AMERICAN SIGN MUSEUM
2515 Essex Place, uptown, 513-258-4020, signmuseum.org. Open Saturdays 10 am-4 pm.
Step back in time at this unique museum. Learn the history of signage in the U.S. while viewing thousands of iconic pieces from bygone eras.
ARONOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS
650 Walnut St., downtown, 513-621-2787, cincinnatiarts.org.
From Broadway musicals to plays and ballets, there’s always something exciting showing at the Aronoff. The facility consists of three theaters, the Weston Art Gallery, and a number of conference rooms.
101 Riverboat Row, Newport, 859-261-8500, bbriverboats.com. Reservations required.
Explore the city in a whole new way on a sightseeing or romantic dinner cruise. A must-do for both out-of-town visitors and long-time residents.
THE BEACH WATERPARK
2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason, 513-398-7946, thebeachwaterpark.com
Experience a little piece of island paradise at the Kahuna Beach Wavepool, the largest tropical beach in Ohio with authentic ocean waves.
BELTERRA CASINO RESORT & SPA
777 Belterra Drive, Florence, 812-427-7777, belterracasino.com
Feeling stressed? Belterra is the perfect weekend getaway, featuring gaming, a world-class golf course, and spa amenities.
CHATEAU LAROCHE (also known as the Loveland Historic Castle)
12025 Shore Road, Loveland, 513-683-4686, lovelandcastle.com
. April-September: open daily 11 am-5 pm; October-March: Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-5 pm. Call for tour times.
Loveland’s quirkiest landmark! The castle was built by WWI veteran Harry Andrews, who modeled the structure after castles he’d seen in Europe. Walk the grounds solo or search for the castle ghost on one of the Scary Knight Tours, hosted by the Knights of the Golden Trail.
25043 Jacob Road, Guilford, 812-623-8004, cpwinery.com
. Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm; Saturday 12-5 pm and by appointment.
This pretty winery features an upscale restaurant and wine store, a banquet facility for weddings and gatherings, and more than 100 acres of breathtaking scenery.
CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM
953 Eden Park Drive, Mt. Adams, 513-639-2995, cincinnatiartmuseum.org
. Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am-5 pm.
Located in scenic Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum features an art collection of more than 60,000 works spanning 6,000 years. Admission is free, though there is a small parking fee.
CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER AT UNION TERMINAL
1301 Western Ave., downtown, 513-287-7000, cincymuseum.org
. Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday 11 am-6 pm; film times vary.
Housed in the historic Union Terminal, the Museum Center features the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, and the OMNIMAX Theater.
CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER—ROWE WOODS
4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, 513-831-1711, cincynature.org
. Open daily year round from 8 am to dusk, except major holidays.
Take a nature hike and explore 16 miles of trail, meandering around 1,025 acres of fields, forest, ponds, and streams.
CINCINNATI/NORTHERN KENTUCKY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (Also known as CVG Airport)
2939 Terminal Drive, Hebron, cvgairport.com.
With around 200 flights daily, the closest commercial airport to Greater Cincinnati is sure to get you going.
CINCINNATI ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDEN
3400 Vine St., uptown, 513-281-4700, cincinnatizoo.org. Open daily, 9 am-5 pm.
One of the region’s best family attractions! This urban oasis features dozens of plant and animal exhibits, as well as a number of new green initiatives created to teach visitors the importance of conservation and environmental awareness.
CIVIC GARDEN CENTER
2715 Reading Road, uptown, 513-221-0981, civicgardencenter.org. Business hours Monday-Saturday, 9 am-4 pm; event times vary.
Learn to go green at the Civic Garden Center, a nonprofit facility that teaches horticulture and environmental education.
6201 Kellogg Ave., East End, 513-232-8230, coneyislandpark.com
. Summer hours vary by attraction.
This traditional amusement park is well known for classic rides, live shows, water slides, and the gigantic Sunlite Pool, built in 1925 and featuring six diving boards and more than an acre of shallow water.
CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER
6th and Walnut Streets, downtown, 513-345-8400, contemporaryartscenter.org. Monday 10 am-9 pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-6 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-6 pm; closed Tuesday.
Great art and conversation converge at the CAC. Come on Mondays after 5 pm for free general admission.
2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Petersburg, 888-582-4253, creationmuseum.org. Monday-Friday, 10 am-6 pm; Saturday 9 am-6 pm; Sunday 12-6 pm
The pages of the Bible come to life at this 70,000-square-foot museum, featuring a number of unique faith-based exhibits.
Highland Ave., Ft. Wright, 859-292-2151, devoupark.com. Open daily from dawn to dusk.
This stunning park features the Drees Pavilion event center, the Behringer-Crawford Museum, and a golf course with great views of the Cincinnati skyline.
320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-281-8750, esquiretheatre.com. Show times vary; Saturday Night Film Series occurs every other Saturday at midnight.
This vintage theater is known for showing foreign films and cult classics. For an interesting counter-culture experience, check out a midnight viewing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
520 Vine St., downtown, 513-621-4400, myfountainsquare.com.
Cincinnati’s gathering place and home of the iconic Tyler Davidson Fountain. Come to the square to enjoy salsa dancing, coney-eating contests, Oktoberfest festivities, and dozens of other great seasonal and annual events.
GRAND VICTORIA CASINO & RESORT
600 Grand Victoria Drive, Rising Sun, 800-GRAND-11, grandvictoria.com.
Win big at this Indiana casino, boasting more than 1,400 slot machines, 200 hotel rooms, and 40,000 square feet of sheer fun.
GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK
100 Joe Nuxhall Way, downtown, 877-647-REDS, reds.com.
Spend a summer’s day at Great American Ball Park! Cheer on the home team during a Reds game or honor baseball greats at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.
3077 Harrison Ave., Westwood, 513-367-4774, henkewine.com
. Monday-Thursday, 5-9 pm; Friday 3-11 pm; Saturday 11 am-11 pm.
Sip some vino at this cool urban winery, ranked by USA Today as one of the best in the U.S.
JAMES A. RAMAGE CIVIL WAR MUSEUM
1402 Highland Ave., Fort Wright, 859-344-1145, Friday and Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday 12- 5 pm.
Considered the dividing line between the North and South, Kentucky had a unique role in the ongoings of the American Civil War. Learn about Northern Kentucky’s fascinating defense against Confederate advances at this informative museum and historical site.
1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, 888-652-7223, kentuckyspeedway.com. Visit website for race schedule.
Get your motor running at this action-packed racetrack, which plays host to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on July 9.
KNOW THEATRE OF CINCINNATI
1120 Jackson St., downtown, 513-300-KNOW, knowtheatre.com. Show times vary.
Cincinnati’s premier alternative theater company, located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine.
1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-421-4086, cincinnatiparks.com. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm; closed Monday
An art deco greenhouse located in the heart of stunning Eden Park, the Krohn features an indoor rainforest, bonsai and desert exhibits, and several seasonal attractions, including a popular springtime butterfly exhibit.
LINDNER FAMILY TENNIS CENTER
5460 Courseview Drive, Mason, 513-651-0303, cincytennis.com
This tennis facility hosts the Western & Southern Open each August.
LITTLE MIAMI SCENIC TRAIL
Trailheads at various locations including downtown Loveland, Milford, and Maineville, miamivalleytrails.org/miami.htm
This flat and shady paved trail passes through five Ohio counties and is great for both short family walks and long biking excursions. Be sure to bring your camera, as there are lots of pretty views along the path.
730 Madison Ave., Covington, 859-491-2444, madisontheateronline.com. Visit website for calendar of events.
One of Northern Kentucky’s most popular concert venues hosts performances from nationally touring artists as well as local bands.
6906 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, 513-272-2002, mariemontheatre.com. Show times vary.
Located right on Mariemont’s main drag, the bright lights of this classic theater will have you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time.
MIAMI WHITEWATER FOREST
9001 Mt. Hope Road, Harrison, 513-367-4774, greatparks.org. Dawn to dusk year round; seasonal attraction hours vary.
Need to beat the heat? Come to Parky’s Pirate Cove wet playground. Your kids will thank you.
501 E. High St., Oxford, 513-529-1809, muohio.edu
Once called “the most beautiful college there is” by poet Robert Frost, Miami’s pretty campus now hosts more than 15,000 students.
MT. AIRY FOREST
5083 Colerain Ave., Westwood, 513-352-4080, cincinnatiparks.com
Cincinnati Park Board’s largest park features miles of horseback and hiking trails, a giant kid-friendly tree house, and multiple picnic areas and lodges perfect for weddings and family get-togethers.
1241 Elm St., downtown, 513-621-2787, cincinnatiarts.org
Built in 1878, Music Hall is one the city’s most beautiful entertainment venues. The building is home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera, and the May Festival Chorus.
NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER
50 East Freedom Way, downtown, 513-333-7500, freedomcenter.org. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm.
Symbolically located on the northern bank of the Ohio River, the Freedom Center tells the story of 19th-century abolitionists, escaped American slaves, and the ongoing journey toward freedom for all.
NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE
1 Levee Way, Newport, newportonthelevee.com. Hours vary by attraction.
Greater Cincinnati’s most eclectic gathering place! Kids love Levee attractions such as the Newport Aquarium, Gameworks, and the Ride the Ducks-Newport tours, while adults enjoy places such as Shadowbox Cabaret, Jefferson Hall, and the Claddagh Irish Pub. Other attractions include Barnes & Noble, Dewey’s Pizza, and Cold Stone Creamery.
NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, 859-572-5100, nku.edu.
Students love NKU for its small class sizes and wide array of degree programs. Visitors love the campus for the big-name performances at the Bank of Kentucky Center.
PAUL BROWN STADIUM
1 Paul Brown Stadium, downtown, bengals.com.
Who Dey! Cheer on the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
PERFECT NORTH SLOPES
19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg, 812-537-3754, perfectnorth.com. Open from mid-December to early March; seasonal hours vary.
Hit the slopes at the region’s only official ski attraction. Perfect North has courses which cater to all levels of expertise, as well as a tubing area popular with young kids.
PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK
962 Mt. Adams Circle, Mt. Adams, 513-421-3888, cincyplay.com.
A unique location and great plays and musicals make this Tony® Award-winning theater one of the best in the nation.
PROMONT HOUSE MUSEUM
906 Main St., Milford, 513-248-0324, milfordhistory.net. Open Friday-Sunday, 1:30-4:30 pm
Glimpse into Victorian life by touring this period furnished historic mansion, once home to Ohio Governor John M. Pattison. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
THE PUBLIC LIBRARY OF CINCINNATI & HAMILTON COUNTY—DOWNTOWN BRANCH
800 Vine St., downtown, 513-369-6900, cincinnatilibrary.org. Monday-Wednesday, 9 am-9 pm; Thursday-Saturday, 9 am-6 pm; Sunday 1-5 pm.
Hamilton County’s anchor facility is recognized as one of the largest public libraries in the nation, attracting more than 1 million users annually. The library features a number of special collections including the Cincinnati Opera Archives, the Edgar Rice Burroughs Collection, and extensive Bible and Dictionary collections.
PYRAMID HILL SCULPTURE PARK & MUSEUM
1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, 513-868-8336, pyramidhill.org. Summer season from April-October: Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8 am-6 pm.
Structural art and natural beauty unite at this art park, featuring a large ancient sculpture museum as well as several contemporary outdoor exhibits.
6301 Kellogg Ave., East End, 513-232-8000, riverdowns.com. Hours vary seasonally.
River Downs has been pounding hearts and hooves since 1925. It’s a great place to visit, with beautiful grounds, stunning thoroughbred racehorses, and free parking and admission.
RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER
6295 Kellogg Ave., East End, 513-232-6220, riverbend.org.
Located along the banks of the Ohio River, this concert venue features great live shows and a pretty view.
705 East Pete Rose Way, downtown, 513-352-6180, cincinnati-oh.gov. Open 6 am-11 pm year round.
Located alongside the Ohio River, Sawyer Point is a three-mile long park that encompasses the very site where Cincinnati was founded. The Point features an outdoor theater, playground, volleyball and tennis courts, and more.
3850 State Route 73, Peebles, 937-587-2796, ohiohistory.org.
Explore the mystery of this ancient effigy mound. Nearly half a mile long, the mound resembles an uncoiling snake, with its head aligned to the sunset of the summer solstice.
11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, greatparks.org.
This pretty park has a huge lake, miles of scenic trails, an 18-hole golf course, and more. Come during the winter months to see Holiday in Lights, an impressive drive-thru light display.
2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend, 513-521-7275, greatparks.org. Open daily from dawn until dusk.
This wooded park includes an 18-hole golf course, fishing lakes, and miles of ancient Native American trails with incredible overlooks of the adjacent Oxbow Wetlands.
24 E. 3rd St., Newport, 859-431-2201, southgatehouse.com. Visit website for band lineups and showtimes.
Established in 1814, the Southgate House once played host to Abraham Lincoln and was the birthplace of Brigadier General John T. Thompson, the inventor of the “Tommy Gun.” Today it’s home to a thriving music scene, with live bands playing nightly.
2255 State Route 125, Amelia, 513-734-4001, starlitedriveinohio.com
. Summer months only; box office opens at 7:30 nightly.
One of the nation’s last remaining drive-in theaters. With double features nightly, it’s a great value for families. There is a mandatory $5 food permit for carloads bringing their own snacks, however.
TAFT MUSEUM OF ART
316 Pike St., downtown, 513-241-0343, taftmuseum.org
. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 am-5 pm.
This gorgeous museum displays stunning works of art, but the venue is also a treasure in itself. The Baum-Longworth-Sinton-Taft House is a National Historic Landmark, built around 1820 and home to several local benefactors including the Longworth and Taft families.
THOMAS MORE COLLEGE
333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills, 859-341-5800, thomasmore.edu.
A small Catholic school founded in 1921, Thomas More offers traditional and non-traditional students a variety of accommodating degree programs.
TRI-STATE WARBIRD MUSEUM
4021 Borman Drive, Batavia, 513-735-4500, tristatewarbirdmuseum.org
. Saturday 10 am-3 pm; Wednesday 4-7 pm.
Take the whole family to see authentic aircrafts used in World War II. Located on the grounds of the Clermont County Airport.
7500 Turfway Road, Florence, 859-371-0200, turfway.com. Gates open Wednesday-Sunday at 11:15 am; race times vary.
Bet on a winner at this fast-paced track, with free admission and general parking.
TWIN OAKS GOLF & PLANTATION CLUB
450 E. 43rd St., Covington, 859-581-2410, golfattwinoaks.com.
Great golf in a beautiful setting since 1927. Twin Oaks has a fabulous clubhouse that’s also a popular wedding venue.
UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
2600 Clifton Ave., uptown, 513-556-6000, uc.edu
The largest employer in the Cincinnati region. Local residents can get involved in campus life by taking a class, attending a lecture, viewing one of the many Bearcats sporting events, or catching a live student performance at CCM’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.
U.S. BANK ARENA
100 Broadway St., downtown, 513-421-4111, usbankarena.com
The arena may be home to the Cincinnati Cyclones hockey team, but an ever-changing lineup of concerts and live shows makes the downtown venue popular with sports fans and music lovers alike.
VINOKLET WINERY, RESTAURANT & VINEYARD
11069 Colerain Ave., Colerain Twp., 513-385-9309, vinokletwines.com. Open at noon Tuesday-Saturday; Sunday 1-6 pm; closed Monday.
Hamilton County’s only working winery. The stunning scenery makes it an ideal location for weddings.
VOICE OF AMERICA PARK
7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, 513-755-4402, butlercountymetroparks.org
Locals love this park’s 35-acre lake, hiking trails, and rowboat and paddleboat rentals. The grounds also feature the Voice of America Museum.
6383 Glenway Ave., Western Hills, 513-574-2222, westernbowl.com
. Monday and Tuesday, noon-midnight; Wednesday and Thursday, 9 am-midnight; Friday and Saturday, 9 am-1 am; Sunday 9 am-midnight.
Cincinnati’s most beloved bowling alley also hosts the Hoinke Classic world-class bowling tournament.
WESTERN HILLS SPORTS MALL
2323 Ferguson Road, Western Hills, 513-451-4900, westernsportsmall.net
. Visit website for league registration information and calendar of events.
Gather your friends and get active by joining one of the Sports Mall’s indoor soccer, volleyball, or basketball leagues.
WHITEWATER CANAL HISTORIC SITE
Downtown Metamora, 765-647-2109, metamoraindiana.com
Take a ride along the river on the Whitewater Valley Railroad, or drift under the country’s last remaining wood aqueduct on the Benjamin Franklin III, a horse-drawn canal boat.
3800 Victory Parkway, Walnut Hills, 513-745-3000, xavier.edu
A faith-based university with a picturesque campus, Xavier is also home to the oft-winning Musketeer basketball team.