Top 5 End-of-Summer Outings

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It’s almost here: the backpack buying, the pencil sharpening, the Trapper Keeper organizing. It’s almost back-to-school season. Savor these last few moments before the frenzy begins and squeeze a little more fun out of summer.

1. Little Miami Canoeing
Rent a few canoes and paddle down the Little Miami for the day. Navigate for a two-, eight-, or 10-mile trip (take the 18-mile at your own risk). Don’t forget the sunscreen when you stop to picnic and laze in the sun. Or, if you’re a daredevil, there are rocky cliffs and rope swings aplenty.  littlemiamicanoe.com

2. Drive-In Movies
Take your blankets and bug spray and head to either the Holiday Auto Theatre or the Starlite Drive-In; both are open nightly and feature kid-friendly films starting around 9 p.m. Don’t forget to grab some ice cream while you’re at it: Hit up The Cone in West Chester on your way to the Holiday, or pick up some Black Raspberry Chip at Graeter’s by the Starlite. holidayautotheatre.com, starlitedriveinohio.com

3. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
If you’ve fallen behind on your art intake this summer (because who wants to be in a museum when it’s nice outside?), you can still walk through Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park’s 60+ sculptures scattered throughout meadows, forests, and gardens. pyramidhill.org

4. Downtown Cincinnati
Spend a day with the kids downtown. Bring a basket for shopping at Findlay Market and load up on picnicking goodies to devour at Fountain Square or Washington Park. Then head up to the Carew Tower Observation Deck for a birds-eye view of the river valley or splash in the Washington Park spray grounds. Then rest those tired feet at one of Smale Riverfront Park’s weekend culture offerings: a Shakespeare play, movie, or puppet show. findlaymarket.org, myfountainsquare.com, mysmaleriverfrontpark.org

5. Bonnybrook Farms
Every Saturday evening, Bonnybrook Farms offers an authentic Chuck Wagon experience. For real. Arrive at 5 p.m. and work up an appetite with corn hole, fishing, and feeding the farm animals. Once the dinner bell rings, gather in the barn for pulled pork, farm-grown veggies, and homemade cobbler. Then board the covered wagon for a ride to Todd Fork Creek. Cue the s’mores, campfire songs, sticky hands, and happy kids. bonnybrookfarms.com

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