Christian Moerlein bottling plant and tap room.
Wrapping Things Up
There you have it… 29 fun things to do in Cincinnati, wrapped up nice and neat, and brought to you by the folks who really know how to have a great time. Now you have absolutely zero reason to hangout on the couch – get out there and have a blast!
Speaking of having a blast – we’re experts in that arena; we would love to jazz up your next company picnic, fall festival, school event, holiday party, or corporate event! Our entertainment is second-to-none – from team building experts, jugglers, magicians, aerialists, inflatables , and more – we always bring the FUN!
Call (513) 921-5454 for more information.
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