AMERICAN SIGN MUSEUM2515 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 ARTS650 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.
BB RIVERBOATS101 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.
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.
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.
CREATION MUSEUM2800 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.
DEVOU PARKHighland 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.
ESQUIRE THEATRE 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.
FOUNTAIN SQUARE 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.
JAMES A. RAMAGE CIVIL WAR MUSEUM1402 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.
KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY1 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.
KROHN CONSERVATORY 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.
MADISON THEATER730 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.
MARIEMONT THEATRE 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.
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 LEVEE1 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 UNIVERSITYNunn 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.RIVER DOWNS 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.
SAWYER POINT 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.
SERPENT MOUND 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.
SHARON WOODS 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.
SHAWNEE LOOKOUT 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.
SOUTHGATE HOUSE24 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.
THOMAS MORE COLLEGE333 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.
TURFWAY PARK7500 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 CLUB450 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 CINCINNATI2600 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 ARENA100 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.
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