Cincinnati may be referred to as the Queen City, but residents know it’s an amazing place for little princes and princesses, too. Whether you’re looking for history, education, adventure, scenery, exercise, or excitement — there are tons of things to do with young kids in Cincinnati. This is just one of the reasons Cincinnati has earned a spot as one of the top ten cities in the country to raise a family.
To help families get the most out a visit to Ohio’s Queen City, our staff at The Gardner School of Blue Ash has pulled together a list of some of our favorite Cincinnati destinations and attractions.
Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in Cincinnati
Here are ten things your young family will enjoy doing together in Cincinnati:
- Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Rated one of the top zoos in the country, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is an amazing place for young families to spend the day. During your visit, you’ll be able to observe over 500 animals and more than 3,000 different kinds of plants. Don’t miss the elephant reserve, Painted Dog Valley, or Hudo, the resident Komodo dragon.
- The Wonder Zone at Cincinnati Museum Center. Ever wonder why peacock feathers are so shiny or how magnets work? The Wonder Zone at Cincinnati Museum Center is a fascinating place for curious little minds. Each week, the Wonder Zone specialists guide you and your kids through a new experiment that answers questions like the ones mentioned above.
- Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Also located in Cincinnati Museum Center, the Duke Energy Museum is a great place for hands-on fun, including two exhibit areas designed for children who are preschool age and younger.
- Newport Aquarium. Whether your little one is fascinated by tiny sea creatures or larger ocean predators, the Newport Aquarium has something to capture their imaginations. Brave visitors can touch a shark or cross the Shark Bridge. The aquarium is also home to the most interactive seahorse exhibit in the country. Bonus: Two kids get in free with every adult (Sunday-Friday through August).
- Loveland Castle. Want your little one to experience what it’s like being a prince or princess? Loveland Castle provides a unique experience for kids. Both young and old will have a great time pretending as they explore this fascinating landmark.
- Glenwood Gardens. The Highfield Discovery Center within Glenwood Gardens is another place that will capture the imagination of your little ones. Your kids will enjoy exploring the gardens’ fantasy playground filled with fairy gardens, trains, a butterfly garden, and more.
- EnterTrainment Junction. Home of the world’s largest indoor train display, your little ones will have lots of fun following more than 90 trains that run across two miles of tracks. And, if your children are looking to burn off a little more steam, there’s also an Imagination Junction play area.
- Graeter’s Ice Cream. Graeter’s is a Cincinnati tradition, dating back to the 19th century, that still uses the same basic French pot process. Enjoying a scoop of Graeter’s famous chocolate-chip ice cream is a great way for you and your little ones to experience the nostalgia that’s been passed down for generations.
- Jungle Jim’s International Market. Does going to the grocery store with your little ones sounds like a nightmare? Jungle Jim’s will make you think again. You and your family could literally spend all day exploring the different foods and decorations. The market even has its own candy store.
- Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore & Cafe. Blue Manatee is a beautiful bookstore,specifically designed for children’s enjoyment with fun activities and story times. The bookstore even provides interactive activities for infants as well. Be sure to check the Blue Manatee calendar for story times, author visits, and other special events.
These ten attractions are just a few of the reasons Cincinnati is an amazing place to raise a family. If you’re a young family in the Cincinnati area, be sure to like to The Gardner School of Blue Ash’s Facebook page for new and exciting activities for your kids. You can also learn more about our school’s specific enrichment programs and summer programs here.