Top 10 Things To Do With Kids In Cincinnati
1. Take a walk on the wild side at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, one of the country's premiere zoos. Don't miss the elephant reserve, Painted Dog Valley, or Hudo, the resident komodo dragon (do not pet the dragon).
2. Defy gravity on some of the world's most thrilling roller coasters at King's Island. There are plenty of tamer, family-friendly rides as well, and also a water park.
3. Engage your brain at the Cincinnati Museum Center, with three museums under one roof at the historic Cincinnati Union Terminal, including the Duke Energy Children's Museum.
4. Take a scenic stroll along the Ohio River at Sawyer Point Park and Yeatman's Cove, This mile long stretch features places to picnic, sand volleyball and tennis courts, bike rentals, and an enormous playground (good luck getting your kids to leave).
5. Dive into a sea of children's books at Blue Manatee Children's Bookstore & Cafe. Stop in for story time and check their calendar for author visits and other special events. There are interactive activities for infants as well.
6. Bring out your child's inner artist at the Cincinnati Art Museum, which offers family tours, a variety of kid-centric events with hands-on learning stations, art demonstrations, and more! Check the calendar for Family First Saturdays, Wee Wednesdays, etc.
7. Get your roll on at Castle Skateland (Loveland, OH). Roller skating - in a castle. What more could a kid ask for? (There's also arcade games, concessions, and an area above the rink for parents.)
8. Stare down a scalloped hammerhead shark (extremely rare) at Newport Aquarium. You can even pet some of the sharks (seriously!) at the Shark Central exhibit. Two kids get in free with every adult (Sun-Fri through August).
9. Cool off with a cup or cone of fabulous Graeter's Ice Cream (multiple locations), a Cincinnati tradition dating back to the 19th century that still uses the same basic French pot process. You can't go wrong with the black raspberry chocolate chip.
10. Cheer on the hometown Reds at Great American Ballpark. Family Sundays feature kids giveaways, mascot races, face-painting, and more kid-friendly activities. There are few better mascots in baseball than Mr. Redlegs.